Top 5 Places to Travel + Photograph in US
Have you ever been driving your car and suddenly had to stop because there was a perfect image that you couldn’t pass up? This happens to me all the time, and half the time, I tell myself I will just come back to it…. And I never do! There are so many amazing sceneries that surround us that we may not even realize. I have been taking a new route to work every day, and I noticed these amazing abandon buildings that I am dying to take photos of, but of course, I keep telling myself I will take photos tomorrow. What is stopping me from taking my camera everywhere I go? You never know what you may see, or where you will end up.
When thinking about what surrounds me, I kept thinking, “What are other people surrounded by?” I may live in a small suburb, but there could be something fascinating right down the street that I don’t know about. After doing some research, I came up with a list of the 5 best places to take photographs in America. I may have only been to one of the five on my list, but I am now determined to visit the other four. I not only care about my list, but I want to know what your five favorite places are to take photographs. Who knows, it may only be a drive away? We all have to agree that road trips are fun (when you are with the right people).
5 Best Places to take Photographs (In my opinion!)
1. Mount McKinley (Denali) Alaska
Denali is the tallest mountain in North America, located in South-Central Alaska. Denali is around 170 miles southwest of Fairbanks and about 130 miles north-northwest of Anchorage. The mountain’s peak is 20,310 feet above sea level (Imagine being on the top!) More than 400,000 people visit Denali National Park and Preserve each year, primarily between May and September. An estimated 32,000 people have attempted to reach the summit, with about a 50 percent success rate. There are many guides who lead climbing trips to Denali, and it is classified as an extremely challenging expedition due to the severe weather and difficulty in acclimating. Because of its far northern latitude of 63 degrees, Denali has lower barometric pressure than the world’s other high mountains.
(epic mountain by alrodriguez www.iso.500px.com)
2. The Indian Fort Mountain- Kentucky
Located around three miles east of Berea, KY, lies the Indian Fort Mountain. This mountain is around 1,500 feet above seat leave at its highest point (which you will get to!). It consists of steep limestone, cliffs, and sandstone below the fairly flat summit. For all of the Midwesterners out there, this is something I would want to check out!
3. The White Mountains- New Hampshire
The White Mountains, also known as the White Mountain National Forest was established in 1918. The White Mountains are a National Forest, used not only for hiking, camping, and skiing, but for logging and other limited commercial purposes. Most of the major peaks are over 4,000 feet high. The 1,200 miles of hiking trails, 23 campgrounds, and the large number of ski areas within or near the boundaries of the mountains, make for a major site to see. It sounds like you could spend days getting lost in the mountains! If I was living in New Hampshire, I would definitely not take this land for granted.
4. Silver Falls Stray- New Jersey
Who knew that New Jersey has more than 20 waterfalls to discover? The largest and more than likely the most well-known is the Great Falls of the Passaic in Paterson. We learned that Silver Spray Falls is among the prettiest in New Jersey, free-falling over red rocks. We were warned that these falls are difficult to find, but are certainly worth the effort to hike there. Next time you are in Jersey, use these directions to help you find this beauty. We think it will be worth it!
1) From Walpack Flatbrook Road (aka Sussex Co. Rd. 615), head toward Walpack Center.
2) Turn onto Tillman Rd. Go about 0.6 miles.
3) Turn right onto Mountain Road. You will pass a cemetery as you turn, and you will end up on a dirt road.
4) Proceed about 1.4 miles along Mountain Road.
5) Around 1.4 miles, you will pass a nice house with a fence on your right. After you’ve passed that house, the “parking area” for the trail will be the first dirt area on your left. It might not look like much, but you can fit at least one car there and hike up the trail.
5. Central Park- New York
I’m saving the best for last! Well… In my opinion! There is nothing better than “escaping” the busy city and heading to Central Park. I could lay around in the park for hours and be completely content. I could also explore the park for hours, and it is always worth it! The history of Central Park is fascinating, so I thought we should share some with you. In 1853, the New York State Legislature enacted into law the setting aside of more than 750 acres of land to create America’s first major landscaped public park. At one point, the park was in a state of decay. Meadows had become barren dust-bowls; benches, lights, and playground equipment were broken, and the one-hundred-year-old infrastructure was crumbling. Socially, the Park bred a careless, even abusive attitude towards the Park evidenced by unchecked amounts of garbage, graffiti, and vandalism. To date the Conservancy has raised $800 million towards the restoration, programming and management of Central Park and is responsible for 75 percent of this year's annual operating budget of $65 million.
My goal is to travel more, and travel more in the United States. There are so many great places that we don’t even know about. The opportunities to explore are endless, and I would love to take photographs in places I have never been before, starting with Denali! We would love for you to share your travel photos with us. Where have you been, and where should we go!?