The school year is almost here, and with it, the end of summer. That means that this is the last chance for summer photography trips! No need to panic, though; you still have plenty of time to check out one of these awesome locations and snap some great shots. If you’re near a few, why not take a long weekend and transform it into your own personal photography retreat? Regardless of how many you decide to visit, any of these breathtaking locations is sure to provide you with some stellar end of summer photography!
1) Sequoia National Park (California)
Located in central California, this park is home to General Sherman, the largest tree on Earth, along with many other famous redwoods. Accommodations surrounding this park are easily found and easy to get to considering that it is one of the major tourist sites in California that isn’t one of the beaches or in the larger cities.
2) Crater Lake Park (Oregon)
For those who are big on landscape or astrophotography, Crater Lake in Oregon is the perfect place to go to. Best suited for those who prefer the outdoors, this is a great spot to visit for hikers and campers who don’t mind roughing it if they want to see the best places the site has to offer.
3) The Grand Canyon (Arizona)
In western Arizona, the Grand Canyon is one of the most famous places to visit in the United States and is also one of the most photogenic. There are plenty of things to see and do when visiting the Grand Canyon and local accommodations run the gamut from college-student budgets to five-star resorts.
4) Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)
Everyone should visit Yellowstone eventually. Located in northwest Wyoming, this national park has plenty of natural beauty to capture and many accommodations accustomed to handling large numbers of travelers to this nature preserve. If Yellowstone isn’t your thing, though, there is always the Grand Teton Park, Devil’s Tower, Fossil Butte, or Hot Springs State Park.
5) The Alamo (Texas)
One of the most famous places to visit in Texas, the Alamo is a great place to learn a little history and get some photos of the monument itself as well as the surrounding area. However, Texas is a big state and if the Alamo isn’t your cup of tea, you’re sure to enjoy the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, the museums in Houston, any of the Six Flags parks around the state, or the Pleasure Pier in Galveston.
6) Mount Rushmore (South Dakota)
Located in South Dakota, Mount Rushmore is a great place to visit, learn a little American history, and get some great photos of a natural and man-made site all at the same time!
7) The Natchez Trace (Mississippi)
A highway in Mississippi that runs alongside the historic Natchez Trace, this is a great place to see some very diverse terrain and plants and, if you’re the rugged outdoors type, walking the path of the historic trace is a great way to get back in touch with nature and with your ancestors. If that’s not who you are, though, there are plenty of historic sites and parks in both Natchez and Vicksburg along the Mississippi River, beaches down in Gulfport and Biloxi, William Faulkner’s home in Oxford, and the birthplace of Elvis Presley in Tupelo.
8) The Cumberland Gap (Kentucky)
A beautiful stretch to see in the Appalachian Mountains, the Cumberland Gap is in Kentucky and quite easy to reach. If this isn’t your thing, though, there are other great sites in Kentucky such as the historic birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, the Mammoth Cave, the Lost River Cave, and Churchill Downs.
What are some other places you’d add to this list if you could? Let us know in the comments below!