13 great photo stops on your US road trip

  • 09 March 2017
  • By Thea
13 great photo stops on your US road trip

Do you know the feeling when you have just taken the perfect holiday picture and post it on Instagram for all your friends and family to see? Let’s be honest, it’s a pretty satisfying feeling. And you know, it doesn't take a professional camera to get these amazing shots. To help you catch that perfect holiday picture we have gathered a few of our best tips for some amazing photo moments on your road trip in the US!

1. San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge - San FranciscoStart your trip with a few days in San Francisco, exploring this dynamic and colorful city. Once you have taken the obligatory picture with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in the background, make sure to check out the infamous Alcatraz and Pier 39 – the home of the sea lions. If you enjoy the laidback hippie-vibe, you should also pay a visit to the colorful Haight Ashbury district.

2. Yosemite National Park

Mirror Lake in Yosemite National ParkWith its massive vertical granite cliffs, waterfalls, and valleys, Yosemite National Park has plenty of sights and activities to keep you and your camera busy! Make sure not to miss beautiful Mirror Lake, or the 1800-year-old sequoia tree, the Grizzly Giant. With a tree trunk of 10.5 meters in diameter at the base, it is the largest tree in the entire grove.

3. Bodie

Bodie Ghost TownAfter seeing the maginficent nature of Yosemite National Park, make a turn towards Bodie - a former mining town from the 1800's. This ghost town is today considered to be a historical landmark and offers an interesting insight into the life of a small mining community in the 1800s. Surely, a travelgram from an American ghost town will earn you some likes on social media!

4. Death Valley

Sand dunes in Death Valley, CaliforniaAre you ready to turn the heat up? As you arrive to Death Valley, you will be entering one of the hottest places on earth. Yet, despite its morbid name, the national park is a true beauty in its own way with large areas of salt flats, tall mountains, sand dunes and deep canyons. It’s the perfect setting for a cool travelgram! Check out Badwater Basin while you are there as well.

5. Las Vegas

Las Vegas StripViva, Las Vegas! Welcome to the City of Sins, where the casinos and bars are open 24/7. Take the trip up to the Stratosphere Tower to get an amazing view and a picture of the famous Las Vegas Strip, before hitting one of the casinos to test your good fortune with a round of Black Jack or Roulette! When your luck is starting to run out, quit while you are ahead, and go celebrate your earnings (...or forget your losses) with a nice dinner and a show!

6. Valley of Fire

Valley Of Fire Arch RockThe national park is the oldest state park in Nevada and got its name due to the fascinating red sandstone formations that covers the park. Do not miss Arch Rock – the natural arch that has formatted over millennials is definitely a must-see in the Valley of Fire. Unfortunately, the rock is slowly becoming too heavy for its own support and will collapse at one point, so make sure to get that picture before it’s too late.

7. Zion National Park

The Canyon Overlook at Zion National Park
In Zion National Park head to the Canyon Overlook for a breathtaking view of the Zion Canyon. Not only is it a favorite among tourists, but also acclaimed photographers come here to get that one perfect shot! The hike up is short and easy.

8. Antelope Canyon
Watch as the sun cast its light through the narrow cracks of Antelope Canyon

The Antelope Canyon in Arizona is a natural phenomenon with its narrow slot canyons and wavy walls. Wait for the moment when beams of sunlight shines through the narrow cracks – it creates a magical setting for amazing photos! PS: If you're struggling with the right settings on your camera or phone - the park guides know all the tricks!

9. Horseshoe Bend

Stop at the lookout point for a picture of Horseshoe BendClose to the town of Page in Arizona, and only a 20 minute drive from Antelope Canyon you’ll find the Horseshoe Bend. Here you can watch the Colorado River circle around a massive rock, giving the river the shape of a horseshoe. From the plateau, you can take amazing pictures of the landscape and the river, so make sure to take a stop here.

10. Grand Canyon

Do not miss the chance to experience the sunrise at Grand Canyon - you will not regret it.Not only is the Grand Canyon the deepest of its kind, but also the longest. With its breathtaking scenery, the canyon is truly a natural wonder and an obvious stop for picture-taking. For the best possible picture, camp by the canyon and wake up just in time to catch the sunrise. You will not regret it!

11. Joshua Tree National Park

Camp outside in Joshua Tree National park and witness meteor showers on the starry night skyHome to the special-looking Joshua tree, the national park is also known for being the meeting place of two deserts – the Mojave and the Colorado desert – each with its own distinct ecosystem. Also, the national park offers great opportunities to go stargazing. Out in the desert, the starry sky really comes alive and you can expect to be amazed! If you are travelling during the summer months, mid-August is the best time to see meteor showers.

12. San Diego

Watch the beauiful sunset at La Jolla Cove, San DiegoIt’s time to hit the waves, so find a surf board and head to beaches like La Jolla, Black’s Beach and Imperial Beach. For a great photo moment, visit beautiful La Jolla Cove to watch the sunset. After a long day of activities, enjoy a dinner or a drink at one of the many restaurants and bars at the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego.

13. Los Angeles

Take an obligatory selfie with the Hollywood sign in the background before heading out to Venice or Santa Monica Beach.Finish your road trip in the City of Angels! Check out Universal Studios and the Hollywood Walk of Fame before you take the obligatory selfie with the Hollywood sign in the background. Once you are done with the sightseeing and celebrity-spotting, head out to Venice or Santa Monica beach to soak up some sun and relax on the beach. 

Route suggestion:

San Francisco – Yosemite National Park – Bodie - Death Valley – Las Vegas – Valley of Fire – Zion National Park – Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend – Grand Canyon – Joshua Tree – San Diego – Los Angeles.

Duration: 3 weeks.

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