Greetings Fellow Photographers!
In my last email, I gave you some tips for photographing your summer road trip. This time around, I thought it would be fitting to list a few places across the country that may not be as well known as the famous National Parks, but are still incredible photo destinations nonetheless. So, below are ten locations from Maine to California that are, in my humble opinion, well worth the drive. Check the map, read my description, then plan your trip! But please, don't forget your camera!
1 – Three Capes Scenic Drive, Oregon. The Three Capes Scenic Drive is 90 miles southwest of Portland and features some of the most amazing coastline in Oregon: 40 miles of breathtaking vistas and incredible views.
2 – Bodie Ghost Town, California. This remarkable ghost town between Yosemite and Death Valley is littered with old, abandoned buildings. Plan to spend a whole day there; sunrises and sunsets are spectacular, and there are lots of little details to shoot all over the town.
3 – Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona. This 8 mile scenic drive in the extreme southeast corner of Arizona contains a forest of rock spires, hiking trails, and natural beauty, and is full of photo opportunities.
4 – Devil Canyon Overlook, Bighorn Canyon, Wyoming. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area's main attraction is a 71 mile long lake surrounded by deep canyon walls that rise over 1,000 feet above the water. The area also features an amazing view of the meeting of Bighorn and Devil Canyons.
5 – Arrowhead Region, Minnesota. Located in the northeastern part of Minnesota and stretching into Canada, this region has incredible wildlife, lakes, forests, and waterfalls.
6 – Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge, MN, WI, IA, and IL. This national wildlife refuge spreads across four states, or about 240,000 acres of wooded islands, marshes, and backwaters.
7 – Red River Gorge, Kentucky. The Red River Gorge can be found inside the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. It contains about 100 major arches and hundreds of species of flowering plants. Wildlife is plentiful!
8 – Ocala National Forest, Florida. This gem is the second largest national forest in Florida and covers about 600 square miles, with plenty of hiking, camping, boating, and more.
9 – Great Falls National Park, Virginia. Just 14 miles northwest of Washington, DC, this national park covers 900 acres with several overlooks and trails that lead all along the thunderous waterfalls.
10 – Monhegan Island, Maine. This artist colony sits 11 miles off the coast of Maine, and features wildflowers, lighthouses, and gorgeous ocean scenics.
And, just in case that wasn't enough, check out the National Forest Service Web site for additional options in almost every state, or do a quick online search for scenic destinations in your area!