The Most Photographed Places in the US

We are now in such an advanced digital age that our phones can double as some of the most high-tech cameras available. They have incredibly high megapixel cameras and can automatically adjust to dark and light settings. Fast shutter speeds, auto-focus, and filters only add to a novice photographer’s repertoire.

However, these advances have also brought with it an endless supply of gorgeous photos. It has allowed anyone with a smartphone to capture stunning images of the world around them. For professional photographers, this is a gift and a curse, but for the mass public it has been an outlet to stop and smell the proverbial roses. Now don’t me wrong, we have probably overkilled the image of a latte as a result, but we have also now glimpsed millions of perspectives to the surrounding world. With so many new photo takers out there, you are bound to come across some areas that are just more prone to photos than others. Chances are, you may have even take a shot of of these locations.

In no particular order and no bias towards man-made or naturally occurring, here are some of the most photographed places in the United States.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is easily one of the most photographed places in the United States. The magnificent, naturally occurring waterfall is as beautiful as it is powerful. Consisting of three waterfalls in total, Niagara Falls is a significant source of hydroelectricity. The largest fall, Horseshoe Falls drops about 188 feet.

The Lincoln Memorial

Another commonly photographed place in the United States is the Lincoln Memorial located in Washington, D.C. The monument featuring President Abraham Lincoln is quite the sight. The 19 foot statue of our 16th President was erected to honor his memory and all he did to save the Union. The Lincoln Memorial has been featured in both movies and on TV.

The Bellagio Fountains

Another oft-photographed location in the United States is the Bellagio Fountains located in Las Vegas, Nevada. While the Las Vegas strip is photographed plenty, it is much easier for an amateur photographer to get a good shot of the fountains. These picturesque fountains also provided the ending scene for the movie “Ocean’s 11”.

Monument Valley

Another popular location of the silver screen, Monument Valley has some of the most intriguing natural landscape for sightseers and photographers alike. Sandstone buttes located in the Colorado Plateau form this gorgeous landscape. These buttes can reach up to 1,000 feet above the valley’s floor. Photographers can tour the valley by driving through or taking a special guided tour that also offers access to areas that are closed to the general public

The Space Needle

Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle has since become an icon for the city of Seattle. The 605 foot structure has a 360 degree observation deck near the top. Visitors to the Space Needle can see the city of Seattle, Olympic Mountain, Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay, and nearby islands. 

 

Space Needle
The Space Needle

The Grand Canyon

One of the most visited natural sites in the United States is the Grand Canyon. The 277 mile long canyon can reach up to 18 miles high and is carved out by the Colorado River. This massive canyon plays hosts to about 5 million visitors each year, which equates to about that many photographs per year too. Just a rough guess.

The Cinderella Castle

The Cinderella Castle located in the Magic Kingdom, is one of Walt Disney World’s most iconic structures. The castle is 189 feet taller which is 100 feet taller than the castle located in California’s Disneyland. The castle is a centerpiece for fireworks as well as photographs because of how instantly recognizable it is.

Giant Forest

The Giant Forest is a forest within Sequoia National Park that houses giant sequoia trees. Why is this forest photographed so often? Well, for starters the trees here are one of five species to grow over 300 feet. Also, five of the ten most massive trees on the planet also happen to be located here. General Sherman, the most massive tree on the planet is measured at 36.5 feet across the base.

The Rocky Mountains

The Rocky Mountains are photographed for their sheer size and beauty. Stretching 3,000 miles from Canada to the southwestern U.S. in New Mexico, is a tourist’s dream playing host to hiking, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hunting, and more.

The Golden Gate Bridge

Finally, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge is another highly photographed place in the U.S. The suspension bridge provides a route over the Golden Gate strait, from the city of San Francisco to Marin County, California.

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The main square where the government buildings were located, with Mt Vesuvius at the background

Up until two days before the scheduled visit, I was so sure Pompeii was a person. I had in mind that we will see some monument of a person and display of his great works. When I was told that it’s a place, despondently all I could say was “Oh, it sounded like a guy’s name.”

So I read a bit about it and here’s what I found out. Pompeii was an ancient Roman city which was buried in 4-6 meters of ash and pumice (a type of volcanic rock) when a volcano called Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

The disaster remained in people’s minds but was eventually forgotten until an exploration of the ancient site was conducted. The ruined city remained frozen in time until it was discovered by a surveying engineer in 1748.

The buried buildings which were designed only to last for a few decades remained standing for 2000 years. Pompeii as an archaeological site is the longest continually excavated site in the world, but even after hundreds of years of work, about a third of the city still lies buried.

We spent a few hours exploring the area and it was amazing to see and have a bit of an idea what Roman city-life was like 2000 years ago.

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Niagara Falls –Dreams do come true

I saw this image in a magazine of what seemed to me like a half circle in shape, very massive and towering waterfalls. I was drawn to the waters as they cascade down and its power seems to leap out of the page. I dreamed that someday I can visit and come face to face with the flowing waters. I was in high school when I had this dream.

That someday came 23 years later when we had a chance to travel to United States and we included a trip to Niagara Falls.

We stayed at the Embassy Suites by Hilton on the Canadian side, and chose a room with views of the falls.

Hotel window

We ate our lunch in front of the big window and the chicken tasted more succulent than usual. It must be the view that added some flavour.

This is the famous Horse-shoe shaped falls on the right side, as seen from our hotel room, with the mists rising up and seen meters above the falls.

I always wondered why it is misty. Here is why, the rush of the water cascading down from such a height stirs up the air. When the water hits the rocks below it breaks into smaller particles. This dual action of stirred air and water breaking into smaller particles creates this misty phenomenon –water droplets suspended in the air.

The view of Horseshoe falls from our 29th floor hotel room

Where is Niagara Falls

The waterfalls of Niagara Falls are located on the Niagara River which connects two of the five Great Lakes, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Collectively the waterfalls are named Niagara Falls. They consist of three different waterfalls. The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls in the USA and the Canadian “Horseshoe” Falls in Canada. The Niagara River serves as an international border between the USA & Canada. There are two distinctive cities, Niagara Falls Ontario, Canada and Niagara Falls New York, United States of America.

We could see both the American and Canadian side of the Falls from our hotel room.

The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls on the left, and part of the Horseshoe Falls on the right.

Some dreams do come true. For some of us we will just have to wait a little longer.

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Text & Photos by Alicia Davis