Best places to photograph: Top 15 worldwide

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Are you a professional photographer or do you love to take pictures in your free time? In any case, you will appreciate this article on the best places to photograph in the world. Even if you are not a fan of photography, this will let you know what are the most aesthetically pleasing places in the world. Enjoy this selection!

#1: Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is in Cambodia, and it is the largest religious site in the world by land area. You will be able to photograph more than 160 hectares of temple complexes. The Khmers built this enormous temple for the god Vishnu. In addition to the temples themselves, the vegetation that grows over the buildings creates unique scenes that are perfect for a picture.

Angkor Wat, Image from Pixabay

#2 Best places to photograph: Petra, Jordan

Petra is another gem from the past; it might date back all the way to the 5th century BC. You will find this abandoned city in southern Jordan. What makes Petra so extraordinary is that people carved the city into sandstone cliffs. Between the ancient constructions, the canyons, and the colors, you will not know where to begin when it comes to photographing Petra.

Petra, picture from Unsplash

#3: Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt is a small town in Austria with less than a thousand inhabitants. UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site in 1997. Indeed, this town seems magical. The town is on the banks of Hallstatt Lake and right at the bottom of the Dachstein massif. The combination of the charming town, its reflection in the lake as well as the mountain in the background is perfect for a picture.

best places to photograph Hallstatt
Hallstatt, picture from Pixabay

#4: Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre is composed of five villages situated on the Ligurian Coast in the northwest of Italy. Cinque Terre is also a World Heritage Site. Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore are the perfect places to put your knowledge of photography into practice. The view of the small villages overlooking the sea is beautiful, and not taking a picture would be a crime. 

Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre, image from Pixabay

#5 Best places to photograph: Meteora, Greece

This rock formation in central Greece offers a truly unusual sight. Indeed, you will find there a complex of Orthodox monasteries built on huge natural pillars and boulders. Only six remain out of twenty-four, but nonetheless, the area is one of the most impressive and surprising in the world. If you ever go to Greece, don’t miss out on Meteora!

best places to photograph Meteora
Meteora, Image from Unsplash

#6: Lake Bled, Slovenia

This beautiful lake in northwestern Slovenia is a remarkable sight, and a perfect spot to practice your photography skills. Mountains and forests surround the lake, and the Bled Castle overlooks the Lake on its north shore. In addition, there is a small island in the lake. Bled Island contains a 17th-century church which makes pictures even better with its tower.

Lake Bled
Lake Bled, Image from Unsplash

#7: Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Everyone knows the Giza Pyramid complex, but more than a tourist site, it is also one of the best places to take pictures. You can play with the sun, capturing it when it is between pyramids or hidden behind them. So if you plan on photographing the pyramids, you should pay close attention to the time of the day you do it, in order to get the best of your pictures in terms of light and shadow. 

Pyramids of Giza
Pyramids of Giza, picture from Pixabay

#8 Best places to photograph: Machu Picchu, Peru

This unmissable site is heaven for photographers. This 15th century Inca city 2,430 meters high is simply breathtaking. Even partially in ruins, this elevated city is a gem. However, restorations have already taken place, and they are ongoing. The view of this ancient Inca city with the impressive mountains in the background is perfect for taking gorgeous pictures. 

best places to photograph Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu, picture from Unsplash

#9: Reed Flute Cave, China

Reed Flute Cave, or “The Palace of Natural Arts” is in Guilin in the northeast of China. The name comes from the reeds growing outside the cave. Inside, you will be able to photograph the stalactites, stalagmites, and other rock formations. You will also see ancient inscriptions from the 8th century. The colored lighting inside the cave makes Reed Flute Cave even more of a magical place.

Reed Flute Cave
Reed Flute Cave, image from Pixabay

#10 Best places to photograph: Bagan, Myanmar

This ancient city from the 9th century is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bagan is in the Mandalay Region in Myanmar. There, you will be able to photograph various Buddhist temples, pagodas, and monasteries. Over 2200 monuments remain out of the 10,000 that were originally built. The outline of the temples in the setting or rising sun is a magical sight.

best places to photograph Bagan
Bagan, picture from Pixabay

#11: Paris, France

The capital city of France is a favorite destination for tourists and photographers. A lot of monuments are worth capturing, like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, or the Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur. Of course, you should also make a stop at the Louvre and at one of the beautiful gardens. You can also look for lesser-known places, to make your photographs more unique and personal.

Paris view
Paris, picture from Pixabay

#12: Antelope Canyon, Arizona, US

This long, deep, narrow canyon is the perfect location for any photographer. Indeed, you can play with the rays of light that manage to reach the inside of the canyon. The colors are also stunning, shades changing depending on how the light hits the walls. The Antelope Canyon is a popular choice for fans of photography.

best places to photograph, Antelope canyon
Antelope Canyon, Image from Unsplash

#13 Best places to photograph: Fairbanks, Alaska, US

In Fairbanks, United States you will be able to admire and take beautiful photos of the northern lights. Fairbanks’ Aurora season is from late August to late April. During this period, you can see the aurora nearly every day if the sky is clear and dark. The colors are stunning, and it creates a magical feel that can be captured.

Fairbanks, northern lights
Fairbanks’ aurora, Image from Pixabay

#14: Mount Fuji, Japan

The highest mountain in Japan is on the island of Honshu. It is more than three thousand meters high and is exceptional because of its nearly perfect cone shape. Five different lakes surround the mountain, adding interesting elements to the landscape around it. You can get a beautiful shot of Mount Fuji from various places such as Kawaguchiko Tenjozan Park. Saiko Lake is also a good viewpoint, along with the Chureito Pagoda, from which you will also capture cherry blossoms if it is the season. 

Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji, picture from Pixabay

#15: Vatnajökull Ice Caves, Iceland

These caves are in Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland, which encompasses the Vatnajökull glacier. The ice caves are natural wonders that you can’t help but photograph once you see them. Each cave is different as they are formed in the summer when the glacier melts a little and the water goes through these caves. However, be careful in the caves, and always go with a certified guide!

best places to photograph Vatnajökull
Vatnajökull Ice Cave, Image from Unsplash

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