25 Amazing Locations Every Landscape Photographer Should Visit

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Landscape photography can be very rewarding if you’re willing to travel and/or hike to the right places, get up early and/or stay up late, and risk injury to both yourself and your equipment getting to some of the best spots. Of course, a photographer can always find great landscape shots from the road too, but half the cool factor is being able to tell what you had to do to get that awesome photo.

Here is a selection (in no particular order) of 25 amazing locations that every landscape photographer should visit in their lifetime. This is just a small selection of the many other great places out there so please leave a comment below and tell us where your favorite landscape locations are in the world.

 

1. Iceland
A place which has somewhat mild temperatures for it’s latitude, relatively untouched landscapes, and a small population, Iceland provides a photographer with the perfect environment for taking great photos. You won’t have to go far to find open spaces, waterfalls, mountains, rivers, and amazing views.

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Iceland view by Berit

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Reykjadalir Iceland by Lydur Skulason

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Iceland = "waterfall heaven"

 

2. The Palouse
Rolling hills, fields that are constantly changing colors through four distinct seasons, and great weather provide incredible picture opportunities in this major agricultural area around southeastern Washington and North Idaho. Popular spots include Steptoe Butte and Palouse Falls.

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Green Hills Palouse by Nate Kay

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Palouse Falls by Monika

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fieldscape by Victor Szalvay

 

3. Patagonia
A region located in Chile and Argentina, Patagonia offers photographers incredible scenery with it’s mountains, valleys, steppelike plains, coastlines, lakes, and rugged terrain. A good place to start would Torres del Paine National Park during the southern summer (between late December and late February).

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EL CHALTEN BAJO NUBES by GABRIEL GALLARDO

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Upsala Glacier up Close by longhorndave

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Patagonia. by Mazzali

 

4. The American Southwest
With places like the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Bryce Canyon, Sedona, and Monument Valley, the American Southwest is as close to heaven for someone who enjoys photography, warm weather, and amazing landscapes.

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Twin Light Tubes by Brent Pearson

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Colours of the Earth by Olivier

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A breathtaking view by Jae

 

5. Death Valley
Also in the Southwest, Death Valley is the hottest and driest of all National Parks in the U.S. The scenery though is incredible. With salt-flats, sand dunes, badlands, valleys, canyons, mountains, and the mysterious moving rocks at The Racetrack, a photographer has plenty of options to shoot a perfect landscape photo.

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Racetrack Playa, Death Valley by Patrick Merritt

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Death Valley by enfad

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Death Valley Sand Dunes by Hayden

 

6. South Island, New Zealand
Even though it’s the larger of the two islands of New Zealand, only one-fourth of the population lives on the South Island. With eighteen peaks over 3000m (9800ft), six forest protected areas, and many national parks, you’ll have no problem finding beautiful landscapes here.

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Southern Alps - New Zealand by Geof Wilson

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Purakaunui Falls by Geof Wilson

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McKinnon Pass in the clouds by almassengale

 

7. Norway
With much of the land dominated by mountains, this second least populated European country has an extensive rugged coastline and is known for their amazing Fjords, narrow inlets with steep sides or cliffs.

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Looking down into the Lysefjord by Lars Christopher Nøttaasen

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Must stop stopping... by jim crossley

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CALM LAKE by johnny myreng henriksen

 

8. Banff
With glacially fed lakes and incredible mountains, it’s home to the Banff Mountain Film Festival and doesn’t need much of a description to convince a photographer to go there.

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image by fikretonal

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Classic view of a cloudfree Peyto Lake by Frank Kovalchek

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image by fikretonal

 

9. Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
Just on the edge of Banff National Park, the only access to this park is by backcountry trails, therefore it must be good. So put on your hiking shoes and prepare to be amazed with Assiniboine’s mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons, and tons of wildlife.

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Assiniboine Star Light by Jeff Pang

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Magog Lake Sunrise by Jeff Pang

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Magog Creek and Naiset Point by miquitos

 

10. White Sands National Monument
This unique place features sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals, giving it the white appearance. But plan your shoot accordingly as this place is located near a missile range and can be closed any time they are testing.

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The Unbearable Light by Sandra

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White Sands by Pinchof 2.0

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image by Marc Tarlock

 
11. Yosemite
Despite getting millions of visitors every year, Yosemite is still a place where you can get some amazing landscape photos. Known for it’s spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, and Giant Sequoia groves, anytime of the year provides great opportunities for some unforgettable photography.

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Majesty by Dawn

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Salute to El Capitan by wonderlane

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Half Dome in Winter by Anita Ritenour

 
12. Sahara
As the second largest desert in the world (behind Antartica), you can travel to areas of Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia, or the Western Sahara to find some great desert landscapes. The sand dunes here can reach incredible heights of over 500 feet and provide proof that you don’t need a lush environment to get some great pictures.

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Sahara Desert by wonker

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The last minute by zoomion

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canales by bachmont

 
13. Oregon Coast
A beautiful coastline with temperamental weather, you’ll find great beaches and locations like Haystack Rock for amazing sunset photos and seascapes.

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Better Luck THIS Time by Kyle Kruchok

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image by Misserion

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Cape Kiwanda by Andrew E. Larson

 
14. New England
Located in the Northeastern corner of the United States, New England covers six states, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The season to book a trip here is Autumn. You will be astounded by the beauty that the Fall colors bring to these areas.

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Autumn Foliage in Acadia National Park by Dana Moos

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View of White Mountain New Hampshire by Werner Kunz

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image by Putneypics

 
15. Olympic National Park, Washington State
Located in Washington State, in the Olympic Peninsula, this National Park provides a great opportunity to get a variety of great landscapes. Along with the coastline, the tall Olympic Mountains are here which provide an alpine region, a temperate west side forest, and a drier east side, all within close proximity of each other.

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seven lakes basin, olympic national park by ((brian))

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Olympic National Park by Jason Pratt

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Ruby Beach by John Fowler

 
16. Grand Teton National Park
Located in the least populous U.S. state of Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park has incredible mountain ranges and stellar lakes that provide perfect places to take pictures.

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Grand Teton National Park by Sean Naber

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Grand Teton National Park by chascar

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The Grand Tetons from near String Lake by Frank Kovalchek

 
17. Glacier National Park
Located in Montana and bordering Canada, Glacier National Park has over 130 named lakes and hundreds of others, many of which are tarns (small mountain lakes) formed within parts of the two mountain ranges the park has. Glacier also has hundreds of waterfalls throughout the area, most of which are small and turn into a trickle during the dry season, while others like Bird Woman Falls, are almost 500 feet tall.

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St. Mary Lake by Mike Boehmer

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Glacier National Park by Dave Sizer

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Typical Fall Day by glaciernps

 
18. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, and when covered with water, it’s also the world’s largest mirror. While it’s dry, the flats provide beautiful cracks to snap a few great photos of.

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Laguna Colorada by Chris Streeter

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salt flats Bolivia by psyberartist

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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia by Carlos Adampol Galindo

 
19. Tasmania, Australia
This Australian island and state has over one-third of it covered with National Parks and Reserves, making this natural environment a perfect place to find rounded mountain ranges, dense forests, and winding rivers. Plenty of material for a great landscape photo.

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Mount Field NP. by NeilsPhotography

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Coastline by NeilsPhotography

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Arthur River Sunset by Steve Mullarkey

 
20. Denali National Park, Alaska
The Alaska Range runs throughout this park, which means you won’t find too much dense forest here. But you will find a variety of tundra and other vegetation along with incredible mountains for your photographic enjoyment.

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Overcast in the valley by Nic McPhee

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Upper Muldrow Glacier by Pete Klosterman

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Stony Portrait by Nic McPhee

 
21. Sierra Nevada
The Sierra Nevada mountain range is located in California and Nevada, running 400 miles North-to-South and 70 miles wide east-to-west. Yosemite is located here along with two other national parks, twenty wilderness areas, and two national monuments.

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Spring Flowers at the Base of Mount Whitney, and Lone Pine Peak by Alan Vernon

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Evolution Lake, Kings Canyon National Park by Steve Dunleavy

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Ritter Range, Ansel Adams Wilderness by Steve Dunleavy

 
22. Tibet
Featuring some of the greatest mountains on the planet, including the tallest, Mt. Everest, Tibet also has the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon, which is one of the longest and deepest canyons in the world. These along with a very dry environment can provide some once in a lifetime photo taking opportunities.

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Mustard Fields by Prasad Kholkute

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Can't help it, Tibet by Jan Reurink

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China Tibet Himalaya by Bernard Goldbach

 
23. Bali, Indonesia
It won’t be hard to convince a photographer to go to this beautiful island which features tall mountains and lovely beaches.

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What Have I Done? by tropicalLiving

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Batur Volcano and Lake by tropicalLiving

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Tegenungan Waterfall, Gianyar, Bali by Schristia

 
24. Golden Gate Highlands National Park, South Africa
Despite featuring a variety of wildlife, this National Park is more well known for it’s beautiful landscapes, especially the eroded sandstone cliffs and outcrops.

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Waterfall by Pavel Tcholakov

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Angry skies by Pavel Tcholakov

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Sunset over the valley by Pavel Tcholakov

 
25. Pyrenees
The main crest of this unique mountain range divides the countries of Spain and France. The western lower side of the Pyrenees is wooded and then it gradually becomes more wild and barren the farther east you go, providing a variety of alpine landscape to take some awesome pictures of.

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Depuis le Néouvielle by Jean-Baptiste Bellet

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Sunrise in the Pyrenees by Jule_Berlin

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Au petit matin.. by Grégory Tonon

 
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  1. Liz

    Beautiful! My favorite place to photograph is Fort Juedy, Grenada. A must-see, and most people don’t even know it’s there.

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  2. Johan

    Since you asked for more on twitter, I’ll share some European locations. You listed Norway, let me get specific: Lofoten islands, one of my dream places to visit. Or how about Scotland: Isle of Skye – a great place for landscape photography. And there are many other places on the British isles, like Snowdonia, and The Lake District. How about Italy? The Italian Alps (Dolomites) are incredibly beautiful. The coast of Algarve in Portugal. Well, that’s a start :)

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  3. Nate Kay

    Wow, awesome suggestions Johan. Thanks for the input!

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  4. bycostello

    wow.. some amazing locations there…

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  5. Tom

    Nice collection of photographs, some look quite fabulous …

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  6. Rod Heywood

    One of the best known areas not mentioned would have to be California’s Central Coast, specifically the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur. Not only an amazing location but very accessible as well.

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  7. Abigail Anders

    Oh wow, wow! I am practically gawking at my computer screen right now! Totally amazed at the awesomeness of this world!

    There are beautiful and captivating landscapes all over Asia too. Would love to shoot there one of this days.

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  8. Derek Fogg

    I have to agree with Johan it is incredible that the British Isles has not been included particularly has it has one of the most diverse landscapes in the world with an amazingly varied coastline. You can see some of the locations on my website but I would particularly highlight the Scottish Highlands and islands including Wester Ross, Outer Hebrides, Mull and Islay. I could go on for ever but I will finish by not forgetting Ireland

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  9. Nate Kay

    Thanks Derek for the great suggestions!

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  10. Jakartalantern.com

    Beautifull photos. Nice shot.

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  11. Pirabha devi

    cool pics…
    Photographer is best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. soni rai

    vry gud nice shot all are awesome thnx derek

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  13. harsh

    it so nice pics

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  14. nurika

    of course i loveeee bali i love indonesia, its my country hehe yaayy bali is on the list! but canada also amazing, i love all the green view

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  15. faezeh

    sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo lovely…

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  16. Steve Stubblefield

    Yes, you have shown some of this great planet’s most amazing photography spots … don’t forget my favorite … Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge area !!!

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  17. Giuseppe

    There’s plenty of beautiful places in Europe and Metditerranean sea.
    Capri iand ischia island
    Etna vulcains, Egadi ane Eolie islanda in Sicily
    The East and North cost pf Sardinia
    The Agriatiis desert, Ile Rousse, the Girolata, Bonifacio Mouths in Corsica
    Tha Apuan Alps in Tuscany
    The Gran Sasso and Marmore’s Cascade in Abruzzo, Italy
    The alimini beach and the east coast of Salento Italy
    Messina strict btween Cabria and Sicily
    the East cost of Calabria, Italy
    The plitvice park in Croatia
    The kornati island in Croatia
    The Mlljet Island in Croatia
    cattaro in Montenegro
    Kefalonia island in ionian island .greece
    zakynto island in .greece
    dardanelli in Turkey
    the coast around Gocek in Turkey
    The Cyclades islands in Grece (a allt of stunning places)
    Camargue in France
    The lot river in France
    The coast between Bilbao and St. Sebastian in Spain
    The atantic coast at south of Bordeaux in France
    The Frison islands in Netherland
    The lakes and forrest in Finland
    Ireland
    Scotland
    and more….

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  18. Paul

    How did Scotland not make this list? Skye and Glencoe are incredible landscape photo opps.

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  19. Nate Kay

    Great suggestions!

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  20. Peter

    I would suggest the Namib Dessert in Namibia – incredible dunes.

    And the Caprivi Strip of Namibia – besides animals a great place for river landscapes

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  21. Umair

    I am umair from Pakistan I am photographer and I have canon 5d mark2 and a range of lens

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  22. Cyril

    Hi, i suggest Les Diablerets, in Switzerland, just a beautiful place for walking.
    http://www.hereandnow.ch/portfolio/bivouac-dans-les-diablerets/

    Regards,

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  23. Neville

    I agree with Peter. The Sossusvlei is an iconic destination.

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  24. vipul

    My choice is Leh Ladakh in India. It has some breathtaking landscapes.

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  25. BISE David

    My landscape : http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davnad/album/184947

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  26. Lawayne

    I just returned from a trip to Vegas that included a quick side trip to Page AZ. Yep, Antelope Canyon and Horse Bend. I highly recommend this spot/area for any landscape photographer. It’s beautiful. If you do go, I also recommend Overland Tours out of Page. Our guide was Nate and he did a wonderful job with crowd control inside Upper Antelope.

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  27. Chris

    South Africa! The Drakensberg is a beautiful place to visit, and I seriously recommend that everyone goes out there for a few days. You can take in the views and get some really good hiking in too. Thanks for the listing.

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  28. Pavers Bacchus Marsh

    The landscape view is so lovely. I just love it.

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  29. Dom Latouche

    I loved this blog and i agree with almost all of these i just think that there should also be one for the eastern cape province in south africa, some of the most scenic beaches in the world

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  30. Mika

    great list but how did Cappadocia (Turkey) not make the list? seriously, do a google image search of “goreme” or “cappadocia” and if we are talking landscapes and photography – this is THE place!

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  31. Heiner Straesser

    It’s a great list with wonderful pictures, but “addicted” to Cappadocia in central Turkey I have to add it to the list. And what a surprise, Mika already did. To get an idea how it looks like there, have a look at my homepage with many spherical images: http://derpanoramafotograf.com/EN/projects/kappa1.php

    …and looking at the suggestions of other photographers, we just discover wonderful places all around the globe…

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  32. Deshamer

    All very nice places indeed but I personally think that every photographer should visit and capture the natural landscape(s) that is/are closest to his home. It at least gives him/her the opportunity to get to learn the place inside out and capture the best spots on the best moments. You will be surprised how beautiful it really is!

    So here is my addition to the list; the Strabrechtse Heide (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strabrechtse_Heide) a heathland in the southern part oh the Netherlands. Only 5 km away from my home so I am a frequent visitor (captured last nights beautiful sunset), see you there!

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  33. Anne Neilson

    Some of these I have been privileged to visit such as Denali and Washington State, others are on my bucket list such as Patagonia. So many beautiful places still to visit which are not in this top 20. However, for me, home (Scotland) is still the most beautiful place in the world for the quality of light, rapidly changing weather, colours, hills, water – all coming together to create a constantly shifting view. Familiarity breeds appreciation of the variation and privilege of multiple opportunities to take the same picture again and again.

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  34. Abhishek Pradhan

    I see there are many photographs with lot of postprocesing…

    Nows that way things don’t count … Then I don’t count these things in 25 places to visit …

    I agree for adding some vibrance in photos and saturation as what we see from natural eyes the cameras can’t decipt things that way… but then post processing these photos so much make them look distroted and unnatural…

    using Ultra Wide lenses here makes thigs worse…

    Anyways still would love to see these places…

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  35. Jim Reid

    Superb images Nate. I’d love to visit all of these places. I live in Scotland where we also have some amazing scenery, if you are prepared to wait for a 10 minute break in the cloud cover, particularly at sunrise in Glencoe. I have a few images on my website.

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  36. laxman

    wery beautifull placess ineed thiss placess for shooting

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  37. Shailaja Vellanki

    Awesome, each picture needs a lifetime to look through and meditate on the beauty!!

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