The world is full of iconic places for you to photograph.
From jaw-dropping vistas to city streets packed with history – we’ve gathered the most amazing in this 12 most iconic places to photograph list.
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12. Zion Park – Utah, USA
Ansel Adams made Zion National Park in Utah famous through his black and white iconic images. Many photographers, professionals and hobbyists alike, have made the trek since then.
It’s not hard to see why. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
This is a whopping 229-square-mile (590 km2) park. Zion Canyon itself is 15 miles (24 km) long and up to 2,640 ft (800 m) deep.
The canyon walls are a reddish colored Sandstone, slowly eroded by the North Fork of the Virgin River. This allows for beautiful landscape images. And due to the sheer size, you won’t need to take the same image twice.
Numerous plant species, and 289 species of birds, reside here. And 75 mammal species (including 19 species of bat), and 32 reptiles inhabit the park’s four life zones. These are desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest.
Zion National Park includes mountains and canyons first and foremost. But you can also find buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers, slot canyons, and natural arches .
This is where you’ll find Angels Landing, the Narrows, Checkerboard Mesa, and the Great White Throne.
11. Stonehenge, UK
Stonehenge has always been a staple of sights to see in Great Britain. This prehistoric monument in Wiltshire consists of a ring of standing stones, each around 13 feet (4 m) high and 7 feet (2.1 m) wide.
These stones, weighing around 25 tons, have been sitting there for 4-5,000 years. Such a beautiful and unique site deserves great images. Luckily for you, most of the work is already completed.
Get to this cultural British icon early in the morning for the Golden Hour and sunrise. Failing that, aim for the sunset and then the blue hour.
These sections are specific to a monument, park or area. However, Iceland isn’t a very big area so it is possible to look at the island as a whole.
Iceland has been gaining popularity over the last few years. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Photographers flock from all over the globe to capture beautiful landscape photography.
Iceland is a great location for many reasons. The Northern Lights, for example.
These are a naturally occurring result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere. These clash with charged particles released from the sun.
On the island, you will find many great locations that will no doubt seem familiar. The waterfall Seljalandsfoss, highlands Landmannalaugar and mountain Kirkjufell are just a few.
That’s because Iceland is one of the most photographed places in the world.
9. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
The pyramids have always fascinated us. Their sheer scale dwarfs any surrounding buildings, and they come with conspiracies to boot!
These pyramids are tombs for Egypt’s pharaohs, so they could become Gods in the afterlife. Constructed some 4500 years ago, starting circa 2550 B.C., they still stand today.
The biggest one towers 481 feet (147 meters) above the plain. An estimated 2.3 million blocks were used in its construction. Each block weighs somewhere between 2.5 to 15 tons.
Recently, a couple came under fire for photographing themselves in a suggestive pose on top of the pyramids, making them even more talked about.
These pyramids are also part of a great debate between human construction and knowledge from an alien race. It only helps to secure the idea that this is one of the most iconic places in the world.
8. Eiffel Tower – Paris, France
Paris has always been the number one location for all romantic getaways and endeavors. It is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and it has a lot to offer.
Number one on that list is the Eiffel Tower. This wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars found its name after its structural engineer, Gustave Eiffel.
It took two years to build, from 1887 to 1889 and was the entrance to the World’s Fair. Although criticized in its initial inauguration, it has become a global cultural icon of France, the world over.
Actually, it is the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.91 million people ascended it in 2015 alone. If it isn’t one of the most iconic places in the world, I don’t know what is.
It sits at just over 1000 feet tall (324 m) and it’s the tallest building in Paris. For an idea of scale, it is 81 stories high. It is so big you can see it from any location in Paris.
Come and visit the Eiffel Tower and capture some of the most interesting images of the city by placing it in. Be wary, as the nighttime show is illegal to share on social media.
7. Central Park – New York, USA.
Central Park is an integral part of New York City. You may know it from a plethora of references, such as F.R.I.E.N.D.S, the animated film Madagascar or even Home Alone 2. It is actually one of the most filmed locations in the world.
This urban park is also the most visited urban park in the United States, with 40 million visitors in 2013. In terms of area, Central Park is the fifth-largest park in New York City, covering 843 acres (341 ha).
Not only is the park a great setting for nature and cityscape-meets-nature images, but the surroundings are great too. Inside the park, you’ll find Central Park Zoo, Bethesda Terrace and the Conservatory Garden.
Around the park, you can find Rockefeller Centre, The American Museum of National History and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
It is a versatile location and one that gives you the chance to capture many iconic images.
6. Cinque Terre – Italy
Cinque Terre is one of my favorite places to visit in Italy, if not all of Europe. The name means ‘five lands’ in Italian. It is named so because it is a collection of five villages and surrounding hillsides.
Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore are their names, all located on the Italian Riviera. All these locations add up to the full title of Cinque Terre National Park and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Photographers come here in droves to capture the coast, colorful houses and buildings. This is a great place for architectural photography. Definitely great for those jaw-dropping travel shots.
The location, the colors and the cliffs adorned with tiny houses make this one of the most iconic places in the world.
5. Park Guell – Barcelona, Spain
Park Güell is a public park in the heart of Barcelona. This park is full of gardens and architectural elements, and is located on Carmel Hill. You’ll find it in La Salut, a neighborhood in the Gràcia district of Barcelona.
Eusebi Güell had the task of assigning the design of the park, which he did to Antoni Gaudí. Many areas of Barcelona have the Gaudi ‘touch’, a renowned architect and the face of Catalan modernism.
Built from 1900 to 1914, it was officially opened as a public park in 1926. UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site under “Works of Antoni Gaudí” in 1984.
The park represents Gaudi’s naturalist period. He focused on natural and organic shapes. He unleashed the architectural genius that we know, practicing many of his innovative structural richness.
Inside, you will find the winding sea serpent bench. This is made entirely from mosaic tiles. The Barcelona City History Museum can be found at the entrance, in a building with an original and remarkable roof.
The best thing about this park is the panoramic view of Barcelona, with the Sagrada Familia nested in the background.
The view alone is one of the most beautiful in the world making this one of the most iconic places in Europe.
4. Berlin Wall – Berlin, Germany
People love building walls. Whether under the name of Hadrian, built in China or segregating people in multiple countries around the world. Berlin had and still exhibits one of the world’s most famous and important walls in history.
After WWII, the USSR took over all Eastern European countries that Germany had invaded. Here, they created what would be called the Eastern Bloc.
Berlin would become the border of the East and West, a huge wall separating England, America, and France in the West and Russia in the East. This wall stood firm from 1961 to 1989.
At a height of 11.81 (3.6 m), the barrier stretched for more than 140 km (87 miles). Parts of this wall exist all over Europe.
The existing parts in Berlin are now adorned by art, making it a huge exhibition in memoriam.
In the centre, checkpoints are still one of the most visited and photographed areas in the world. You can have your image taken next to a sign in three different languages with models dressed up in army regalia.
The history rather than the location makes this one of the most iconic places in the world.
3. Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes, Peru
Visiting Machu Picchu was one of my highlights during my six-month trip around South America. It is very culturally, architecturally and even agriculturally important and significant.
Machu Picchu was the last Incan settlement, set high in the Andes mountains. This citadel was built in the 15th century, located in the Cusco region of Southern Peru.
It was only since 1911 when American historian Hiram Bigham stumbled across it was it ever discovered by anyone outside of the local area. Since then, MP has become one of the most iconic places on earth.
This site, 7970 feet (2430 m) above sea level, is one of the most visited and therefore most photographed places in the world. It is easy to see why, as it is a truly magical place.
Here, you will see wonderfully organized farming terraces. Gloriously stone built buildings that are so perfect, they needed no mortar.
The surrounding mountain even resembles a jaguar.
2. Salar de Uyuni – Andes, Bolivia
These salt flats in Bolivia are the largest in the world, measuring in at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq miles). You’ll find them at the crest of the Andes in Southwest Bolivia at a height of just under 12 thousand feet above sea level.
They are called flats as this area has an extraordinary flatness to it, with only one meter of elevation across the entire area. The other part of the name comes from the fact that it is covered in a crust of salt.
There is flora and fauna to be photographed here. An island in the area houses giant cacti. You can also find Andean and James’s Flamingoes, among other creatures.
On top of this, there is a train cemetery that serves as a unique tourist attraction. These trains helped the mining companies transfer their mineral goods, which stopped in the 1940s.
The main reason why this area is one of the most photographed places in the world is due to the salt flat itself. After a rainfall, the water collects on top of the salt, creating the world’s largest mirror.
People from all over the world come to capture stunning images. It serves as a reflective, albeit alien landscape.
Due to its size and lack of elevation, you can also create some interesting forced perspective imagery.
1. Venice City – Venice, Italy
Venice is the only place on earth that can survive 365 days a year in water. In the UK, if it rains for two days in a row, the entire month is ruined.
This north-eastern city in Italy is one of the most famous and historically important cities in the world. They are the reason we call banks ‘banks’. It was one of the most important trading hubs of the middle ages and Renaissance periods.
Venice sits on a collection of 118 small islands, separated by hundreds of canals and over 400 bridges. This is the place to come for architectural photography, amongst other things.
Not only do the small lanes and hundreds of waterway viewpoints make for a romantic getaway, but it is also a photographers paradise.
There are gondoliers that dance through the canals. Also, a carnival that sees inhabitants and tourists donning masks and parading through the streets.
As it is one of the most beautiful places in the world, it is also one of the most photographed places.
And there you have it. Our 12 most iconic places to photograph.
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