Beautiful American Landscapes: Redfish Lake, Idaho

From the grandeur of Mount Rushmore to the rolling green hills of Vermont, America is a landscape photographer’s dream. Many people are drawn towards spots that have been photographed a thousand times. Even if you are just a lover of landscapes and not a professional photographer, look no further than these unique spots to get an amazing vantage of the country’s scenic majesty.

Beautiful American Landscapes: Redfish Lake, Idaho

Redfish Lake, Idaho

Nestled at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains in Custer County, the gorgeous blue waters and miles of natural beauty around Redfish Lake are sure to make for an incredible shot.

Pro tip: Get creative with the lake’s clear water. Try getting a shot of the beautiful reflections found in the lake featuring the surrounding trees and mountains.

Beautiful American Landscapes: Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

If you are looking for out-of-the-box beauty, Antelope Canyon is perfect for you. This canyon was formed by the gradual erosion of Navajo Sandstone, which resulted in unique formations that look out of this world. The warm browns and reds of this landscape are beautiful by themselves. The varying structures will make sure you get a unique picture every time. Keep in mind, you will likely need to do some hiking to and through the canyon for the best shots—check out these tips we found for hiking Antelope Canyon.

Pro tip: To get the most out of the canyon’s rich colors, aim your camera straight up to best capture the full range of the Kelvin color temperature scale. For more advice from professional photographers, check out this video from Sun Gallery Photography. Also, when photographing this location keep in mind that the time of day will greatly affect the lighting allowing you to capture different colors during each part of the day from sunrise to sunset.

Beautiful American Landscapes: Sun Portal at Pfeiffer Beach, California

Sun Portal at Pfeiffer Beach, California

In the state of so much natural beauty, it’s hard to pick a favorite spot. However, the Sun Portal is a hidden gem you shouldn’t miss. At sunset, golden light pours out of the natural arch in the rock. If you have the patience, you could get the shot of a lifetime.

Pro tip: The light appears around 40 minutes before sunset and gets more intense the closer to sunset it gets. That’s when you’ll get the best picture!

Beautiful American Landscapes: Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

For most of us, Alaska isn’t a short drive away. However, a quick Google search of Denali will make you want to hop on the next flight out there.

Denali National Park features six million miles of alpine beauty. Moose, Dall’s sheep, and reindeer wander freely. Here’s a map of some of the hottest spots professional photographers like to hit.

Beautiful American Landscapes: Atchafalaya Basin Swamp, Louisiana

Atchafalaya Basin Swamp, Louisiana

When you think “beautiful landscapes,” swamps probably aren’t the first thing that come to mind. Atchafalaya Swamp might change your mind. Explore 1.4 million acres of mangroves and habitat for wildlife including alligators and migratory birds for some unique shots of both the landscape and the local fauna.

Pro tip: An airboat tour is a great option that can help provide the perfect picture from a safe distance.

As “The Voice of Land,” we’re certain you’ll hear these beautiful landscapes calling your name. America is full of so many incredible natural landscapes that it would be impossible to see every single one in a single lifetime. The landscapes on this list are just a handful of what’s out there. Now, grab your camera and get to exploring!

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