1. Traghetto Gondole Santa Sofia

Boat or Ferry · Cannaregio · 7 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Take photographs of tourists, pigeons, and gelato lovers in Venice’s most famous square, then hire a gondola ride to photograph the people and buildings along the Grand Canal. Read more.

2. Hotel Danieli

Sestiere Castello (Riva degli Schiavoni), Venice, Veneto
Hotel · Castello · 39 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Take indoor photographs of the soaring multi-story lobby of this 5-star Venetian hotel. When you get home, rent The Tourist starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp and relive the magic! Read more.

3. Piazza Sordello

Piazza Sordello, Mantua, Lombardy
Plaza · 16 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Stand in front of the palazzo. Use a wide angle lens to shoot the opposite side of magnificent Piazza Sordello. The soaring Duomo should be on the right of your frame. Read more.

4. Piazza Leon Battista Alberti

Piazza Leon Battista Alberti, Mantua, Lombardy
Plaza · 4 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Eat local seafood and amazing pasta outdoors and take pictures of street life on this charming square. Shoot a close-up of the Charles Dickens plaque on the restaurant’s second floor exterior! Read more.

5. Busch Gardens Tampa

10165 N McKinley Drive (at Busch Blvd and 40th St), Tampa, FL
Theme Park · Temple Knoll · 361 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Great photo ops on the open truck Serengeti Safari and other Up-Close tours. Night and Sunset options too! Jungala, Walkabout Way, Lory Landing and Bird Gardens for photos as well. Read more.

6. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

3400 Vine St (at Erkenbrecher Ave.), Cincinnati, OH
Zoo · Avondale · 85 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Things to photograph: African Savannah, Wolf Woods, Spaulding Lorikeet Landing, Penguin Walkabout, Butterfly Garden, Tulips in the Spring. Check their schedule of animal encounters for photo ops. Read more.

7. Fort Steele

Ta Ta Creek, BC
History Museum · 1 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: You'll want a wide angle lens to photograph the buildings and a normal or telephoto lens to take people pictures. Consider taking a wagon or train ride too and visit the Old Time Photo Studio! Read more.

8. Devils Hopyard

New Haven, CT
Trail · Amity · 2 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Try a very long shutter speed -1 to 2 seconds - and a polarizer to photograph the many waterfalls. A wide angle lens will be useful to shoot the covered bridges at the park. Read more.

9. Idlewild Park

1850 Idlewild Dr, Reno, NV
Park · 3 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Take the train ride for a good park overview then head to the Rose Garden for flower photos. Bring your macro lens for the flowers and a standard/telephoto for people/pets/landscapes. Read more.

10. Japanese Tea Garden

75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr (btwn John F Kennedy Dr & Martin Luther King Jr Dr), San Francisco, CA
Garden · Golden Gate Park · 142 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: The top features to take photos of are the tall moon bridge straddling a wandering brook, the Temple Gate & Pagoda above a waterfall and the sitting Buddha statue. Read more.

11. Guaymas

5 Main St (at Ferry), Tiburon, CA
Mexican Restaurant · 37 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Once you’re done eating your enchilada and polishing off a margarita, you can turn around and take great water pictures from their upstairs outdoor terrace. Read more.

12. Lombard Street

Lombard St (btwn Hyde & Leavenworth St), San Francisco, CA
Street · Russian Hill · 217 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: If you stand on top of Lombard Street, starting at Leavenworth Street, you can get a great shot of all the hairpin turns as well as some beautiful floral landscaping. Read more.

13. Painted Ladies

Steiner St. (Across from Alamo Sq.), San Francisco, CA
Historic Site · Alamo Square · 87 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: One of the iconic scenes of San Francisco is a row of turn-of-the-century Victorian houses. If you go there at sunset, you can capture your own iconic photo. Read more.

14. Olana State Historic Site

5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY
Historic Site · 18 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: While you may not be able to take photos inside the mansion, the colorful exterior of the mansion as well as the grounds is available for great photo shoots. Read more.

15. Green Lane Park

2144 Snyder Rd (Route 29), Green Lane, PA
Lake · 9 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Hike around the reservoir for photos of wildlife, water fowl, flowers, winter ice formations, boats. Grab some photos of ethnic fishermen and women in interesting hats on Knight Road Bridge too. Read more.

16. George Wyth State Park

2659 Wyth Rd, Waterloo, IA
Park · 7 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Great place to photograph people enjoying water sports with 4 lakes, beach and river. Use a fast shutter speed to capture the action. Also good for bird photography if you have a long telephoto lens. Read more.

17. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

200 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA
Trail · 9 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Desert landscapes, wildflowers, old stagecoach stations, canyons are some of the photo ops. Bring wide angle, macro, telephoto lenses. Be careful of getting dust in your camera when changing lenses. Read more.

18. Dana Point Harbor

34624 Golden Lantern Dr. (Dana Point Harbor Drive), Dana Point, CA
Harbor / Marina · 36 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Colorful boats and tall ships, whale watching, water sports, fireworks, beautiful scenery are all great photo ops here. Check out our article on photographing boats and harbors for photo tips. Read more.

19. Mission San Juan Capistrano

26801 Ortega Hwy (at Camino Capistrano), San Juan Capistrano, CA
Church · 34 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: In addition to taking pictures of the mission, you'll also want to photograph the gardens. You can take a garden tour. Check out their photo policy if you're looking to do commercial photography. Read more.

20. Boston Public Garden

9 Arlington St (btwn Beacon & Boylston St), Boston, MA
Garden · Beacon Hill · 151 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Use a wide angle lens or panorama feature of your camera and a small aperture such as f/16 to capture the dramatic vistas around the Lagoon. Take photos of the Swan boats and suspension bridge too! Read more.

21. Puye Cliffs

Española, NM
Scenic Lookout · 2 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: You'll need flash to take photos inside the dwellings. Check out the carvings on the rocks at the base of the cliff. Use a wide angle lens and f/16 to take them with the dwellings in the background. Read more.

22. Jackalope

2820 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM
Flea Market · 5 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Photography at a store? You bet. You'll find stagecoaches, wagon wheels, totems and a wide variety of New Mexican artifacts to photograph in their 7 acre yard. Caution: you may take a few things home! Read more.

23. Torre di Pisa

Piazza del Duomo (Piazza Dei Miracoli), Pisa, Tuscany
Monument / Landmark · 307 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: If you climb the tower, don't straighten the view when you take pictures. Many people come home with photos that show the view with straight horizon lines. Read more.

24. Marconi Beach

Wellfleet, MA
Beach · 14 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Arrive at sunrise for spectacular shots of the ocean from this historic site, but don’t bypass the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp hike that leads to it – it’s a forest like none you have seen. Read more.

25. Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Columbia Heights (btwn Remsen & Orange), Brooklyn, NY
Park · Brooklyn Heights · 173 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Sunrise and sunset are the best times to photograph the sweeping panorama of Manhattan that you see from this unique site. Read more.

26. Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave NW (at Massachusetts Ave NW), Washington, D.C.
Church · Woodley Park · 61 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Check out the mosaics in the Resurrection Chapel and be sure to use a tripod and a long exposure to capture their iridescent beauty.

27. The Exorcist Steps

3600 Prospect St NW, Washington, D.C.
Scenic Lookout · Georgetown · 37 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Kneel down to photograph from the bottom of these famously creepy stairs from The Exorcist for a truly gruesome shot.

28. The Green-Wood Cemetery

500 25th St (at 5th Ave), Brooklyn, NY
Cemetery · Greenwood Heights · 64 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Lots of macabre, historic beauty to photograph here. Find the statue of Minerva for sweeping views of the harbor and islands. Read more.

29. Parlament

Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3., Budapest, Budapest
Capitol Building · Kossuth tér · 120 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Wonderful photographic opportunities await you here. For some great shots, grab your tripod and wait until twilight when the dome is illuminated.

30. Muldoon's Irish Pub

692 3rd Ave, New York, NY
Irish Pub · Turtle Bay · 25 tips and reviews

NYIPNYIP: Head’s up. Literally. Take a seat in the garden out back and look skyward for a fantastic view of the Chrysler building. We are also fans of the onion rings here.