Friday, January 31, 2014

Top 5 Places to Snap Travel Photos

When traveling around the United States there is so much to see. If you are a shutterbug, these five places will help you find the best photo vantage points. The next time you stay in a timeshare rental hop on a bike or into a car and visit these must see locations to snap photos of famous landmarks and skylines like a pro.

1. New York City: In the city that never sleeps there are several options for snapping photos. The best photos of the Statue of Liberty you will get will be on the ferry ride to Ellis Island. Insider Tip: These are the closest photos you will get of the statue too. If you want a cool city lights photo at night walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and snap a photo of the Empire State Building and the NYC city skyline all lit up (pictured). If you want a photo of NYC from above then go to the top of the Empire State Building. Web: Ellis Island Ferry at Battery Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Empire State Building. Locations: Ellis Island at Battery Park (75 Battery Place, NYC), Brooklyn Bridge Park (334 Furman St, NYC; use this map to walk across the bridge from the park), Empire State Building (350 5th Ave, New York, NYC).

2. San Francisco, CA: Once the morning fog wears off head on over to Fort Point to snap a clear photo of the Golden Gate Bridge. Insider Tip: Photos of the bridge in the fog are most dramatic. If you want the famous postcard shot of this bridge drive, bike or walk across the bridge to the other side to Battery Spencer in Marin County. For a perfect shot of the famous homes known as the "Painted Ladies" head to Alamo Square. Web: Fort Point, Battery Spencer, Alamo Square. Locations: Fort Point (Marine Dr, San Francisco, CA), Battery Spencer (Conzelman Rd, Sausalito, CA), Alamo Square (Steiner St. & Hayes St.).

3. Charleston, SC: Head to The Battery. Here you will have Charleston Harbor on one side and White Point Gardens on the other side and nearby you will be treated to Rainbow Row with breathtaking estate homes (Insider Tip: Angle your shot of Rainbow Row with Charleston Harbor in the background). Keep an eye out for the Confederate Monument and cannons, sailboats in the harbor, giant oak trees with sunlight through the branches, and carriage tours passing by. Web: The Battery & White Point Gardens. Location: East Battery & Murray Blvd., Charleston, SC.

4. Los Angeles, CA: The Hollywood sign sits a top Mount Lee and the sign hovers over the top of LA. To get the best vantage point of the sign, drive to Lake Hollywood Park (Insider Tip: This is the closest you can get to the sign by car). Once at the park, enjoy a picnic in the grass and then get shutterbug happy. Insider Tip: Best shots are at dawn and just before dusk. Web: Lake Hollywood Park. Location: 3160 Canyon Drive Hollywood, CA.

5. Seattle, WA: It's been said, especially on a clear day, that Seattle's city skyline is the prettiest of all the major cities in the U.S. Seattle's skyline features the iconic Space Needle, Seattle Center, downtown skyscrapers, sports stadiums, and just behind the city backdrop is Mount Rainier floating above the Emerald City. If you want all these landmarks in one photo visit Kerry Park a top Seattle's Queen Anne hill. Set up a tripod and click away. Insider Tip: Best time of year to snap this shot is from late winter to early spring when Mount Rainier is snow capped. Web: Kerry Park. Location: 211 W Highland Dr., Seattle, WA.

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