Horizon’s Top 5 Destinations for Travel Photography

Written by Michelle Johannesson

If you’re a photo junkie, these 5 destinations should be on your bucket list!

1. Ventura, California

Sandy beaches and sunny skies have made Ventura, California a popular vacation destination for travellers wanting to experience endless summer. Ventura also offers fantastic photo opportunities to hobbyist and professional photographers alike. Panoramic coast lines sprawl along rugged and rocky hillsides, endless sandy shoes face picturesque sunsets, and botanical gardens welcome an elevated view of the downtown core. You won’t want to put your camera down!

Venture to Ventura: www.visitventuraca.com

2. Manitoba, Canada

Explore one of Canada’s most unique and alluring provinces. Travel north-ward and watch as the Manitoba landscape morphs from prairie grassland to boreal forest to vast tundra. Visit the town of Churchill, nick-named the ‘Polar Bear Capital’, and experience heart-pumping photo opportunities as majestic polar bears roam just meters away. No photo fanatic can leave Manitoba without experiencing the luminous wonder of the Aurora Borealis. Also known as the Northern Lights, this atmospheric phenomenon is best seen between January and March, offering spectators the chance to capture once-in-a-lifetime photos.

Get to Manitoba: www.travelmanitoba.com

3. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The Grand Canyon is one of the most quintessential locations for photography. Capture breathtaking sunsets at Hopi Point or iconic views of the canyon at Yaki Point. You’ll lose track of time as you watch the sky blend from blue to red to purple overtop of the magnificent Grand Canyon that stretches to depths of over 6000 feet. If you’re feeling creative, try playing around with photo perspective by adding foreground and subjects into your frame. A collection of Grand Canyon photos are sure to boost any photographer’s portfolio!

Plan your Grand Canyon experience here: www.grandcanyoncvb.org

4. Big Bend, Texas

The Big Bend region contains 5 distinct regions including: Marathon, Lajitas, Study Butte, Terlingua, and Big Bend National Park. Most impressive is Big Bend National Park, home to more species of flora and fauna than any other national park in the United States. The park also preserves more than 1100 square miles of dessert, 3 massive canyons of the Rio Grande, and the entire Chinos mountain range. Big Bend is a haven for photographers wanting to capture photos of landscape and wildlife!

More info here: www.visitbigbend.com

5. Barbados

Fall into synch with the Caribbean rhythm as you snap photos of the gorgeous flora in the Andromeda Botanical Gardens, or take a catamaran ride and capture the rich colour of the ocean against the white sandy shoreline. If you pack a waterproof camera, opt for a snorkelling tour and dive into a whole new world of imagery where you can photograph corals, fish, and other marine life. Barbados provides photo opportunities like no other destination!

Start planning here: www.visitbarbados.org