Most of us look forward to our vacations, time away from work and our everyday lives. That precious vacation time takes forever to get here and seems to be over in an instant. We all want to hold on to those wonderful feelings and memories as long as we can, and one of the best ways to capture memories and impressions is through photography. With the economy the way it is, many people are opting to spend their vacation time somewhere close to home, which often means driving instead of flying. Which is not a bad thing as traveling by automobile we tend to see a lot of interesting things along the way to and from our destinations. I was reminded of that when I recently perused some of the great landscape photography posted on the net. Taking in the magical imagery of Richard Daniel DuBose, one of my favorite photographers, made me want to hop in my car and go on a trip.
From Alaska to Florida, every state has its own beautiful attractions. No matter where you are, you might find that you're only a few hours drive from some of our nation's most spectacular sites. The East Coast has the Atlantic Ocean, the Appalachian Mountains, the Catskills, a wide variety of national monuments and buildings, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Natchez Trace, the Rio Grande, and a wealth of historic national landmarks too numerous to mention.
If you drive through New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada, some of the must-see locations are the Aztec Ruins, Capulin Volcano, Petroglyph, the Gila Cliff Dwellings, Carlsbad Caverns, and the Salinas Pueblo Missions in New Mexico. Arizona's outstanding places include the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Montezuma Castle, Havasu Canyon, Lake Powell, and Sunset Crater Volcano. Colorado's great vistas include the Great Sand Dunes, Florissant Fossil Beds, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Nevada has a lot to offer as well, including Lake Meade, Death Valley, and the Great Basin.
The Midwest has lots of interesting things to see, too. The Great Salt Lake, Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Bryce Canyon, Glacier National Park, Little Bighorn, Yellowstone National Park just to name a few. In the Pacific Northwest there's Mt. Rainier, Crater Lake, and the breathtaking shoreline of the Pacific.
Although all of these states have a lot to offer, the sites of California are numerous and grand. Just around San Francisco alone, you can spend a week seeing the great sites of Muir Woods, Point Reyes, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point, and the Presidio, as well as the beautiful rocky coast of the ocean. The rest of the state of California has much to see as well. Some of the most breathtaking views in all the land can be found at Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Mojave Desert, and Joshua Tree National Park.
The beautiful parks, shorelines, and monuments of our great land are some of the most photographed locations in the United States. From macro to wildlife to landscape photography, everyone can get involved capturing images they'll remember for a lifetime. Our vacations are meant to be time to recover from our day-to-day lives of rush hour traffic, suits, email, and time clocks. The memories we keep from our vacations are where we often retreat to when our everyday lives seem unbearable. Photography helps us to focus and create a touchable reality of the memories we make while on life's journey.
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