There are great places for landscape photography all over the United States, and here you’ll find a list of the top 5 locations in each state, plus you’ll see a link to where you find even more great locations in each state. The list is broken into a few different pages because of size. Below you’ll find the states starting with R – W, links to the other pages are below:
Beavertail State Park
Home to a rocky shoreline and lighthouse.
Photo by Leonardo Dasilva / CC BY 2.0
Rocky shoreline that can be reach with a hike from Narragansett.
Photo by Dan Connolly / CC BY 2.0
Congaree National Park
Old-growth forest and swampy floodplain with a 2.5 mile boardwalk for viewing.
Photo by joeyglockner / CC BY-SA 3.0
Hunting Beach State Park
Beautiful beaches and marshes, south of Myrtle Beach.
Photo by Fran Trudeau / CC BY-SA 2.0
Badlands National Park
Beautifully rugged landscape. Badlands Loop Road provides plenty of great views.
Photo by werner22brigitte / CC0
Custer State Park
Beautiful landscape and wildlife including bison, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and more.
Photo by Epsota24 / CC BY-SA 3.0
19-mile long canyon with rock formations, waterfalls, and a scenic drive.
Photo by Jordan Wilms / CC BY-ND 2.0
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located in both TN and NC, the highlights in Tennessee include Cade’s Cove, Cligmans Dome, Mount LeConte, and the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.
Photo by Aviator31 / Public Domain
Roan Mountain State Park
Each June this park is home to a Rhododendron Festival, a great time to photograph flowers.
Photo by Dallas Krentzel / CC BY 2.0
Burgess Falls State Park
Home to a beautiful 130-foot waterfall.
Photo by Mountain Vacation Resorts / CC BY-SA 3.0
Big Bend National Park
Remote, rugged park at the Mexican border, along the Rio Grande.
Photo by Alison I. / CC BY-ND 2.0
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Gypsum sand dunes and the highest point in Texas.
Photo by Miguel Vieira / CC BY 2.0
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Massive canyon with interesting rock formations and hoodoos.
Photo by Meniscus / CC BY-SA 3.0
Zion National Park
Home to canyons, sandstone cliffs and the Virgin River.
Photo by Diliff / CC BY-SA 3.0
Bryce Canyon National Park
Beautiful, colorful hoodoos make this park unique.
Photo by Ed Coyle / CC BY-ND 2.0
Canyonlands National Park
Beautiful landscape in 4 different park districts. Island in the Sky is a highlight.
Photo by Chao Yen / CC BY-ND 2.0
You can hike to the summit (3 miles) for a great view of the Green Mountains.
Photo by petersent / Public Domain
Shenandoah National Park
Beautiful Mountain Park with Skyline Drive providing plenty of outstanding overlooks.
Photo by Beau Considine / CC BY-SA 2.0
Great Falls Park
Scenic waterfalls on the Potomac River, just outside of Washington, DC.
Photo by Mehul Antani / CC BY 2.0
Olympic National Park
Rain forests, coastline, mountains, lakes, and waterfalls can be found at this amazing park.
Photo by Ralph Arvesen / CC BY 2.0
Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier, old-growth forest, and meadows of wildflowers.
Photo by Ralph Arvesen / CC BY 2.0
New River Gorge
Amazing views of the river and gorge, as well as some waterfalls.
Photo by skeeze / CC0
Blackwater Falls State Park
Several beautiful waterfalls and a few great overlooks, especially Lindy Point.
Photo by Nicolas Raymond / CC BY-SA 3.0
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
21 islands on Lake Superior with beautiful coastlines featuring sea caves and cliffs.
Photo by Royalbroil / CC BY-SA 3.0
Along the scenic St. Croix River and the Minnesota state line.
Photo by Urdangaray / Public Domain
Yellowstone National Park
Iconic destination due to its unique geothermal features, landscape, and wildlife.
Photo by Allan Harris / CC BY-ND 2.0
Grand Teton National Park
Just south of Yellowstone, great place for amazing mountain photography.
Photo by Brian Holsclaw / CC BY-ND 2.0
Adobe Town Wilderness Study Area
Wilderness badlands with a rugged and colorful landscape.
Photo by BLM / CC BY 2.0