Photo by Jiri Hajek

United States

The United States is a vast and diverse country that offers a plethora of stunning photography locations. From the rugged coastlines of Maine to the majestic mountains of Colorado, the country is home to a wide range of landscapes that are perfect for capturing breathtaking images. The iconic landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Statue of Liberty in New York City, and the Grand Canyon in Arizona are just a few of the many popular photography destinations in the United States.

Photography of United States

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge from Battery Spencer
by Birgit M.


Cloud Gate (The Bean) - Millennium Park, Chicago
Cloud Gate
by Joao Eduardo Figueiredo

Sculpture by Anish Kapoor

Mesquite Dunes
Mesquite Dunes
by Jeremy Bishop

I found myself trekking through the dunes in the middle of 33MPH winds. It was early in the morning when the winds were less violent, but when the sunrise hit the winds took a drastic change for the worse.

From Empire
Empire State view

From Empire State Building, Manhattan, New York (HDR)

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Love is the greatest refreshment in life…
Yosemite Valley View
by Sandeep Thomas
  • Pablo Picasso.

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One of my favorite locations in all of California is the Valley view outlook point at Yosemite National Park. I have posted many photos of this location which provides a stunning view of the majestic El Capitan to the left, the stunning Sentinels with Bridal Veil Falls to the right and the serene Merced River as foreground interest. It’s pretty tough to beat a view as spectacular as this but the real reason I fell in love with this location is the fact that I always got amazing light whenever I was at this spot. This was my go-to spot when the weather was bad or if we are providing a quick drive-by for our relatives or friends who are visiting.

This photo was taken in the past summer when we did a quick tour of Yosemite, As usual, the golden hour kind of coincided with our stop and I managed to get some good shots.

Orange October
San Francisco from Twin Peaks
by Andrew Kearns

San Francisco celebrates the Giants in the World Series. 12 images using a 400mm lens on a 5D mk2. Taken from twin peaks. This image is 2.6G of data. 24 inches by 72 inches at 300 DPI. I printed one and it looks amazing!

[Pier 14 During the Blue Hour]
Pier 14
by Milton Sun

Nikon D810 + AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm @ 24mm F/16, 30 sec, ISO-100. pano blended with 3 horizontal shots. (taken on 05-14-2016)

Fiery San Francisco
San Francisco from Treasure Island
by Jiri Hajek

After an overcast day, late afternoon sky started to clear on the west, which resulted in a phenomenal sunset.

Stars at Bristlecone Pine Forest
Bristlecone Pine Forest
by Andrew Kearns

Made from 5 light frames (captured with a NIKON D850) by Starry Landscape Stacker 1.6.4. Algorithm: Median - This tree is estimated to be 4000 years old. I used an IRIX 15mm lens - awesome lens!

Morning Sky Over Linville Gorge
Rock Garden
by Michael Kight

A few posts back shows this same location, though shot into the brilliant light of the rising Sun. This is looking the other direction just before the Sun popped up on the horizon at my back. This is more of a 23rd Psalm image than those brilliant shots, pastoral and peaceful. The hike down from here at Hawksbill Mountain is always one of contemplation of the beauty of God’s creation… always worth the hike up!

Fishing Pier at Dawn
by PZ Sunrays

Before sunrise, water was clam and dark sky color gradually got brighter with warm colors. Those warm colors were reflected onto calm water. The entire scene told me that it would be a beautiful and relaxing day. It did!

Downtown From West
Downtown From West
by Jakub Slováček

West view of Lower Manhattan

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love...
Crystal Cascades Falls
by Sandeep Thomas
  • Mother Teresa.

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Crystal cascade is rated as one of the best waterfalls in NH and I wanted to visit the falls before I left for New York. Most of the directions posted online for the falls state that its located just a short walk from the Appalachian Mountain Club Pinkham Notch Visitor Center on the way to White mountain auto road. So naturally, on my way back from there I went to the falls.

The nice lady behind the information counter told me that it's just a short distance from the parking lot, the distance was indeed short but was a little steep. I was really tired from a whole day of driving especially the nerve-racking Mt Washington drive and was in no condition for a climb. It took me almost 40 minutes to cover what other people were covering in 10 minutes but the waterfall was worth the effort, there is a nice viewpoint but getting to the base of the fall requires some skills and is impossible with a DSLR and a hefty tripod.

The Glen Ellis Falls is quite close to this one and is equally majestic. you will have to stop at the parking lot and take a tunnel to cross the highway and there is a beautiful pathway that will help you make it to the bottom of the falls.

Multiple Sunbeams
Upper Antelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ.

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Lower Manhattan At Night
Manhattan over the poles of Old Pier 1
by Jakub Slováček

Skyline of Lower Manhattan at night from Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Tunnel View
by Aniket Deole

I think the best time to visit Yosemite is February. There is still some snow around the valley. The trees and the snow shine mystically because of the sun rays through the patchy clouds. Certainly a sight to behold.

Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
by Maurizio Fontana

USA 2011 - Death Valley

Delicate Arch sunset
Delicate Arch
by Maurizio Fontana

USA 2011 - Arches

Sunset on Brooklyn Bridge
Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan, New York

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New York City Skyline
Manhattan over the poles of Old Pier 1
by Hilde Jüngst

View from Brooklyn Bridge Park after Sunset.

Seattle from Jose Rizal Bridge
by Daniel Cheong

Shot from Dr. Jose Rizal Bridge, a very popular vantage point.

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The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost…
Multnomah Falls
by Sandeep Thomas
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton.

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Multnomah Falls, at about 627 ft in elevation this is one of the premier attraction of the Columbia River Gorge and attracts quite a number of visitors. It’s considered by many as the second tallest year round waterfall in the US. We passed alongside the falls on our fourth day but the parking area was packed with cars, so we decided to get back here on the fifth day after shooting sunrise at the Trillium Lake.

We reached here around 6:30 am and there was nobody around, so we took our time taking pics and enjoying a stroll to small bridge across the falls. It’s not the most photogenic of the falls in Columbia River Gorge but its stunning just to see the sheer size of this stunning waterfall.

Opportunities multiply as they are seized…
Mt Gibbs reflected in a lake
by Sandeep Thomas
  • Sun Tzu.

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This is one my absolute pictures of the trip. I saw this little swatch of meadows purely by accident, I have a strong hunch that this is the Dana-Gibbs view but I am not sure as there was no one else and I drove past it and had to return. I had all the time in the world to set up my tripod and compose my shot. Half way through setting up my picture my wife started pulling my shirt and we saw that there was a doe Mule deer carefully watching us. She slowly walked across the meadow from us and kept on grazing. This was almost a shot out of my dreams and I was just so happy. The only thing that would have been better is if I could take the shot before the deer walked far away but I am very satisfied with the results on this shot.

Wolf Point Riverwalk
by Nenad Spasojevic

“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.” – Paulo Coelho

When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome...
Mt Shasta from road
by Sandeep Thomas

-Wilma Rudolph.

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Here is another old shot from our Oregon road trip. This one is a Panorama shot of the mighty Mt Shasta with a road lading up to the mountain while it is illuminated by the last rays of the sun. I love the this road where we took this shot as every turn and curve has awesome views of the mountain. I had almost forgot about this shot until couple of days ago when I was backing up my data files and saw this one.

This one is a pano stitch image of about 15 shots and was taken just seconds before the last light of the day was gone. I had seen a barn on this road the last time we were there and was driving around to find it but couldn't and my wife was yelling at me not to waste the sunset. so finally I gave in and pulled to the side to take this shot.

Hope you all like it, and Happy new Year!!

Office Covered Bridge, Oregon
Office Covered Bridge, Oregon
by Bonnie Moreland

The Office Bridge (also called Westfir Covered Bridge) is a covered bridge in Westfir, Lane County, Oregon, U.S. crossing the North Fork Middle Fork Willamette River at the south end of the Aufderheide National Scenic Byway and edge of the Willamette National Forest. It is Oregon's longest covered bridge at 180 ft (55 m), and is one of only two in the state using triple Howe truss construction. It is the only covered bridge west of the Mississippi River which has a separate pedestrian walkway. Each Christmas season, the town decorates the bridge with lights. A firetruck driven by Santa turns the lights on the first week after Thanksgiving.

Hocus Virga Pocus
Hocus Virga Pocus

There’s something magical about Martin’s Beach. Perhaps it has to do with the wizard’s hat shaped sea-stack just off the shore of the beach. Or...

Horseshoe Bend - Colorado
Horseshoe Bend
by Maurizio Fontana

USA 2011 - Colorado River

Dead Horse Point before Sunrise
Dead Horse Point
by Yi Jiang

Dead Horse Point State Park is a state park of Utah in the United States, featuring a dramatic overlook of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park.

The intellect of the wise is like glass; it admits the light of heaven and reflects it…
Pfeiffer Beach
by Sandeep Thomas
  • Augustus Hare.

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One more shot from Pfeiffer State Beach. Took this one as I reached the beach when I got about 2 minutes to shoot the bridge head on without anyone walking through the frame. I like this shot a little better than the one where the sun is setting through the arch.

Thanks for visiting. Hope you all have a good day..

Manhattan Bridge from Washington Street
by Nenad Spasojevic

Finally get my self around to finish editing this shot. Between the initial shot and the final edit it took me around 5 months. I went to this location 6 times while trying to figure out what to do with it. Shooting at nigh wasn't an option cause there is just to many light sources all around coming from many directions. I wasn't fortunate enough to catch the rainy day also. Since there is so many cars parked in the street I had to do something different to be able to hide them and make everything seamless in the final edit. While shooting in the city, I like to do that with this long exposure technique and use the car trails as leading lines as much as the cover for the distracting area. What do you think?

Sand Dunes
Mesquite Dunes
by Yi Jiang

Death Valley National Park

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere…
Fairy Falls
by Sandeep Thomas
  • Agnes Repplier.

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One more shot of the beautiful fairy falls. For this shot I got in real close and used a longer focal length. I am a big admirer of this particular type of falls as they come our really pretty in photographs and this one is one of my favorites. I wanted a shot emphasizing the details of the moss on the ricks and the flowing water.

Hope everyone likes it, Happy Tuesday!!

by Nenad Spasojevic

Is anyone having a great morning today? I’m very excited to be back today and to start sharing some photos again with you guys. Past month was great and I got to pack almost a month of traveling. Even though I left the Chicago for a few weeks, I feel like in some way, Chicago never left me. For a brief moment every morning when I wake up, I instinctively felt as I was still here in a way. So for this post I’m going back to one of the cityscapes corners. What do you think?

The Two Bridges
Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge
by Jakub Slováček

The iconic bridges - The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge in background.

Benton Harbor Lighthouses
St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouse
by David Hamments

.... aka St. Joseph North and South Pier Lighthouses (and a beautiful Lake Michigan sunset)

Library of Congress
by Nenad Spasojevic

Past week I was able to travel a little bit and revisit the DC on that trip. this time I actually took some time to explore the city. I did a bit of planing prior to the trip and even it was getting pretty cold I went for it. The trip was a great success! I might say. And I came back home with a ton of architectural, landmark and urban photos. This particular shot is from the inside of the Library of Congress. Really great photographer friendly place. What do you think?

It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it…
San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge from Engagement Hill
by Sandeep Thomas
  • Voltaire.

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This shot was taken from the Pacific coast trail/Slackers hill trail on our way back after taking the shot that I posted earlier. By the time we reached the viewpoint, the blue hour was almost ending and we could see the sky turning way darker than it was before. I also wanted to get a nice streak of light trails to use as leading line to the bridge. For some reason traffic was unusually light at this time of the day and we had to try many more shots than normal to the trails that I liked.

I think this was the best one of the bunch when also considering the fact that how many airplanes and helicopters are also present in these skies. Personally, I would have preferred to take this shot a bit earlier but I like the way it turned out.

by Nenad Spasojevic

I think that the most important thing about any art is the sense of escape. What do you think?

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas
by Eduard Wichner

The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is a Las Vegas landmark funded in May 1959 and erected soon after by Western Neon. Address: 5200 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119, United States

Thanks to all Phoide contributors to United States!
Most notably Sandeep Thomas, George Kurzik, Andrey Sulitskiy, Nenad Spasojevic, Bonnie Moreland, Patrick Clancy, MURALI NARAYANAN and Yi Jiang.