10 Must See Places You Need to Photograph This Summer (New England Area Edition)

10 Jun



Exploration and landscape photography go hand-in-hand, but finding time to research potential locations can be challenging.  If your time is at a premium, but you want to see some of the beauty of the Northeastern region of the US (and beyond) has to offer…this list is for you.

Light The Sky :: Maine

Light The Sky :: Maine

1)   Acadia:  This is a no-brainer.  Acadia is a gorgeous national park that highlights the natural, rugged beauty of northern New England.  Furthermore, there is something for everyone and every fitness level in Acadia, from relaxed strolls to involved hikes.  Several of the beautiful, varied landscapes are easily accessible, with convenient parking and short walks to the site.  Personal favorites are Sieur de Monts and Little Hunter Beach.


Vigilance :: RI

Vigilance :: RI

2)      Rhode Island lighthouses: For the purposes of landscape photography, Rhode Island has some great shore line.  Although not as rugged as Maine’s coastline, there is still a great variety of rocky foreground shoreline and sandy beaches along the ocean sides of the state.   Because there is so much rocky shoreline, there are also several beautiful, accessible lighthouses in the state.  Personal favorites are Beavertail in Jamestown, RI and the lighthouses on Block Island.


Shades of Gray :: MA

Shades of Gray :: MA

3)      Cape Cod, MA: The small towns and beaches that make up “The Cape” are a perfect representation of what makes the shore of New England so irresistible.  There are picturesque sandy beaches, salt marshes and lighthouses mixed in with iconic New England villages.  As a bonus (depending on you how you feel about the booming population), you can likely try your hand at Grey Seal photography. Personal favorites are Grey’s Beach boardwalk and the hike out to the Provincetown lighthouses.


In Wildness

In Wildness :: NH

4)      White Mountains National Forest area:  If you are looking for rugged wilderness, hiking, camping, waterfalls, ponds and birch trees then the White Mountains are for you.  The National Forest is well maintained, but retains a strong sense of nature throughout the entire area, including the land surrounding the green space.  Personal favorite hikes are Mount Washington (mountain and waterfalls), and Pondicherry (site of our forest and ponds workshop).


Currents :: Vermont

Currents :: Vermont

5)      Vermont Green Mountains area: The Green Mountain area of Vermont is interesting in that it is interspersed with pockets of civilization throughout, but never loses the magical feel of an untouched wild space.  There are plenty of mountains views, forest hikes, waterfalls and wildlife (moose!) to be had in upper Vermont.  As a bonus, it’s not far from Lake Champlain.  Personal favorite hikes are Camel’s Hump and Sterling Pond.  Personal favorite, easily accessible waterfall is Moss Glen in the Green Mountain Forest


Winds of Winter :: Massachusetts

Winds of Winter :: Massachusetts

6)   Quabbin Reservoir, MA:  Massachusetts gets two listings because the Quabbin is that nice.  This reservoir used to be four towns that were removed and the valley was flooded to provide drinking water for Boston.  If the creepy abandoned relics factor isn’t enough for you, then the generally flat hikes, biking and abundant wildlife are sure to win you over. Personal favorite is Hanks Meadow on the lower Quabbin shore.


Round and Round She Goes :: Canada

Round and Round She Goes :: Canada

7)      Niagara Falls, NY / Canada: For those of you who have a passport, Niagara is a MUST SEE.  The falls themselves are the kind of powerful that leaves your jaw on the floor and your knees a little shaky.  There are locations and activities along both sides of the border, but in my opinion, the Canadian side does it best.  It can be a bit “touristy” in town, including a giant ferris wheel to get the best view of the falls light show up at night, but there is a wider variety of things to participate in.  Personal favorites are Cave of the Winds (American side) and the butterfly sanctuary (Canadian side).


The Space Between :: Ricketts Glen, PA

The Space Between :: Ricketts Glen, PA

8)   Ricketts Glen in PA: What if I told you there was a park with 21 beautiful waterfalls in Pennsylvania?  Now, what if I told you that 18 of those waterfalls were easily accessible along a 3 mile hike?   Ricketts Glen is a photographer’s day hiking paradise giving you a lot of bang for your buck.  (Or time, as the case may be!)  Personal favorite is Oneida Falls.


Breathing Dreams

Breathing Dreams :: NY

9)   Upstate NY gorges: There is a reason that Ithaca, NY’s slogan is “Ithaca is Gorges.”  The area surrounding Ithaca is loaded with rock walls and stunning waterfalls.  The waterfalls vary from “eh” to “dang!”, the sheer volume of photographic opportunities makes this area worth a mention.  Personal favorites are Watkins Glen (if you’re looking for a good return on your time investment, and extremely well-manicured paths) or Taughannock Falls if you’re looking for drama.


Sounds of Silence :: Connecticut

Sounds of Silence :: Connecticut

10)   Connecticut’s Quaint Pockets of Nature:  Connecticut is interesting in that the entire state is the attraction.  It is loaded with small working farms, fishing villages, so much forest.  In fact, we’re kinda famous for our foliage in the Fall.  Personal favorites are Enders State Forest for waterfalls and foliage, and either Lighthouse Park or Walnut Beach/Silver Sands Beach for fun shoreline photos.


Now get out there and take some pictures!

Seeing Spots Photo offers day lessons, including guided site visits to some of our favorites locations.  For more information about that, check out our private sessions page.


22 Responses to “10 Must See Places You Need to Photograph This Summer (New England Area Edition)”

  1. Nelson June 10, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    Acadia Park is really a beautiful place with its mountains so close to the sea, the landscape is really special and unique

    • seeingspotsphoto June 10, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

      It really is! I love the rugged landscape along the coast of Maine. There always seems to be something awesome to photograph no matter where I land in the state. Lol

  2. Cindy Bruchman June 10, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    I love the NE shots. A long time ago I lived in Maine and spent a lot of time in VT. Your shots reminded how lovely the region is.

    • seeingspotsphoto June 10, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

      I’m so glad to hear that, Cindy! And obviously I agree…its such a beautiful area of the country. 🙂

  3. jdrazil June 10, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

    Wish I could!

  4. Pat Reeder June 10, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

    Oh my gosh – these are all so gorgeous!!!!!!!

  5. Nato June 10, 2015 at 8:27 pm #


    • seeingspotsphoto June 11, 2015 at 2:38 am #

      Glad you like the list! Feel free to share. 🙂

      • Nato June 11, 2015 at 3:02 am #

        I will!

  6. Ptck June 11, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    All of very beautiful place

  7. flahertylandscape June 15, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    It all really is…just out there…waiting…for us to look…to see…to feel. Thanks for the wonderful photos and descriptions!

  8. susanissima June 15, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

    Love the angles, the light, the textures. Happy to discover your blog and thanks for stopping by mine.

  9. kritterspaw June 18, 2015 at 8:43 pm #

    Awesome photos!

  10. Karly Caserza July 13, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

    An international spot: Capri, Italy

    I absolutely fell in love with this island when I saw it ❤️❤️❤️❤️.

  11. Tyrannosaurus Fir December 16, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

    Gosh, what a great site this is. And a superb post, this one. Going to Acadia for a Griswold-style autumn family trip (and photography expedition) has been on my mind for the last few years but it’s very nice to get a broader perspective on some of the other beautiful places around New England and environs.

    • seeingspotsphoto December 22, 2015 at 3:14 am #

      Thank you so much for the kind words! I am glad you are enjoying my photos and posts. I hope you have a great Griswold-vacation! lol

  12. Adam X January 16, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

    A great, well-written article, backed up with some first rate shots. I’m visiting CT/ME/NH/MA this autumn (or fall as you guys call it), and am enjoying the planning! 🙂

    • seeingspotsphoto January 18, 2017 at 9:16 pm #

      Aww, thanks! You’ll love the foliage! Hopefully we get some decent rainfall this year too, because waterfalls +foliage is magical!

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