Best City Attractions To Photograph
The cities of Los Angeles, Chicago and New York are a photographer’s dream. There are so many best attractions that give an unbelievable number of photo opportunities that you can only scratch the surface of the sites that are available for taking fantastic pictures. Just imagine the unforgettable photographs you can take at these sites.
Battleship USS Iowa – Los Angeles
This historic “floating museum” and “battleship of presidents” allows you to experience some of the 70 years of service of the West Coast’s only battleship, which was one of the most powerful and fastest ships that ever set sail. You step through time as you get up close to the giant guns and other weaponry that spanned from World War II through the Cold War, the Captain’s bridge, the sailor’s quarters, and hear stories from actual Navy veterans. You get to tour the spaces used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, numerous Five-Star Admirals, and others.
Getty Center’s Central Garden – Los Angeles
A wonderfully lush garden, such as this 134,000 square foot one, is an extraordinary photo taking experience. A stream descends to a plaza with bougainvillea arbors and then continues and ends up in a cascade of water over a stone waterfall into a pool filled with azaleas. Specialty gardens surround the pool. The foliage has been selected to accentuate the interplay of color, light, color and reflection.
Millennium Park – Chicago
Part of the larger Grant Park, this is a showcase for modern architecture. It is considered to be the largest roof garden in the world because it was built on top of a railroad yard and parking garages. The park’s highlights include the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink, the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, the Chase Promenade, and more.
Other major features are the 120 foot high silver band shell which anchors an outdoor modern design gallery, the 50 foot high Crown Fountain, and the famous polished reflective mirror-like steel Cloud Gate sculpture known as “the Bean.”
Navy Pier – Chicago
Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot-long municipal pier on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, which was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Built for the staggering sum of $4.5 million back in 1916, it was to serve as a mixed-purpose public infrastructure. Although its primary purpose was as a cargo facility and warehouses for lake freighters, it also provided docking space for passenger excursion steamers and a place for family-oriented gatherings and entertainment. Said to be “Chicago’s lakefront playground,” there are now over 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, parks, restaurants, shops and attractions.
Greenwich Village – New York
The Greenwich Village Historic District was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Although a largely residential upper middle class families. neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan, its fame was established in the 19th and 20th centuries as a Bohemian and artists’ haven and became the East Coast’s birthplace of both the 60’s and Beat counterculture.
Today it is enjoyed by walking through (and taking pictures of) a fancy and picturesque neighborhood that also has a low key vibe, old houses, off-broadway shows, wonderful restaurants, boutiques, and a fun time.
Central Park – New York
This 843-acre urban park in Manhattan is visited by approximately 37.5 million people annually from all over the world, which makes it the most visited urban park in the United States. Opened in 1857, it was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1963 and added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1966.
Appearing to be a beautiful natural area, it is actually entirely man-made except for the glacier scarred rocks. It is said that more earth was moved in its construction than in that of the Panama Canal! You will find a vast lawn, formal gardens, bridges, arches, hills, lakes, hidden roads, and forest. Recent years have seen a great deal of renovation and restoration.
In addition to the magic photography of the above natural areas, you can observe and record local artists displaying their wares, the Obelisk at the back of The Met, ducks on the pond, families riding the carousel, a romantic couple taking a horse-drawn carriage ride, and so much more.