The northeast region of the United States is filled with an abundance of incredible locations to photograph. Get ready to explore the most spectacular spots this area has to offer! The best 10 destinations in New England to photograph will leave you wanting to come back.
However, it can be hard to know where to begin. If you are stuck with planning a road trip through New England, this list is for you!
New England is a wonderful place to check out any time of the year. Check out one, or all of this list, and discover why so many fall in love with the Northeast.
10 Places to Visit and Photograph While in New England
1. Block Island, RI
While Block Island may not be the best-known beach getaway, this island is located just south of the mainland of Rhode Island. Well worth a visit if you enjoy lighthouses, dramatic cliffs lining the coast, and a fun place to cruise around on a scooter.
Block Island is easy to get to, just a short ferry ride away from Point Judith in Rhode Island, or New London in Connecticut. Don’t miss the opportunity to check out this island!
2. North Conway, NH
Hands down one of the best ski towns in the Northeast. However, any New Englander knows North Conway is a year-round destination. A getaway into the White Mountains perfect for any time of the year. North Conway is a small mountain town that packs a ton without losing any of its charm.
Home to the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi, Mt. Washington, North Conway is a center for outdoor enthusiasts. Do you enjoy getting wild in the mountains all day, with a refreshing drink at a local brewery afterwards? Well, North Conway is the place for you.
3. Baxter State Park, ME
Baxter State Park is in the north woods of Maine and home to one of the best mountains in the country for adventure, Mt. Katahdin. A true wilderness experience full of wildlife and scenery. Many only head to the park to climb Mt. Katahdin, however, there is so much more to this area of Maine.
The northern portion of the park is a quiet getaway, surrounded by a beautiful landscape, as the trails up Mt. Katahdin can become crowded in the summer. Baxter is an extensive landscape of undeveloped land, including mountains, pristine lakes, and hundreds of miles of streams.
4. Acadia National Park, ME
The only national park in New England, Acadia is a small area on Mount Desert Island along the Maine coastline. Although small, Acadia offers stunning views of coastal cliffs, glacier-scoured granite peaks, and woodlands.
Local favorites include the highest peak Cadillac Mountain, Precipice Trail, the Beehive, and the coastal walk. Check before heading as many trails are closed in the middle of the summer due to the nesting of the endangered Peregrine Falcons.
The largest town in the area, Bar Harbor, allows for a beautiful stay in a classic fishing village with easy access to the park. A treasure that should not be missed if you are looking for one of the best destinations in New England to photograph.
5. Southern Maine Coastline
A collection of locations, as there are too many little coastal towns to pick just one. The Portland area of Maine has several worthy stops. From lighthouses to beautiful beaches for sunrise, the southern coastline is a photographer’s dream. That is if you love the beach!
The favorites in the area consist of Portland Head Lighthouse, Nubble Light, Scarborough Marsh, Oguinquit, and Kennebunkport. However, go exploring as there are too many locations to name here.
6. Stowe, VT
Just down the road from the largest city in Vermont, Burlington, Stowe has all the action you’d expect in a mountain town. A classic small Vermont town with a downtown street filled with restaurants and local coffee shops. You are in the heart of the Green Mountains and a perfect destination for any time of year.
Stowe overlooks Vermont’s highest peak, Mt. Mansfield. Every season offers a unique perspective of a town named “the ski capital of the East”. The spring and summer gives you the lush green and flowing waterfalls, fall foliage is a sea of orange and red, and the sunrises over the mountain as snow falls in the winter are unreal.
Thus, make sure to include Stowe on your road trip, as it is one of the best destinations in New England to photograph.
7. Kent, CT
Kent is in the northwestern part of CT, part of Litchfield Country. A mix between old and new, Kent is the perfect balance of quaint and elegant. From the covered bridges to Kent Falls, you will have a variety to keep you busy shooting.
Take a step back in time when you head to the downtown area. Whether you are dining, strolling through a farmers’ market, or shopping in a small owner-operated store, you will have photo opportunity after opportunity.
8. Franconia & Crawford Notch State Park, NH
Franconia and Crawford Notch State Park is part of the White Mountains in New Hampshire, towards the Vermont border. Just as breathtaking as the peaks surrounding North Conway, you will be sure to get lost in the beauty.
If you are looking for the best views head to the Pemi-loop, consisting of Mt. Lafayette and West Bond for some incredible landscapes. Additionally, a short and mild hike close to the road is Mt. Willard, which will leave you with a dramatic view of the valley.
9. Bash Bish Falls, MA
Bash Bish Falls is the highest waterfall in Massachusetts on the border of New York. The final height of the falls drops 60 feet into a clear plunge pool. The waterfall is beautiful all year round and offers some worthy hiking, swimming, and camping in the area.
Bash Bish Falls is a go-to if you love to photograph waterfalls.
10. Barkhamsted, CT
A small town with natural serenity, voted one of the best places to live in Connecticut, that is filled with enough scenery to keep you busy. Barkhamsted is the place to go if you are looking to photograph the Saville Dam, lakes, state forests, and the scenic Farmington River.
Right down the road from the famous Saville Dam is Enders National Forest. The perfect place to take in the views and jump in for a dip to cool off.
Are You Ready to Plan A Road Trip in New England?
These are the best 10 destinations in New England to photograph. Hope this list helps inspire your next trip to the Northeast. Now head out there and start taking some pictures!
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