The 13 most photogenic places in America

Photography-wise, you really can’t go wrong in a national park or a big city.

They “tend to be the best places to photograph,” says Gary Arndt, a blogger and photographer who sold his house in 2007 and has been roaming the globe ever since. The Society of American Travel Writers named him 2014 Photographer of the Year, and he has already visited 25 countries this year.

This week, Arndt will surpass mile 11,000 of this summer’s North American odyssey.

Arndt has picked more than 20 of the most photogenic spots he’s visited to highlight on Pinterest. A selection is featured in the gallery above. Visually rich and undeniably gorgeous, these American destinations are ripe for photographers of all skill levels.

“If you go to the Grand Canyon, it’s pretty hard to screw up,” Arndt said.

Here are three tips from Arndt to get you started:

— You don’t have to…

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