The 20 Best Exact Spots In The World To Take An Iconic Picture

By Tom Pearson 9 months ago

Norway... No Way!

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Aurora Borealis is one of the most spectacular natural phenomenons on Earth. The best place to see this majestic site is northern Norway on a clear winters night. The amazing sight is caused by winds smashing into the Earth's upper atmosphere, and although Aurora Borealis can be seen in parts of Iceland and Scotland, the best place to catch it is in Norway.

You're the (Formula) 1

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Wealth, excess and motor-sport are synonymous with Monaco. Why not take a snazzy photo for Instagram and show off to your friends, or head down to the harbor and get a snap with the yacht? Monaco is also home to an iconic Formula 1 race, and if you time it right, you may even be able to grab a picture track-side as a speeding Ferrari or McLaren flies past.

Machu Picchu? Alpaca My Bags!

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Long, steep climbs and deadly ledges are the pay off for epic views of rolling hills and huge mountainous views. Machu Picchu is one of the wonders of the world, and said to be the most impressive work of artistic architecture on planet Earth. Why not trek to to the to take the ultimate profile picture, or stay at the bottom and chill with the native lama's?

The City Of Angels

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The City of Angels, Los Angeles, is one of the busiest cities in the world. However, if you pick a quiet day and get up early enough, you can snap some spectacular photos of everyday scenes. Whether it be the highways or downtown, a deserted Los Angeles results in much better photos than the stereotypical pictures on the So-Cal beaches or under the Hollywood sign.

I've Peaked

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Standing over Tokyo like a soldier keeping watch, Mount Fuji is the largest mountain in Japan. The views of the mountain from Tokyo are amazing, and from the base camp even better. However the sight of the sunrise casting a shadow over the city is enough to move you, and truly something special to witness. So let's get them hiking boots on and get walking!

Central Park Has Its Perks

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The lungs of New York City, Central Park is the biggest green space that the residents of New York can escape to on a regular basis. Many iconic movies and TV shows have been filmed in Central Park, from Home Alone to Friends. Why not grab some pals and head down to the iconic fountain from the opening credits of FRIENDS and re-create the iconic title scene yourself?

Simply Marble-ous

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As one of the wonders of the world, its little wonder that people have been flocking here in their droves to have an iconic photograph in front of the Taj Mahal. From celebrities to Princess Diana, almost everyone of note has a photo in front of this marble marvel. Originally built as a shrine for Mumtaz Mahal, the structure takes up over 40 acres of land.

Cu Chi Tunnels - Vietnam

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The Vietnam war was one of the worst tragedies in human history. Evidence of the war can be found all across Vietnam,and the Cu Chi tunnels are a prime example of that. With the help of a tour guide, visitors can get a picture inside the tunnels or popping out of them, just like the soldiers in the 1960's would have. This is a place that deserves great respect when taking your photographs.

Thistle Do Nicely

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It seems that the further north you go into Scotland, the more rewarding the views are. The Scottish highlands are peaceful and remote. With a wealth of beauty spots, they are prime for exploration. The north coast 500 is a well traveled route around the northern coastline of Scotland, and its a great place to stop off to grab a photo and get a coffee.

A Great Ice Breaker

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Cold, expensive to get there, and more cold. I'm aware that this may not be selling Antarctica as a holiday destination. However, the deep blue ocean contrasted against gigantic white icebergs makes for some amazing scenery unlike anywhere else on Earth. Antarctica is almost like another planet, and a photo here would be as rare as it is impressive!

Canyon Take My Picture?

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Large caverns of red dusty rocks are more reminiscent of Mars than Arizona, but the Grand Canyon is right on our doorsteps and a must visit destination for a fantastic picture. Unlike anywhere in the rest of the United States, the large red rocks are a fabulous backdrop, and no matter where you go you'll be greeted with nothing but epic views. Perfect for a picnic!

Why So Blue?

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Iceland's Blue Lagoon is a perfect spot to take a load off and relax. In Southern Iceland, geothermal spas are commonplace, but due to certain natural chemicals some of the waters turn a stunning shade of blue.The Icelandic government also use the naturally heated run off water to power thermal power plants in Iceland, providing electricity for thousands of homes.

Edinburrrr

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Okay, ill be the first to admit that although the views across the city of Edinburgh make up for it, the city is pretty cold. Located close to the coast line, sea winds sweep the city even in the summer months. If you can deal with a bit of wind chill, take a hike up Calton Hill. You'll be able to over looked the entire city, including the ancient Edinburgh Castle.

Sea-nic Views

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In central Europe lies the small country of Croatia. And man, is it homes to some of the best coastal views in the world. Why not take time to visit Dubrovnik? As well as excellent local foods, markets and museums, you can also drive along some epic coastal roads with heavenly views. Next to the Adriatic sea, Dubrovnik is a dream destination for many travelers.

Manhattenhenge

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Once a year, on East West Main Street, Manhattanhenge makes itself known and presents a photo opportunity unlike any other. The sun sits perfectly between the building and hundreds flock to capture a photo just like this for themselves. If you time it right and use a large enough selfie stick, you can overlook the crowds and grab a great photo for your wall.

A Picture With Everyone

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Where better to get a picture with friends that the top of the world? The summit of Mount Everest is one of, if not the most, inaccessible places on Earth. At almost 9,000 meters above sea level, this mountain requires extensive training to climb, as well as the help of a Sherpa and usually a planning team. For all this effort, you could get a picture higher than literally everyone else!

Lean On Me

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We've all seen the pictures (and the fails!) The classic tourist picture of people propping up the leaning tower of Pisa is what we think of when we think about Italy... Apart from pizza. The tower leans almost 4 degrees due to unstable foundations. At 57 meters tall, you can climb the tower for a picture at the top, but if you're visiting, we all know where you're getting a picture.

Best Bathroom In The World?

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London's Shard building overlooks the city. Used by business tycoons and tourists alike, this tower is a great place to overlook the capital of England. Surprisingly, the bathroom of the Shard is known to have one of the best views in the building. Skip the queues in the rest of the city and get a photo in front of the palace, Westminster and the river Thames all in one go!

Havana

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Havana is the heart of Cuba. Graffiti and food stalls are dotted across the city, and make for artistic snaps no matter where you end up. In the 16th century Havana was founded by the Spanish, becoming one of the first major cities in South America. Ever since the 16th Century people have been flocking back to this hub of culture and fabulous art.

Christ The Redeemer

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Okay, so I maybe wouldn't recommend climbing Christ the Redeemer. Standing almost 100 ft tall, this statue of Christ overlooks the Brazilian suburbs and city of Rio De Janeiro. The views from the base of the statue, originally created in France, are spectacular. However, it's hard to argue that you could beat the view from the top, this is a truly once in a lifetime photo op.

A Rocky Start?

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Bob Ross, is that you? The Rockies are as picturesque as it comes, from snow capped mountains to babbling brooks. A visit to the Rockies promises great views no matter the weather. Make sure to watch for bears if you go camping here, as this is the heart of bear country. Other than the threat of bears, i have to admit, this is a close as i've seen to heaven on earth.

I hope our paths croissant again!

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Paris, France. This is a must visit tourist destination. From the Louvre to the Arc De Triumph, Paris is a hot spot for tourists and does not lack places to explore and sights to see. One of the best spots to take in the views of Parisian architecture is atop the Eiffel Tower. From the River Seine to the Paris cafes, you can really get a feel for the city from the top.

That Looks So Vice!

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Plitvice Lake in Croatia is a stunning shade of turquoise thanks to natural algae found in the lake. Take a dip of just chill by the shore, no matter what you choose the views are perfect to soak up and enjoy. Croatia is home to several great lakes and places to cool off, but not much compares to Plitvice Lake. Why not take some lunch and make a day of it by the lake?

The Rose City

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Known as The Rose City, Petra is one of the wonders of the world. Located in Jordan, this majestic city has been carved out of the pink sandstone and stood strong over the centuries. In order to access Petra, you need to travel down a narrow canyon known as Al Siq. After the journey you are rewarded with the views of a seriously special city. Just wow...

Welsh Isn't That Beautiful

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On the Welsh coast, if you know where to look, you'll stumble on a lookout known as Holyhead. Holyhead is almost like a pirates cove, and looks longingly into the sea. Located on the Isle of Anglesey, Holyhead makes for a great destination to take a weekend break. As a major sea port for Irish ships, you may see sailors coming in to dock, just like the pirates of yesteryear.

Santorini & Me

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Like the white beaches below, the homes in Santorini, Greece, are painted white to help dissipate heat in the hot summer months. The effect of this is a uniform look across the town, making for some pretty special photos. From models to tourists, everyone looks great in photos taken in Santorini! Why not pay a visit, take photo and grab some gyros whilst you're there?

Point Me In The Right Direction

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If you find yourself floating around Point Nemo, you would be closer to the astronauts in the International Space Station than to anyone else on the planet. I'll admit it, there isn't really much to do when you arrive at Point Nemo, and the only sights are sea, sky, more sea and more sky. However, it would be pretty cool to take a picture as far away from everyone else as possible.

Not Pointless

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The Great Pyramid of Giza is home to tomb of pharaoh Khufu, and a great place to grab a picture with the locals. A great historical site, the pyramids make for a great talking point and conversation starter. Why not use some camera trickery to make it seem like your picking up the pyramids, or even sitting atop one of these gigantic ancient structures?

Don't Be Sicily

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The Italian region of Sicily is known for its levels of outstanding natural beauty. What is effectively a rock in the Mediterranean ocean showcases some spectacular scenery, from rocky hills to flowery pastures. Sicily has been a tourist destination for those exploring Italy for years now, and the small region has definitely earned its reputation for beauty.

Life's A Beach

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The beaches of Barbados are typical. White sand, gentle waves lapping at the shoreline, and a coconut tree to keep you out of the sun. What could be better than relaxing here? With your sunnies on your head and a cool drink in one hand, get a photo here with a loved one. If you're thinking of popping the question, this could be the perfect destination!