If you aren't sure where to go to take pictures in NOVA, here are some great locations to help capture beautiful shots!
If you read my blog post on Beginner Photography Gear and are looking to try some of your new gear out, these are the perfect places to go...
Do you guys have any other NOVA photo locations that are not mentioned? Let me know if the comments!
Seven Oaks Lavender Farm is a purple heaven. My friend and I stopped for a brief visit on a Sunday afternoon and were surprised by how few people there were. It's the perfect place to take pictures, and has a cute little gift store with TONS of different lavender-based products.
I have finally lived my dream of going kayaking thanks to Downriver Canoe Company. We hiked from our car up the river on the Bluebell Trail, which took about 2 hours. Then we got in our kayaks and went back down the river for 3 hours. We were able to stop on sand banks and get out and swim along the way! On a Saturday morning the park was practically empty, we didn't see a single other person on the hike, and barely anyone on the river. By the time we docked and headed out the area was full of camping families and people heading out on inflatable tubes.
I'd recommend going out early to beat the crowds and the heat!
Spent the day exploring the riverside wonders of the Historic District. Stay tuned for next week, when we learn if my mug from "Paint Your Heart Out Inc" turned out to be trash. And to the more exciting point, your girl is going kayaking! It's been a long time and I do not have the upper body strength to paddle... but nevertheless I will follow my dreams.
Skyline Drive is the perfect way to see the best views in Shenandoah National Park, in a short amount of time. With stops, it takes about 4-5 hours from Front Royal to Waynesville. There are multiple places to pull off the road, park, and hike around the top of the mountain range. It's a must-do VA road trip!
I had an amazing time exploring Utah! The amount of hiking trails and mountains was astronomical, and just the sheer beauty of the scenery was mesmerizing. I went camping with some new friends in the Uinta Mountains- which was cold and snowy in November which we definitely did not plan for accordingly. If you're heading to Utah, don't miss out on hiking because the views are spectacular.
Universal was the highlight of my Orlando trip, and not just because I'm a huge Harry Potter fan ( but that was a big part of it). The whole atmosphere of Universal was amazing, wide streets made it feel like there were less people- and the buildings made it seem like an actual street. Characters stood on corners for pictures, and all the staff I spoke to were really helpful and nice. The food was actually really good, and pretty normal priced. And there were so many places to eat and rides to ride. There's no way you could fit a park-to-park trip in one day and get the whole thing done.
If you're looking for the best ride, my suggestion is to head into Diagon Alley and get on the Escape from Gringotts ride, the animations were amazing. Even if you aren't a big fan it is well worth the experience. And if you're into butterscotchy cream soda don't miss out on the butterbeer!