One of the best times to visit Washington DC is during the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival to view the peak bloom of cherry blossom trees on the Tidal Basin. With amazing bursts of pink and white the cherry blossom trees create a huge burst of color in the nation’s capital. This year’s Cherry Blossom Festival is March 20 thru April 16, 2017.
It’s difficult to plan a trip around peak bloom since the most accurate predictions are about 10 days before they bloom. I’ve seen many friends come to town and miss the peak bloom by a few days. Read More →
I finally made it to Chicago Illinois, aka, the Windy City! To my luck a couple of my friends from Instagram were also in town so we got to explore some epic sights together. I also made a few videos from my trip.
I’ve followed many photographers from Chicago throughout the years so it was awesome to finally see the city in person rather than just from their work (which continues to inspire). Most of my time was spent in “The Loop” where many of these locations are. Here’s how I managed to fill three days. Read More →
I’ve spent years filling my Instagram account with beautiful photos of Washington DC. Including well known spots like the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and the Tidal Basin to less known spots in the city.
Therefore I want to share some of the best places to photograph in DC! I’ve also included some of the best times to visit specific spots.
The fastest way to get around DC is to use the Metro. You can walk to most of the spots listed by heading to the Smithsonian metro stop on the mall. To get around on the mall you can use the Capital Bikeshare but I recommend riding the metro to go to more urban areas.
Here is my list of the best places to take photos in DC:
The Washington Monument
The Washington Monument from the Tidal Basin
The most iconic and recognizable building in all of DC is hard not to photograph since it’s DC’s tallest building. From the Tidal Basin, steps of the Lincoln Memorial or standing right next to it, the Washington Monument looks great at all angles.
Plus you can visit the monument 24 hours of the day which makes it a great place to photograph late at night. (Currently tickets to the top are suspended 2019)
I spent the past weekend in New York City, a place I’ve oddly spent little time in. With so much to see my good friend Phil Martin (@phil.martin) and I (@someguy) hit up some of the most iconic photo spots in the city. Since both of us love using Instagram we had to visit these top New York City Instagram spots. If you haven’t taken a trip to this incredible city be sure to stop at all of these epic sights, it is full of photo ops!
Here is my list of the best places to take pictures in NYC:
Top of the Rock
Empire State Building Lit Up Blue for Autism Awareness Day
Top of the Rock has to be one of the best skyline views of New York. The only downside is that tickets are $26 and often require a wait. We rushed to get there before sunset but sadly the first available tickets were 2 hours later, so I recommend buying tickets online.
I only had a brief weekend to explore Seattle but there were still some awesome spots I found. Good thing for Yelp and Thrillist lists because they make my search extremely easy.
Here’s a list of a few of my favorites:
Places to Eat in Seattle
CLOSED: Zhu Dang (Yelp) – If you love fresh Chinese food Zhu Dang’s small plate approach to Chinese cuisine was unique and more importantly delicious. From house made noodles, sauces and sausage I will definitely be back to try more, be sure to get the Sausage platter!
Honey Hole (Yelp) – If you’re craving a dive bar feel with killer sandwiches Honey Hole is worth a visit. I had the Buford T. Justice and it made me want to try their whole menu.
Pike’s Market Place (Yelp) – Pastries, the original Starbucks, pork buns, and much more. Pike’s Place market was a bit ‘touristy’ for my book but it’s worth a stop for a pastry.
Apple Cinnamon Roll from Piroshky Piroshky at Pike’s Market Place
After several trips to San Francisco I’ve gained a sense of the city and have accumulated some favorite spots. Often friends ask me what deserves their attention and what experiences make the trip worth taking. Here is a list of what I tell them, which are my personal favorites.
Places to Eat in San Francisco
Millionaire’s bacon at sweet maple
Sweet Maple (yelp) – This place has the best brunch I’ve ever eaten. Try the millionaire’s bacon and unlimited mimosas. Read More →