There are a number of places in the world that are photographed so often that even people who have never been there are sick of them.
Here is a list of the top ten places that really don’t need any more pictures taken, with some hidden-gem alternatives that you can snap instead.
10. The Moulin Rouge, Paris
The famous French cabaret is one of the most photographed spots in the world, more popular than the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. It’s such an iconic place that it is easily recognizable, and really doesn’t need any more pictures taken of it. Instead, take a trip through the Promenade Plantee, a raised park built on an old viaduct, which offers great views and a wonderful experience.
9. The Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.
The Abraham Lincoln memorial in Washington, D.C, is a well-known sight from a billion photos and thousands of films. Skip old Abe in favour of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and a true work of art.
8. Paris Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Probably the most iconic building in Las Vegas, the Paris Las Vegas Hotel has been photographed so many times that it’s really hard to get excited about. Why not go for a panorama shot from the top of Stratosphere, which offers fantastic views of the whole city?
7. Big Ben, London
Everyone knows what Big Ben looks like – the building is several hundred years old, and it’s one of the most photographed sites in the world. Skip Big Ben in favour of hunting blue plaques – which indicate the homes of famous historical people. England is also the home of famous Virgin Games, Airlines, and so on.
6. Eiffel Tower, Paris
It’s not the most photographed spot in Paris, but it comes a respectable second-best. The world does not need more pictures of the Eiffel Tower. Why not skip the awkward walk-backwards to try and get the whole thing in the shot, in favour of the panoramic views and sunsets you can find at the dome of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur.
5. Trafalgar Square, London
While a popular tourist destination and very photogenic, London’s Trafalgar Square suffers from a touch of overexposure. Why not skip snapping it in favour of finding some of the truly lovely statues and art hidden away in the Victoria Embankment Gardens?
4. Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles
Looming in the background of every movie set in LA, and photographed by apparently every person who can hold a camera to enter the city, the Hollywood sign is old news. Why not take a rain check on it in favour of the statue of Nuestra Reina de Los Angeles in at Echo Park Lake?
3. Solfar (Sun Voyager), Reykjavik, Iceland
Shaped like a Viking long-ship, Solfar sits at the edge of the Reykjavik waterfront in Iceland. Almost every tourist (and there are more tourists in Iceland than natives, especially in summer) takes at least one picture of the famous sculpture. If you want to go off the beaten track a bit, consider having a look at Gljúfrabúi Waterfall instead. This magical place is a hidden gem quite close to the popular Seljalandsfoss waterfall in the South of Iceland, and well worth photographing.
2. Cloud Gate Sculpture, Chicago, Massachusetts
The centrepiece of the AT&T Plaza at the Millennium Park has been photographed so many times, and from so many angles, that there’s really nothing new to say about it unless you plan to paint it pink (which we do not recommend, be sensible and don’t get arrested!). Give it a miss in favour of having some fun with sizes at Big Monster Toys.
1. The Empire State Building, New York
The most photographed building in the world is the Empire State Building in New York. Whether it’s being shot from below or above, whether it’s looming in the background or whether it’s the focus of the article, the Empire State Building has been done so, so many times. While it’s an interesting building both aesthetically and historically – it was the tallest building in the world for a while – it’s going to be very hard to find something new to do with something so well-documented. You’re welcome to try, but we would recommend that you skip it and give something else a try instead.
Something like the Staten Island Boat Graveyard, perhaps. This place, officially known as the Witte Marine Scrap Yard, is a dumping ground for decommissioned ships. It’s not for the casual tourist, but highly recommended as a site for striking, unique photographs.
If you’re not quite that brave, there’s a blockhouse in the Central Park North Woods that is a very promising photographic location just waiting for the right photographer to come along.