5. White Sands, NM
White Sands basically consists of mountain upon mountain of bright white gypsum (aka sand) set in the New Mexico desert. Since the sand is always moving, the landscape is varied and unique upon every visit. Plus, you can definitely sand-sled while you’re at it.
6. Año Nuevo State Park, CA
Año Nuevo is famous for its lounging elephant seals, but it’s also a beautiful beach to photograph –– even when not filled with sun bathing animals. If you’re in Northern California, it’s a must-visit.