My name is Guido Diana and September 2016 I decided to fulfill my long life dream to travel and photograph North America. With more than 24.000 km traveled by air and road, I witnessed some of the most incredible scenery and adventures.
During my three months of travel, I have seen the yellow aspen fall colors of Colorado, the incredible lakes of the Canadian Rockies, drove San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge, Stood at the foot of the Grand Canyon, had an encounter with a wild grizzly bear and saw much more breathtaking views!
What I saw in North America blew my mind, and in my opinion, this continent has some of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. That’s why I want to share my 35 best shots of this trip with you.
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#1 Cypres Tree Tunnel, California
Cypres Tree Tunnel is a famous spot just an hour out of San Fransisco. Its just magical during sunrise on a clear day.
#2 Athabasca Falls, Canada
Instagram famous spot at Athabasca Falls. I didn't dare to stand on the rock, but luckily a girl wanted to pose for me.
#3 Emerald Lake, Canada
When I checked out Emerald Lake I could only wonder that I want to live in that amazing lodge.
#4 Peyto Lake, Canada
It was one of the coldest nights of my trip, since I was camping all the time! But when I woke up I got treated to this winter wonderland.
#5 Antalope Canyon, Arizona
The Lion, famous from the National Geographic cover photo. An amazing experience to capture in person.
#6 Courthouse Mountain, Colorado
One of the most difficult hikes to reach this place, but the view and landscape are one of the most unique I have ever witnessed! I still can't believe how yellow those aspen trees are during fall.
#7 Glacier Point Yosemite, California
I took this shot during a full moon. I was amazed of the scenery of this lookout.
#8 Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
I had a big storm during my visit to the super famous Horseshoe Bend. I just loved how the mood of the sky was and for a few seconds I got a glimpse of the blue sky.
#9 Bow River, Canada
Near Lake Louise you can find this awesome train track next to the Bow River. I waited for 45 minutes in a temperature of 5 degrees celsius for the train to come!
#10 Athabasca Glacier, Canada
That time I found an actual ice cave! You won't believe how blue the ice is. Just the feeling of walking inside and touching it just gave me goosebumps! However how beautiful this is, it also made me aware how major the problems are of accelerating climate change. The fast melting of the glacier is easily visible!
#11 The Subway, Utah
I was really exhausted when I reached this place, which is a 5 hour return (accounted that you're fit) climbing rocks and crossing creeks. But this was one of the most amazing places I have seen in my life!
#12 Mount Sneffels, Colorado
I camped near the foot of this mountain for three days waiting for this sunrise and made friends with the most awesome local hunters who treated me diner every night!
#13 Lake Louise, Canada
It took me four days to actually see the back end of the Lake! It was super clouded all the time, but waiting around was well worth it. I hiked to the tea house near the glacier and even witnessed an avalanche in the distance!
#14 Last Dollar Road, Colorado
The Famous Last Dollar road towards the super cool town of Telluride.
#15 The Narrows, Utah
I had to hike waist deep to get into the Narrows, but this is an adventure I will not soon forget.
#16 Patricia Lake, Canada
One of my favourite images of this trip. When I was taking pictures these two german guys decided to go on a morning fishing trip. I quickly snapped this shot of them under an enormous mountain.
#17 Mesa Arch, Utah
The famous Mesa Arch during sunrise. A little truth to this shot, it was crowded! As it is super populair, don't be suprised to see over 20 people for sunrise to get that perfect shot of the arch.
#18 Bryce Canyon, Utah
I had one of the coldest winds during this morning. I literally had to hold my tripod or else the wind would take it with camera and all!
#19 Capitol Peak, Colorado
I just still can't believe how yellow aspen trees were.
#20 Golden Gate Bridge, California
The famous icon. I just can't describe the feeling driving over this bridge.
#21 Secret Canyon, Arizona
My American friend knew a spot in Arizona even bigger that Horseshoe bend. It was an hour on a 4x4 road through the desert to reach this place, but we were all alone all night! Just us and the stars.
#22 Elk, Canada
One of the coolest experiences of my trip was seeing this elk next to the road.
#23 The Boss, Canada
The infamous grizzly bear near Lake Louise called The Boss. A local told me he is the father of 80% of the cubs in that area.
#24 Maroon Bells, Colorado
One of the most fairytale scenes I have witnessed must have been Maroon Bells. During fall this spot is super populair though, there were probably 150 photographers with tripods standing next to me.
#25 Manhattan, New York City
I took this shot on my first day in the USA. It was 9/11 and they lid these two beams as a tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks that occurred in 2001.
#26 The Subway, Utah
Another angle of The Subway.
#27 Mount Sneffels, Colorado
A composite of 100 star pictures.
#28 Mobius Arch, California
The night sky that night was just amazing.
#29 San Juan Mountain Range, Colorado
The colourful San Juan Mountain Range during sunrise.
#30 Pyramid Mountain, Canada
Pyramid Mountain of Jasper national park.
#31 Statue Of Liberty, New York City
The statue of Liberty. I took this shot just from the free ferry to Staten Island.
#32 Patricia Lake, Canada
Another angle of Patricia Lake.
#33 Grand Canyon North Rim, Arizona
One thing that was high on my bucket list was to see The Grand Canyon. It was just incredible feeling standing above this enormous canyon and shout as loud as you can to hear your echo bounce back seconds away!
#34 Bixby Creek Bridge, California
I mostly know this spot from GTA V. Didn't had a helicopter to fly underneath it, so I just took a picture.
#35 Half Dome Yosemite, California
Another bucketlist item I could finally tick off; seeing the last light of sunset at Half Dome.