Top 100 Iconic Locations: Other North America

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Cape d’Or Lighthouse 
Nova Scotia, Canada
GPS Coordinates:
45° 17′ 27.61″ N, 64° 46′ 28.62 ″ W
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LAT 45.289525000000000
LON -64.774488888888800

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Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park 
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
GPS Coordinates:
48° 35′ 57.44″ N, 124° 42′ 54.79″ W
Microsoft® Virtual Earth™:
LAT 48.599288888888800
LON -124.715219444444000

Castillo of San Cristobal
 
San Juan, Puerto Rico
GPS Coordinates:
18° 27′ 59.41″ N, 66° 06′ 39.71″ W
Microsoft® Virtual Earth™:
LAT 18.467336111111100
LON -66.110272222222200

Tikal  
Guatemala
GPS Coordinates:
17° 13′ 18.10″ N, 89° 37′ 22.63″ W
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LAT 17.2216944444444
LON -89.6229527777777

Annual Butterfly Migration,
Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary  
Angangueo, Mexico
GPS Coordinates:
19° 36′ 35.24″ N, 100° 16′ 05.29″ W
Microsoft® Virtual Earth™:
LAT 19.609788888888800
LON -100.268136111111000

 

Iconic shots
Most of the places we travel to feature well-known iconic features. Think of Half Dome in Yosemite or the London’s Big Ben. These icons inspire us to go out and take pictures, and you should certainly get your own trophy shot. But after you’ve bagged the key icon, take some extra time to explore more and look for a vantage point that you haven’t seen before.

 

Chitzen Itza  
Mexico
GPS Coordinates:
20° 40′ 56.90″ N, 88° 34′ 508.22″ W
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LAT 20.682777777777700
LON -88.569144444444400
The Egyptians weren’t the only architects of pyramids; the ancient Mayan Civilization also built pyramidal structures, like those found at Chichen Itza. It was a major center for the northern Mayans, and the site consists of temples, palaces, stages and other stone structures. Probably the most iconic is El Castillo, or “the castle,” which is a stepped pyramid that you can climb via stairways on each side. El Castillo is the temple of Kukulkan, a feathered serpent god of the Mayans, and during the spring and fall equinoxes at sunrise or sunset, a shadow of a serpent is cast on the sides of the pyramid. The buildings are elaborately decorated with terraces that allow you to overlook the ruins of the Mayan city. Another great place to shoot is the Temple of the Warriors, which is also a stepped pyramid, and has rows of carved columns featuring Mayan warriors.

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Back it up!
Don’t risk losing your once-in-a-lifetime shots. Back up your images every day to your laptop or to a portable media device. Use your laptop to burn CDs or DVDs of your shots and pack those discs with your clothes or in another bag separate from your camera gear and laptop. More copies means more safeguards to ensure you return home with your best shots. Online storage services to which you can upload full-resolution images are another excellent alternative.