The world is full of breathtaking destinations that far beyond being picture perfect. Luckily, with today's technology, we are able to grasp the essence of countless locations at angles, depths, and heights that were once not possible. Photography has evolved, and changed travel and tourism as we know it! No longer are we subjected to Polaroid, negatives, or cranking a disposable camera, we've got digital cameras, and better yet, drones!
Drones have been able to capture some of the most beautiful shots across the globe, from castles, courtyards and countless landscapes across countries such as Russia, Italy, India, Vietnam and so many more, you name it, there's an incredible drone shot of it! With that being said, here are the 30 best drone shots that were all caught on camera.
This spectacular photo was taken at none other than the beautiful Hermitage Pavilion, located in Saint Petersburg, Russia. According to In Your Pocket, the 18th century saw countless constructions of pavilions, similar to this one in Saint Petersburg. During this time, it was fashionable amongst those who were wealthy to construct special pavilions called "Hermitages" or "places for seclusions", claims the source. In this case, this 'Hermitage' was beautifully captured by Amos Chapell, drone photography, whose work will appear frequently throughout this list, and for all the right reasons!
Next up on the list is the Church of the Saviours, more famously known as the Church of the Saviour on Blood, located in Saint Petersburg, Russia. This church remains as one of the most visited sights in all of Saint Petersburg, says Travel All Russia, and is known for its famous romantic nationalism architecture that makes for quite the image! Amos Chapple, the drone photography, captured the essence of this location in all its glory, from its gold detailing, white exterior and bare surroundings that truly allows the landmark to stand out.
Last up on the list of stellar drone shot is none other than Hong Kong! This autonomous territory is a former British colony, located in southeastern China. The city itself is one of the most vibrant and thriving cities in all of Asia, with a population of nearly 7.5 million people, says South China Morning Post. This stellar photo taken by a drone illustrates the amazing Hong Kong skyline made of countless colorful buildings and skyscrapers, that make the city a one of a kind urban jungle! This shot gives the term 'concrete jungle' a completely different meaning!
Vietnam is home to some of the most breathtaking views in the world, their landscapes range from urban to rural, and have vast uses that allow the country to thrive. According to Just Gola, this stunning shot taken from Ca Mau Cape is located in the south end of Vietnam, in Cau Mau, province. It is popularly known amongst tourists and is said to be an "unforgettable tourist destination" that anyone should visit at least once in their life. If the shot alone isn't reason enough to want to visit this gorgeous region of Vietnam, then we aren't sure what will.
The Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi is known as the mother church of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor Conventual in Assisi, Italy, says Time Magazine. The shot itself was the winner of the 2017 TIME drone competition, where a photography while on a walk, flew his drone and was able to capture this magnificent shot of the Basilica enveloped in clouds. The monument itself is said to be the most important place of Christian pilgrimage in Italy and is the location in where Saint Francis was born and died, says the source. It goes without saying that a shot like so, is definitely winning material.
The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, was created and designed by Fariborz Sahba, an architect behind countless landmarks across India and elsewhere. This shot, photographed by Amos Chapple, shows the unique location and all its glory. The temple itself is known as a Bahá'i House of Worship that was dedicated in 1986, and cost nearly $10 million to make, says Britannica. The temple is notable for its flowerlike shape, attraction countless tourists from across the globe to visit this landmark.
The Taj Mahal is one of India's most visited landmark by tourists from just about anywhere! This glorious drone shot captures the Taj Mahal in all its beauty, along with its surrounding gardens and vast land of greenery. The monument itself is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the city of Agra. According to National Geographic, the Taj Mahal houses the tomb of Shah Jahan and his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, in which the landmark was named after. Fun fact, the Taj Mahal was covered with a scaffolding of bamboo during WWII in order to misguide any enemy bombers, says India Look Up, proving just how sacred a place the Taj Mahal truly is.
The Sagrada Familia, located in the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain, is one of the world's most renowned churches. According to Dezeen, the Sagrada Familia is an unfinished Romach Catholic Church that was designed by Antoni Gaudi back in 1882. The church continues to be built upon, expecting to be finished within the next five years, claims the source. Although the church itself may not be done just yet, this stunning shot by Amos Chapell really puts the Basilica on display and shows how it truly stands out amongst buildings and buildings surrounding it. If you ever get a shot to visit Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia is definitely a spot to visit!
This next shot is one that holds a lot of historic and political substance. This beach, which is named the Beach Over Embattled Territory, is located in Abkhazia. Many may have never even heard of this location, however, it is very much a thriving area in Europe. Abkhazia, also referred to as the Republic of Abkhazia, is a de facto, and partially recognized republic on the eastern coast of the Black Sea, northwest of Georgia, says BBC. The country has been fighting for its independence for some time now, seeing many conflicts between neighboring countries and governments, this very beach is one of the battlegrounds from a past battle. This drone shot, although holds a lot of weight from a once conflicting time, displays the beauty of it where it stands today.
Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, is full of life waiting for any keen traveler out there! The city is known to be quite the modern metropolis willed with busy shopping streets and contemporary buildings, that in this case, make for quite the stellar photo! With nearly 2.7 million people in the city alone, says Klook, there is definitely a lot happening at once. This drone shot, by the talented Amos Chapple, illustrates the hectic and congested streets of Taipei in what can only be described as the ultimate bird's eye view shot! Not only is the symmetry visually pleasing, but the various colors, objects, and movement within the photo, allow it to be one that can make just about anyone want to visit Taipei.
The Vittoria Light, also popularly known as the Victory Lighthouse, is located in Trieste, Italy. According to Discover Trieste, the lighthouse is still very much active and serves the Gulf of Trieste. Located just atop the hill of Gretta, standing 223 feet tall, making it one of the tallest lighthouses in the world, this statue is a must-see if you are visiting the area. The stunning drone shot captured not only the historic lighthouse but a rare moment of a distant rainstorm amidst the sunset. Talk about a picture perfect moment!
The Star of Fort Bourtange, otherwise known as simply Fort Bourtange, or Vesting Bourtange in Dutch, is a fort in the village of Groningen, Netherlands. The drone shot, taken by none other than Amos Chapell, illustrated the beauty of this location, famously known for its star shape, and architectural ingenuity. According to Atlas Obscura, the fort was built under orders of William the Silent and was completed in 1593 as a means to control the road between Germany and the city of Groningen. Although its primary purpose is no longer necessary, it remains an attraction for those visiting the village, and definitely makes for quite the photographic moment.
Buda Castle is a historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kind located in Budapest, Hungary. According to Budapest By Locals, the castle was first completed in 1265, however, the massive Baroque palace of today that definitely steals the show was only built between the years 1749 and 1769. Amos Chapell cleverly obtained this stunning shot of the castle moments after sunset, allowing the lights of the city to truly shine. The castle, now often called the Royal Palace or the Royal Castle, now serves as a major tourist attraction for those visiting Budapest.
The Sacré-Cœur Basilica, also known as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, is located in the heart of Paris, France. The gorgeous structure serves as a Roman Catholic Church, and minor basilica that is known to be dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, claims Discover Walks. The ancient-roman architecture with mixing styles of Byzantine architecture, is one of the most visited locations in all of Paris, remaining as an active place of worship for those who wish to visit from all across the globe. The drone shot truly illustrates the size of this stunning church, moments before sunset!
Next up on the list is this breathtaking shot of Munich, Germany during sunset. The city itself is full of life, and is home to numerous centuries-old buildings, museums, and restaurants that make for the perfect travel destination for just about anyone! According to the Crazy Tourist, Munich is famously known for their Neo-Gothic architecture, red roofs and Oktoberfest celebrations that guarantees any traveler to have a phenomenal time. This shot alone, taken by Amos Chapple, should serve as reason enough to want to pack your bags and visit Munich as soon as possible!
There are many recognizable skylines that make for quite the picture-perfect setting, and Downtown Los Angeles is one of those places! According to Medium, this shot was a submission for a drone shot contest back in 2017, and won! Not only does it capture the essence of the bright and sunny area of Downtown Los Angeles day, but it also features the countless modern high-rises mixed with architectural landmarks, including El Pueblo de Los Angeles, which stands as the city's 1781 birthplace. Those visiting Los Angeles will often find themselves immersed in the downtown scene where you can experience countless cultures and diverse smaller areas too, such as Little Tokyo, and Chinatown, to name a few.
This stunning photo will please anyone who loves some symmetrical photography! This drone shot, taking by none other than Amos Chapple, captures the organized symmetry of boats lined up at Shilshole Bay in Seattle, Washington. According to Port Seattle, Shilshole Bay is home to hundreds of boats that are stationed within the marina, that allows owners to venture off into the waters of Puget Sound, where they can enjoy impeccable mountain views and spot numerous wildlife within the pristine waters, that makes for the perfect sailing day!
Vatican City, the smallest country in the world, is home to some of the most historic landmarks in the world! According to the Rome Toolkit, the Vatican is full of architecture during the Renaissance and Baroque era, and contains some of the oldest and most historic pieces of art, writings, and books! This drone shot in particular captures a large portion of Vatican City, including St. Peter's Basilica in the distance, which is one of the biggest Italian Renaissance churches in all of Europe. It also captures the Vatican Museums, which contains pieces of arts and artifacts dating back thousands of years!
Central Park! This world-renowned park is located in none other than New York City and is one of the most visited parks across the globe. Located in Manhattan, New York City, Central Park occupies nearly 840 acres, says Britannica, and has countless paths, trails and hidden gems that make it the perfect place for an afternoon stroll. This drone shot captured Central Park during the winter time, featuring the park in its entirety, along with the hustling and bustling streets and skyline of New York City. Whether you're going for a jog, visiting the Central Park Zoo, or going for a romantic boat ride in the lake, Central Park is a must-see attraction when visiting the famous city.
The Seven Sisters Waterfall is located in Romsdal, Norway, and according to FjordNorway, is it the 39th tallest waterfall in Norway, and consists of seven separate streams, hence the name, Seven Sisters. This amazing drone shot, which was featured in Business Insider UK, shows not only the beauty of the waterfalls but a rainbow formation in between the two biggest streams! According to the source, the tallest of the seven falls measures in at 250 meters, which is amongst one of the highest in all of Europe. Fun fact about this waterfall is that the legend about the seven sisters is that they "dance playfully" down the mountain, claim past visitors!
Lebanon is home to some of the most beautiful views in all of the Middle East! With the perfect combination of both Mediterranean and Middle Eastern culture, you simply cannot go wrong with a trip to Lebanon. From the glorious mountains, hustle, and bustle of the city, all the way to the gorgeous beaches, it truly is the picture-perfect destination. This drone shot, featured on TechGeek365, displays the city of Byblos, known locally as Jbeil, and the wondrous beaches this location has. Not only is the Mediterranean Sea crystal clear in these regions, but views of nearby mountains make for quite the experience!
Caye Caulker is a small Caribbean island just off the coast of the stunning country of Belize! The island itself is notoriously known for its narrow channel referred to as the "Split", says Lonely Planet, where there are countless bars, restaurants, and hotels all facing the gorgeous sandy beaches and crystal blue waters. The drone shot perfectly illustrates the sparkling oceans and narrow island that is full of thriving life, and an array of forests and diverse birdlife, that make it quite the jaw-dropping destination! With waters so blue, we can't imagine a better tropical destination to travel to.
This spectacular drone shot of the skyline of Dubai is definitely one for the books! Peaking through as the main attraction in this photo is none other than the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. This structure, serving as one of the world's most expensive hotels, lays directly on the beach! According to Travel + Leisure, the Burj Al Arab is set on an island in a striking sail-shaped building that offers some of the most luxurious hotel experiences in all of the United Arab Emirates. With over 9 restaurants and bars, 4 pools, and a completely private beach, there is no other way to do Dubai, than at the Burj Al Arab, and this short makes that crystal clear!
Phi Phi Islands are an island group located in the beautiful country of Thailand. Thailand has become quite the hot spot lately for travelers across the world, from the thriving energy of Bangkok and Phuket to the relaxing atmosphere of Phi Phi Islands, Thailand is one destination that will never fail to amaze you. In this case, a drone shot of the gorgeous beaches of Phi Phi Islands shows just how mesmerizing this location truly is. According to Phuket 101, Phi Phi Islands have become so popular, that certain areas have become off-limits in order to preserve the wildlife from the effects of tourism. Despite some regions being closed off, Phi Phi mainland and countless other beaches remain open and ready to be explored!
London, England, one of the United Kingdom's most visited city! From incredible sights to see from Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, London Eye, and Westminster Abbey, London certainly has it all and this drone shot proves just that! According to the Evening Standard, the London skyline has developed into of Europe's finest and tallest skylines. From buildings such as The Shard, 30 St Mary Axe, Heron Tower, and Fenchurch, London is definitely home to some of the most developed and complex modern infrastructures in all of Europe, certainly making it photo worthy!
Ah, Niagara Falls! A staple landmark in Ontario Canada, and Buffalo, New York, depending on which side of the falls you visit, has been a tourist attraction for decades. The largest part of the falls, known as the Horseshoe Falls, is located on Canadian soil and have a massive drop of 51 meters, says Live Science. Drone shots are often taken above the falls in order to get a full bird's eye view of the spectacular landmark. According to Niagara Falls Live, tourists can even take a boat ride towards the plummeting water allowing you to get close enough to the falls in order to bask in all its glory!
Next up on the list is this beautiful drone shot of the gorgeous mountain range located in northeastern Italy known as the Dolomites. This particular part of Italy is filled with wildlife, miles of greenery and is an area that forms part of the Southern Limestone Alps extending all the way to the Piave Valley. According to Travel + Leisure, the Dolomites is a hot spot for winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding, making it quite a tourist attraction for those who like to glide down the slopes! This stunning shot really puts the beauty of northern Italy into perspective!
Lion's Head is a destination suitable for any travelers out there who love a good adventure, and for any photographers out there, who have been looking for the ultimate place to shoot at. This drone photo captures Lion's Head during a beautiful sunset. Located in Cape Town, South Africa, Lion's Head peak measures in at 669 meters above sea level, and rests between Table Mountain and Signal Hill, says Travel + Leisure, making it one of the most exciting mountains to hike! The peak itself forms into the perfect backdrop to the city of Cape Town, making each and every step up worth the view!
The Atomium, located in Brussels, Belgium, is a landmark that was originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World Fair, says The Intrepid Guide. The massive tourist attraction can be found on the Heysel Plateau, in which the exhibition in 1958 took place. Designed by architects André and Jean Polak, the structure stands 102 meters tall, says the source, making it quite the landmark to photograph, especially with a drone! The Atomium, although serving as a structure for the study of science, is not a museum, allowing any tourists visiting Brussels to visit and learn more about the interesting infrastructure.
The Great Wall of China, officially one of the Seven World Wonders, is located in Huairou, China, and is one of the most visited landmarks in the entire world. The Great Wall, according to History Extra, is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, earth, wood and a multitude of other materials, that falls along the east to west line of the countries northern borders. According to the source, this magnificent structure was created in order to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of nomadic groups during the 7th century B.C. This drone shot clearly depicts the length and size of the Great Wall, showcasing just how incredible a structure it truly is!