While America’s glitziest cities — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco — are often cited as the country’s best, plenty of other quirky, historical, and charming locales across the U.S. are often overlooked. To explore 15 of the most underrated American cities that deserve some recognition (and a few more visitors), click the link in our bio. #passionpassport 📷 @cdubelu
"This is Mardalsfossen, a waterfall in western Norway that's also one of the largest in Europe. Even standing 200 meters away from it, I still got drenched by the mist from the water racing down into the valley. While capturing this shot, I had to battle with my drone — I had lost the transmission signal, so I had to shoot blind. Luckily the GPS was still online, so I knew that I would be able to retrieve it if anything went wrong. Hoping to shoot a different perspective of the scene, I flew higher than I’d ever gone before. Although it was nerve-wracking not being able to see anything, it was well worth the risk." 📷@skeye_photo 📍Mardalsfossen, Norway 🇳🇴 #passionpassport
The rate at which humans have uncovered every inch of our planet can be hard to fathom. It was only a century ago that the first commercial flight left the runway, but now, it seems as though no mountain, desert, or reef is out of reach, no unidentified lizard, bear, or fish awaiting a name. What was once unthinkable is now simply doable. That means that remote destinations and the endangered animals that inhabit them — like humpback whales, rhinoceroses, and bald eagles — are more accessible than ever before. But remember: every action has a reaction.
So, how has this newfound accessibility affected our planet’s wildlife and their respective ecosystems? Click the link in our bio to find out. #passionpassport 📷@devlin_gandy
“After a long day wandering the streets of Athens, I stumbled upon a tiny rooftop bar called A for Athens, just in time for sunset. It was pretty surreal drinking cocktails while overlooking the Acropolis, trying to grasp how long it had been standing on that cliff and imagining what it had seen over the centuries. As everything changed color, the final light of the day gave the Parthenon and Monastiraki Square an incredible glow. I was grateful to be there at such a magical hour.” 📷@hennesseydaniel 📍Athens, Greece 🇬🇷 #passionpassport
We’re bringing the Insta back to Instagram for this week’s #PPInTheNow challenge!
Have you ever been caught in landscape so breathtaking you couldn’t take your eyes away? Have you ever been caught in a city scene so lively, you had to pull out your camera to snap right then and there?
Share with us by checking the link in our bio and entering the challenge fun! 📷@nhatgeo 📍Cape Town, South Africa 🇿🇦 #passionpassport
“I was enjoying a sunny day in Krakow when heavy rain clouds suddenly appeared and it began to pour. To keep dry, I hid in a shop window and waited for more than an hour. Standing there, I couldn't help but think about how beautiful the city would look after the rain. As soon as the skies cleared, I headed for the first place that came to mind — St. Mary's Basilica. The 14th-century Gothic church overlooks Marian Square and is one of the city’s largest attractions. Seeing the fresh, rain-washed bricks made the whole square appear even more romantic. Needless to say, my time spent in the shop window was well worth it.” 📷@rale_p 📍Krakow, Poland 🇵🇱 #passionpassport
We’re sending a big congrats to our #PPBlue challenge winner @karenhuynh_, who ironically takes us to Greenland! “Slowly making our way through the Icefjord towards Eqi Glacier, one of the most active glaciers in Greenland due to the effects of climate change — it calves several times a day, resulting in the vast amount of icebergs in the area.” Head to her feed for the full write up!
From beautiful views to delicious food, awe-inspiring temples, and aquatic adventures, Singapore deserves a spot on your bucket list. And on a recent trip with @United, we found a few favorites that we really think you’d love. Get to know Singapore by checking out the link in our bio.
“This past May, I had the chance to spend almost three weeks in Myanmar’s Shan State with my friend @maoutfitters, who shares my passion for using photography to positively impact communities and individuals and honor their dignity. Together, we ventured into isolated areas and hiked to villages that rarely, if ever, encounter foreign travelers. On this particular occasion, we had the fortune of stumbling upon a Palaung community, an ethnic Buddhist minority native to Shan State. Though the Palaung are only one of several indigenous groups found in the region, they are one of the few who still maintain their tribal style of dress — an alluring mix of black and brightly colored garments. As I took in the scenes of the village, I was overcome with the joy of being able to witness the pride with which this community preserves their identity. It was a reminder that despite the speed at which the world is changing, our essence remains timeless.” 📷@forasiacheers 📍Shan, Myanmar 🇲🇲 #passionpassport *Note: While Passion Passport will continue to post photos on social media and even cover Myanmar editorially, the government is allowing ethnic cleansing to occur while denying its existence. Passion Passport appreciates the beauty of Myanmar’s people and its lands, but supports U.N. resolutions to end military campaigns against Muslim Rohingya.
“We have come tonight to hear Fado, but I am quickly beginning to understand that it’s not something you hear as much as something you feel.” Behind the intricate azulejos of Lisbon lies a voice that, once heard, is impossible to forget. Fresh off a trip to the Portuguese capital, @caroocaracol introduces us to the melody that runs deep within the streets of the city — the mouthpiece of Portugal’s soul. Read the full story via the link in our bio. #passionpassport
"After having already shot an Icelandic sunrise and a glacier, we set off on a three-hour drive to this iconic beach, hoping to catch the sunset. Barreling down this dirt road, we were nervous we'd miss it. None of us had been to this beach before, and we had no time to scope out the location before shooting. When we arrived, we were met by a group of other photographers, so I had to try and find a unique angle of this commonly photographed place. While my time in Iceland taught me a lot about planning and waiting for shots, this particular experience reminded me of the thrill that comes with rushing to a place and sharing the view with like-minded people — and strangers." 📷@tomkahler 📍Stokksnes, Iceland 🇮🇸 #passionpassport
There’s still a bit of time to post your #PPBlue challenge entries — link in bio — before noon EST today!