The Best Photos of 2014

The photos from 2014 that stir our dreams and inspire us to travel, from sunrise surf sessions to architectural gems and the people who make places real.

A single photo can sometimes tell the tale of a entire journey. Looking back through the travel magazines and books published by Where (and for our partners) in 2014, we kept finding those kinds of images—ones that stir our dreams and inspire us to travel, and thus we decided to share the joy of those images. We hope you enjoy the story these photos tell. 

Tag us in your own photographic explorations on Instagram (@wheretraveler) and we'll repost and share our favorites. For links to the photographers' websites where you can find even more amazing works (and links to their own Instagram accounts), scroll to the bottom of this page.


Part I: Places

The brightly colored Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa, Florida. 

Beach umbrellas at Florida's Clearwater Beach

Shingle Creek, headwater of the Everglades, flows into Lake Tohopekaliga, near Orlando

Waves hit the coast surrounding the Keawala'i Church in Maui, Hawaii.


Part II: Faces

Jazz pianist David Swanson at the Kahala Hotel & Resort

Artist Mary Mitsuda in Honolulu, Hawaii

A surfer rests near his rig in Jacksonville, Florida. November 2014. (©Jensen Hande)


Part III: Fauna and Flora

Frog in a nature area of central Florida

A close-up study of a flowering Protea plant growing in Maui, Hawaii. May 2014. (©Rachel Olsson)

Close-up detail of Protea flower on Maui


Part IV: Nourish

Jan Nagano puts a spin on Vietnamese lettuce wraps, combining butter lettuce, cucumbers, mint, basil and fish cake. August 2010. (©Carin Krasner)

The serenity and soothing of a perfect cup of tea. Hawaii. April 2014. (©Linny Morris)


Part VI: Lives & Lifestyle

Not Texas, but Maui. From sweet potatoes and taro to sandalwood and sugar, to cattle and wine, the changing bounty of 'Ulupalakua Ranch reveals the fascinating history of the property's evolution. Maui, Hawaii. (©Bob Bangerter)

A couple follows a path to find the beach. Jacksonville, Florida. November 2014. (©Jensen Hande)

The pier at the western end of 12th Avenue South in Naples, Florida, may be flocked by sun-loving visitors, but it's also where anglers practice their skill, trying to coax a fish from the Gulf of Mexico's waters. Naples, Florida. January 2014. (©Vanessa Rogers)

Surfers walk under the pier as the sun rises in Jacksonville, Fla. (©Ryan Ketterman)


Part VII: Structure & Art

For 150 years devoted Catholics have congregated in the historic and architecturally-rich Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. March 2014. (©Eric Mencher)

Light rail and railroad bridges illuminate Tempe Town Lake. Tempe, Arizona. (©Mike Olbinski)

For our Where Guestbook, artist Michael West created this vintage-style metal "N" to symbolize the spirit of Nashville, Tenn. (©Sheri O'Neal)

Art and science bond on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Boston, Massachusetts. May 2014. (©Michael Piazza)

The photographers: Bob BangerterRon DahlquistDana Edmunds, Jensen Hande, Sue HudelsonRyan KettermanCarin Krasner, Chip LitherlandPaul MarcelliniEric MencherLinny Morris, Mike OlbinskiRachel Olsson, Sheri O'Neal, Michael PiazzaVanessa Rogers.