View Full Version : Great Cosplay Locations around the U.S.

07-20-2006, 11:29 PM
I plan on travelling alot, and I'm looking for good cosplay backdrops around the United States.

I was wondering if anyone could show me the good locations in their cities.

07-21-2006, 12:21 AM
Excellent woods photos on the UCSC campus in CA! ^_^

07-21-2006, 04:22 AM
Washington DC during Cherry Blossom season

07-21-2006, 07:54 AM
If you haven't ventured over to Nevada, Los Angeles is about 5 hours away from Las Vegas. Well starting with tourist spots... there are large themed casinos that have wonderful places for photos. I don't think people really care if you cosplay. I've seen models in photoshoots at various places, such as The Botanical Gardens in Bellagio. There are also employees who dress up to fit the themes of their workplace.

The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at Bellagio (continuously changes)

The Venetian (gondolas xD)
http://www.fortogden.com/venetian-LV-12-99-7.jpg (hallway)
http://www.fortogden.com/LV-400-63.jpg (indoor waterway)

Treasure Island (pirate themed)

Mandalay Bay:

Caesar's Palace:


The Luxor:

Monte Lago and The Hyatt Regency at Lake Las Vegas
Mount Charleston (snow is the most abundant here when it comes to LV)

07-21-2006, 09:58 AM
Washington DC during Cherry Blossom season
Within a short subset of that span, thankfully, some don't have to go all the way to Washington DC for Californians, since we have a good cluster of Cherry Blossom trees in LA in Van Nuys that bloom right around mid-late March usually that make for beautiful shots when in full bloom (http://images.cosplay.com/gallery.php?cat=37996&member=1146).

However, Freight, seeing as you're from CA, that's probably less of a piece of useful info. XD I'm sure once you find your way out to the midwest, there'll be plenty of large beautiful rolling plains that can perhaps be nice for a big poofy dress. Though admittedly, we have a lot of those in CA too.

(This is the part where I'd insert that CA's actually a pretty nice place to live to try to find random cosplay scenery, but I'll bite my tongue for now XD)

07-21-2006, 10:28 AM
The Japanese Garden at the Missouri Bontanical Gardens in St. Louis make a nice backdrop for cosplay photos. Actually, anywhere at the Garden makes a nice backdrop really.

07-21-2006, 12:53 PM
Como park has some very nice facilities up here in the twin cities area in MN. Unfortianatly they have VERY strict regulations on photography at it, such as having a photography release on file, how many people can be present before you have to formally rent the place, how long you have at each part and in the entire place, and what equipment is not allowed. There are also some very nice parks around here and you can get some great winter shots with all the snow.

07-21-2006, 02:17 PM
A place with real nice scenery is the American south-west. Moab Utah has really amazing arches and canyons that would make for great backgrounds.

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07-21-2006, 08:33 PM
This is all good, guys, thanks!

But I'm looking for specific locaitons. Rolling hills are part of what I need, but I'm looking for those perfect points that people know about.

07-21-2006, 08:55 PM
Rolling hills....hrmmm....try browsing my Studio Ghibli gallery to get some ideas of the campus scenery. Though most of the time the hills are either grassy or straw like. ^^;;; PM me if you want to know where I shot some of them.

07-21-2006, 09:08 PM
Note regarding Vegas - the casinos are amazing locations but they are fairly strict regarding photo policies. Unless you're willing to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars acquiring a legit license to shoot on their grounds, you'd have to kinda "sneak" it. ^^'

While living in Atlanta and shooting there, I would highly recommend the following locations:
Oakland Cemetery
Cenntenial Park
Emory Nature Center
Stone Mountain (kinda limited though)

07-21-2006, 10:31 PM
Southern Ohio is wonderful for hill/forest pictures! ^_^ There's this lovely park known as Old Man's Cave that has rock croppings, forests and even a small waterfall!

Meng Xiaojie
07-21-2006, 10:54 PM
Well, my front yard (in Holland, OH) has some lovely lilac bushes in bloom.

Of course, depending on how extreme your cosplay is, my mother might wonder about the "hallucinogenic nightmare" going on in her yard. XD

Seriously, though, Ohio is a very lovely state, especially for "seasonal" type photos. Spring means an explosion of new leaves and colorful flowers. Summer is all bright green trees and grass. Autumn brings ripening fields and trees crowned with red, yellow, orange, gold, and violet leaves. Lastly, winter usually leaves us with sheets of ice and piles upon piles of snow.

Good stuff all year 'round. :) Come visit us!

07-21-2006, 11:52 PM
Just had to chime in on this one. If you shoot in cemetaries, be respectful of the people that have passed and don't stand on or sit on their headstones/memorials .

I know it supposedly "looks cool" but really it just shows you have no respect for the dead.

Remember, you aren't only disrespecting them, you're disrespecting those they left behind.

07-22-2006, 12:01 AM
If you ever find yourself near Buffalo, NY there's a few good places! University at Buffalo North campus has baird point, it's a man made lake with these huge pillars. I go there sometimes. These's also Deleware Park. The place is huge, it has a rose garde, fountains, a lake, a japanese garden, miles of woods, a really cool stone bridge, ect. These's also Niagara Falls! The US side of the falls is all park, lovely place.

07-22-2006, 01:29 AM
St. Augustine, Florida is a WONDERFUL place for photos! And the photography rules aren't so strict :3 IT's the oldest city in the US and has plenty of Beautiful old-style buildings and cemetaries, etc. etc. Definitely visit Flagler College (ie, the Ponce de Leon)..if you can get into the dining hall, it's actually got cielings that are painted like the cistine chapel, tiffany windows, and the Rotunda is gorgeous! Definitely a great place for lolita-style photographs :3

07-22-2006, 11:38 AM
might i suggest downtown boston? i'd like to take a ride up to bosotn's china town depending on what my group would think about that. you have to venture pretty good to find the old boston were quincey market is to take desent shots, i've always wanted to take HP pics if i ever made a desent school girl outfit.

07-22-2006, 09:43 PM
Good places...
Red Rock Canyon outside Las Vegas. Great Falls national park in Great Falls, VA is great for nature shots if you need a forest or cliffs. The US Capitol has some nice fountains just be discreet with your costumes, when my group did a mini shoot there our costumes could pass for street clothes so we looked like tourists. The gardens and archetecture of the American Indian museum is also great for photoshoots. Also suggest the many churches in Baltimore.

07-23-2006, 12:02 AM
Well, my front yard (in Holland, OH) has some lovely lilac bushes in bloom.
Good stuff all year 'round. :) Come visit us!

Speaking of back yards...heres mine. (http://s72.photobucket.com/albums/i171/TheDevilChrno/Outdoors/)

(all but the pic of the back deck of my house was taken by me standing in one spot and just turning around...lol)
See! Ohio is actually really pretty!! ^_^ Definately stop and visit us!

07-24-2006, 12:25 AM
Well, living in Northern California is a great place for taking pictures. Especially in the foothills of the valley where I live. If you can travel to within 100 miles, you can take pictures in places where Hollywood has been.

Less than 50 miles from my house is Bidwell Park. It is 11 miles of wooded area, with a river that runs the length, at various widths, and depths. Notto mention varous thickness of wooded area. Infact, if you watch Robin Hood with Erol Flynn, Sherwood Forest is Bidwell. Bidwell aslo had many swimming holes, and some small waterfalls. A few Academy nominated movies have been filmed here. And, you can also get some great period pictures at Bidwell Mansion. (Not inside. But they have a great gazeebo.)

And about 20 miles more is Richardson's Springs. A mineral springs that has some hills near by with Native American relics. There, Gone with the Wind and a couple of Thin Man movies were done around the area. It also had some nice wooden areas, and a river with a HUGE swimming hole.

And up in the hills is Tabletop Mountain, which has an incredible view of the valley into Chico and Paradise. And a couple of coverd bridges that I went to with my photo classes.

Near me, there is several lake areas that are popular boating attractions. And, Thunderhill Raceway. Which you have seen in a couple of commercials.

Up around Oroville, is another great area for outdoors photography. Plus, around that area are some Chinese ruines from the Gold Rush era.

Also, some great locations at the University of California in Chico. Like an Amphitheater.

And if you want to go a bit farther, to the Redding Sisskyu area, then you can get some majestic waterfalls and sorts.

I know this sounds like a travel log. But.... I too have plans on making some movies around here... (Hopefully....)

07-11-2010, 07:58 PM
In Cincinnati,OH-the Khron Conservatory would be a wonderful spot.I don't know if they'd mind it or not.It would be especially nice during their annual butterfly show.

07-18-2010, 01:23 AM
If you pass through Richmond, Virginia be sure to stop by and visit Maymont Park. It has a beautiful Japanese Garden, Italian Garden, and a lot of hilly, grassy, wide open spaces. I've seen people shoot there before, and I plan on a winter shoot. Admission is also free. ;)

07-19-2010, 08:09 PM
I just did a Princess Bride photoshoot in the Sequoia National Forest in California.. the Hospital Rock trail looked like it was right out of the movie! I used this same location for Avatar, and I'm considering it for future shoots now.. haha. It's golden....

07-20-2010, 03:56 AM
If you're in Texas definitely don't overlook Ft. Worth!
Though not as famous as Dallas, Ft. Worth has some beautiful parks > u <
The Botanical Gardens there is the oldest in Texas and even has a strictly Japanese area perfect for more a traditional Japanese look 8D
The water gardens also look awesome and best of all are free as far as I know lD
Not to mention there is also a ton of wonderful old architecture around town.

08-03-2010, 01:53 AM
if you find yourself in the Boston area, I recommend the o'shea airfield base in Weymouth (a suburb just south of Boston, no more than 20-30 minutes. it's not used by the military anymore, and it's open to the public. it's basically a deserted mini-town. there's warehouse-like places, well maintained grassy areas, not so well maintained runways and such, off-road trails you can walk/drive down, a huge variety of buildings (obviously you couldn't go in them, but outside them...) and tons of other stuff that's great for photoshoots. I've never used it for a photoshoot, but when I first got my permit that's where my dad took me to practice driving (real streets, almost no cars!). definetely worth the short trip from Boston if your in the area.

08-11-2010, 03:03 AM
I know of one great place in Colorado, and that's Garden of the Gods.
Lots of rock formations and such. It is very pretty there. <3

I don't have any examples right now, but you can definitely google it.

Oh! Of course, there's the Royal Gorge.
I'm not talking about the Gorge itself, but there's a certain camping area that's just amazing. You can climb up to the top of the (rather small) mountain and there's lots of trees and such.
This (http://kiathegreat.deviantart.com/art/Stormy-Clouds-D-93947881?q=gallery%3AKiathegreat%2F6246821&qo=57) picture was taken there. This is at the 'camp site', and you can go up to much higher altitudes.

...and yes, it does storm there a whole bunch. D8

08-11-2010, 11:43 PM
Sympathy for people who don't live in the UK rising... You don't have Warkworth Castle (http://costumemercenary.blogspot.com/2010/08/worm-eaten-hold-of-ragged-stone.html) a stone's throw away and a giant cathedral five minutes walk down the hill...

09-23-2010, 10:37 PM
There is a place I know that is Victorian flavored in California. It's Balboa Park in San Diego, CA.

09-24-2010, 01:21 PM
Definitely the NYC area. There are a lot of urban locations (duh!) but there are also a lot of nice parks and such. Fort Tryon park in upper Manhattan also contains the Cloisters museum, which is nice for medieval type pictures (although I'm not sure what the rules are, if any, about wearing costumes into the museum itself since I've never tried). Actually, there's a big medieval fair next weekend at the park (Oct. 3; its also free) and some of the events are in the museum itself, so there shouldn't be any problem going in costume that day.