Summer vacation photos 2011

There's still time. The calendar says we have six weeks before summer slips away, so here's a hit list of 49 striking scenes and seasonally appropriate delights in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. My family and I found them all on a 12-day, 1,100-mile road trip that began in Seattle, veered north to Canada, then south again to Portland. We finished on Aug. 5.


Vacation images of curiosity and wonder

Cameras were never far from Times’ readers hands as they took time off to explore the world this summer. The result is an album of breathtaking photographic memories.

What did you do on your summer vacation? The answer is in these pages. We asked readers for their best summer vacation photographs, and they responded with more than 700 pictures of the places where they took some time off.

The crop this year included lots of animals and plenty of water-related snaps, but no matter the topic, each photo says, “Get out there and travel.” I could see myself visiting any of these places, which tells me that the photo is inspired. Read more...

-- Kathy M.Y. Pyon, Los Angeles Times photo editor

View our 10 favorite photos in high-res | Share your vacation photos | Summer 2010 photos

Hover over each thumbnail to preview. Click for more information and to view the full image.


Hunan, China
Shaver Lake, Calif.
Istanbul, Turkey
Sequim, Wash.
Coba, Mexico
Shiraz, Iran
South Africa


Louvre, Paris
Stoddard Canyon, Calif.
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Long Beach Aquarium
Galapagos Islands
Dresden, Germany
Lisbon, Portugal
Canadian Rockies
Portland Japanese Garden
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Durango, Colo.
Bohol Island, Philippines
Howth, Ireland
Haleakala, Maui
Lindenhof, Zurich
Alberta, Canada
Grand Canyon, Ariz.
Kristianstad, Sweden
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
Los Angeles County Arboretum
Glacier National Park, Mont.
Hunan, China (Peter Leung, Monterey Park)
Shaver Lake, Calif. (Alan Steel, Glendale)
Istanbul, Turkey (Brendan Flood, Los Angeles)
Alaska (Chuck Spence, Camarillo)
Sequim, Wash. (Leslie Smith, Costa Mesa)
Oxnard (Andrea Ashley, Hidden Hills)
Coba, Mexico (Benjamin Hernandez, Downey)
Shiraz, Iran (Nancy McClelland, Los Angeles)
South Africa (David Aftergood, Los Angeles)
Philippines (Keith Kelley, Moorpark)
Louvre, Paris (Danielle Klebanow, Marina del Rey)
Stoddard Canyon, Calif. (Kevin J. McDade)
Dubrovnik, Croatia (Sandra E. Lauterbach)
Long Beach Aquarium (Andrea Ashley, Hidden Hills)
Hawaii (Richard A. Conn)
Galapagos Islands (Jim McIntire, Thousand Oaks)
Dresden, Germany (Ken Breuer, Encinitas, Calif.)
Vietnam (Larry J. Pagac, Redondo Beach)
Lisbon, Portugal (Mirjana Pintar, West Covina)
Canadian Rockies (Larry Gaines, Northridge)
Portland Japanese Garden (Marianne P. Cohen, Huntington Beach)
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland (David Grote, Manhattan Beach)
Durango, Colo. (David Ohman)
Bohol Island, Philippines (Keith Kelley, Moorpark)
Howth, Ireland (David Ross, Long Beach)
Haleakala, Maui (Joanna Amores, San Gabriel)
Lindenhof, Zurich (Karl Gerber, Los Angeles and Zurich)
Alberta, Canada (Ron Lyster, Canada)
Grand Canyon, Ariz. (Jennifer Martin, Tustin)
Kristianstad, Sweden (Katie Lee Pelon, Tujunga)
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska (Loni Young, Burbank)
Hilton Waikoloa Village, Hawaii (Marcia Luce, Los Angeles)
Los Angeles County Arboretum (Jeremiah Hilaire, Gilbert, Ariz.)
Glacier National Park, Mont. (Larry Gaines, Northridge)