Doing Your Homework
In school, the way to get better grades was to do your homework. Whether it was history, mathematics, or anything else, you always had to do your homework.
The same still holds true today. If you're serious about getting good shots, you owe it to yourself to find out as much as you can about a location before you go there. In today's world it's not really that difficult to do so. There are plenty of resources available both in print and on line, some of which I list on my Links pages. But don't stop there; there's plenty more available just a few clicks away from your favorite search engine. Go ahead; give it a try. I see people all the time finding Earthbound Light by doing exactly this.
Even after you get to your destination, there's still more research you can do. Stop by the visitor's center in the National Park or the gift shop in the local town and look at the postcard racks or thumb through the books. I always end up bringing home a stack of books from every trip along with all the rolls of slides I take. Good way to start on my homework for the next visit, you know.
The more you research your destination, the better your photos will probably turn out. So remember to do your homework. You'll be glad you did.