Instagram is quickly becoming the most popular form of social media, letting users easily show off their latest vacation photos. In the past year, Instagram and Time collected geo-tagging data on the most Instagrammed places in every U.S. state, creating a map of oft-snapped tourist traps. But we took it a step further and found the most photogenic spots in those popular U.S. destinations.
So when you take your next weekend getaway, make sure to snap a super-likeable photo in front of one of these landmarks—and don’t forget to tag all of your travel photos with #SmarterTravel for a chance to be featured on our Instagram.
Nashville, Tennessee: “I Believe in Nashville” Mural & John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
You’ll find three locations for this famous mural in Music City—in Marathon Village, Riverside Village, and in the 12South neighborhood (by Edley’s). For a similarly sought-after shot, capture the skyline while walking over the pedestrian bridge.
Miami, Florida: Wynwood Walls & Ocean Drive
Get artsy in Florida posing against the many murals that make up the Wynwood Art District; or take a photo backlit by neon lights during a night out on the town.
Colorado: Red Rocks Amphitheater & Telluride Mountain
Go for a concert or stadium run workout at Red Rocks Amphitheater, or snap the view from your lodge at snow-covered Telluride.
Chicago, Illinois: North Avenue Beach & Millennium Park
Don’t forget a photo of the skyline from this urban beach, or post your reflection under the bean in Millennium Park.
Las Vegas, Nevada: Bellagio Las Vegas & A Little White Wedding Chapel
It’s hard not to be tacky in Vegas, so you might as well go for it in the City of Sin. You can’t go wrong with a post in front of the Bellagio Fountain or A Little White Wedding Chapel.
Boston, Massachusetts: Fenway Park & Boston Harbor
Post a picture from America’s oldest ballpark, or jump on a Boston Harbor Cruise for the best view of the city.
Los Angeles: Santa Monica Pier & LACMA
Enjoy guaranteed good lighting for your beach picture on the Santa Monica pier, or get lost in the lights outside LACMA.
Arizona: Horseshoe Bend & Havasu Falls
No filter is needed at either of these two incredible natural wonders. Horseshoe Bend is located inside Grand Canyon National Park, and Havasu Falls is on a reservation just outside the park.
Washington D.C.: The White House & Georgetown Waterfront Park
Share a pic of POTUS’s front lawn, or go scenic with a shot from the Georgetown Waterfront Park.
San Francisco, California: Land’s End & Haight-Ashbury
View the city’s famous landmark from a different point of view—at Land’s End. Or post a photo of the hippie neighborhood’s architecture, eclectic cafes, or street art.
New York City: The High Line Chelsea & Central Park
Escape the concrete jungle with a post from The High Line or Central Park as opposed to bustling Times Square or the Empire State Building.
Seattle, Washington: Pikes Place Market & Space Needle
Post some incredible food or architecture (even the gum wall!) from Pikes Place Market, or capture the iconic Space Needle.
Austin Texas: Barton Springs Pool & HOPE Outdoor Gallery
Get your sunbathing on at Barton Springs Pool, a spring fed pool which stays the same temperature year round. Or explore the HOPE Outdoor Gallery with an artsy post.
What’s your favorite place to photograph in your city? Tell us in the comments below.
More from SmarterTravel:
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- Tips for Taking Better Travel Photos from Photographers We Love
- One Simple Tip for Taking the Best Travel Photos Ever
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