Lets face it, it is all about the photo these days. America is an incredibly vast place that has some excellent opportunities to get something fantastic to share to your very own Instagram account. Feel like a boss and a king or queen of the world with this list of the 20 Best Instagram Photo Ops in America.
#20 6th Street – Austin, TX
There are not as many viscerally vibrant locations in America, let alone the world, as 6th Street in Austin Texas. With a unique block party vibe, there is good time friendly bar after good time friendly bar. It is so intense with friendly completion that employees stand at the door yelling out specials with the hopes to outdo their neighbors. This stock market of fun times mixed with lovely Texas charm makes for a scene that creates photos so electric you can feel them.
#19 The Bean – Chicago, IL
Chicago is the central hub of America and a city with character. And that character is Mister Rogers, your friendly neighbor. People smile at you on the street and even in the most drastic of weather shifts the sunshine always seems to shine through. There are some amazing, unique picturesque moments across the city and in recent years that number has grown with the beautification of Millennium Park, including a giant sculpture called Cloud Gate but compassionately nicknamed “The Bean”. It is an insane 33 by 66 by 42 feet and so big that people can comfortably walk through its 12 foot lower arch. The sculpture creates amazing optical illusions with the back drop of a truly amazing city making for one of the best Instagram photo ops in America.
#18 Bryce Canyon – Utah
Bryce Canyon in Utah wins as one of the best natural beauties on the list. The signature red, orange and white colors of the rows and rows of naturally formed rocks create a visual spectacle it’s visitors. To see how the rock has been carved out by water over centuries is breathtaking. The official term of the structures found within are “hoodoos” formed by stream erosion and frost weathering of the river and lake floor sedimentary rocks. Out of all the best Instagram photo ops in America, it is even more impressive in person than the photos do it justice.
#17 The White House – Washington D.C.
This may not be as much of an honorable place these days given the polarizing effect of the current administration, but nothing screams beauty and special like the most important house in America, the White House. Think of the history, almost every single President in America’s entire existence operated from here. It is as top of the line as it is historic and beautiful. Even though you cant exactly get too close standing in front of that monument really makes you feel like you are part of history by standing in front of this best instagram photo op in America.
#16 Space Needle – Seattle, WA
Special accolades need to be given for the charm of Seattle. Sure it is a big city like many others in the US and Western Europe but it has its own special touches and its own vibe. Helping with that is the Space Needle. Not only does it give the skyline it’s signature look it also allows for a special look down across the city. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the attraction drew over two million visitors. The elevator is used over by over twenty thousand people a day.
#15 Rodeo Drive – Beverly Hills, CA
A place so famous you only need to mention the zip code. Beverly Hills in a posh city in the center of Los Angels with almost every high end fashion brand in the world, most of which cn be found on the iconic Rodeo Drive. Given how much fashion and style changes, it is crazy how much it has changed but also stayed the same. The epicenter of luxury and wealth, being here makes you feel a part of it. A view into this world is a view into a wealthy life.
#14 Jackson Hole – Jackson, WY
Jackson Hole is a valley between mountain ranges in Wyoming. It houses some beautiful scenery and housing / resorts for the super rich. The incredibly wealthy come here for a reason. In the winter the mountain ranges are beautiful and the skiing is top notch, and in the summer the greens are emerald and the depth of nature is bountiful. It is like a five star resort that was created by the earth instead of some designer.
#13 Times Square – New York, NY
Ok so Times Square is super cheesy and probably contains the most tourists per square inch of anywhere in America, but that’s because there is nothing like it. A true mecca of commercialism, the bright lights shine in a way that scream marvelous. From humungous cola advertisements to giant fast food chains to whatever generic restaurant the frosted tip shock celebrity chef of the day is pushing, while no library, this place is special. Its impressive and it has a stoic history, standing at its base, a photo here is always an exciting moment in time.
#12 White Mountains National Forest – New Hampshire
Tucked away in the top right corner of the US is this amazing forest found in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The government has kept it under secure control 1918 and kept its natural beauty safe. It is inspiring to think of the beauy that still exists in some places that we havvent yet destroyed. Some wildlife examples include Bald Eagle, Beavers, Falcons, Bobcats, Minks, Otters, Lynxeses, Porcupines, Black Bears, I mean oh my. The streams, the forests, the trails, all top notch.
#11 Sedona National Park – Arizona
The forests and red rock of Sedona, Arizona are so cozy and serene I would almost recommend to friend they should go there to find themselves. But I’m not going to do that, that would be weird. You can stand at almost any point and be surrounded, as far as the eye can see, row after row of tall as the sky trees or glorious red rock formations. A moment in time where life almost seems to stand still. There is nothing else like in any where.
#10 Rocky Mountains – Colorado
The Rocky Mountains are the largest mountain range in the continental United States. They are around the seventh in the world, extending more that three thousand miles from northern Mexico to Alaska. For those of you who have not climbed above the clouds it is hard to put in words how special of an experience is. It is eye opening, and not just because it is freezing cold and your eyes feel like they are pinned open while you ski down a hill at a hundred miles per hour.
#9 Iconic Baseball Stadium – Anywhere, USA
Baseball is the only sport that has demanded its own special building. In the 60s people were trying to make more “multi-purpose” parks that could house multiple sports. Most people would say that this was a terrible idea and didn’t have the charm that a game like baseball demanded. Some of the old parks and modern new parks that have the baseball only diamond parks are the places you want to check out. Unlike football or basketball, the venue stipulations are loose. Where the walls are, how high they are, etc are all open to interpretation which has created some of the most unique architectural structures ever created and often give their respective cities much of their charm. If you want to see which one to check out, you should see this list of Best Baseball Stadiums to Visit All 30 Ranked.
#8 South Beach, FL
Mimi is a town that just oozes sexiness, a town with colors you just want to taste. The people, the music, the food, the beaches, the scenery, the colors, all amazing and all good looking. The Cuban influences create a town unlike any other in the states and with the wealth and opulence the money flows like the champagne in South Beach’s world class clubs. A thick layer of artificial on top of a gorgeous beach town has created a beautiful mecca of success you feel great being a part of. Dance the night away, eat a cubano sandwich and remember every picturesque moment.
#7 Havasu Creek – Arizona
The lazy river is an Instagram staple. Well the original is Havasu Creek in Arizona. It is a tributary (a river or stream flowing into a larger river or lake) to the Colorado River, which it enters in the Grand Canyon. This is considered to be one of the most beautiful networks of waterfalls and mountain lined streams. Photos are unreal and at times make it seem like the place on some mountain top that that super rich take their golden helicopters to.
#6 The Strip – Las Vegas, NV
We made claims to “artificial” earlier in this list, but Las Vegas wins the grand prize. It is a town that was built one hundred percent from the desert, from nothing. Built in April of 1941, the epicenter of gambling and debauchery has been built over and over and over again, with millions upon billions of dollars into state of the art clubs and casinos. Las Vegas as a whole is arguably the best modern man made structure in existence. This has created something truly great and vibrant. The lights are blinding, not to the eyes, but to your inhibitions and troubles.
#5 Empire State Building – New York, NY
New York City makes it 2nd appearance on the list with the iconic Empire State Building. A 102-story, 1454-foot-tall skyscraper completed in 1931, is one of the most important buildings in the America. Thousands of people come through its doors and take a trip to the top to show this. New York is a top ranked city for good reason and it is from here that you can truly see it. Paired with the art deco style, this still today gives a vibe of classic old go go New York.
#4 Mardi Gras – New Orleans, LA
Mardi Gras is the biggest celebration in the United States. Started in March of 1856, this two week celebration takes place is the historic New Orleans French Quarter and brings out large parades with a great party vibe fueled by beads. You throw beads, you get beads, they are like trophies, it’s a whole thing. The celebration is deeply cultural and brings the vibe of the area to the masses. You get this old school creole French of New Orleans, the amazing epicenter of a more from the street jazz, great food and great celebration. The photos of the floats and the beads flying will rival any other celebration like it.
#3 Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming
America’s natural crown jewel. America has some great nature, but on top of the list is Yellowstone Nation Park which can be found in the lower left corner of the states crossing Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. This place has it all, from natural wonders that one wouldn’t think possible by the geysers, to the most beautiful trailer, mountains, streams, insert absolutely any nature word here. There are even buffalos (pictured). And its huge, you could take ten completely different trips there.
#2 Disney Parks – FL and CA
Any marketing professional in the world can tell you of the genius of Disney. The only brand that has successfully been able to eventize one long commercial. You have to marvel at the wherewithal to create an entire land with the intention of selling more goods and doing promotion for a piece of your intellectual property. They also understand that all people care about is the photo. Every inch of their parks is a photo op, but even then at the core, there is always one master photo op. Look at their four Orland Parks – Magic Kingdom (Iconic Castle), Hollywood Studios (Fantasia Hat), Epcot Center (Giant Golf Ball Thing), Safari Adventure (Tree of Life).
#1 Anywhere in Hawaii
The air is an aphrodisiac. Every single person you have ever talked to about Hawaii who has gone has told you that it is amazing and good be the most beautiful place on Earth. You are skeptical but then you go. Turns out they are right. Any moment, any where, at any given time is a painting. Hawaii is number one of the list for good reason. Beautiful water, scenes, nature, everything, a calmness sinks through your entire body. It is the type of place where you could just be chilling in the crystal clear water and a sea turtle can just come swimming through.