Most Instagrammed Places Of 2015

16 December 2015

Thanks to the portability and better camera capabilities of our smartphones, more travellers are whipping out their mobiles for a happy snap on the go than ever before, and then sharing their travel memories on social media. Top photo-sharing platform Instagram has revealed their top 10 geotagged locations worldwide in 2015 – how many of these holiday hotspots have you visited and shared?

 @sjanaelise strikes a pose in Disneyland.

1. Disneyland, Anaheim

It’s the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’, y’all and Instagrammers definitely showed Disney the love this year, with two of the theme parks making the top 10. Celebrating its Diamond Celebration this year with 60th anniversary festivities, parades and entertainment lasting until September 2016, now is the time to don those Mouse Ears and feel the Disney magic.

 @capeproductions captures Times Square.

2. Times Square, New York City

The convergence of people, neon lights, tall buildings and the Naked Cowboy in NYC’s Times Square creates the perfect backdrop for visitors to the city that never sleeps. The second most geotagged location in the world knows how to put on a show – bonus points if you’re there for the Time Square Ball Drop on New Year’s Eve.

 @chloe_bh hangs in Central Park.

3. Central Park, New York City

Another entry for NYC, Central Park is not only one of the top geotagged spots on the globe; it’s also one of the most filmed locations in the world. Over 42 million visitors flock to the expansive space each year, so don’t be surprised if your selfie is photobombed by an unsuspecting tourist, rollerblader or pigeon.

 @lichipan in Paris.

4. Eiffel Tower, Paris

For a temporary structure built for the 1889 World Expedition and deemed ugly by Parisians, the graceful spire of la Tour Eiffel has become one of the most iconic images of Paris, and a haunting shot that was shared many times during the Paris terror attacks in November. Whether it’s a picnic by day, or capturing the sparkling lights at night, the Eiffel Tower has a special place in our hearts.


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 @chloe_bh meets the Magic Kingdom.

5. Walt Disney World, Orlando

Four epic theme parks in one, Walt Disney World is so massive, it needs its own dictionary. The one all Mouseketeers know and love best is Magic Kingdom Park where fairytale dreams come true under the iconic shadow of Cinderella’s castle. We dare you not to hum “When you wish upon a star...” when you take your selfie (pumpkin coach, optional).

 La Louvre, la Pyramid

6. Musee de Louvre, Paris

The Louvre was the most visited museum in the world in 2014, welcoming 9.3 million art aficionados to its lauded halls. While having a moment with the Mona Lisa is easier said than done, and photos with flash inside are a non-non, plenty of visitors strike a post against the historic facade or with I.M.Pei’s famous Pyramid du Louvre.

 Take us to the ballgame! (Image: Shutterstock)

7. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Seating 56,000 baseball (and LA Dodgers) fans, Dodger Stadium is a part of US sports history and has hosted some of the greats of the game. A favourite shot is a photo from the bleachers looking onto the baseball diamond or selfies in the crowd with the field in the background. Dodgers merchandise is mandatory here.

 Russian to capture this! (Image: Shutterstock)

8. Red Square, Moscow

Officially known as Krasnaya Ploshchad in the monument-heavy heart of Moscow, the Red Square is the only Russian entry in the top 10. The massive public space has the enviable backdrop of the fantastical domes of St Basil’s Cathedral as well as other famous structures such as Lenin’s Mausoleum. It’s those onion-shaped domes that feature in most travellers’ pics, though.

 Universal globe. Standard.

9. Universal Studios, Orlando

A photo by the revolving Universal logo globe is de rigueur, but this Florida theme park, rated the number one theme park is the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards, has plenty to wow visitors. Universal Orlando celebrated its 25-year anniversary in 2015, and who doesn’t love a happy snap with the Minions?

 @sjanaelise hanging out in Santa Monica.

10. Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

A nostalgic favourite spot by the sea in California’s Santa Monica, the much-photographed pier is flanked by the Ferris wheel at Pacific Park and is also the end of the trail for the historic Route 66. With the ocean, sand and general old-school feel, Santa Monica is one of the most recognisable and most shared Californian beach images.

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Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.