The USA’s Top Insta-Worthy Destinations

12 September 2016

Warning: Serious wanderlust ahead.

The following 14 locations are some of the most geotagged in the world let alone in the USA, while some might not be so surprising - hello Disneyland - there certainly will be a few that you have never come across.

Proceed with caution though because we all know that living vicariously through others’ unbelievable travel Instagrams is the first step down the rabbit hole.

The one where you wake up in two days time wondering why you’ve been wasting your time not living the most instagrammable life possible and have booked a one-way ticket to all of these wonderful places. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

 Let the insta-journey begin! Photo: Getty Images.

Disneyland, Anaheim, CA

This is the most geotagged location on Instagram in the whole world, let alone in the US and it’s not hard to understand why.

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Paul Smith, CA

Retailer Paul Smith first opened its larger-than-life pink Los Angeles store -known to locals as ‘the pink box’ - in 2005 however in 2015 it began attracting a steady crowd of Instagrammers looking to take a photo in front of it’s neon paint job.

 

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Prada Marfa, TX

This ‘store’ from luxury Italian brand Prada is in fact a permanent art installation in the middle of the Texas desert installed by artists Elmgreen and Dragset.

 

Cloud Gate (The Bean), IL

Artist Anish Kapoor is known for his biomorphic forms and was inspired by liquid mercury for his Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park, which surprisingly was hidden under a giant tent during it’s eight month piecing together in 2005.


 

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Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, WY

The largest hot spring in the US, Grand Prismatic Spring was discovered in 1871 and gets its name from its colour which mirrors that of a rainbow dispersion observed through a prism.

Horseshoe Bend, TX

An interesting geological rock formation in Northern Arizona, Horseshoe Bend makes for an impressively humbling Instagram photo especially when taken from behind a person, giving the unique perspective of nature being so infinite.

 

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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, CO

This natural red rock amphitheatre near Morrison, Colorado spans 4 kilometres in length and holds 8,700 people and took more than 200 million years to form. Everyone from Neil Young, The Grateful Dead and more recently Australia’s very own Alison Wonderland have performed here.

 

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, NM

While this isn’t strictly a place, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is arguably one of the USA’s most picturesque events which thousands of people flock to each year. In recent years it’s become a must attend event for Instagrammers.


 

Wynwood Walls, FL

Miami’s art scene is known worldwide and one of the city’s biggest draw cards is the Wynwood district which features a vast number of art and graffiti murals dotted around the area and in the designated Wynwood Walls area.

Bowery Mural, NY

One of New York City’s most famous rotating outdoor art murals, the Bowery Mural changes every few months with an elaborate new piece from the world’s top contemporary street artists.

 

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Hollywood Sign, CA

One of the USA’s most iconic landmarks, the Hollywood Sign was first part of a housing estate development which originally read, “HOLLYWOODLAND” and now attracts attention for its frequent appearances in pop culture and of course on Instagram.

 

Walt Disney Concert Hall, CA

Designed by architect Frank Gehry, there is never any shortage of fresh images popping up on this site’s geotagged Instagram location. Interestingly it’s also one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world.


 

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Venice Beach, CA

Venice Beach welcomes millions of visitors a year and you can bet that each one of them doesn’t leave without at least one sunny Instagram snap of its famous boardwalk.

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The Beverly Hills Hotel, CA

The pink-stucco, Mission-style main building which was completed in 1912 was Los Angeles first historic landmark. It’s hallowed palm wallpapered walls have hosted celebrities from Marilyn Monroe to Marlene Dietrich.

 

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Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a Flight Centre travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.