What’s the point of traveling all the way to a National Park without a Kelvin-filtered selfie to prove you were there? We could think of a few reasons, but that doesn’t change the fact that parks account for some of the most Instagrammed locations in the U.S.
The Bus travel website Busbud recently calculated the most popular Instagram spots by looking at hashtags and geolocations. Outdoor locations came out on top, with parks and geographic landmarks making up the biggest portion of snap-worthy scenes. Other popular locations included vineyards, gardens, zoos, and ski and snowboard areas. Theaters were the only exclusively indoor destinations to break the top 10.
Some favorite location-centric hashtags included #wildlife with more than 3 million posts, #hiking with over 9 million, and #beach with over 97 million posts. On their website, Busbud includes an interactive map of the U.S. that shows the most frequently-Instagrammed locations of each state. Kentucky Instagrammers love to document Churchill Downs, and users in Louisiana stage most of their photos on Bourbon Street. Here are more pictures from some of the most popular Instagram locations across the country.
1. DISNEYLAND // CALIFORNIA
2. GRAND CANYON // ARIZONA
The hashtag "grandcanyon" has over 975,000 posts.
3. GLACIER NATIONAL PARK // MONTANA
There are photogenic views around every corner in Glacier National Park.
4. WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT // NEW MEXICO
Encompassing 275 square miles of New Mexican desert, White Sands is the world's largest gypsum dunefield.
5. SPACE NEEDLE // WASHINGTON
The Space Needle has towered over Seattle since the 1962 World's Fair. Today it's a favorite Instagram spot for visitors to the Pacific Northwest.
6. YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK // WYOMING
Yellowstone's high concentration of geysers and free-roaming wildlife provide plenty of opportunities for breathtaking photography.
7. DENALI NATIONAL PARK // ALASKA
Denali National Park covers six million acres of wilderness and is home to North America's tallest peak.
8. CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS // TEXAS
Each year, this raceway in the heart of Texas plays host to the Formula One United States Grand Prix.
9. REHOBOTH BEACH // DELAWARE
Whether you're living that #beachlife or just having a #beachday, Rehoboth in Delaware makes the perfect backdrop.
10. EMPIRE STATE BUILDING // NEW YORK
The views from the top of the Empire State Building are meant to be shared.