10 of the Most Instagrammed Locations in America


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.


BB-8 from the Disney's upcoming Star Wars film chills out in Disneyland in Anaheim, last year's number one geotagged location on the social media site.


The hashtag "grandcanyon" has over 975,000 posts.


There are photogenic views around every corner in Glacier National Park. 


Encompassing 275 square miles of New Mexican desert, White Sands is the world's largest gypsum dunefield.


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.  


Yellowstone's high concentration of geysers and free-roaming wildlife provide plenty of opportunities for breathtaking photography. 


Denali National Park covers six million acres of wilderness and is home to North America's tallest peak. 


Each year, this raceway in the heart of Texas plays host to the Formula One United States Grand Prix.


Whether you're living that #beachlife or just having a #beachday, Rehoboth in Delaware makes the perfect backdrop.


The views from the top of the Empire State Building are meant to be shared.

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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How Anoka, Minnesota Became the Halloween Capital of the World

A photo of Main Street in downtown Anoka, Minnesota.
A photo of Main Street in downtown Anoka, Minnesota.
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On November 1, 1919, the residents of Anoka, Minnesota, a suburb about 20 miles north of Minneapolis, woke up to what Smithsonian calls a “prank of epic proportions.” Outhouses were overturned, wagons were parked on roofs, and cows roamed through the streets.

The prank was part of an epidemic of Halloween-related hijinks that seemed to grow more extreme with each passing year. Civic leaders decided that the time had come for the city to do something to dissuade such mischief—or at least to keep would-be pranksters so busy that they couldn’t dream of causing trouble.

So in 1920 a Halloween committee, fronted by local businessman George Green, planned one of the first—and largest—community-wide Halloween celebrations in the United States. The 1920 celebration, featuring a parade, a bonfire, and free candy for children, and was so successful that the police received no reports of pranks.

The celebration only grew in subsequent years, and Anoka leaders wanted people to know it. In 1937, 12-year-old Anoka local Harold Blair was one of 200 Minneapolis Journal newspaper carriers to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Members of the Anoka Commercial Club seized on the opportunity, sending Blair off with a request to Congress that Anoka be formally designated as the “Halloween Capital of the World.” A fire in Anoka destroyed many of the city’s earliest documents about the Halloween celebration, so it’s hard to know whether Congress approved the moniker back in the 1930s. But in 2003, Minnesota state representative Mark Kennedy restated the proclamation, officially cementing Anoka’s title.

“It’s like a pebble being dropped into a pond,” Karen George, a member of the board of directors of Halloween, Inc. (the nonprofit organization that plans Anoka’s yearly festivities), told Smithsonian in 2019. “It’s really the people of Anoka who want to enjoy this hometown festival, and then they bring along relatives and friends who tell others about it.”

Today, Anoka’s Halloween festivities have expanded to three parades instead of one, and includes other community activities such as a house decorating competition, bell ringing, and a group pumpkin smashing. In 2020, Anoka’s Halloween festival is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. By most accounts, the holiday has become a part of Anoka’s identity.

“I would say Halloween is in my bone marrow,” Anoka resident John Jost told CBS Minnesota. “Being an Anokoan, the Halloween experience is tied directly to that.”

This story has been updated for 2020.