Looking to take your travel photography to the next level? A photographer is only as good as the subject matter they photograph, and we’ve got the 15 most Instagrammed destinations that are bound to make your photo albums shine. The folks at TravelBird conducted an interesting ranking the most #Hashtagged tourist attractions on Instagram in the US and worldwide.
Whether you’re a professional or simply a person with a hobby and a camera, these are places you absolutely have to visit to up your travel photography game. While the likes of Disney and Times Square made the list, we at Ecophiles decided to take a look at the more natural landscapes for your green travel and photography interests. Here’s looking at some serious Insta-envy!
South Beach, Florida, USA
A well-known neighborhood in the heart of Miami, Florida, South Beach is one of those places you simply have to go. From plenty of room to relax in the midday sun to bustling night life, travel here for a relaxing time and great photography. Enjoy one of the countless entertainments hubs – from delectable restaurants to fabulous night clubs. Another attraction is the beautiful parks – there is an array of landscapes and tastes represented, so one is sure to catch your fancy. It isn’t surprising that this beach comes in on the worldwide list at number 4 – it is a dream destination for photography and fun in the sun.
Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Rolling in at number 11 and French for “Fat Tuesday”, Mardi Gras is another must-do for your travel bucket list. Celebrated before Lent as a way to enjoy feasting prior to fasting, this carnival is a time of fun for all. Stunning costumes, floats, entertainment – this festival is made for great photography! The green, purple, and gold hues won’t be ones you’ll soon forget. It’s no wonder that people from all over the world travel to see all the action at Mardi Gras.
Niagara Falls, North America
Another bucket list staple at number 12, this amazing location is more than just waterfalls. Including a state park and National Park, there are miles of hiking trails, fun exhibits for the whole family, and countless places to dine. Whether you have your passport or not, Niagara Falls is a wonderful travel destination to really experience all that nature has to offer.
Valle Sagrado (Machu Picchu), Peru
Believed to be the estate of an Incan Emperor, see how ancient royalties lived up close and personal at Machu Picchu. Experience a rich history as the location dates back to the 15th century. A breathtaking piece of Peru, this is another spot for both your bucket list, camera roll, and Instagram feed. This stunning royal beauty comes in at number 13.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
One of the world’s most stunning natural wonders coming in at number 14 on the worldwide list, the Grand Canyon National Park offers an unforgettable travel experience. Breathtaking colors handcrafted by mother nature are perfect for photography to add to your Instagram feed. Nearly 300 miles long and 18 miles wide, every direction provides a unique, gorgeous perspective for your travel photography. From sacred grounds to guided tours, there is no doubt your travel will be anything short of amazing.
Waikiki, Hawaii, USA
A beach neighborhood in Honolulu on the island of O’ahu, this Hawaiian travel treasure is one of six lovely beaches in the area, rounding out at number 15. Full of incredible places to visit (and for your photography!) from lagoons to piers to harbors, Waikiki is perfect for the most adventurous of explorers to the simplest of beach goers. For the ultimate travel experience, stay at one of the many stunning resorts, and feel the wind slip through your lungs as you take in all Hawaii has to offer.
Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Another natural wonder hitting number 18, Yosemite National Park is arguably the most stunning portion of northern California. A mind-boggling 1,200 square miles, every inch and every sight proves more and more beautiful, everywhere you look. So can you really go wrong here with your travel photography? From waterfalls to hidden valleys to lush meadows, this national park is the ultimate experience. Not bringing your camera would be an absolute mistake as each portion of this park proves to be a photography wonder.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
A favorite of tourists and locals alike, at number 19, Myrtle Beach is another bustling location you simply must travel to. Whether you prefer being pampered in a hotel as you enjoy the sites or a beach home is the spot for you, there’s something for everyone. As the beginning of 60 miles of beach to claim, there’s plenty of space for the whole family to enjoy themselves. Known for celebrity designed golf courses and as the hub of the “Grand Strand” of beaches, the boardwalks, arcades, and amusements parks will leave no one bored.
Riviera Maya, Yucatan Mexico
You’ve never experienced the Caribbean coastline like you will at number 23 worldwide, from peaceful yoga retreats to preserved ancient ruins. Feel free to laze around on the beach before seeing history live and in person, as the Mayans left a port city behind, sure to take your breath away. From all inclusive resorts to soft sand to ruins, the Riviera Maya is a sight you absolutely have to see.
Rocky Mountains, North America
Spanning 3,000 miles from British Columbia to New Mexico, every portion of this mountain range proves to be full of adventure at number 25 on the list. Take in every bit of natural history as well as a breathtaking array of flora and fauna. From trees standing tall and whispering in the breeze to babbling brooks, this will prove a fantastic area for travel photography – whether you’re using your cell phone cameras or a high-tech professional camera.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Spanning 3 states in America but mostly located in Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park was the first national park of its kind in the country, and often said, the world. Travel here for the geyser Old Faithful and stay for the wildlife and stunning landscapes. With an array of ecosystems different sections provide completely different experiences, making exploring a standalone event. This lovely national park is slated at numbers 31 and 32, each in a different state.
Fiordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand
A treasure from down under at number 39, this national park spans spaces in the most beautiful ways. Lush rainfall makes the environment sprout forth a delicate yet gorgeous ecosystem, complete with unique plants and animals. Bring binoculars for bird watching, a camera to capture each unique moment, and your hiking boots, to explore every mountain and valley this park has to offer. Considered under the World Heritage Status, see history in its natural state at this National Park, as you traipse through what is known as the walking capital of the world.
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Established before the idea of a national park was even a concept, Hot Springs National Park is a treasure that deserves protection at number 44 on the list. Believed to have medicinal properties, the hot water of the springs is seen as sacred by many groups of people. Considered one of the most accessible national parks, one can hike, camp, and even bathe in the springs.
A historic monument that calls England home, this location comes in at 52 and still brings questions to archeologists and historians alike up to this very day. With each stone weighing about 25 tons and spanning 13 feet high and nearly 7 feet wide, this is a travel experience you won’t forget. Also, great for travel photography!
Lake Maggiore, Switzerland and Italy
Divided between Italy and Switzerland, this gorgeous lake is on the southern side of the Alps. With 40 miles of shimmering water to photograph, every inch will prove just as breathtaking as the last. While there, be sure to visit one of the gardens, housing a wonderful array of exotic Mediterranean plant life. As the second largest lake in Italy and the largest in Switzerland, there is no question as to whether this destination should be added to your travel bucket list. Although number 57 on the list, it’s beauty is nothing short of a wonder.