La Jolla, California
If you’re looking for premium #content, head over to La Jolla, the hilly seaside town that sits on the border of San Diego. No matter where you wander, you’re going to find something worthy of your feed, whether it’s the famous “what’s your favorite color” mural that sits on Eads Ave., the bold and bright flower fields of Carlsbad Ranch, or the coastal views found at the Sunset Cliffs, which is best visited—you guessed it—at sunset. A town boasting more street art than many others in California, you’d be remiss not to spend time soaking up the many examples that make up the Murals of La Jolla project.
Miami Beach, Florida
There are few places that are as iconic on social media than Miami, with its famed art deco buildings looming on Ocean Drive in South Beach, the bikini-packed beaches lining the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, Little Havana’s domino players and mouthwatering Cuban sandwiches, and the vibrantly painted buildings of Wynwood. For photos that won’t need a filter, head to the last location and spend an hour or so snapping your way through the trendy neighborhood’s painted alleyways. For one of the best views of the city, skip South Beach in favor of East Miami’s rooftops, which offer stunning views of the ocean, the downtown skyline, Virginia Key, and the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. For a more unexpected shot (and to test your phone’s new slow shutter app), head to the Best Buy garage on fifth and Alton for some prime time-lapse photo opps.
If you spend any amount of time scrolling through Instagram’s most popular posts, you’re going to find at least two, maybe three, images showcasing some part of Seattle’s iconic geography. Although many flock to the Space Needle for sweeping views of the city or into the bustling Pike’s Place Market, there’s actually an astounding array of places a little more off the beaten path that are just as likely to boost your followers. A snap of Paramount Theatre pairs well with the Gingham filter, for example. And for a view of the city made famous by 10 Things I Hate About You, go to Kerry Park at dusk to see the Space Needle and surrounding buildings sparkling at night. The EMP’s strangely curved metal exterior (that glows in the sunlight) makes for an epic addition to your Insta Stories. However, if you’re feeling a little basic, grab a frap and take a #foodintheair shot in front of the original Starbucks on 1st and Pike.
When people think of swoon-worthy Maine towns, Kennebunkport is almost always top of list. For one, this coastal seaside escape boasts presidential pedigree, being the home of the Bush family. Although it doesn’t often the quirk of neighboring Portland, it does offer ample beauty perfect for sharing. The shops, like Farm + Table, boast artisanal crafts wrapped in beautiful packages and nautical-inspired pillows, blankets, and the like, while the restaurants offer enough bright red lobsters and mayo-laden lobster rolls for creating the ultimate #foodporn shot. You’d be remiss not to at least visit Gooch’s beach (home to Bennet’s famous sandwich shop) or have your best friend snap a lifestyle shot of you paddle-boarding into the sunset in front of Cape Porpoise Lighthouse.
Old Town Alexandria, Virginia
Founded in the 1700s, Alexandria is easily one of Washington D.C.’s most famous suburbs. Touting cobblestone streets, a beautifully restored dock nestled on the Potomac, and pastel row homes on Queen and Prince Streets, nearly every block brings a shot you just have to capture. (Hurry and you could catch the cherry blossoms and magnolia trees that are in full bloom around Waterfront Park.) If you’re a foodie, head to King Street on Saturday to capture the area’s fresh produce. Beyond the main streets of King, Queen, and Prince, the iconic trolley makes for great Instagram fodder (especially during the evening). For engagement shoots or lifestyle shots, you can’t beat the brick Court House, which sits right on King Street, or the whimsical Old Town Riverboat.