Everyone wants to make memories that last a lifetime. What better way to do that than with photography. Capture beautiful scenery, amazing architecture and otherworldly landscapes just with the snap of a button.
In today’s society, visiting new places and taking pictures go hand-and-hand. Social media has come to have a huge impact on our lives – people document their travels through photos, and share them for the world to see.
So go out there and make your friends jealous. Every destination on this list promises stunning photos – from fairytale-looking European villages, to incredible castles you can stay in, and places where you can find the most mind-bowing colors on the planet.
These are some of the most Instagram worthy travel locations around the world.
For incredible Instagram photos, visit Australia’s natural wonder – the Great Barrier Reef. It’s one of the seven wonders of the natural world; larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space. It consists of spectacular marine life, coral cays, tropical islands, and beautiful golden beaches.
Also known as the world’s tallest building, 160-foot skyscraper offers some of the most spectacular views of Dubai. Take the elevator up to the 148th floor and view the city from above – take photos of the skyline, visitors say, it’s a view you will want to remember forever.
Visit Central Park year-round for some of the most spectacular pictures on the planet. The leaves changing on the trees in the fall and the beautiful Conservatory Garden are sights to remember. Also enjoy, ice skating in the winter, boating in the summertime and watching year-round performances.
Embark on the adventure of a lifetime through Arenal Volcano National Park. Go whitewater rafting on the Toro River, hike through fields with hardened black lava and go on a Canyoning Tour alongside waterfalls. See jungle rivers and fields that have been previously overtaken by volcanic eruptions. *See: Reasons You Should Visit Costa Rica
Also known as Iguassu Falls and the Iguacu Falls, this beautiful waterfall originates from the Iguazu River located on the border, and forms a boundary between Argentina and Brazil. It is owned by two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Iguacu National Park in Brazil and the Iguazu National Park in Argentina. It is made up on 275 individual drops that stretch for 1.7 miles.
Finland is home to the spectacular Light Pillars (sun pillars) – long vertical shafts that have formed from a bright light source. They reflect off the surfaces of thousands of falling ice crystals in the high clouds. View them at their best when the sun is low, before sunset or sunrise, depending where you are in the east or west.
Ordesa National Park is one of the most stunning national parks in all of Europe. It offers a variety of ecosystems, diverse flora and stunning landscapes, which make for gorgeous Instagram photos. Also enjoy hiking, rock climbing and abseiling for more breathtaking views.
This Greek island in Santorini will leave you breathless. It’s the perfect solo getaway if you’re looking for peace and tranquility. Visitors say, it’s the perfect destination for photography, as the entire island is a “living and breathing postcard.” Capture views of stunning cliffs, whitewashed buildings and view the spectacular sunrise over the horizon.
Located in Alberta’s Banff National Park is Lake Louise – one of Canada’s most iconic lakes. It is your perfect summer or winter vacation destination. In the winter Lake Louise provides one of the most scenic skating rinks in the country, while in the summer it provides otherworldly paddling opportunities.
Peru’s Sacred Valley is home to the famous Machu Picchu – one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions. Hike along the Inca Trail and capture views of ancient ruins. Also, take one of the Sacred Valley tours; go see the historical Pisac Ruins and Ollantaytambo Ruins, then bring your camera to The Salinas, as you will grasp sight of the whole Cuzco area.
This charming and peaceful destination offers some of the most spectacular picturesque views in the world. Capture photos of the medieval city – the architecture, and climb The Belfry for panoramic views.
Kauai is full of spectacular sightseeing opportunities. Visit the Kalalau Lookout for beautiful views of the Kalalau Valley, Polihale Beach for miles of white sand beaches and Hanalei for gorgeous photos of cliff faces and green valleys. Kauai is also home to some of Hawaii’s Most Over the Top Resorts.
Formed by receding glaciers, Niagara Falls is one of the most beautiful sites in the world. It consists of three waterfalls: The Horseshoe Falls (the most powerful waterfall in North America), the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. The falls are located on the Niagara River and they have a combined fall with the highest flow rate of all of the world’s waterfalls.
The Grand Canyon is home to some of the most breathtaking views in the world. Take a walk beyond the canyon walls on The Grand Canyon Skywalk – a glass walkway that extends over the rim of the Grand Canyon. See it also it from the South Rim, Grand Canyon West, Grand Canyon East or the North Rim for different, unique panoramas.
Looking to make your friends jealous? Take a sea cave tour in the Algarve. Step onto the boat and float peacefully along the calm waters. Capture photos of countless caves, alcoves and the clear water surrounding you. Tip: Book your tour online to ensure your spot on the boat.
A vacation destination that allows you to get up close and personal to wildlife is just what you need to spark the attention of your Instagram followers. Giraffe Manor is a hotel set on 12 acres of private land and is frequently visited by giraffes. Morning and evening they poke their necks into the windows of the hotel hoping that you will give them a treat.
Santorini is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Visit the Kapari Natural Resort for a once in a lifetime experience in the famous Natural Pool. It’s a cave like pool with all white interior; it will literally have you feeling like you’re in another world. Also capture photos of the beautiful sunset, locals say it’s one of the top reasons to visit.
Dip into the steamy waters of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Capture photos of man-made waterfalls and view breathtaking scenery of the lagoon from their relaxation area. Also enjoy a wide range of amenities, some of which include, their famous silica mud mask, sauna and steam rooms.
For some of the most incredible skiing and gorgeous scenery, visit the Swiss Alps. Experience high-altitude resorts, freestyle ski on slopes surrounded by incredible landscapes, and take all the pictures you can. Bonus: Some resorts allow kids to ski for free.
If you have a love for nature and wildlife, the Galapagos Islands is the perfect destination for you. It consists of 13 major islands, five of which are inhabited. Take photos of some of the world’s most unique wildlife and gorgeous scenery.
You don’t have to go in Munich during Oktoberfest to experience authentic German culture. This much less-crowded place in North Rhine-Westphalia with its famous half-timbered houses in a medieval design, will certainly make you feel as if you are starring in a fairytale. Hikers will be most pleased because they have about 100 miles of natural trails to choose from.
Mostar will take your breath away with its Ottoman-era architecture. A main attraction is the Old Bridge, destroyed in 1990’s and recently rebuilt. Thrill-seekers can jump off the bridge into the cold water; it’s allowed. Mostar was almost completely destroyed during the Bosnian War; the village was under siege for nine months. Today, it’s a charming little heaven on earth, but you can still see the bullet holes in the walls of the Red Cross building.
The remains of the village’s rich history will leave you in awe. Bibury’s main attraction is Arlington Row, a group of ancient cottages with steeply pitched roofs, overlooking a water meadow and the river. If you like trout, you have to visit the famous Bibury Trout Farm. To get away from the crowds in the village, go on a charming walk through woodland and meadows rich in wildlife, across a Roman road and past a hidden dewpond.
Giethoorn is often called the Venice of the North. The streets of this serene and remote village are small canals. When the postman delivers the mail, he travels by punt. Rent a whisper boat and explore the village. Visit the Museum 't Olde Maat Uus where people in this renovated farm will show you the history of living and working in Giethoorn in the last 100 years.
This stone castle is overlooking the Connecticut River. It looks like a classic fortress, but the interior is quite different. Ordered and partially designed by William Hooker Gillette, who played Sherlock Holmes onstage, the 24-room castle included strange features – original doorknobs and locks, hidden surveillance mirrors, and about 60 images that pay tribute to his 17 cats. No two doors are the same in this castle. Gillette's own walking paths were constructed with near-vertical steps, stone-arch bridges, and wooded trestles.
The Kancamagus National Scenic Byway, often referred to as “the Kanc,” is a 34.5-mile picturesque drive along Route 112. It is known as one of the best fall foliage viewing areas in the entire country. The Kancamagus Highway is now designated an American Scenic Byway for its rich history, aesthetic beauty and culture. The road is a commerce-free climb past colonial farmhouses, scenic covered bridges, and miles of hardwood and evergreen forest. Make sure you stop by Sabbaday Falls, just east of the crest.
This may only be a 50-mile trip but not a single mile goes by without a scenic view. The road cuts the Glacier National Park in half and it’s a National Historic Landmark. You will see forests, lakes, deep ravines, and a variety of wildlife in one trip. If you stop at the St. Mary Lake, the second largest in the park, you’ll be able to take startling photos of the 100-foot Virginia Falls.
Designed as a recreational drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway provides both stunning scenery and close-up looks of the natural beauty through the Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah national parks, which are especially beautiful in the spring. The road is about 500 miles long, busting with colorful trees, forest canopy if you go in the summer, and meadows.
Formed as a result of transformations between many prehistoric lakes, Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat and one of the most mysterious places on the planet. Because of the large, flat area and clear skies, it is often used for calibrating altimeters of Earth observation satellites. It also creates a dream-like reflection off of the crust.
Volcán de Fuego, which translated to Volcano of Fire in English, is an active stratovolcano in Guatemala, and the most active in all of Central America. In January 2016, it erupted and sent ash more than 4 miles into the sky. In 2015 alone, it erupted 13 times.
Exploring the dunes is among the most dangerous adventures in the park. The name of the park gives it away. The main problem is the heat, which often reaches close to 130 degrees and can easily result in death. The average adult will need about four gallons of water to make it out unharmed, but dehydration is not the only concern.
One of the most popular attractions in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, and only a short drive from Seattle, these caves are formed in a perennial pile of avalanche debris on the north face of Big Four Mountain, which is kept from melting by the mountain’s shadow. Streams formed by the summer melt carve the caves out of the ice.
Huay Mae Kamin is a divine location for the people who love nature. The unspoiled beauty and cool stream make the waterfall among of the most famous and beautiful cascading in Thailand. Surrounded by sparse forest, mountain range and various kinds of herbs, the photos you’ll take will be one of a kind. The current is progressively falling down from limestone cascade forming a natural stairway with seven floors.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been labeled one of New York City's greatest treasures. It has at least 20 different gardens, pavilions, exhibits, collections and even museums. The lilacs are especially popular in April and May when their scent fills up the air. In late April, the bluebells burst into flower and create a captivating woodland spectacle. The tree peonies and their marvelous aroma bloom in April and May as well.
Take on the infamous Zion Narrows. This gorge, with walls a thousand feet tall and the river sometimes just twenty to thirty feet wide, is one of the most popular areas in Zion National Park, according to NPS. It’s easy to hike the park’s slot canyons – when it’s not raining. If a sudden storm hits the area, don’t waste time and find refuge somewhere high. Unexpected and abrupt flash flooding is common year-round.
Austin is absolutely beautiful year-round and a perfect destination for people who love sailing. Austin doesn’t have as many waterfront homes compared to other cities, but it does have warm weather nearly year-round, making boating a favorite pastime for residents. On hot days people will cool off by kayaking on the river, or they’ll take their boat to the lakes nearby.
The Wave in the Coyote Buttes North area of the Arizona Strip is best photographed midday so as to minimize the extensive shadows, the other areas listed above are best photographed mid-late afternoon.
You can stay inside a mountain, even if it’s an artificial one. That doesn’t change the fact that you’ll be under a waterfall as it blows like a volcano from the top. And you can only access your room by walking on a monkey bridge. This mountain hotel really shows you the magic of the native forest. Favorite tourist activities include rafting and paintball. In the winter people like to go snowshoeing and glacier trekking.
Imagine the most challenging hiking experience for you and multiply that by a hundred. This will give you some idea of how dangerous and difficult it is to hike the Mount Hau Shan trail. The highest point is 7,087 feet. The routes to the top are barely walkable because you walk on thin floating boards attached only by nails and giant “staples.”
Do you want to literally hang out in the mountains? Every year extreme athletes and skilled high wire walkers head to Monte Piana, located in the Italian Alps, to do just that because of its accessible location. They spend about a week there capturing the stunning views. This camping destination ranks very high in the “most dangerous” category.
The Great Wall hosts one of the most famous half marathons in the world. The Great Wall, continuously built from the 3rd century BC to the 17th century AD, inherently preserves all the material and spiritual elements that carry its outstanding universal value, according to UINESCO. The complete route is about 12,500 miles. “Elements constructed in different historical periods which constitute the complicated defense system of the property, including walls, fortresses, passes and beacon towers, have been preserved to the present day.”
The vista around Eibsee Lake, near Munich, is astoundingly gorgeous; the pristine water in the lake is startling; the color varies from deep blue to turquoise. You will see a lot of people biking, walking, and taking pictures. Along the way, you’ll pass by typical Bavarian houses.
Antalya is a popular summer vacation destination in Turkey. It’s a stylish and classic city, the largest in the country on the western Mediterranean coast. The mixture of sunshine, deep blue sea and mountainous landscapes attract many visitors. If you want to explore great beaches and traditional Turkish culture in one trip, look no farther than Antalya.
Clear your schedule for the night and go on an out of this world kayaking trip. It’s a truly unique experience. Where else will you see glow-worms from the cockpit of a kayak? The feeling is magical. The caves on Lake McLaren are mysterious that way. Float beneath iridescent worms and then let the moonlight and stars guide you back to shore.
The Rim Trail may the most famous hike in the Grand Canyon National Park but Mooney Falls should be right up there. You will be descending through caves, down ladders and rocks until you get to the shoulder of a cliff looking at the almighty 200-foot waterfall. Continue going down to see deep pools, creeks, and green grape vines. Other awesome places to hike in the Grand Canyon are the Bright Angel Trail, which is quite dangerous, the Hermit Trail and the Grandview Trail, which is very, very steep.
The island of Palawan has been declared as a nature sanctuary of the world. Take beautiful photos of their rainforests, beaches, mountains, caves and variety of marine life. Bonus: It is also composed of incredible dive sites.