It is said that more photos are taken every two minutes than had been taken over the entire course of the 1800s, and the trend has only grown more pronounced since. Instagram registers over 4 billion likes every day, and tens of billions of photos have been shared on the service. Millennials are now specifically booking trips based on the types of photos they can capture.
Different seasons provide different opportunities for unique photographs. During the springtime specifically, flowers steal the attention. From the colorful tulips in Amsterdam to the bluebonnets in Texas and the famous magenta and red azaleas that bloom in Savannah, Georgia, there is no shortage of photos to capture during the spring at these Instagram-worthy destinations this year.
Visit Amsterdam in the spring to witness colorful tulips and greenery that will take your breath away. Hang out at one of the city’s various parks, enjoy more than 300 festivals and capture views of the spectacular city from above on Open Tower Day where you can climb iconic towers and take incredible photos.
Open from sunrise to sunset, this State Natural Reserve in California is absolutely stunning during the springtime. Visitors can view the poppies in full bloom from March through April. Instagrammers must take caution as photos of people actually standing in the flowers are not allowed in the park; you must stay on official trails. Any type of commercial or student filming or photography will need a permit.
California’s largest state park, Anza Borrego Desert State Park encompasses more than 600,000 acres. Go for a scenic spring drive or on a hike to view the park’s magnificent mountain ranges. Some of the most popular photo spots include Coyote Canyon, Desert Gardens and Ocotillo Flat.
The Appalachian Mountains are known as some of the world’s oldest; they can be seen in many states, some of which include Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Popular viewpoints include The Pinnacle in Pennsylvania, Clingmans Dome on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, Tinker Cliffs in Virginia, and Max Patch in North Carolina.
Visitors from all over the world travel to Arches National Park for stunning photos of the spectacular rock formations. Go for a hike in the park to capture shots of Turret Arch, Double Arch and North and South Windows — the four most impressive arches in the park. Also make sure to view Klondike Bluffs and Fiery Furnace.
Texas’ famous state flower can be found growing all over the state, and Instagrammers who head out in mid-April can experience astounding sights in some valleys. Popular trails near Burnet (northwest of Austin) and Ennis (in the Dallas-Fort Worth area) are some of the best places to observe and take beautiful photographs of the stunning bluebonnets. The fields bloom for about six weeks.
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Spring in Branson calls for moderate temperatures, green trees and blooming flowers. The city’s popular best-kept secret, Tablerock Lake and Dam, is a photo hot spot among locals and visitors. Measuring 6,423 feet in length and rising 252 feet above the riverbed, the tree-lined lake offers stunning photographs. Head to 165 Scenic Overlook for panorama shots of not only Table Rock Dam but also Point Royale and Lake Taneycomo.
There are plenty of beautiful landmarks and a vast amount of picturesque scenery to photograph in Canterbury. Snap a few selfies in front of the gorgeous Canterbury Canal or go on the popular Canterbury Historic River Tour. While you’re there, make sure to capture views of the Canterbury Cathedral and Westgate Gardens.
Grab your phone and get Instagram-ready, because Central Park will have you photographing for hours. Some of the most popular and iconic spots for photography include Shakespeare Garden, The Pond, Gapstow Bridge, and Conservatory Garden. While you’re there, make sure to stop off and take a selfie in front of Belvedere Castle — one of the country’s craziest wedding locations.
Visitors from all over the country travel to Washington, D.C., for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The best time to visit is in early April when the blossoms are in peak bloom. Some of the most popular areas to snap photos include The Gardens of Dumbarton Oaks, the U.S. National Arboretum, on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial and on a Tidal Basin paddle boat.
Set on 385 acres with 6 miles of lake shoreline, the Chicago Botanic Garden is a photographer’s dream and one of the best botanical gardens in the country. Explore the gardens on a tram tour or take a leisurely stroll to capture shots of the colorful blooms. Make sure to attend The Orchid Show, a popular spring event that features more than 10,000 orchids in bloom.
As the snow melts, Fish Creek Falls is at its peak. This prime hiking spot can be experienced by advanced and beginner hikers. Take the gravel trail to the base of Fish Creek Falls for stunning photos of the 280-foot waterfall. While you’re there, don’t miss the opportunity for watersports; consider kayaking, standup paddle boarding and rafting.
There are endless photo opportunities at the Grand Canyon. Springtime is especially grand because it’s far less crowded compared to visiting during peak seasons. Some of the most Instagrammable locations include Yavapai Point, Mather Point, Shoshone Point, Navajo Point, Horseshoe Bend and Havasu Falls. If you’re really looking to make your friends jealous, go rafting on the Colorado River and capture incredible photos from the river below.
Visitors head to Grand Teton National Park all year round, but for many, the most popular season is spring. When the temperatures begin to rise, the park experiences its annual wildlife migration. This is the perfect time to begin your Instagram story. Record as elk herds, moose, bison and deer begin their transition.
If you’re looking for a destination that’s out of this world, look no further than Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hike miles of trails for stunning photographs of spectacular landscapes and nature. Make sure to head to Clingmans Dome — the highest point in Tennessee — for incredible views. While you’re there, go whitewater rafting, go wildlife viewing at Cades Cove and embark on a canopy tour.
Make sure your phone is fully charged, because there are more than 750,000 acres to explore in this amazing desert destination. Take a selfie in front of cholla cactus at the Cholla Cactus Garden, photograph gorgeous views from the summit of Ryan Mountain, snap a few shots at the gorgeous rocks and reflections at Barker Dam and don’t forget to admire the unique rock formations — Skull Rock, Penguin Rock and Heart Rock, to name a few.
Macon is absolutely stunning in the spring. Visit this destination March 22–31 for the International Cherry Blossom Festival. Capture photos of more than 350,000 Yoshino cherry trees while enjoying live entertainment and delicious foods. Beer lovers will want to visit on April 27 for the popular Just Tap'd Craft Beer Festival; don’t forget to take some awesome photos of historic downtown Macon while you’re there.
If you’re looking to spice up your Instagram with colors and flowers, then San Francisco is your go-to destination. There are numerous springtime events that offer incredible photo opportunities — Macy’s Flower Show, Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, and Bouquets to Art are a few. Make sure you also head to the Golden Gate Park and take photos at the Conservatory of Flowers. Don’t forget that epic Golden Gate Bridge photo as well.
Located in Santa Barbara Valley, this incredible destination offers scenic photos that will make your friends jealous. Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens spans 78 acres. The desert section within the gardens is blooming with purple-flowering desert willows in late spring; while the Porter Trail offers some of the most incredible displays of spring wildflowers; and the meadow section will wow you with its abundance of California poppies.
The best time to visit Savannah is during the spring when clear skies, blooming flowers and warm weather offer a comfortable visit and incredible photograph opportunities. Head to Savannah’s historic district and Forsyth Park from March through May for beautiful views of the city’s famous magenta and red azaleas in bloom, just one of many reasons it's considered one of the most romantic cities in America.
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