For those that are passionate about photography, being able to take some epic photos can be one of the key factors in deciding where to go on vacation. While there are plenty of beautiful places around the world, there are a special few locations that can make for particularly breathtaking photos. To help you with your search, here are some of the world’s most Instagrammable travel destinations.
Other places on this list will be a bit more specific than this, but you’ll be spoiled for choice in Iceland. Because of the extreme environments and low population, the whole country is still very rugged and wild, and nearly all of the natural scenery is breathtaking. Think glaciers, waterfalls, green hills, mountains and lagoons, all within your immediate area.
Specifically, the Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a particularly famous travel destination already, and has blown up on Instagram recently. It’s a unique geothermal spa in the southwest of Iceland and features an outdoor lagoon. Sitting on volcanic ground, the Lagoon is heated by the geothermal energy of the Earth and hovers around 102° year-round. The waters of the Lagoon are also known to have rejuvenating properties for the skin.
Another often visited destination in Iceland is the Gullfoss Waterfall (or Golden Falls in English). Located in the canyon of the Hvítá river in southwest Iceland, the Gullfoss Waterfall is a famed multi-level waterfall over 100 feet tall. It is conveniently on the Golden Circle tour, a famous route for tourists that begins in Reykjavík and travels down into southern Iceland before looping back. If you have a limited time in Iceland, you should definitely consider traveling by the Golden Circle, as it’s the most efficient way to see most of Iceland’s natural wonders.
Kyoto is one of the most traditional cities to be found in Japan and offers a look into Japanese culture that Tokyo simply doesn’t. The traditional architecture makes for spectacular photos, and there are plenty of temples to visit. Combine this with the Shinto shrines and imperial palaces, and you won’t be able to stop snapping pictures.
If you’re traveling to Kyoto, make sure to stop by Arashiyama, one of the lesser-known but most scenic districts of Kyoto. Arashiyama is actually located on the western outskirts of the city and is home to peaceful temples, calm gardens and beautiful cherry blossom trees that put on a yearly show for lucky visitors.
Another destination that is not to be missed is the Sagano Bamboo Grove, conveniently located near Arashiyama. It’s an almost magical and otherworldly place, with paved pathways for visitors to stroll beneath the towering groves of bamboo. Photographers have long coveted this destination for the soft and unique light that filters through the bamboo.
While Amsterdam may be best known for its progressive view on cannabis, this European city also offers an incredibly unique cultural experience with countless opportunities to take some beautiful photos. Amsterdam is built around a series of canals that run through the city. With cross-crossing bridges and quaintly lit waterways, Amsterdam is up there with one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Specifically on Christmas, a great majority of the city is decorated and features a charming holiday market with hot wine, chocolates, meat pies and more. Throw in the Van Gogh museum and you’ve got a recipe for a great series of posts on the ‘Gram.
Yosemite National Park, USA
While the United States may not have the historical architecture that other older countries can boast, it features some of the most awe-inspiring natural scenery in the world. Yosemite National Park, located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, features a unique valley that was carved out by ancient glaciers. Flanked on both sides by giant granite walls, Yosemite Valley is filled with scenic locations, including epic waterfalls, calm meadows and enormous granite monolithic formations.
Among all of the locations in Yosemite, Half Dome is probably the most photographed. What once was a dome formed by molten igneous rock was cleaved in half by glaciers over millions of years into the Half Dome structure we know today. Thousands of daring adventurers make the heart-racing climb up the rounded side of Half Dome each year, resulting in one of the most breathtaking views of Yosemite National Park.
Another commonly visited and photographed feature of the park is Upper Yosemite Falls. As the tallest waterfall in North America, Upper Yosemite Falls draws thousands of viewers every year. While it’s possible to take some shots with unique angles at the top of the falls, it does require hours of strenuous hiking. Instead, many photographers opt to take their shots at the base of the Falls in the valley, as this can provide the best full view.
Finally, don’t forget to take a shot of the Tunnel View of Yosemite Valley, which is located at the West Entrance of the park off of highway 41. From this unique angle, photographers are afforded a straight shot through the narrow valley, with views of El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridalveil Falls, all iconic locations in Yosemite.
While many people that travel to Morocco will likely visit Marrakech and Fez, one of the most unique cities in Morocco is actually a small city in the Rif mountains called Chefchaouen. It’s world-famous for its distinct blue-washed buildings that give it an otherworldly and ancient vibe. It’s medina (or the older section of the city), features narrow passageways and traditional street market fare, including spices, trinkets, etc.
Chefchaouen is also well known for its production of hash, a concentrated cannabis product that is made from kief, or cannabinoid bearing resin glands that are found on the marijuana plant. While the sale and consumption of cannabis are technically illegal in Morocco, many areas like Chefchaoen are loosely regulated and tourists are not hassled for purchasing hash.
While this is only a small sample of the many Instagrammable locations in the world, hopefully it will help you in your search for your next vacation destination. Plus, if you’re going to spend some hard-earned vacation days, you might as well choose a scenic destination to take some memorable and post-worthy photos!