It is a bit hard to satisfy your serious case of wanderlust when seeing Instagram posts of beautiful places in the world. With a total of 50 states, there is no denying that United States of America (USA) has a lot of Instagram-worthy photo spots in the world.
Some are well famous locations while other choices are lesser known gems sure to impress your friends. These are our picks of Instagram-worthy photo spots in United States of America. So let’s pack up and get your camera to these locations.
Fairbanks Northern Lights, ALASKA
“Northern Lights” is a pretty-much perfect name for Alaska’s thrilling, sky-filling sensations. The name derived from Latin — Aurora is the name of the Roman’s Goddess of the Dawn and Boreas is the God of the North Wind.
These dramatic curtains of colored light, which appear high in the night sky in the northern hemisphere, are most visible in the middle of the night and the dead of winter, and in remote, dark areas.
The Northern Lights are listed among the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Fairbanks’ renowned aurora borealis viewing lures people from all over the world during the “Aurora Season” from August 21 to April 21.
Niagara Falls, NEW YORK
The word “Niagara” is derived from the Iroquois Indian word “Onguiaahra” meaning “The Strait”. The birth of Niagara Falls can be traced back more than 12,000 years to the end of the last glacial period.
Niagara Falls comprises three waterfalls, from largest to smallest, the Horseshoe Falls (also known as the Canadian Falls), American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. 50 to 75 percent of the water flowing along the Niagara River is diverted from going over the Falls to hydroelectric power generating stations.
More than 168,000 cubic meters or 6 million cubic feet of water go over the Horseshoe Falls every minute during peak daytime hours in the Summer. The crest line of the Horseshoe Falls is 2,200 feet wide.
The height of the American Falls ranges between 21 to 34 m (70-110 ft). This measurement is taken from the top of the Falls to the top of the rock pile at the base, called the talus slope. The height of the Falls from the top of the Falls to the river is 57 m (188 ft). The crest line of the American Falls is approximately 260 m (850 ft) wide.
Flatiron Building, NEW YORK
The distinctive triangular shape of the Flatiron Building, designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham and built in 1902, allowed it to fill the wedge-shaped property located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway.
The building was intended to serve as offices for the George A. Fuller Company, a major Chicago contracting firm. At 22 stories and 307 feet, the Flatiron was never the city’s tallest building, but always one of its most dramatic-looking, and its popularity with photographers and artists has made it an enduring symbol of New York for more than a century.
When the Flatiron Building first opened, female tenants were at a disadvantage, as the building’s designers had failed to include any ladies’ restrooms. Management had to designate bathrooms for men and women on alternating floors.
In 2009, the Sorgente Group, an Italian real estate investment firm, bought a majority stake in the building with plans to turn it into a world-class luxury hotel.
Antelope Canyon, ARIZONA
Antelope Canyon is more than the most-visited slot canyon in the American southwest — it also offers travelers a rich history and exciting structure that few natural wonders can claim. The canyon has a wave-like structure that gives it a unique look and, along with the canyon’s glorious light beams, makes Antelope the most-photographed slot canyon in the southwestern United States.
Antelope Canyon gets its name from local Navajo stories regarding antelopes that grazed along the canyon in the wintertime made up two separate canyons.
Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack is more popular for two reasons. First, its entrance and entire length are at ground level, requiring no climbing. Second, beams or shafts of direct sunlight radiating down from openings at the top of the canyon are much more common in Upper than in Lower. Beams occur most often in the summer months, as they require the sun to be high in the sky.
Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew is located a few miles from Upper Antelope. This canyon is a little shallower than Upper Antelope Canyon and the famous light beams do not occur there as often as in the other.
Havasu Falls, ARIZONA
Havasu Falls is a remarkable waterfall in the Havasupai Indian Reservation within the Grand Canyon National Park. Vibrant blue water, contrasted with striking red rocks provides the canyon with an aura of ethereal beauty.
Havasupai means people of the blue-green waters. Havasu Falls plunges more than 100 feet into a wide pool of clear, bright blue-green water. Calcium carbonate and magnesium occur naturally in the waters that feed Havasu Falls. The waters get their blue color from the magnesium. As the pools deepen, the calcium carbonate is slowly released from the water, creating blue water that becomes more brilliant as the relative magnesium content increases.
Contrasting against the red rocks of the canyon behind it, the sheer beauty of this scene makes for an awe-inspiring experience unlike any other on earth. As the creek originates from a spring, the water rarely deviates from 70 degrees Fahrenheit year round.
Maroon Bell, COLORADO
The breathtaking view of the Maroon Bells, the twin claret-colored peaks whose dramatic, snow-capped profiles are reflected in the glistening waters of a peaceful alpine lake, is widely considered Colorado’s most-photographed scene. A reflective lake and two giant snow-striped mountaintops, anchor a blissful panorama exemplified by a symphony of color that changes with the seasons.
Located just 10 miles west of Aspen or 16 from Snowmass up Maroon Creek Road off Highway 82 in a glacial valley, the 14,000-foot peaks truly epitomize the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Hiking trails provide access to plenty of photo-worthy scenes in the White River National Forest, including hypnotizing wildflower fields, fly-fishermen seeking catches in tranquil Maroon Lake and brilliant fall colors on aspen trees.
Their red mud stone layers give the mountains their unique maroon coloring. When the light is right, the peaks reflect in the lake, and this image is on prints for sale at most gift shops in the Colorado Rockies.
Golden Gate Bridge, CALIFORNIA
The Golden Gate Bridge is named after the Golden Gate Strait that runs beneath it. This narrow stretch of water below the bridge connects the Pacific Ocean on the west to San Francisco Bay on the east. As for the strait itself, its name predates the start of the Gold Rush in 1849.
The 1.7-mile-long Golden Gate Bridge, an icon of the San Francisco Bay region, connects the city of San Francisco to Marin County, California. At its completion in 1937, the suspension bridge was considered an engineering marvel, it is once the longest main suspension bridge span in the world until 1964.
Irving Morrow, the consulting architect was inspired by the red primer the steel beams had been coated in at the factories back east, and settled on International Orange, which complemented the bridge’s natural surroundings but also helped the structure stand out from the sea and sky.
Rainbow LED Tunnel Birmingham, ALABAMA
Birmingham Lights, more commonly referred to as the Rainbow Tunnel, or color tunnels, is the name of the colorful, permanent LED lighting installations that can’t help bringing a smile to your face as you drive, walk or ride your bike through them.
The unique installation is created with the use of a computerized LED light system that was meant to make the dark walkways a little friendlier to pedestrians. It also encourages more foot traffic in the area of First Avenue North and East Gate of the local park. The art project became a literal light at the end of the tunnel and is now a totally irresistible photography spot.
Seven Magic Mountain, NEVADA
Comprised of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing more than thirty feet high, Seven Magic Mountains is situated within the Ivanpah Valley adjacent to Sheep Mountain and the McCullough, Bird Spring, and Goodsprings ranges of mountains. A creative expression of human presence in the desert, Seven Magic Mountains punctuates the Mojave with a poetic burst of form and color.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, SOUTH DAKOTA
Mount Rushmore is located in the Black Hills of Keystone, South Dakota. The sculpture of four famous presidents — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln — was carved into the granite rock face over many decades.
Mount Rushmore was the brainchild of Doane Robinson, known as the “Father of Mount Rushmore” standing 5,725 ft (1,745 m) above sea level was chosen due to its grand location, quality granite and because it faced southeast so enjoyed maximum exposure to the sun which helped maximize working hours.
Forest Gump Point, UTAH
Have you watched the 1994 Oscar winning movie starring Tom Hanks — Forest Gump? The spot where Forrest Gump was running on Route 163 and decided to end his cross-country run in the movie when he reaches the hill that looks toward Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is known as “Forest Gump Point”, offers a spectacular view and visited by movie fans.
Bryce National Park, UTAH
Bryce Canyon National Park is a 55,992 square mile park located in Utah’s southwest region. In 1923 Bryce Canyon was designated a national monument. It was designated Bryce Canyon National Park in 1928.
Although referred to as a canyon, Bryce Canyon is actually a group of natural rock formation amphitheater. The rocks of Bryce Canyon National Park’s amphitheaters are red, orange, and sometimes even white. The rocks at Bryce Canyon, despite being older than 65 million years, are believed to be the youngest on Colorado Plateau.
Sightseeing is one of the most popular activities in Bryce Canyon National Park, but other activities visitors enjoy include camping, hiking, horseback riding, biking, tours on ATVs, sleigh rides, and cross-country skiing.
Because Bryce Canyon National Park is fairly remote it does not get as many visitors each year as other national parks in the area. In 2014 it had 1.435 million visitors to the park.
This unique spot which replicates Stonehenge in England, consists of the circle of cars, 3 standing trilithons within the circle, the heel stone, slaughter stone, and 2 station stones and includes a “Car Art Preserve” with sculptures made from cars and parts of cars.
Located just north of Alliance, Nebraska, Carhenge is formed from vintage American automobiles, painted gray to replicate Stonehenge. Built by Jim Reinders as a memorial to his father, it was dedicated at the June 1987 summer solstice.