20 Most Instagrammable Spots in California

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20 Most Instagrammable Spots in California
There’s no denying that California, filled with sparkling beaches, palm trees, and trendy avenues decorated with street art, is one of the most picturesque destinations in the world. But that doesn’t mean that all California spots are created equal in front of the lens—or in front of your followers.Some places just seem made for a postcard—or, more likely in this day and age—for an Instagram post. These are our top 20 picks for the most camera-ready spots throughout The Golden State.
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    1. PFEIFFER BEACH
    No trip to—or even drive through—Big Sur would be complete without a stop (and a few snaps) at the breathtaking Pfeiffer Beach, known for its rock formations and unparalleled sunsets.

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    2. GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
    From the Full House introduction to your Instagram account, this red bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in the country. Whether you’re snapping a photo while cruising across it by bike or admiring it from San Francisco’s shores, nothing screams “California” quite like the Golden Gate.

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    3. SALVATION MOUNTAIN
    Situated outside of Palm Springs in the city of Calipatria, Salvation Mountain’s brightly-colored, whimsical design stands out among the barren desert. Visiting this art installation feels akin to jumping into a Tim Burton film—a magical experience that you’ll feel compelled to document. And share with your followers.

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    4. SANTA MONICA PIER
    As tourist-trappy as it may be, we can’t deny that there’s truly something special about the Santa Monica Pier. Treat your inner child to a day of rides, carnival games, cotton candy, ferris wheel views of LA, and picture-perfect keepsakes.

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    5. POTATO CHIP ROCK
    A formation along Mt. Woodsen Trail in Ramona, Potato Chip Rock has become its own sort of Instagram celebrity over the past few years. The unique overhanging design makes for a creative—and one-of-a-kind—photo finish.

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    6. DISNEYLAND
    What would a trip to the happiest place on Earth be without being able to share the magic (and incite envy) via your favorite photo app? Grab your favorite princess, toss on some Mickey ears, and preserve a slice of the Disney spirit right in Anaheim.

    @missseamonkey



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    7. VENICE BOARDWALK
    We wouldn’t be able to “keep Venice weird” without its legendary boardwalk, home to an eclectic range of smoke shops, restaurants, street musicians, and tattoo parlors—not to mention the skate park, biking path, and surf breaks that run alongside it.

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    8. CYPRESS "TREE TUNNEL"
    Point Reyes’s stunning tree tunnel looks straight out of a movie, as if a porthole to a land even more magical than California itself. It’s one of those “have to see it” (or, in this case, have to see it on Instagram) to believe it type of places.

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    9. GENERAL SHERMAN
    Known as the largest tree on Earth, this monster tree provides a one-of-a-kind photo opp in Tulare County’s Sequoia National Park.

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    10. ALAMERE FALLS
    Along the Point Reyes shore is the Alamere “tidefall,” a rare natural water feature in which a waterfall runs directly into the ocean. Visitors can access Alamere Falls—and snap a photo of it—via a scenic coastal hiking trail.

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    11. ANTELOPE VALLEY POPPY RESERVE
    It doesn’t get more quintessential “California” than this protected reserve of poppies—the state flower. Located in Antelope Valley in Lancaster, the blooms are most voluminous (and most apt for a photo) from mid-February through mid-May.

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    12. HOLLYWOOD HIKE
    There’s no landmark that’s more strongly identified with Los Angeles than that which actually screams the name of one of its most popular neighborhoods: the Hollywood sign. The Hollywood sign hike, through Griffith Park, is pretty much tailor-made for a photo opportunity, and is often crowded with hoards of amateur (ahem, Instagram) photographers.

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    13. GETTY CENTER
    While the Getty Center is technically a museum, the stunning hillside project often attracts more attention for the art located outdoors, including the gardens, architecture, and views of LA.

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    14. GOLDEN GATE PARK
    San Francisco’s version of Central Park, this large urban space is a smorgasbord of activities. Some of the most photographable spots include the Conservatory of Flowers (pictured), the Japanese Tea Garden, and the carousel.

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    15. VENICE CANALS
    Reminiscent of a different Venice across the globe in Italy, Los Angeles’ Venice Canals are a local enclave filled with picture-perfect waterways, white bridges, and dream homes.

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    16. LACMA
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    If you didn’t take a picture in front of Urban Light, did you even visit LACMA? Seriously, people come to this museum just to take a photo out front of this Los Angeles museum (see: No Strings Attached).

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    17. NAPA WINERIES
    In a state known for its beaches, sunshine, and green juice, it can be easy to overlook the fact that it’s also home to one of the most renowned wine regions in the world: Napa Valley. To get the full effect of this area’s jaw-dropping vistas, take your wine tasting—and picture-taking—to one of the many outdoor tasting areas at local wineries.

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    18.CORONADO BRIDGE
    Connecting the Coronado peninsula with Downtown San Diego, this landmark is California’s own bridge to paradise. The sparkling blue waters, adjacent marina, and beach views mean this bridge gives us all of the heart-eye emojis.

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    19. PAUL SMITH PINK WALL
    There’s approximately a 99.9% chance that you’ve seen an Instagram posted in front of this pink exterior wall of Melrose’s Paul Smith Los Angeles store. Call it basic, but call us over for a pic in front of it.

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    20. SEVEN TEACUPS
    Though it’s a popular canyoneering destination, the Seven Teacups in Tulare County is worth a visit for anyone looking to catch sight—and a shot—of one of California’s most incredible natural landmarks.

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