The 50 Most Instagrammed Places in the U.S.
It’s the age-old (or rather half-decade-old) question: Did it really happen if it’s not posted on Instagram?
Selfies aside, the app also serves as one of the best travel tools around. We loved this list of the 50 most frequently Instagrammed spots in each states on TIME. We paired fun facts, tips and travel deals to help you cross them off your bucket lists.
ALABAMA: Bryant-Denny Stadium
Fun Fact: The Crimson Tide’s longest winning streak at this stadium was an incredible 57 games between 1963 and 1982.
ALASKA: Denali National Park & Preserve
Fun Fact: Within its six million acres of wild land, this national park has just one road. During the summer, private vehicles may drive the first 15 miles of the 92-mile-long road to a place called Savage River. Beyond that, the road turns to gravel and is restricted to mostly buses, which are available to visitors at an extra cost.
ARIZONA: Grand Canyon
Fun Fact: The Grand Canyon Skywalk — a clear walkway over the rim of the Grand Canyon – is only two hours and 15 minutes by car from the Vegas Strip, making it one of our favorite Las Vegas day trips. If you drive, you can take a route past the Hoover Dam; to reach the canyon quicker, take a helicopter or plane.
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ARKANSAS: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Fun Fact: Crystal Bridges’ beauty isn’t all indoors. More than 3.5 miles of trails wind through the museum’s 120 acres of gorgeous Ozark forest.
Fun Fact: There is an employee basketball court hidden at the top of the “mountain” of Disneyland’s first rollercoaster, the Matterhorn Bobsleds. The court was created to fill empty space in the snowcapped peak because the ride only made up the bottom two-thirds of the mountain (Travel + Leisure).
COLORADO: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Fun Fact: Red Rocks has been officially open since 1941, but the first concerts there were actually 35 years earlier. Since then, the venue has established “an amazing pedigree,” including The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen (Rolling Stone).
CONNECTICUT: Foxwoods Resort Casino
Fun Fact: Gaming at Foxwoods goes beyond blackjack and roulette; the resort also boasts the two-story Tree House Arcade, complete with arcade classics like Pac-Man, Aliens Extermination and various pinball machines.
DELAWARE: Rehoboth Beach
Fun Fact: This one-square-mile community is known as the “Nation’s Summer Capital” because it is a favorite summer retreat for residents of Washington, D.C., as well as Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
FLORIDA: Magic Kingdom
Fun Fact: The Cinderella Castle stands 189 feet tall, just short of the Federal Aviation Authority’s 200-foot limit. Despite its appearance, its shell is actually made of fiberglass, not stone.
GEORGIA: Georgia Aquarium
Fun Fact: This public aquarium houses more than 120,000 animals, representing 500 species in 10 million gallons of marine and fresh water. It is the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere.
HAWAII: Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Fun Fact: To be closest to the beachfront action and wake up to knockout views of Diamond Head, our Deal Experts recommend booking a room in the Rainbow Tower.
IDAHO: Lake Coeur d’Alene
Fun Fact: In the late 1800s, dozens of steamships were used to transport logs, mine ore and passengers across the lake. As transportation technology progressed, some of these steamers were set on fire during Fourth of July celebrations. Today, divers can visit the steamship graveyard at the bottom of the lake near Stephens Point where several of these ships still remain.
ILLINOIS: Wrigley Field
Fun Fact: Wrigley’s famous manually operated scoreboard and ivy backdrop have both been around since 1937. Last year marked the first World Series win for the Cubs in over a century.
INDIANA: Lucas Oil Stadium
Fun Fact: Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts, is one of four stadiums in the NFL with a retractable roof. Each of the roof’s panels weighs 1.45 million pounds, yet the roof can fully open or close in just 11 minutes.
IOWA: Iowa State Fairground
Fun Fact: The famous Butter Cow sculpture has been part of the Iowa State Fair since 1911 and takes approximately 600 pounds of butter and 16 hours to make. During the year, the butter is sculpted is frozen and stored, then reused for three or four fairs.
KANSAS: University of Kansas
Fun Fact: In 1891, 26 years after the founding of KU, James Naismith invented basketball, wrote the first basketball rulebook and founded the University of Kansas’ basketball program.
KENTUCKY: Churchill Downs
Fun Fact: The Kentucky Derby, which is held at Churchill Downs, is the longest continually running sporting event in America. It has called the racetrack home for over 140 years.
LOUISIANA: Café Du Monde
Fun Fact: To beat the crowds, our Deal Expert Mandy Levy suggests going to the café for beignets at night, not morning. She also says you shouldn’t waste time standing in line, because you don’t have to. Tables are first come, first served.
MAINE: Acadia National Park
Fun Fact: From 1913 to 1940, John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his family built 45 miles of rustic carriage roads and bridges that still provide visitors with sweeping vistas and close-up views of the park’s gorgeous rocky landscape today.
MARYLAND: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Fun Fact: Oriole Park at Camden Yards has been the official home of the Orioles since 1992. The park is just two blocks from the birthplace of baseball legend, George Herman a.k.a. Babe Ruth.
MASSACHUSETTS: Fenway Park
Fun Fact: In 2008, the park sold out its 456th consecutive Red Sox game, breaking an all-time Major League record.
MICHIGAN: Comerica Park
Fun Fact: There is a Ferris wheel inside Comerica Park behind the third base line. Some of it cars are shaped to look like baseballs.
MINNESOTA: Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Fun Fact: The Minnesota State Fair has been held in its present location between Minneapolis and St. Paul since 1885. Today, the fair is the largest 12-day event in North America and brings nearly 1.8 million visitors each year.
MISSISSIPPI: Mississippi State University
Fun Fact: Bulldogs fans are known to bring their own cowbells to celebrate a football win.
MISSOURI: Saint Louis Zoo
Fun Fact: In 1916, over 6,000 children took part in a penny campaign to purchase a 35-year-old elephant for the Zoo. They named her Miss Jim after James Harper, the president of the school board.
MONTANA: Glacier National Park
Fun Fact: Evidence of human use in this area dates back to over 10,000 years. Naturalists like George Bird Grinnell pushed for conservation of the area and ultimately helped make it the country’s 10th national park.
NEBRASKA: Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Fun Fact: The “Kingdoms of the Night” exhibit at the zoo is home is the world’s largest nocturnal exhibit and home to the largest indoor swamp in the world. Visitors of the exhibit can experience creatures in their nocturnal activity patterns as their day-night cycles are reversed.
NEVADA: Bellagio Las Vegas
Fun Fact: If you are a Pearl status member of MGM Resorts’ loyalty program, you can choose two songs for the fountains to dance to at the cost of $2,000. You can also pay $250,000 for the largest bottle of champagne in the world and a button that controls the fountain.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Lake Winnipesaukee
Fun Fact: Lake Winnipesaukee is the third-largest lake in New England and contains at least 258 islands and about 288 miles of shoreline. The lake also inspired “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon to name his daughter Winnie; he and his wife, vacationed at the lake every summer and got engaged there in 2007.
NEW JERSEY: MetLife Stadium
Fun Fact: MetLife Stadium opened in 2010 as the first building owned and operated by two NFL franchises — the New York Jets and New York Giants. Nearly 350 workers must change 746 elements of the stadium in order to transform it from the home of the Giants to the home of the Jets (The New York Times).
NEW MEXICO: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Fun Fact: The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the world’s largest hot air ballooning event, drawing 750,000+ visitors each year. During the festival attendees can see upwards of 500 balloons in the sky at one time.
NEW YORK: Times Square
Fun Facts: Times Square’s NASDAQ sign cost over $37 million to build. At 37-feet high, it’s the largest LED sign in the world.
NORTH CAROLINA: PNC Music Pavilion
Fun Fact: This venue is in Charlotte and has hosted legendary bands including Aerosmith, KISS, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and Paul McCartney.
NORTH DAKOTA: University of North Dakota
Fun Fact: The University of North Dakota was established in 1883, six years before the establishment of the state itself.
OHIO: Cedar Point
Fun Fact: Cedar Point has been open for over 145 years, making it the second-oldest operating amusement park in the country.
OKLAHOMA: BOK Center
Fun Fact: In the next four months, the BOK Center will host everything from Oilers games to Jason Aldean, The Weeknd and Guns n’ Roses concerts.
OREGON: Multnomah Falls
Fun Fact: According to Native American lore, Multhnomah Falls was made to win the heart of a young princess who wanted a private place to bathe (Oregon.com).
PENNSYLVANIA: PNC Park
Fun Facts: The park contains 96,750 square feet of Kentucky bluegrass and approximately 645 Sony monitors.
RHODE ISLAND: Brown University
Fun Fact: The Father of American public school education, Horace Mann, philanthropist John D. Rockefeller and Apple Macintosh and Mac OS designer Andy Hertzfeld are all Brown University alumni.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Hilton Head
Fun Fact: Despite being just 12 miles by 5 miles-wide, Hilton Head is home to 24 golf courses, 350 tennis courts and over 250 restaurants.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Fun Fact: Over 90% of Mount Rushmore was carved using dynamite. The explosions removed 450,000 tons of rock. The details in the features were finished with jackhammers and hand chisels.
TENNESSEE: Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
Fun Fact: When the festival began in 2002, USA Today referred to it as “the culmination of a musical movement.” Rolling Stone recognizes it as one of the “50 moments that changed rock and roll.”
TEXAS: AT&T Stadium
Fun Fact: AT&T Stadium is not only home of the Dallas Cowboys; it also houses a collection of museum-quality contemporary art throughout the building.
UTAH: Zion National Park
Fun Fact: Built in 1930, the Zion–Mount Carmel Highway is considered one of the greatest engineering feats of modern times because it required the construction of a 5,613-foot tunnel through the Zion cliffs.
VERMONT: Harpoon Riverbend Taps & Beer Garden at the Harpoon Brewery
Fun Fact: For $5, visitors can take a guided tour of Harpoon’s brewing process, which includes a souvenir glass and tasting of one of the 20 hand-crafted beers on tap.
VIRGINIA: Jiffy Lube Live
Fun Fact: This amphitheater is 35 miles west of Washington D.C. In October, Jiffy Lube Live will host country music artist, Thomas Rhett.
WASHINGTON: Pike Place Market
Fun Fact: Tucked inside the Soames-Dunn building between Stewart and Virginia streets, you’ll find the Wanderers’ Mail Service, a business originally established in 1909 that assists visitors in mailing souvenirs – like fresh salmon – home.
WEST VIRGINIA: Snowshoe Mountain
Fun Fact: The Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort features 38 trails that cover a total area of 11,000 acres in the Allegheny Mountains.
WISCONSIN: Miller Park Stadium
Fun Fact: Keep an eye out for the Brewers’ legendary “Racing Sausages” during the seventh inning stretch. The tradition, which originally raced cartoon sausages, has evolved into a live race around the bases by the Brat, Polish Sausage, Italian Sausage, Hot Dog and Chorizo. Hideo Nomo, Pat Meares and Geoff Jenkins are just three of the players who have personally participated in the legendary race.
WYOMING: Yellowstone National Park
Fun Fact: At 28,000 square miles, Yellowstone is one of the largest, nearly intact temperate-zone ecosystems on Earth and is home to more than half of the world’s active geysers.
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