The 50 Most Instagrammed Places in the U.S.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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CALIFORNIA: Disneyland

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).

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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ILLINOIS: Wrigley Field

Fun Fact:  Wrigley’s famous manually operated scoreboard and ivy backdrop have both been around since 1937. Both have yet to see the Cubs win a World’s Series.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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Fun Fact: In 2008, the park sold out its 456th consecutive Red Sox game, breaking an all-time Major League record.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fun Fact: In the next four months, the BOK Center will host everything from Oilers games, to Madonna, Janet Jackson and Brad Paisley concerts, to Cirque du Soleil and Sesame Street Live.

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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 (

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Fun Facts: The park contains 96,750 square feet of Kentucky bluegrass and approximately 645 Sony monitors.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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VIRGINIA: Jiffy Lube Live

Fun Fact: This amphitheater is 35 miles west of Washington D.C. This summer, Jiffy Lube Live will host artists including Dixie Chicks, Journey, The Doobie Brothers and Black Sabbath.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  • disqus_AIuxr0mMey

    Although I despise the state in which I live, WHERE IS MISSISSIPPI!!?

    • TransMaroBird

      Mississippi isn’t really a state, it’s more like a territory to contain low culture, intelligence, and inbreeding (although this has been known to seep into neighboring states).

      • Linda Alexander

        Up yours! What a jerk!

        • Garwoodv6

          what did you expect from somebody that’s a cross between two American cars and thinks he’s an italian motorcycle?

          • TransMaroBird

            What can I say, I don’t discriminate…just spread the truth. Happy to get your goat, inbreeder! Ha!

      • Eric B

        Oh look another uneducated individual who makes ignorant comments about Mississippi and has probably never been there. Maybe you should know some facts such as Mississippi had the first lung transplant, created the artificial heart, built the first Nuclear submarine in the south, home of the first female mail carrier and first female federal judge. It is the first state that created a planned system of junior colleges. Many famous people come from Mississippi such as Elvis Presley, James Earl Jones, Britney Spears, Walter Peyton, Brett Farve, William Faukner, Oprah Winfrey, Morgan Freeman, Jerry Rice, BB King just to name a few. Curious what State do you come from?

        • David Johnson

          I was with you on this one until you mentioned Britney Spears.

        • Kotep

          And low paying jobs< poor health care. Every person listed there left the state by age 19

      • DKOrbit

        You should get out on your Ducati and travel more. Every state in this country has beautiful areas to visit and fun and interesting places to go. There is no reason to make snarky comments about the people of any state, it just shows how little you know.

      • highlatte

        Sounds like you are from there.

      • Marlaine Meeker

        It’s right between Minnesota and Missouri. What happened to the your state’s education dept?

      • rex

        TransMaroBird, whether you like it or not, Mississippi is the birthplace of the greatest American novelist, William Faulkner, and the birthplace of many blues legends whose work became the basis of virtually all contemporary popular music. Not to mention Elvis Presley, if you have a clue who he was. Your condescension and arrogance are such that you are likely a product of public education.

        • TransMaroBird

          Oh settle down. Sure they were born there, but once they figured it out, they were out of there. Ha! Now get back in your trailer, Springer is on in five.

          • Garwoodv6

            One of your favorite shows, no doubt!

    • Charlie1503

      It is there, right between Minnesota and Missouri. A picture of a football stadium.

      • Catherine Bryant

        It wasn’t there yesterday when a lot of these posts were made. Apparently Travel Zoo realized their error and added it. Too bad it’s another stadium.

    • kaemicha

      MISSISSIPPI: Mississippi State University.
      Please move out of there!

    • E-boy Spacetime

      It’s there – the pic is of the Mississippi State stadium

  • Lisa McClure

    There are only 49 here. Where is Mississippi?

    • Linda Alexander

      Yeah, where is Mississippi?

    • Catherine Bryant

      Good question. i don’t live there, but MS is my home state. My guess is that the most instagrammed place in MS would be the Biloxi Lighthouse. But perhaps not.

    • pcpeeps

      Next to Alabama.

    • Don McFall

      It was there with a picture of the University of Mississippi

  • billbeckings

    Where’s Montana ….. or, is it the lead photo?

    • Deb

      Glacier National Park. Montana’s there, but Mississippi is absent.

      • Charlie1503

        Mississippi is there…a football stadium

  • rstsummers

    How sad, in a country of such spectacular natural beauty, that the most popular spot in so many states, is a sport’s stadium!

    • Catherine Bryant

      I was thinking exactly the same thing, rstsummers! Disappointing.

    • pcpeeps

      Or Disneyland and Disneyworld.

    • nqscmlrx

      You’re kind of a bummer. The natural beauty is spread out over miles and so it’s only natural that the Instagramming wouldn’t be concentrated in one spot. A stadium is pretty concentrated.

      In any case, what’s wrong with celebrating the work of man? The architecture of these places is amazing and the work of the players is often legendary. It’s too bad you’re blind to this.

      To each his own. Go look at some trees and get off the Internet.

      • rstsummers

        My husband IS an architect, and if the most Instagrammed place were a spectacular work of architecture (it could have been since we have many), I would applaud that beauty just as much as the natural beauty of our country. Stadiums, have not fit that description since the Colosseum was built, despite my personal fondness for a number of them. And the criteria was a “place” not the players, however “legendary” they might be. The comment stands, it’s sad that people prefer sports stadiums to all the real beauty, ingenuity and history of our country both natural and man made. It speaks volumes about the priorities of our society, and it’s sad.

        • Lindsey

          I think you fail to take into consideration the many thousands of people who are going to the beautiful places as well, and maybe don’t have Instagram, or don’t post the photos on Instagram for some reason or another. Also, the reason those “places” like stadiums matter to the people who are posting them, are because of the “legendary” players who have made those places important to the fans and tourists who visit.

          I know that I have gone to many natural beautiful places that I haven’t shared on Instagram, but I’ve shared other places that are less important/magnificent because I know that my friends/family that follow me will appreciate them for one reason or another. Also, I post more photos of the places that I visit that are closer to home because…. well they’re closer to home and I see them more often. I’m pretty sure we can all appreciate art, natural beauty, sports, and many other things as well.

    • Allen McCabe

      Says more about the demographic using instagram than anything else.

    • Barbara Murzin

      I agree with you rstsummers

  • Terri Nelson

    I don’t see Mississippi included?

  • Bob Hooper

    Vermont some of the most stunning beauty that ISNT a national park, and folks opt to be photographed in front of some GREAT home-brew. Hmmmmm, maybe they are on to something….certainly better than a baseball or football stadium….

  • Jim Wright
  • XandersGigi

    Wow, TN got Bonnaroo? So very sad. The Great Smoky Mountains, the beauty of the Natchez Trace Parkway, all the things to experience in this state and we get a music party with a bunch high, half-naked millennials? Sad.

    • mogul264

      Most of the Natchez Trace is in Mississippi. Runs from Natchez, Ms to Nashville, Tn. Very ancient Native American trail, parts of which remain pristine and unpaved (paralleled by pavement), still unspoiled by commercial developments, including NO road ad signs! Should have been Mississippi’s entry!

      • XandersGigi

        Yes, I am very familiar with the Trace, which is why I mentioned it in the first place. LOL Thanks for your contribution.

  • rdells

    Really a “look and flush” article

  • Vignesh Dhakshinamoorthy

    The great smoky mountains is the most visited national park in the country, now the only reason it is not featured against Tennessee here is because you are probably out of signal to post anything on Instagram? The same can be said about many other most-visited-yet-not-instagrammed places? @allenmccabe:disqus is right. It says more about the demographic than anything else. Plus cell phone reception 🙂

  • James W. Goebel

    SPORTS, YUK-YUK, so much natural beauty !! SHOWS MONEY TALKS !!

  • Judy Irigoin

    just goes to prove that it’s the guys taking most of the photos……

  • Kotep

    Haha. stadiums? The Iowa Fair. Good lord. How about this.. Just go to anywhere in Europe and see something not built in the last 20 years and without a company logo on it