The 15 Most Instagrammed Places In The World
The popularity of Instagram and the rise of other social media sites has affected our lives in more ways than one, and when it comes to travel, it seems that more and more people are likely to choose places that will look great on their Instagram pages.
The clever people over at Travelbird have managed to work out where the most Instagrammed places on Earth are, and so we take a look at the top 15 and see why people want to share their beauty so much.
15. Waikiki, Hawaii - USA
Most famed for its stunning beaches, this stretch of coast in the Island state of Hawaii has 6 white, sandy beaches filled with a multitude of bars restaurants and outdoor activities.
A typical image of a tropical paradise, there's little wonder that people want to show others that they are there.
14. Grand Canyon, Arizona - USA
The Grand Canyon is an icon of America and its 446 km in length and 29 km width are often used to illustrate the fact that everything is bigger in the USA.
Dating back 6 million years, this awe-inspiring site gets shared around pretty often thanks to its gorgeous views.
13. Machu Picchu - Peru
An ancient Incan city high in the Andes, this stunning wonder of the world is on many people's bucket lists, and so when they do get a chance to go there, they like to let people know.
A UNESCO world heritage site, it is a snapshot of an ancient culture that no longer exists, nestled high above the clouds.
12. Niagara Falls - USA & Canada
The mighty waterfalls that border Canada and the USA are world famous for their sheer size as the water drops off the cliff, on the Canadian side, at a height of 50m, and the three waterfalls together have the highest water flow rate in the world.
A natural border between the two countries, it gets snapped from both sides in all its majesty.
11. Mardi Gras, New Orleans - USA
Mardi Gras is a two-week long party in the Louisianna city of New Orleans that involves drinking, outlandish clothes and live music out on the streets. Most of the action is focused on the famous Bourbon Street, but the whole city celebrates.
The city thus tends to get most of the snaps shared of it from this event.
10. Oktoberfest, Munich - Germany
Like New Orleans, Munich isn't without its own wonders but still has most of its snaps from a specific festival, and there's is the famous beer festival of Oktoberfest.
People flood the city to try Bavarian beer and cuisine, listen to traditional music and parade about in Lederhosen!
9. Notre Dame, Paris - France
One of the most recognizable churches in the world, Notre Dame cathedral was built in the 12th century and has been the focus of much fiction as well as many historical events.
As such, it draws in many religious and non-religious tourists to admire its Gothic architecture.
8. Times Square, New York City - USA
Famed for...er...advertising billboards? It doesn't matter what it's famous for, a lot of people still go there, mostly because it is an icon of NYC and people want to show off that they are there.
Usually thronging with tourists, the busy crosswalk is probably so busy because of all the people trying to get a snap.
7. Elizabeth Tower, London - UK
Most incorrectly refer to this tower as 'Big Ben' but that is the name of the bell inside it and the tower, attached to the houses of parliament, is actually called the Elizabeth Tower.
In any case, people love to get a pic of the famous building.
6. The Las Vegas Strip, Nevada - USA
Las Vegas is known to the world as 'the city of sin' due to its legalized gambling and prostitution industries, and its famed 'strip' is filled with flashing light shows and names of the casinos advertising the biggest performing acts of the age.
Taking the time to show off that you're a high-roller and living a life of excess, even if only briefly, seems a very popular thing to do.
5. The Berlin Wall, Berlin - Germany
The wall that once split a city and separated a country, the notorious Berlin wall fell in 1989, and now only parts of it exist but because of the graffiti on it that was put there to protest the politics of the age, it has serious cultural and historical significance.
Where you can find stretches or blocks of the wall left, there will always be photographers.
4. South Beach, Florida - USA
A beachside neighborhood known for its day and night raucous partying, folks love to get a snap of them lounging in the sun before a few of them hitting it hard in the nightclubs or on the seafront in the evening.
Its mix of family-friendly and hard partying culture means that it gets a lot of visitors.
3. Walt Disney World - Florida
There are several theme parks based around the films of Disney and the one in Florida exists on over 27,000 acres of land, so there is plenty of places, scenes, rides and characters to take photos of.
As such, it ranks very highly on this list.
2. The Eiffel Tower, Paris - France
A symbol of the city of love, the Eiffel tower is a national icon of France and has been inherently linked with romance as well.
Many couples love to make the journey to the tower and get a snapshot with it, and its enduring popularity holds firm.
1. Disneyland, California - USA
With Walt Disney World coming third, it was almost inevitable that the marginally more popular resort in California would get a few more photos of it taken.
Parades, rides, and people in costume as some of cinema's most iconic characters draw in the happy snapping crowds.