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Discover California's Most Instagrammable Places

Keep followers happy with a steady stream of FOMO-filled, envy-inducing images from around the Golden State. Here are some noteworthy, have-to-hashtag locations and attractions to seek out when you #VisitCalifornia.

bloom in the Anza-Borrego Desert (usually late February through March). Snap some of the continent’s tallest sand dunes at Mojave’s Kelso Dunes or get a selfie with Historic Route 66. With its Mid-Century Modern architecture, the Old Tramway Gas Station is a must-shoot destination in Palm Springs. It’s also the gateway to the gasp-inducing aerial tram, which climbs more than 2 miles up from the desert floor to the forest of Mount San Jacinto. Get some retro-cool pix at The Saguaro Palm Springs hotel and Ace Hotel & Swim Club, or get natural at Indian Canyons nature preserve and Moorten Botanical Garden. For those craving the open road, a trip to Salvation Mountain near the Salton Sea will leave you awestruck and photo-happy.

Los Angeles — The Santa Monica Pier is the area’s most popular Instagram location, but feel free to skate, bike or blade over to the nonstop action at the Venice Beach Boardwalk, too. You’ll also want some iconic shots like the Hollywood signHollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame and Griffith Observatory (don’t forget the James Dean bust here!). Or perhaps sight some celebrities at Alfred in the Alley coffeehouse or SkyBar at Mondrian. Two recent additions to the L.A. scene are the OUE Skyspace, an open-air observation deck (with a glass slide!) and The Broad contemporary art museum. Put the Urban Light installation at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on the list, as well. Then get away from it all on Catalina Island and the quaint town of Avalon, 25 miles offshore, or in the expansive flower fields of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve (usually blooming late February through May).

Inland Empire — You’ll find Southern California’s wine country when you visit Temecula Valley, complete with hot air balloons soaring over expansive vineyards. For the best sunsets, get on the road and head to Big Bear Lake or Lake Arrowhead; everyone knows that the mountain lakes make for some of the most amazing reflections.

Orange County — The no. 1 most popular Instagram location on the planet in 2017 was Disneyland Park, and sister park Disney California Adventure is a top 10 companion. You’ll want to hit up the O.C.’s coastal side, too, like the Huntington City Beach and Pier, the International Surfing Museum (where you’ll find the Guinness World Records’ largest surfboard), and Laguna Beach’s Main Beach lifeguard tower and Victoria Beach Pirate Tower. Costa Mesa’s LAB Anti-Mallprovides some cool, Instagram-ready surroundings for shopping and dining.

San Diego — For San Diego’s best views, head up to Cabrillo National Monument. Then hit Balboa Park, with its lush gardens and ornate architecture, plus a whole world of photo ops at the San Diego Zoo. Vibrant artworks are on display at Chicano Park, the largest collection of outdoor murals in the country, and Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, which features the fantastical works of Niki de Saint Phalle. Some of the region’s most treasured spots include Torrey Pines State Reserve and La Jolla Cove, while the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch offer a seasonal rainbow of blooms (March through early May).

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