Today, taking a picture of a place only to 'gram it practically goes hand-in-hand with visiting a place (how else would you remember your trips?). In fact, according to recently released data from Instagram, some of the most popular hashtags of 2017 (#travel, #nature, and #travelphotography) center around our love for capturing the global sights we see.
Of course, some places prove particularly well-suited for photo opps. As the year winds down, the social media–sharing app analyzed the total number of geo-tagged cities for the year. These ten are the most Instagrammed locations around the world.
1. New York, New York
For the second year in a row, the boroughs are the biggest draw for Instagrammers, especially Manhattan and its tourist hubs: Times Square, the second-most 'grammed location in the world, and Central Park, the third. The Brooklyn Bridge also pops up often (it was the eighth-most Instagrammed location of the year) as well as museums like the Met and MOMA (the first and second most 'grammed museums in the world).
2. Moscow, Russia
Red Square—with the ornate architecture and crazy colors of St. Basil's Basilica—is the ideal backdrop for any photo.
3. London, United Kingdom
London’s art galleries, historic sites, and museums captivated photo seekers, especially the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Natural History Museum, which all made the top ten list of most 'grammed museums in the world.
4. São Paulo, Brazil
Snapping photos of hip São Paulo, a melting pot where young creatives are reviving oft-overlooked neighborhoods, is easy.
5. Paris, France
6. Los Angeles, California
The left coast’s glitziest city is no stranger to the paparazzi—including those just posting to their own news feeds. LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Ice Cream were also easy subjects this year.
7. Saint Petersburg, Russia
Russia’s second-largest city is also one of the most beautiful on the planet.
8. Jakarta, Indonesia
There’s plenty to photograph in the sprawling Asian metropolis, packed with people, and cars, as well as a brand new Four Seasons.
9. Istanbul, Turkey
Tourists need not hide from Turkey’s cultural capital and its world-class sites: the Blue Mosque, Bosphorus, and Hagia Sofia among them.
10. Barcelona, Spain
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