Welcome to California – a place of majestic nature. Its natural beauty is astonishing from the redwood forests to reclaimed rivers and arguably some of the best beaches in the USA. It's also the home to movie stars and famous musicians, making it a sweet spot for that perfect shot. There are a lot of great photo spots to choose from so we’ve put together a selection of the best locations in California. Just make sure you’ve got enough battery on your phone!
Here’s a quick list of our Top 10 most instagrammable spots:
- Hollywood Sign
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Santa Monica Pier
- Venice Beach
- Disneyland LA
- Pfeiffer Beach
- Seven Tea Cups
- Yosemite National Park
- Salvation Mountain
- Urban Lights by LACMA
1. Hollywood Sign
Your photoset from California won’t be complete without a famous Hollywood photo, right? Today the 45-foot-tall, 350-foot-long iconic sign of Los Angeles is worldly known as a sign depicting the homeland of movie culture. You probably will be surprised to learn that it's illegal to get close to the Sign, which is set behind restricting gates and protected by security cameras and Park Rangers. Fortunately for you, Klook knows the route to the best Hollywood Sign photo spot in town and you can access it through a scenic hike!
Address: 3160 Canyon Lake Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
2. Golden Gate Bridge
At 2.8 km long, the Golden Gate Bridge was voted the #1 best thing to see in San Francisco (U.S. News and World Report, 2017) and its surroundings are truly spectacular. Take a bike tour with Klook and get to the best angles for the selfies with this engineering miracle.
Address: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA
3. Santa Monica Pier
A theme park by the beach? What more can you ask for! The Santa Monica Pier is one of LA’s most iconic landmarks. A spot with dozens of restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and around 200 different arcades. During the day you can catch some street performances of local artists and by the evening, amazing sunsets. So after you’ve enjoyed the rides at Pacific Park, be sure to snap a couple photos to conclude your visit. Your Instagram feed will be happy.?
Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
Opening Hours: Open 24-hours
4. Venice Beach
Rainbow colored lifeguard towers, iconic marquee signs and about a mile and a half of funky boardwalk full of shops, street vendors, restaurants, mimes, jugglers, musicians, you name it... Your Instagram inspiration will be unlimited here. Take your time discovering this picturesque LA neighborhood and absorb local vibes which are truly unique. Alternatively, you can check out Klook’s Half-Day Tour of Los Angeles and get a summary of Venice Beach’s hidden pearls.
Address: Venice Beach, Venice, California, 90291
5. Disneyland LA
You can’t miss an opportunity to dive into the magical world of Disney and mingle together with your favorite childhood heroes. Disneyland California, does an awesome job to make you feel right at home! Our favorite photo spots are by the Sleeping Beauty Castle and across the California Screamin’ roller coaster. So what are you waiting for? Put those Minnie Mouse ears on and strike a pose!
Address: Disneyland Park, 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
Opening Hours: 10AM to 9PM, everyday
6. Pfeiffer Beach
If you’re in San Francisco and want to get out of the city for beautiful nature sights, you might consider Pfeiffer Beach for your to do list. Pfeiffer Beach is a gorgeous, untouched beach which is well known by the locals in Big Sur. We recommend visiting it to admire naturally made sea rock and unusual purple sand that comes from manganese rocks. Photographers love this place and frequently use it to capture marvelous sunsets, so Instagram fans will definitely be satisfied. Even though the road is paved, we recommend taking an off road vehicle due to the twisty and narrow roads.?
You can pick your favorite option here: Klook Car Rental
Address: Pfeiffer Beach, 47199 Clear Ridge Rd, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
7. Seven Tea Cups
Seven Teacups is a short section of Dry Meadow Creek just before it joins the Kern River. It's a natural wonder formation hidden in Sequoia National Forest. It looks like 7 huge pools of water connected with each other, hence the “tea cups” title. If you are brave enough, you can even arrange rope descent into one of the pools, but otherwise, put on some hiking shoes, get some snacks and water and you’re ready to go.
Address: Springville, CA 93265, United States
To get to this awesome place, you’re first going to have to travel down HWY 178 then HWY 155 past Lake Isabella, past Kernville, next you're going to travel down Sierra way HWY 99 until you reach Johnsondale bridge. Keep going down mountain HWY 99 for one mile until you see a turnout. You may see some cars parked here already. Here begins the route!??
Rent a car and discover Seven Tea cups.
8. Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is one of the world’s most well-known National Parks, as it is home to numerous protected natural wonders. This park is one very big photo zone for you. Its area is around 747,956 acres, nearly 95 percent of which are dedicated to Wilderness and serves as home to hundreds of wildlife species, and over a thousand plant species. If you’re in San Francisco, take a day tour to explore rich vineyards, stunning rivers, farms and hit the hiking trails capturing dozens of Instagram worthy photos.?
Address: Tioga Rd Hwy 120 & Hwy 140 Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Opening hours: 24 hours per day, 365 days per year
9. Salvation Mountain?
Somewhere in the desert there is an object that is worth visiting to get some memorable photos. Salvation Mountain is a mountain that is made from adobe clay, hay bales and support beams. This three story high object was made with a simple purpose: to spread the message “God is Love”. To create this masterpiece the author spent 25 years, used 100,000 gallons of paint and 1000 hay bales and buckets of adobe. Don’t miss the chance to visit this beauty and take a walk down the yellow path made for your mini hike.?
Address: Beal Rd, Calipatria, CA 92233, USA
Opening hours: 24 hours per day, 365 days per year
10. Urban Lights by LACMA
Brighten up your Instagram feed with a couple OOTD shots at Urban Lights by LACMA. We’re sure you’ve already seen a million photos of this LACMA installation on your feed, so strike a pose by one of the 202 lamps and channel your inner influencer! You can access the LACMA at ease by hopping on the Los Angeles Sightseeing Bus Tour.
Address: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday – 11AM to 5PM, Friday – 11AM to 8PM, Saturday to Sunday – 11AM to 7PM, Wednesday – CLOSED
These are just a few of our top picks, California has a lot more Instagrammable spots, check out a few more California activities on Klook!