Obviously, no list of places to take photos would be complete without that white house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Be careful not to hit your head with all those selfie sticks because you’re bound to find a few. Get there with your friends and take a typical shot in front of the White House, but don’t stop there. There’s a beautiful park leading up to the White House with other statues and monuments. If you’re heading there after a day of walking around, it’s still a sight to see when it’s lit up at night.
Location: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500
The White House
The United States Capitol Building is arguably most powerful building in the District– and an iconic building that grabs people’s attention on the city skyline. This is a year-round photo opp– whether with the pretty fall leaves framing the rotunda, or cherry blossoms around. Another thing to consider is a tour of the building, by way of a visitor pass. There are multiple photo opportunities inside, too.
Location: East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC 20004
United States Capitol Building
The Washington Monument is a must see when you are in DC. The iconic monument makes for tons of great Instagram photos. The flags surrounding the monument are powerful and adds flare to the picture. It’s one of those worldwide treasures that attracts people to take a silly photo pretending to touch it when they’re far enough away.
Location: 2 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20024
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is another one of my favorite memorials because of the location. It’s over the bridge from the Washington Monument, far enough away for it to have it’s own meaning and privacy. As you walk up to the steps you approach his statue covered in a huge dome. There are multiple shots for the perfect Instagram post both inside and outside.
Location: 701 E Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20242
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Abraham Lincoln Memorial is another iconic memorial in DC. While walking on the mall you approach the giant steps to a statue of Abe Lincoln. There is so much determination in his eyes that can’t be forgotten. Posing in front of the man will tell your followers, “wish you were here.”
Location: 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037
Abraham Lincoln Memorial
The Library of Congress is another amazing place to Instagram. The building itself is beautiful and as you walk inside there are more photo opportunities. Did I mention it’s near the Capitol– so you can get a few great locations checked off your list. Though Thomas Jefferson’s library is inside, you can’t take pictures in that area. But, there is still so much to see inside that you might need to come back to cover everything. Keep in mind to always have your library card in hand.
Location: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540
Library of Congress
DC is known for their food trucks. Everyday around noon they drive up around the city waiting for people to come up and order their food. Everywhere you go there is an assortment of different food that you can choose from for lunch. A cool Instagram photo would be to pose in front of the truck holding your delicious pizza or whatever you ordered using the hashtag #yummy.
Location: Almost every Metro stop has a line of cars around 11:30-2:00pm
The Eye Mural is another favorite close to the Heart and Zebra Walls. This mural, with a white background and a huge eye surrounded by numbers make for a great abstract shot. It calls for a great photo, and two doors down from the mural is a gelato shop so when you’re done you can grab a sweet treat.
Location: 550 Penn St NE, D.C.
Union Market “The Eye Mural”
Do you have a special someone? If so, take them, or some gal pals to the Heart Wall in Union Market. A personal favorite of mine– this wall is sure to light up your eyes and your filters with all the bright colors. Don’t quit trying to get that perfect Instagram pose– there’s a sign above the hearts reminding you to “Never Give Up.” The next time you’re there, share your love with the world by posting an Instagram picture.
Location: 309 5th St NE, D.C.
Union Market “The Wall of Hearts”
A great wall around the corner from the Heart Wall is the Zebra Wall. Though we’re miles from the National Zoo, I enjoy this this one because of all the zebras are outlined in pink making it stand out even more from its surroundings. Make sure you tell your friend to take a few steps back to get the best possible picture of the mural. This one will not disappoint.
Location: Near Union Market DC
Union Market “Zebra Wall”
The Renwick Gallery is one of my favorite museums in DC. Even though it’s small, it still serves a purpose–great Instagram photos. When you first walk in, the long staircase appears with red carpeting. If you thought that was good, then look up to the ceiling which shows a sparkling chandalier. This is one of the most common Instagram posts from this spot. Another popular spot to take a Instagram picture is the exhibit right across from the staircase. It’s a huge room filled with comfortable carpeting that people can watch the colors change from the ceiling. You won’t get a picture like that anywhere else in DC.
Location: 1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006
The Portrait Gallery is located just off the red line in Chinatown–you can’t miss it. It’s a Smithsonian Institution so it’s free to the public. It has some of the most amazing paintings that are worth seeing. They have a lot of cool exhibits that you can take a few Instagram photos at as well. You might have trouble picking just one but you can’t go wrong with any of them.
Location: 8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20001
The Archives is an incredible building in D.C. It’s the original headquarters of the National Archives and Records Administration. Take a picture on the powerful steps of the Archives where the Declaration of Independence is and the original Constitution. You are about to get a lot of jaws dropping from your friends back at home.
Location: 700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20408
The Tidal Basin especially during the springtime is packed with tons of people trying to take pictures of cherry blossoms. They only come out once a year in DC and are just beautiful. Once you’re done capturing the wonderful trees of cherry blossoms head over the festival across the street to further experience the most wonderful time of the year.
Location: Over looking the Potomac River
The Tidal Basin
Don’t be discouraged by the size of City Center. Though it’s a tinier mall it has tons of photo options. They feature some of the top brands, from Tory Burch to Louis Vuitton. Since it’s cherry blossom season in the spring there are lights and pink Chinese lanterns. If you can’t get there during the spring, fret not– the lights are up year round to make for a great photo any season. I don’t know about you but I think that is a fantastic Instagram photo.
Location: 825 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
City Center DC
The Global Angels Wings Project was created in 2012 to remind humanity that we are the angels of this Earth. There’s one on U Street and another in Dupont Circle. I’ve only been to the one in Dupont Circle, but I am sure the one on U street is just as great. As if the creators knew this would become a photo attraction, in Dupont they have a stool to stand on so you are lined exactly with the wings. All the shades of colors make for a bomb Instagram photo. It’s a wonderful concept which calls for a great picture.
Location: 2015 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
The Angel Wing Project
In this mural, there is so much detail in each of our former presidents. If this mural does not describe DC clearly I don’t know which one does. Go ahead and snap a few photos in front of it to remember your time in DC.
Location: Right before The Mama Ayesha’s Restaurant at 1967 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Presidents Wall in Adams Morgan
Adams Morgan, close to Woodley Park, is filled with lots to do and colorful painted homes. What better way to enjoy your surroundings, than to stand in front of these homes for a hot second and take a photo. Each house is different you won’t find any that are the same color.
Location: Any where in the community of Adams Morgan
Adams Morgan Houses
The arch in Chinatown is definitely something to experience. The bold colors and patterns are something to remember, and even the markings on the street are neat. Take a few seconds when you’re walking across the street to take a selfie or a picture with it. After taking the picture go ahead and hit up some shops and a bite to eat because there are plenty in Chinatown.
Location: H Street NW & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
The Friendship Arch in Chinatown
Taking a picture in the Metro Station is the first thing people think to post on Instagram in DC. The shot of the train coming in is what people look for–it will never get old. The ceiling and the lights blinking on the platform makes for a great photo too. I don’t know what we would do without the Metro.
Location: In any of the lines of the Washington DC, Metro