My most recent trip to New York in December was my fourth time in the city and it seems that no matter how many times I visit the Big Apple, I find myself falling in love with it even more.
With the rise in the power of the Influencer and the ever-increasing popularity of Instagram, it’s safe to say there are now more than a few places deemed as ‘the most Instagrammable places in New York’.
Here are some of the most Instagrammable places in New York – along with a free downloadable checklist for you to tick off all the places you’ve been to!
14 Most Instagrammable Places In New York
The Rockefeller Center
For those of you who’ve been reading my blog for a while and following me on social media, you’ll know that The Rockefeller Center is undoubtedly my favourite place in the entire world.
My personal bias aside, it’s also one of the most Instagrammable places in New York, especially at Christmas time when the Rockefeller Tree sits proudly looking down on the ice rink below.
Regardless of the time of year though, The Rockefeller Center is always teeming with tourists admiring the impressive building complex and it makes for an incredible Instagram shot if you can manage to get the whole of the Top of the Rock in!
The View From The Top Of The Rock
While you may think this point is the same as the one above, I can assure you that it’s vastly different (and arguably THE most Instagrammable place in the whole of New York).
The view from the Top of the Rock will provide you with the most mesmerising views of the whole of Manhattan, including the Empire State Building, Central Park, One World Trade and even the Statue of Liberty in the far distance.
This is my very favourite place in the world and every time I climb to the top of the viewing platform, I honestly have to hold back tears as it’s just so breathtakingly beautiful.
Central Park is world-renowned for its Instagrammability as it’s home to an abundance of stunning statues, sculptures and gorgeous park areas.
There’s also the likes of Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Fountain, Bow Bridge and Central Park Zoo. Wherever you are in Central Park, and regardless of the time of year that you visit, you’re sure to find dozens of Instagram opportunities as the whole park itself is an Instagrammer’s haven.
The High Line
The High Line is a beautiful elevated park/garden that’s built upon an old railway line that runs for 1.45 miles along the West side of Manhattan.
Comprising of stunning botanical features, views of the streets and buildings of Manhattan, as well as various vendors and street performers, the High Line truly is a stunning place to visit for some of the most Instagrammable shots of New York.
Brooklyn Bridge is also one of my very favourite places in the whole of New York. Known for its cinematographic appearances, as well as its offering of spectacular views of both Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge certainly doesn’t look out of place on Instagram.
The Bridge can get incredibly busy with tourists, especially during the summer months, but it’s still well worth the pushing and shoving to get a glimpse of the beautiful views of the Hudson River, the Manhattan skyline and a brief look into Brooklyn itself.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre park area that sits on the waterside of the East River and is a stunning place to visit at any time of year.
While it’ll be much busier during the summer months, it’s definitely worth a visit to catch a glimpse of the views, as well as to enjoy spending time in the park itself. Bring a book, a picnic and your camera and you’ve got the perfect set-up for an Instagram shooting sesh!
My most recent trip to New York was also my first time exploring the area of Dumbo in Brooklyn.
For those of you who are already familiar with New York on Instagram, Dumbo is where you’ll see those iconic shots of the bridge with the Empire State Building making a very small, but mighty appearance right in the centre of the shot.
My time spent in Dumbo on my last visit to the city was actually one of my favourite places to hang out during the whole trip, and I can certainly vouch for its Instagrammability.
Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal is yet another incredibly iconic place in New York that’s been made even more famous thanks to its appearance in dozens of Hollywood movies and TV shows.
The colossal train station deserves a spot on this list of most Instagrammable places in New York as it looks as if it was designed purely to look photogenic in pictures. The domed ceilings, intrinsically detailed patterns and paintings, as well as the marbled flooring and walls all makes for such a beautiful shot.
Flat Iron Building
The Flat Iron Building absolutely deserves its place on this list as it’s truly one of the most remarkably beautiful and unique buildings in the whole of New York City.
Its distinctive shape is recognisable from a mile away, but up close is when you truly get to experience the uniqueness of the Flat Iron. My personal preference when capturing this iconic structure is to be slightly higher up – I love the shots I take of it when travelling on one of the many bus tours in New York.
Times Square is famed for being one of the busiest places in the whole of the city, and while that seems to bother a lot of people, it’s actually one place that I feel most at home when in New York.
When we visited New York in December, our hotel was actually located right in the heart of Times Square, with a view of the iconic Red Steps from our hotel window.
From the ground however, Times Square is just as impressive. The blinding billboard lights illuminate the whole of the square, whether it’s night time or during the day. The street performers and the people dressed up trying to con you with getting your picture taken are best avoided, but the steps, the billboards and the overall overwhelming atmosphere of Times Square is definitely something you need to try and capture on camera.
Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park is one of the best places to hang out in during the summer. You’ll see a whole manner of different people going about their daily lives, and when you get the positioning right, you can see the Empire State Building through the arch.
I haven’t actually been to the park during the autumn or winter so I can’t attest to its Instagrammability during those months, but it’s certainly a place to be during spring and summer if you want to capture some truly stunning shots for Instagram.
5th Avenue in itself is one of the most Instagrammable places in New York, but when you separate it into individual places along 5th, you’ll see that there are so many Instagram opportunities waiting to happen.
From The Plaza Hotel located right next to the 5th Avenue entrance of Central Park (aka my dream wedding location…), to the spectacular Tiffany & Co building (aka another one of my favourite places in the city) to the abundance of designer shops and sky scraping buildings along the avenue, it’s such a beautiful place to stop and take pictures.
The Met Steps
Famed for their many appearances on countless episodes of Gossip Girl, the Met Steps are a tourist attraction in themselves.
While there’s nothing particular grand or defining about them, their iconic status with regards to New York City TV culture means that they’re a one-stop shop for Instagrammers looking to recreate those iconic Blair Waldorf scenes.
Another place in New York that’s been made famous thanks to the likes of Friends and Sex and the City, Greenwich village also makes for a stunning backdrop for Instagram pictures.
The brownstone apartment buildings, the tree-lined streets, as well as the many Instagrammable cafes and restaurants all contribute to the appeal and attractiveness of Greenwich Village.
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