No vacation is complete without snapping the perfect selfie to document where you’ve been (and make your followers a little jealous back at home). Don’t let influencers have all the fun: All you need to snap a spectacular shot is a stable place to position your phone, coordination with the self-timer, and a breathtaking backdrop. Head to one of these photo-ready landmarks on your next excursion – just remember to pack your tripod or selfie stick.
San Francisco, California
Located in the Marin Headlands within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Hawk Hill provides an ideal viewing spot overlooking San Francisco’s best-known landmark. Just a 30-minute drive north of the city, the hill’s elevation offers a sweeping view of the Golden Gate Bridge. This area is a habitat for migrating raptors and the endangered Mission blue butterfly, so watch out for photobombs from local wildlife.
Skip the arduous hiking trails and cut straight to the scenic photo at the Horseshoe Bend overlook in Arizona’s Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about two hours south of Flagstaff. It’s just a short 1.5-mile round-trip hike from the parking area off mile marker 545 to the awe-inspiring geological formation. With the help of a small tripod, the stunning reds and the curious U-shaped flow of the Colorado River will make your selfie pop.
Seven Magic Mountains
Las Vegas, Nevada
For different colorful rocks and a moody artistic selfie, visit Seven Magic Mountains, a public art installation located just 25 miles south of Las Vegas and created by internationally renowned painter and sculptor Ugo Rondinone. Make sure to walk around the seven sculptures of stacked, brightly painted rocks to test different angles for the optimal selfie experience.
You’ll have to put in some work to earn this selfie. A hike to Virginia’s McAfee Knob requires an eight-mile round-trip hike up Catawba Mountain, a stop on the Appalachian Trail. Make sure to pack plenty of snacks and water when you make the roughly 150-mile drive from Durham, North Carolina. Once you reach the summit—an elevation of 3,197 feet—snap your victory shot and settle down for a picnic.
At 620 feet, Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, located about 30 miles east of Portland. Visitors can snap a photo against the cascading waters by climbing to the Benson Bridge, which is close enough that you may have to clear some mist off the camera lens before you snap your shot.