Most Instagram Worthy Locations Near Los Angeles

October 8, 2017 5:00 AM

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(credit: divanov/shutterstock)

Los Angeles is always ready for its close up, but if you’re looking for some special places to seek out the perfect shots to post on Instagram, look a little outside the City of Angels proper for just that opportunity. To help out, following are a handful destinations that promise to give you bragging rights on the popular social networking site for which everyone and everything is subject to the proverbial candid camera.

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(credit: Robert A. Estremo)

Mission San Gabriel Arcangel
428 S. Mission Dr.
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 457-3035

Architectural shots of this old Spanish mission are always awe-inspiring, as are pictures of patrons as they stroll through the interior gardens. This seminal landmark, opened in 1771, offers eight acres of historical topics at which you can aim and shoot for some really intriguing Instagram entries.

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(credit: Elliott McGucken)

El Matador State Beach
32350 El Matador Beach Rd.
Malibu, CA 90265
(818) 880-0363

For coastline shots beyond compare, head for Malibu’s El Matador State Beach. Sandwiched in between Leo Carillo State Beach and Point Dume State Beach, this particular expanse offers crazy beautiful rock formations and sea caves that seem to light up at golden time just as the sun is setting. Know that you’ll have to walk down some steep stairs to get on the level with this beautiful outpost and also know that if you get to this photogenic spot early enough, you may even find a free parking spot up on Pacific Coast Highway overlooking this awesome scene.

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1313 Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 781-7277

Since the summer of 1955, Disneyland has beckoned snapping tourists who want to capture all this action. This legendary place is still that popular, serving as the best backdrop for enticing Instagram selfies, with or without the park’s iconic characters by your side. Don’t want to be in the picture? Simply opt out by putting someone else in the frame, or just shoot some of the scenery, be that the Mad Hatter Tea Party ride, Splash Mountain, or the Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse. You’re sure to get a lot of “likes” for every picture that comes out of this Anaheim-based theme park known the world over.

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(credit: LA Arboretum and Botanic Gardens)

Los Angeles County Arboretum
301 North Baldwin
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 821-3222

If you want to capture your subjects as they tiptoe through the tulips, or you are simply wanting to make blooming flowers the center of your camera’s attention, choose the Arboretum, one of Los Angeles’ most photogenic botanical gardens. Peacocks are also at the ready as these preening creatures seem to pose for their close-ups at this gorgeous spot not far from downtown Los Angeles.

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(credit: Hermosa Beach)

Hermosa Beach Pier
Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 318-0239

Sandy surroundings on both sides of the Hermosa Beach Pier offer a dramatic contrast to the landmark walk that gets you out to the Pacific on this stilted walkway. But if you want to take in the whole scene, step back from the beach and shoot toward the sun which is especially alluring as that giant ball of fire slowly sinks into the Pacific at the end of a mighty fine day in California’s Southland.

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Freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist and always travels with her pillow. Check out her articles on


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