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12 Most Instagram-Worthy Travel Destinations for 2021

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Travel may have slowed down a bit in the past year.

But your Instagram feed hasn’t. So, if you need some new travel pics to share with your followers, we’ve got some great suggestions to share.

Not only do these destinations provide some stunning photos, they’re still open to tourists.

Pig Beach, Bahamas

Powdery white sand, crystal clear water, and… pigs?

Sunshine and swine may be the crossover we didn’t know we needed, but swimming with these little porkers – the sole inhabitants of Big Major Cay island – is an experience you won’t soon forget. Especially after you post a few photos to your feed.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is arguably America’s most beautiful city, and it’s filled with unique photo opportunities, whether it’s the French Quarter, Rainbow Row, the Battery, or King Street.

When you’ve gotten your fill of street photography, you can fill your belly at one of the city’s award-winning restaurants – and get some great foodie shots for your followers too.

Izamal, Mexico

The biggest travel hashtags on Instagram are filled with pics of picturesque scenery. So, if you want to stand out, sometimes you need to post something a little more visually striking, a little more unique.

And Izamal – also known as La Ciudad Amarilla, or “Yellow City” – definitely fits the bill.

Hidden Beach, Mexico

Of course, Mexico can do “picturesque” quite well too, and Hidden Beach is just such a place.

Also known as “Lover’s Beach” (Playa del Amor), it’s part of Isla Marietas and is only accessible by swimming or kayaking through a long underground tunnel. Better bring your waterproof camera!

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

The stretch of the Rocky Mountains known as the Teton Range runs through the flat plains of Wyoming, which creates a stunning contrast against the tall, snowy peaks.

If you’re lucky, you’ll even get some of the local wildlife in your shots, like the plentiful bison. Grand Tetons National Park also has some excellent campgrounds where you can sleep under the clear country sky.

Zvartnots Cathedral, Armenia

There are enough ancient buildings and churches in Armenia to fill a whole trip. But if you can snap just one, we’d recommend Zvartnots Cathedral. Built in the 7th century, the church now lies in ruins, but both the site itself and the peak on the horizon have immense significance for Armenian history.

The mountain? It’s Mount Ararat, the country’s national symbol. Locals believe it's where Noah’s Ark settled after the Biblical flood.

Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

Any of the Greek Islands would draw plenty of ‘likes’ from your Instagram followers. But for our money, Zakynthos, more specifically “Shipwreck Beach”, may just be the most iconic.

The combination of blue water, jagged cliffs, and that old wooden shipwreck buried in the sand make for amazing pictures from any angle.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

If this ancient walled city reminds you of something from a fantasy series, well, you’d be right. It was the filming location for King’s Landing in Game of Thrones.

But its real history goes back all the way to the 7th century. The medieval stone walls and buildings set against the Adriatic Sea makes for some incredible photos.

The Maldives

If you check the dictionary entry for “island paradise”, don’t be surprised if there’s a photo of the Maldives next to it. This island nation of 1,192 has some of the most amazingly clear waters you’ve ever seen.

And the overwater bungalows that the local resorts are known for not only make for beautiful Instagram photos, they’re a lot of fun to stay the night in.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu photos are almost cliché at this point. But it’s still hard to pass up such a world wonder.

These ancient Incan ruins sit on a mountain peak 7,970 feet above sea level, with gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape. And there’s a ledge oh so-conveniently placed to get a photo of you and your group with the site in the background.

Cartagena, Colombia

The colorful colonial architecture of Latin America always makes for a great photo op. And perhaps no place is better suited for the task than Cartagena.

This city is dripping with history, all of it still vibrant and alive, from its brick streets and rainbow-colored buildings to the iconic clock tower in the main square.

Crystal River, Florida

We already did swimming with pigs. Now it’s time for the cows. Sea cows, that is, also known as manatees.

Crystal River not only gives you the opportunity to get up close with these wonderful creatures, the water really is just that: “crystal” clear.

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