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The 18 Most Instagrammable Places in Washington DC

We all know how hard it can be to fill your Instagram feed with beautiful photos. 📷

After years of featuring photos on Instagram via IGDC we’ve found some of the best places to photograph in DC. From typical places like the Tidal Basin and Washington Monument to less travelled spots like Blind Whino and Blagden Alley there is something here for locals and travelers.

So grab your camera and hop on the metro;
here are our favorite places to Instagram in Washington DC:

1. Culture House DC (formerly Blind Whino)

DC’s most colorful church can easily turn heads with its incredible mural. In addition to the exterior; Blind Whino also offers art shows inside which can be found on their website.

700 Delaware Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

Blind Whino in DC by @golightly

2. The National Arboretum

On a nice day a stop by the National Arboretum is a must. With acres of scenic fields, trails, and the Capitol Columns you can spend a couple of hours exploring the Arboretum.

The Arboretum also holds a collection of unique bonsai trees that can be viewed seasonally.

3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002


3. Union Market

Union Market is full of unique shops, coffee shops, and food stands but the outside is remarkable. Covered in murals that change periodically you’re sure to find something to Instagram (plus you can grab an ice cream at Trickling Springs).

One of the most popular sights at Union Market is the heart wall full of rainbow hearts that was created by Mr. Brainwash for International Women’s Day in 2015.

1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002


4. US Capitol

The Capitol is hard to miss, in the heart of DC the United States Capitol looks great at anytime of day. Plus if you’re awake for sunrise the Capitol Reflecting Pool offers a fantastic reflection of the Capitol and sky. If you’ve never been to the Capitol it should be high on your list, take a walk around the entire building for its full affect.

East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC 20004


There is much to explore in the National Gallery of Art. Some of the most notable things to see are the light tunnel in the basement and the giant blue Rooster on the roof of the East building. The west building is also full of stunning halls and historical pieces of artwork.

6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565


6. The Line Hotel

DC Instagrammers love stopping by the lobby of the Line Hotel with their unique stairway with mirror in the corner. They also have a cute coffee shop in the lobby and occasionally have events on the rooftop.

1770 Euclid St NW, Washington, DC 20009


Right next to the Capital One Arena in Chinatown is the National Portrait Gallery. Full of impressive hallways and courtyards the Portrait Gallery has plenty of unique art exhibits to photograph.

8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Kogod courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery

8. US Botanic Garden

If you love greenery the Botanic Garden should be right up your alley. With different rooms featuring different environments and unique series of plants it’s a no brainer to stop by. Plus if you’re visiting the Capitol it’s only a few blocks away.

In addition to plants the Botanic Garden is also decorated for holidays.

100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001

Main courtyard of the Botanic Garden

9. The Watermelon House

This colorful house is hard to miss with its massive watermelon mural on the side. Whether you’re just taking a photo of the mural or doing a #watermelonjumps it’s a blast to see this colorful mural.

1112 Q St NW, Washington, DC 20009


10. Love Mural in Blagden Alley

Blagden Alley is loaded with interesting murals, make sure to stop by La Colombe which is one of DC’s best coffee shops.

Blagden Alley, Washington, DC 20001

Love Mural in Blagden Alley

11. Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool

The National Mall is a must stop especially the Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial. Open all day and night the Reflecting Pool is a awe-inspiring spot everyone should visit at least once.

2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20024


12. CityCenterDC

The main alley of CityCenterDC is always decorated for the season, from winter to fall there is always something to photograph at City Center.

825 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20001


13. The Wave Wall in Georgetown

The huge wave mural on the side of a row home in Georgetown is great for taking a portrait in front of.

3510 O St NW, Washington, DC 20007

14. The Bridge at Yards Park

The Yards park has great restaurants but also an impressive bridge that is perfect for portraits.

355 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003


15. Call Your Mother in Georgetown

It’s hard to miss this giant pink building in Georgetown. This colorful building houses Call Your Mother which is known for their delicious bagels.

3428 O St NW, Washington, DC 20007


16. Chinatown Friendship Arch

The massive Friendship Arch in Chinatown is a staggering archway that is impressive day or night.

H St NW & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


17. Union Station

The grand hall in Union Station has beautifully painted gold ceilings.

Union Station, Washington DC


18. Artechouse

One of the newest interactive experiences in DC is Artechouse which features large displays projected on walls.

1238 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

ARTECHOUSE’s In Peak Bloom exhibit by @golightly

For more Instagram inspiration in Washington DC be sure to check out the #IGDC feed and to tag your photos.

Let us know your favorite places to Instagram in the comments!

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One response to “The 18 Most Instagrammable Places in Washington DC”

  1. Natasha Avatar

    Love this article and the very helpful recommendations to take photos. Doing a photoshoot for an album cover and these are giving me great ideas!

    Thank you!

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