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Nothing says you’re an adventurer like having an Instagram profile full of awesome pictures, with mountains and forests, rivers and lakes, adrenaline excursions and relaxing vacations. In some ways, people define you by your feed.

Now, we know you already have an epic Instagram account, but we at CarRentals.com couldn’t help but give you eight places that are the most Instagram-worthy in the country. We used social listening with hashtags like #mostbeautiful and #instagramworthy to find the best of the best, and then sorted through hundreds of posts to find the cities mentioned below. Get ready for many more double-taps and followers. 

Seward, Alaska

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The scenery surrounding Seward is so stunning it doesn’t seem real. But, oh, it’s as real as ever. Located on a fjord of the Gulf of Alaska called Resurrection Bay, this city is one of the most beautiful in America and was made for Instagram. Have your camera at the ready when you hike through the thick forests of Two Lakes Trail. Trade the woods for the water with a day tour of the gulf, courtesy of Alaska Dream Charters (look out for orcas). If boats aren’t your thing, hop in the car and drive the Kenai Peninsula via Alaska Route 1.

Salmon, Idaho

 

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The entire state of Idaho is Instagram-worthy, but for this, we’re going to stick with the town of Salmon. Nestled in the Lemhi River valley, this small town hasn’t changed much since the days when Lewis and Clark came romping through. Speaking of that epic duo, go for a drive on the Lewis and Clark Country Byway. You’ll be able to stuff your Instafeed with fantastic pictures of the fall colors on this route. Head back to town and explore the cool shops downtown. But be sure to save time for a fly fishing adventure with Salmon River Fly Box. Big fish look good on the ’Gram.

Bozeman, Montana

 

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How do you show all of your followers that Bozeman, Montana, truly is Instagram-worthy? You go for a hot-air balloon ride with Endeavor Ballooning and take photos of the city from thousands of feet in the air. You’ll have unobstructed views of the Bridger Mountains to the northeast, the Tobacco Root Mountains to the southwest, and the Gallatin Range, among others. All that time in the air will make you hungry, so when you get back to earth turn your Instagram page into a foodie’s dream with shots of meals from food trucks like Blue Smoke Barbeque and Grille 406.

Kanab, Utah

 

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The scenery surrounding the city of Kanab, Utah, will make you feel like you’re on the surface of Mars. The red sandstone rocks and mountains look identical to the Martian surface and your Instagram stories will have followers believing you’ve left the planet. Be sure to hold tight to your phone while flying down the Kanab Zipline, and see if you can handle hiking in soft sand at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. If you’d like to get out of town for a while, hop in your rental and drive from Kanab to Mt. Carmel Junction via U.S. 89. It’s a drive you won’t forget.

Key West, Florida

 

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Any place with tropical palm trees, white sand beaches, and turquoise water is Instagram-worthy. That’s why you need to explore Key West by next week. This pace is darn pleasant and you may not want to leave. Especially after you tour Ernest Hemingway’s house and explore the Key West Nature Preserve and catch the most spectacular sunset ever in Mallory Square. Last, but not least, stand at the southernmost point in the United States and snap a pic. Be sure to geo-tag yourself so people believe you.

International Falls, Minnesota

 

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We hope you like mother nature because this city on the border with Canada is loaded with tons of outdoor activities. Take a selfie while paddling a canoe through the waters of Voyageurs National Park. Do you fancy yourself a football fanatic? If so, make your way to Smokey Bear Park and walk around the Bronko Nagurski Museum. The football legend was raised in International Falls and became one of the first superstar football players in the country. You’ll wonder how the heck he ever played with those flimsy leather helmets.

Wailuku, Hawaii

 

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Tucked away in the interior of Maui at the mouth of the ‘Iao Valley, Wailuku is a slice of paradise that’s far removed from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu. It’s a place that’s been magically undisturbed for many years and that’s what makes it unbelievably Instagram-worthy. Pretend you’re a nature photographer while wandering through the stunning scenery of ‘Iao Valley State Park, then drive over to Mendes Ranch and harness your inner cowboy with a horseback ride down the beach. Goodness, you’re not even there yet and we’re jealous.

Niagara Falls, New York

 

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If you thought getting up close and personal with Niagara Falls was impossible, think again. Make a beeline in your rental car for the town of Niagara Falls, New York, and step aboard the Maid of the Mist. This tour boat starts in the calm section of the Niagara River and heads straight into the thick mist of the falls. It’s an experience unlike any other, as you get up close and personal with one of the most naturally beautiful places in the U.S.A. After you’ve ditched the boat and ponchos, drive 15 miles east to A Gust of Sun Winery & Vineyard. Pick out some local bottles to enjoy back at your hotel that evening.

Alright, you’ve read enough of our musings. It’s time to hit the road and discover the most Instagram-worthy places in the country. Happy photographing.

Header Image Via Flickr/Ian D. Keating

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