Not only do we have several built-in holidays just made for weekends away, but we’ve got vibrant spirits and even more vibrant destinations to visit. And if there’s one thing that we believe about that ebullient sense of summer vacation, it’s that its beauty was meant to be shared. Hence why we’re fans of Instagram.
If you’re looking to book a vacation that will translate perfectly to your feed, we’ve selected nine destinations around the world that are practically guaranteed to inspire a whole bunch of travel envy. From sparkling beaches to green valleys and ancient cities to Caribbean islands, these getaway spots are best experienced in the warmest months.
We’ve selected a list with options for tried-and-true Instagram favorites like Positano and up-and-coming spots that influencers have yet to discover, like Catalina Island. You can jaunt to the opposite end of the globe for a fairytale photoshoot on Japan’s Miyajima Island or you could hike through the colorful trails of Maine’s Acadia National Park to get in touch with the animals who live there. No matter what you choose, it’s bound to photograph beautifully. Just be sure to pack a portable charger because your battery may die if you get too snap-happy.
Scroll through to discover nine of the most beautiful destinations that will have your followers begging for your travel tips. Obviously, no filter needed.
Acadia National Park, Maine
Acadia is one of those parks that changes personality based on the season. Come summer, it’s a joyful and colorful destination that’s bursting with greenery. Hike the trails, go birding or kayak on the water. The park is full of life at this time of year.
People go on and on about the light in Rome for good reason. In the summer, the city turns particularly golden. Find a charming alleyway (which shouldn’t be too hard), pose in front of a doorway and get ready for the likes to flood in.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
South of the equator, summer is winter. But that doesn’t mean things aren’t still hot in Rio. The temperature will likely linger in the 70s, making it the perfect time to wander around the city without fear of overheating. But, because this is southern winter, there will likely be fewer people on the beaches—meaning you’ll be able to snap a stellar sandy shot.
Forgive us for including Italy twice on this list, but the country comes alive in summer. And for the ultimate in beachy glamour pics, Positano should rank every list. Whether you’re shooting rows of striped umbrellas on the beach or the impossibly-charming town built up a steep slope, you’re bound to nab the perfect shot here. And for some of the best views in town, Le Sirenuse offers unobstructed town and water vistas from their balconies.
Waipo Valley, Hawaii
This stretch of land was once known as the “Valley of the Kings” because it was where many early Hawaiian leaders chose to live. One look at the staggering coastline should be enough to convince you why. Come summer, the land is particularly green and the water especially blue—so you won’t even need to amp up your picture’s saturation to make this view impressive.
Lisbon is becoming one of Europe’s most popular cities for good reason. Between the tiled streets, ridiculously charming funiculars and medieval castles, there is no shortage of things to photograph in the Portuguese capital. And there’s something to photograph at every time of day. Come summertime, the scene is especially vibrant, with parties pouring out onto the streets and lasting well until the bakers and the fishermen begin their following day.
Visitors to Miyajima Island often feel like they’ve stepped into a storybook when they get off the ferry. The island is populated by miniature deer and has shrines that date back to the ninth century. One of the island’s most Instagrammed attractions is the Itsukushima Shrine, a torii gate that floods with water during high tide. Try to visit at dusk for the most beautiful pictures.
Catalina Island, California
While some may know this island best from the infamous wine mixer in “Step Brothers,” the southern California island has a lot more to offer. It has paradisiacal coastlines, charming architecture and jaw-dropping sunsets. And, perhaps best of all, it’s located only a 20-minute ferry ride away from mainland California.
The Dutch island of Bonaire, located in the Caribbean, is renowned as one of the best snorkeling destinations in the world. Particularly in the summer, conditions are prime, with clear water and excellent visibility. If you've got a waterproof camera or phone case, you’ll want to bring it with you to capture the stunning underwater life here.