16 Apr Georgia’s Ultimate Summer Instagram Spots on the Highway
Sit back and watch as your Instagram likes soar this summer when posting photos taken at the many picturesque locations in the cities along Georgia’s own, Hospitality Highway. Enjoy the below list to spruce up your timeline and introduce your friends, family and followers to the many hidden gems tucked away in these delightful cities.
Known for its high end uptown scene, Buckhead, is the location of Georgia’s most elegant homes, shopping plazas and parks in Georgia. One of the most notable and classic landmarks, The Swan House, built in 1928, is the perfect place to take your next Instagram picture. Open to the public year-round and a coveted destination for weddings, for a fee of $10 you can take a behind the scenes tour of the Swan House and soak up the rich history and gorgeous architecture featured here. While visiting, get creative and snap some shots of the charming and iconic blue front door or recreate a scene from the popular 2013 film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Don’t leave without walking down the back stairs next to the cascading fountain and capturing a photo with the mansion in the background. One of the more natural settings of the Atlanta Beltline, the Northside Trail section is another great option for a picturesque shot in the Buckhead area. Follow the Northside Trail and meander along trickling streams beautiful greenery and rustic bridges that make for a great background setting. Time your photo just right and snap your shot while standing under the covered bridge as the train passes just above.
As the summer months approach, Sandy Springs’ staple, the Chattahoochee River, lovingly referred to by residents as “the Hooch,” becomes packed with tourist and locals ready to soak up the sun and scenery while cruising down the 430-mile-long river. Floating down the Chattahoochee River with friends and family in multi-colored tubes has become a favorite past time of Atlanta residents and visitors alike. The unique assortments of water vessels ranging from kayaks, canoes and paddleboards make for a perfect summer scene worth capturing. If you prefer to stay land locked— no problem. Chill on the riverside beaches with some snacks, friends and good music and enjoy your free time. Morgan Falls Overlook Park is another great Sandy Springs location to set the scene for any outdoor-themed photo. Strike your favorite yoga pose on the park’s lawn with Bull Sluice lake as the background. Fishing, playgrounds, picnics and trails are a few more photo ops available at Morgan Falls Overlook Park.
The Vickery Creek Waterfall at Roswell Mill is scenic, serene and makes for a great hiking trip or moderate trail run – the perfect photo opportunities lie along the trail and at the magnificent waterfall. With so many spots to choose from, customizing both your experience and a shareable photo is easy. Take a day for yourself to enjoy the outdoors and traverse the winding trails that run along the ruins of the historic Roswell Mill and spillway dam. In addition to the waterfall, pose on the rustic Pedestrian Covered Bridge or against the Old Machine shop, a Georgia-style 2-story brick building that is the only structure of the original mills remaining – a photo here is guaranteed to be noticed.
Established in 2016, the expansive 5-acre passive park located on the back side of the new City Hall in Alpharetta, Brooke Street Park and Arboretum, features jaw-dropping landscape and a variety of colorful flowers that make for the perfect addition or background to any photo. Over the next couple of months, visitors will be pleasantly surprised to find new art sculptures being installed in the park. Come camera ready to be one of the first to snap photos of the art sculptures as they go up and appreciate the value they add to the park. Take a stroll on the beautifully landscaped concrete path and snap photos as you go along. Choose from natural, peaceful and vibrant backdrops such as springtime flowers and fountains sure to get you the highest amount of Instagram likes. Plan to attend the Brooke Street Performing Arts Event Series where endless photo ops await at the many shows planned throughout the summer. Stroll down the Boulevard at Avalon Alpharetta for an amazing, upscale experience for shopping and dining. With 60+ stores available, peruse through the store of your choosing and snag a staple piece to make sure you’re always ready for the perfect summertime selfie. Dine at one of the 25+ eateries – post pictures of your incredible, edible dishes so your friends and followers swoon for a bite.
Georgia’s most visited lakeside destination, Lake Lanier Islands, features over 1,500 scenic acres that are perfect for snapping Instagram photos. The natural beauty of the area is stunning and adds to the character of what makes this unique destination so desirable to locals and tourists in the summer months. The incredible Sawnee Mountain is visibly connected to the Blue Ridge Mountain Range which makes this an ideal spot to capture a great natural shot. Sawnee Mountain is home to the Georgia-famous Indian Seats, a natural rock formation located at the top of the hiking trail. Once at the top of the mountain, snap a selfie or relax and relish in the picture-perfect panoramic views with family and friends.
Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge is more than just a place to stay. Paddle boards, ziplining, roasting s’mores, fly fishing and more fun adventures await at this beautiful destination located in the breath-taking hills of the North Georgia mountains. Dawsonville, the birthplace of stock car racing, is home to the historic Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. The museum is packed full of awards won by drivers like two-time Daytona 500 winner Bill Elliott who was born and raised in the Dawsonville area. Old racing cars in pristine condition are also placed throughout the museum and make for a unique and memorable setting for your next Instagram photo.
The mountains of Dahlonega, GA offer some of the best waterfalls in the state. Choose from Cane Creek Falls, Dicks Creek Falls, DeSoto Falls, Raven Cliff Falls, Dukes Creek Falls, Helton Creek Falls or Anna Ruby Falls to observe the power of the mighty falls and take multiple photos to share on your social feeds. Deemed the Napa Valley of the South by Southern Living, the vineyard and winery business in North Georgia is booming! Dahlonega’s numerous wineries are the perfect place for Instagram posts – especially for wine lovers— and all possess unique characteristics worth venturing to for the quintessential photo in the heart of Georgia Wine Country.
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