Head to the National Harbor, and prepare to pick out the perfect filter: Here are five murals and sculptures your Instagram will appreciate!

We've all been there before: trying to find the perfect background or photographic subject to appropriately commemorate a trip or an interesting find. And if you're in or near the National Harbor area, then you're in plenty of luck! The next time you head out, find these five National Harbor murals and sculptures that'll liven up your Instagram page!

The Awakening

The awakening

Courtesy of Artists Without Borders (Facebook)

WHERE: 153 National Plaza, Oxon Hill, MD 

You'll definitely need to work to find the perfect angle for a photo of this masterpiece, but it'll all be worth it in the end! J. Seward Johnson's The Awakening is a 72-foot sculpture -- and no, I'm not joking. Near the National Harbor waterfront, this unique piece depicts a giant trying to free himself from the earth. 

Maryland's Bounty

Courtesy of National Harbor (Website)

WHERE: The steps from the Belvedere, at the end of American Way

Celebrate the history of Maryland's ties to the Bay by taking a picture at Cheryl Foster's stained glass mosaic! From left to right, there's a crab picker, two huge hands holding a crab, a black crappie fish, a captain holding a barrel of clams and oysters, and the state fish, a rockfish. And it could be a great conversation starter for those followers that have never paid much attention to our little state!

The Belvedere

Courtesy of National Harbor (Website)

WHERE: The End of American Way

Feast your eyes on Steven Weitzman's larger-than-life terrazzo mural The Belvedere. You can snap shots of the history, figures, and geography of Maryland, D.C., and Virginia, while also learning more about the local history and folklore. Talk about a win-win: you get a super-cool picture and you learn something new along the way!

The Eagles

Courtesy of National Harbor (Website)

WHERE: Along the National Harbor's Main Plaza

Made of stainless steel, Albert Paley's Eagles look over the river and are easy to spot. With their fourteen-feet wingspan atop two 60-foot poles, The Eagles would be a perfect backdrop for a 4th of July photo-op!

Statues Along American Way

WHERE: American Way

Whether it's Rosie the Riveter, Louis Armstrong, Abraham Lincoln, or George Washington himself, these statues along American Way make perfect fodder for fun poses that are sure to garner likes!

Which of these National Harbor murals and sculptures would you like to snap a pic of? Have you already been there-done that? Share them with us below!


Want to find more D.C. gems? Other "Adventures in DCLand" include:

The Blind Whino art gallery ...

The Butterfly Pavilion ...

And D.C.'s own catacombs ...