If you're really trying to wow your Instagram followers, you’re going to have to get to know D.C. for more than just its monuments!

In the early days of social media, it seemed like just about anything could go viral. Now, you’ll need to post more than memes and food pics if you want to get some likes on Instagram. Fortunately, we live in an extremely photogenic city. If you’re looking to break away from the Capitol Hill Snap-stories and cherry blossom selfies, try one of these captivating hangouts.

Renwick Gallery

You can always find something Snapchat worthy at the Renwick.

Over 75,000 people attend the week-long event to marvel at massive art installations erected on site, and later ceremoniously burned to the ground. By the end of the week, you can see for yourself what all the hype surrounding this event is about, without having to purchase plane tickets! The entire exhibit, titled No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, will expand throughout the entire building and into the surrounding neighborhood.

Technicolor Church

[caption id="attachment_8238" align="aligncenter" width="409"]Instagram Courtesy of https://www.thrillist.com/[/caption] For years, the Friendship Baptist Church rest in Southwest D.C., bland and abandoned. That is, until 2012, when artist Alex “Hense” Brewer was commissioned to turn the entire building into a blank canvas. Now, there isn’t an inch of space that hasn’t been dipped in vibrant shades of color! Even the church’s interior, newly deemed the Blind Whino, features remarkable exhibits created by local artists.

Watermelon House

[caption id="attachment_8239" align="aligncenter" width="431"]Instagram Courtesy of DC ReFined[/caption] The origin of the Watermelon House, one of the most well-known murals scattered across D.C., is pretty amusing. If you can believe it, the building originally wasn’t supposed to resemble any fruit at all! The owners, Rob Banaszak and Wade Wilson, were going for a charming shade of coral. However, what they got instead looked more like Pepto-Bismol. Rather than restarting the entire project, the residents went with a more creative solution. By the end of the day, their hired house painters had illustrated their first mural using a fresh, Whole Foods watermelon as their muse.

Today, visitors come from all over to upload a quick selfie beside the beloved Watermelon House.


[caption id="attachment_8240" align="aligncenter" width="464"]Instagram Courtesy of City Center DC[/caption] With the annual Cherry Blossom Festival now in full swing, CityCenter may be looking more photogenic than usual! Every year the building shows solidarity with D.C.’s most popular spring festivities by adorning its Palmer Alley with pink lanterns. And with over 30 renowned eateries and shops to choose from, there are enough Insta-worthy events being featured to fill your camera roll!

The Bridge at Yards Park

[caption id="attachment_8241" align="aligncenter" width="482"]Instagram Courtesy of Only in Your State [/caption] To get the best lighting, plan your trip around dusk. If your timing is just right, you’ll still have some decent light coming from the sunset, with the added bonus of the illuminated bridge. Don’t loiter around too long after your photo-shoot, however, since the park closes at 10 p.m. and the guards are sure to point you to the nearest exit. What's your go-to place to showcase on Instagram? Let us know in the comments!

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