10 Instagrammable Places In Washington DC - Updated 2024

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If you have an Instagram account, then you know how attractive it is to have a profile full of stunning photos. Almost every user desires to have the best shots on their profiles because it is one of the greatest attractions on Instagram. The nature of Instagram is that you are free to take appropriate photos anywhere and then share them with friends and followers on the platform. However, if you want to stand out from posting the obvious, you can scout for sites with unique features and attractions that people haven’t seen much of on Instagram. If you love this aspect of being unique and you live in Washington D.C., or you intend to visit soon, here are our top recommendations for Instagrammable places in Washington DC, USA.

1. The Blind Whino

Posted by Blind Whino on Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Blind Whino is a historic building that was once used as a neighborhood church of the Friendship Baptist Congregation. The church was constructed in 1886 by former slaves and it is considered as one of the oldest surviving structures in the Southwest. As an ideal location for Instagram photos, The Blind Whino was reimagined as an art space with colorful paintings and graffiti of various items, ranging from plants to nature to animals among others. It is currently a valued community hotspot and a great attraction for not just those who love history, but also those who would love to light up their Instagram profiles with the colorful photos.

The Blind Whino

Address: 700 Delaware Avenue SW Washington, District of Columbia

Website: The Blind Whino

Opening hours: Wed: 4pm - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 5pm (closed Mon - Wed)

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2. United States Capitol (from USD 200.0)

The image of the United States Capitol may not be unique because it is the seat of power of one of the most powerful countries in the world. But other than this, it is iconic in its own way. History aside, the architecture, featuring the dome at the center of the building is a sight for the sore eyes. This is not to mention the evergreen garden right in front of the building. Whether you get a chance to access the building or the gardens, any photos with the Capitol in the background will always stand out and will bring some uniqueness to your Instagram profile.

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Washington D.C. National Archives and Capitol Hill Tour

Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes

21 reviews

3. The National Arboretum

Posted by U.S. National Arboretum on Friday, 12 August 2011

If you visit The National Arboretum in the spring or summer, you will be greeted by the most breathtaking garden sites you have ever seen in the world. The garden oozes with beautiful natural colors when the weather becomes warmer and you will find plenty of places ideal for unique Instagram photos. With the rich blend of fauna as well as the ponds, it is a nice place to capture the most amazing outdoor photos in Washington, DC.

The National Arboretum

Address: 3501 New York Ave NE Washington, District of Columbia

Website: The National Arboretum

Opening hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm (daily)

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The National Arboretum in D.C.'s northeast is a sprawling property that is absolutely gorgeous! While spring and summer are the best times to visit, the fall can also be absolutely stunning especially when the leaves begin to change colors. Make sure to get your Instagram-worthy photo by the 22 columns from the capitol building located in the center of the arboretum!

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4. The White House (from USD 69.0)

Nearly every tourist to Washington DC will make an attempt to see the White House, if not to plan a full tour. Being the official residence and the workplace of the POTUS, it is understandable why one may want to visit. However, the beauty of the structure and the perfectly manicured lawns make it a good candidate for Instagram photos. It is always nice to have the white color of the structure contrasting against the green color of the gardens. With that as the background of your Instagram photo, you can expect to get a lot of hits from friends and followers.

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Morning Monuments City Tour with 8 Stops & Optional Entry Tickets

Duration: 3 hours

85 reviews

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5. US Botanic Garden

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Posted by U.S. Botanic Garden on Wednesday, 20 March 2019

The US Botanic Garden is located one block southwest of the US Capitol Building, and in it, you will find various plants from around the world. The plants are grown in various rooms, each with a different set of conditions to favor the survival of the flora and fauna. The freshness of the environment and the superfluity of colors will bring a lot of life to your photos which you will be glad to share them with friends on Instagram.

US Botanic Garden

Address: 100 Maryland Ave SW Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Website: US Botanic Garden

Opening hours: 10am - 5pm

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6. Georgetown’s candy-colored houses (from USD 79.0)

They are also known as the tiny candy-colored houses of Georgetown, and it is another attraction that you must never miss for your Instagram photos. They feature rows of tiny houses with a variety of colors such as green, blue, pink and red. The shutters and the doors of the houses feature contrasting colors from the walls, and this creates a very beautiful row of houses on the entire street. Taking photos in this street will take you back decades ago when the construction of houses was at its simplest.

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Washington DC: Historic Georgetown Half-Day Food Tour

Duration: 3 hours

348 reviews

7. CityCenterDC

CityCenterDC plaza Christmas
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user AgnosticPreachersKid used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Your final destination for Instagrammable places in Washington is CityCenterDC. The place has been described as a hub of everything happening in Washington, DC. It boasts of more than 30 retailers and restaurants as well as luxe residences and prime office spaces. The uniqueness of the buildings and the decorations of the shops, restaurants, and offices create very nice backdrops for photos. It is not just your average city setting, and it will without a doubt give you cool photos to share on Instagram.


Address: 825 10th St NW Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Website: CityCenterDC

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8. Library of Congress (from USD 39.0)

The Library of Congress is the National Library and a research institution for the United States Congress. It is one of the oldest building in the United States. For Instagram photos, the design of the library is an architectural masterpiece. The interior décor is finely finished with beautiful and intricate patterns that speak of opulence and grandeur.

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Library of Congress Guided Tour

Duration: 2 hours

9. Street murals in Washington DC (from USD 32.0)

2017.06.26 Ben's Chili Bowl Mural, Washington, DC USA 6867
Source: Photo by user Ted Eytan used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Sometimes you don’t need to go searching for historic sites to find nice spots for Instagram photos. Strolling the streets of Washington will expose you to a variety of colorful murals covering the walls of the buildings. These masterful arts of work bring a lot of vibrancy to the streets and they also act as a reminder of the various phenomena they display. You will find murals celebrating nearly everything, ranging from the Founding Fathers of the country to celebrities and even fruits. For your Instagram photos, just choose the murals that excite you the most and let them grace your background.

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Street Art Washington DC U Street Tour

Duration: 2 hours

10. Washington National Cathedral (from USD 12.0)

The Washington National Cathedral belongs to the Episcopal Church and it is the fourth tallest structure in Washington DC and also the second largest church building in the United States. These two characteristics are sufficient to make it a must-visit in Washington, but for photo lovers, there is more to it. The cathedral features the Neo-Gothic design similar to the English Gothic styles used in the 14th century. It means that both on the outside and the inside, it is a display of beautiful and intricate patterns – the kind that is not normally seen on Instagram photos.

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Washington National Cathedral Admission Ticket

Duration: 1 to 3 hours

Snap the best shots in Washington DC

A visit to Washington DC will present you with so many things to see and do. It is normal to capture some of the memories in photos, and if you are an Instagram enthusiast, you will desire to have the best of the shots to share with your friends and let them know more about your trip to Washington. The places mentioned above are guaranteed to make your photos stand out, and you will be thrilled to share them on Instagram. Take time, explore and make the best shots.

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