Bus travel company Busbud tallied up every US state's most popular place to tag an Instagram post based on hashtag and geolocated check-in data, and found that most of the favorite places are outdoors (h/t Business Insider). Local and state parks topped the list, followed by wineries and vineyards, historic sites, gardens, theaters, landmarks, nature and wildlife areas, zoos, and ski and snowboarding areas.
And here are the most Instagrammed locations of every state:
Busbud also has a great interactive map, which you can check out here.
The top Instagram of the most popular location in the 10 most populous states
Just for fun, I checked out the most-liked posts in the 10 most populous US states (as of publishing) — collected by combining Busbud's list with Instagram's public data. Since you can't search Instagram by likes alone, I picked the most-liked post of either the check-in or the hashtag for each location. Many of the locations have 50,000 or more public tags and check-ins.
Something I didn't expect? First, many of these Instagrams are pretty recent. While the Explore tab is successfully connecting users to trending posts by users they may not know or follow, these may be replaced by new pictures or videos soon. I also didn't expect to see so many check-ins at professional car racing events, but that's probably because I'm not too into racing. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I did. The list is organized in descending order by total state population, according to the 2014 US Census.
Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
South Beach, Miami, Florida
Is it any surprise that South Beach's most popular post is of tanned, happy people on the beach? No.
Empire State Building, New York
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
The most-liked Instagram from Wrigley Field is a regram (a shared post of another's Instagram post) of the picture below.
Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Pennsylvania
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Ohio
Atlanta Motor Speedway, Georgia
Charlotte Motor Speedway, North Carolina
Silver Lake Sand Dunes, Mears, Michigan
If you haven't had your fill of gorgeous Instagram spots, there's more to enjoy — Busbud also conducted the same survey for Canada.