Aug 24, 2023 - News

Seattle's most Instagrammable spots

Two people taking a selfie from the observation deck on Seattle's Space Needle.

Selfies are almost de rigueur at the Space Needle, one of Washington's most photographed locations. Photo: Genna Martin/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

The Space Needle is Washington's most Instagrammable location, according to an analysis that counted hashtags, likes and followers on the picture-driven social media platform.

Driving the news: As of this week, the Space Needle had 1,122,347 hashtags and an average of 1,806 "likes" for its top nine photos, Brittany Mendez, a spokesperson for online travel site FloridaPanhandle, told Axios.

  • Mount Rainier came in second with 457,944 hashtags and more than 2,000 average likes.
  • Pike Place Market, Snoqualmie Falls, Skagit Valley and Olympic National Park round out our state's top six attractions, Mendez said.

Plus: The most popular Instagram location in the U.S. is Central Park with 437,000 followers on Instagram.

  • Globally, it's the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with more than 2 million followers.
  • With a height of 2,722 feet, or just over half a mile, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world.

Yes, but: Familiarity can breed contempt, according to a July report from USA Today that looked at 500 locales for reviews featuring the words "overrated," "overpriced" and "tourist trap."

A person throwing a fish at Pike Place Market in Seattle.
A vendor throws a fish at Seattle's Pike Place Market. Photo: Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images.
  • Pike Place Market, the Space Needle and The Original Starbucks were in the top 100 "tourist traps" in the world, according to the report.
  • Voodoo Donut and Multnomah Falls in Oregon also made the list.
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