Top 10 Instagrammable spots in Texas

July 27, 2022

Discover the best spots in Texas to snap an Instagram photo.

Man taking instagram photo at Palo Duro Canyon in Texas 
We love our home state of Texas, and we couldn’t imagine living anywhere else! With so many beautiful places to visit, we thought we’d put together a list of the top 10 Instagrammable spots in Texas.

This list offers a little something for everyone. From big, bright natural spaces to fun places you can visit on the weekend, here are our picks for the most Instagrammable spots in Texas:

1. Bluebonnet Triangle: Texas Hill Country

Photo of bluebonnets growing on a railroad in Texas 
While the bluebonnet season is just a short period of the year, we couldn’t leave this off our list! As the “official flower of the Lone Star State,” Texas bluebonnets are a top roadside attraction for locals and visitors alike.

The best place to see Texas’ state flower is in or around the Bluebonnet Triangle, which includes Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas/Fort Worth at its three corners. It includes all of the Texas Hill Country with blooms starting in Houston, Brenham, and San Antonio in March.

Bluebonnet season starts around the end of March and flowers are typically in bloom for 6-8 weeks. But the best time to snap a picture for Instagram is between weeks 1-3 when they’re looking their best.

Want to find the best place to snap a picture of bluebonnets? Check out our Texas Bluebonnet Roadmap.

2. Rio Grande: Big Bend National Park

Photo of the Rio Grande river in Big Bend National Park in Texas 
Big Bend National Park is a must-see destination in Texas for nature-lovers. And there are plenty of Instagrammable areas of this national park, but one of the most beautiful spots to snap a photo is the Rio Grande.

Known as “the lifeblood of the desert,” the Rio Grande provides the biggest source of water for Big Bend National Park. It’s also the international boundary between Texas and Mexico. Not only is it a beautiful place to photograph, but it also provides plenty of opportunities for river recreation.

The best time to take an Instagram photo at the Rio Grande is dusk and dawn, though it is equally beautiful in the daylight as well.

3. Enchanted Rock: Fredericksburg, TX

Photo of sunset at Enchanted Rock in Texas 
Located in Fredericksburg, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is one of the best places in Texas to see amazing hill country views. With 11 miles of trails, including the iconic Summit Trail, there are plenty of opportunities to take a selfie or capture the wildlife on your Instagram.

Take pictures as you can hike, backpack, camp, bird, and stargaze - the beauty of nature is all around you. Although the park also offers rock climbing, we don’t recommend taking any pictures while you’re climbing!

4. Palo Duro Canyon State Park: Canyon, TX

Photo of Palo Duro Canyon in Texas 
Yet another gorgeous natural space to snap a photo for your Instagram is Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Often called the “Grand Canyon of Texas,” Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States, and it’s located right in the Texas panhandle.

Palo Duro Canyon is one of the most beautiful parks in the Southwest, offering many opportunities for photos from sun up to sun down. You can explore the canyon by foot, bike, horse, or car, giving you different views and perspectives to snap a breathtaking photo.

5. Hamilton Pool Natural Preserve: Dripping Springs, TX

Photo of Hamilton Pool in Texas 
Located in Dripping Springs, Hamilton Pool Natural Preserve is a popular spot for both locals and tourists, especially during the summer when people want to cool off from the Texas heat with a nice swim.

Whether you take a guided hike or hike the trail yourself, you’ll be able to see a wide variety of diverse plants and animals that are native to Texas. The grotto, waterfall, and pool also offer plenty of opportunities to get an interesting photo of this beautiful natural space.

If you want to snap a few selfies at Hamilton Pool, you’ll need to make a reservation first. The spots tend to fill up quickly due to the popularity of the area, so make sure you can get a reservation before you make the trek to Dripping Springs.

6. Texas State Capitol: Austin, TX

Photo of the Texas State Capitol Building in Austin Texas 
When you’re in downtown Austin, it’s hard to miss the Texas State Capitol. Packed with history from the Lone Star State, this building is one of the most distinguished state capitols. The massive three-story granite building is also the largest capitol building in the United States, coming in at 14-feet higher than the U.S. Capitol building.

The building itself offers plenty to admire (and take pictures of)! The building’s ornate details are visually interesting and unique. And if you look closely at the brass chandeliers in the House of Representatives Chamber, you’ll see that the light bulbs spell out “Texas.” (A truly Instagrammable moment!)

The building isn’t the only thing you’ll want to snap photos of. The Capitol grounds are also gorgeous, offering 22 acres right in the heart of downtown Austin, allowing you to take in the sights of this unique city. Did we mention there are 17 monuments you can pose near?

7. Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge: Dallas, TX

Photo of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas Texas 
Next time you’re in Dallas, stop by the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge for some truly Instagrammable moments. Designed by internationally renowned architect and engineer, Santiago Calatrava, this beautiful bridge features a 400-foot center arch that’s definitely a sight to see.

While you can certainly take a beautiful photo mid-day, the best time to visit this bridge for photos is at sunset or just after nightfall. You can get a really stunning photo of the entire Dallas skyline.

8. Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park: Houston, TX

Photo of Gerald D. Hines waterwall in Texas 
In the heart of Houston, you’ll find one of its most iconic landmarks—Gerald D. Hines Waterfall Park. This is a popular spot for Instagram photos because the background is quite memorable and unique. Whether you get close enough to feel the waterfall’s mist or just take a place among the lush canopy of oak trees, it’s hard to take a bad photo here.

The park is made up of 2.77 acres with 186 live oak trees that line the lawn and sidewalks. But the waterfall itself is the main attraction. The 64-foot high, semi-circular water fall sends 11,000 gallons of water cascading down the inner and outer walls of the foundation per minute. It’s the perfect backdrop for a fun and creative selfie.

9. San Antonio River Walk: San Antonio, TX

A picture of the San Antonio Riverwalk 
San Antonio River Walk is at the heart of the city, providing plenty of opportunities for dining, shopping and cultural experiences. But the area is probably best known for its 15-mile urban waterway. Boasting the largest urban ecosystem in the United States, it’s the perfect spot to take a pic while you’re enjoying yourself.

The River Walk is open every day, 24/7, including holidays. You can take photos of the Spanish Governor’s Palace—the only remaining example of an 18th-century Spanish Colonial townhouse—or snap a selfie while you’re waiting outside the Aztec Theatre, a Meso-American architectural work of art. You can even join a ghost tour (though we can’t promise you’ll be able to capture any ghouls on camera!)

10. Marfa, TX

A picture of the Marfa Prada building in Marfa Texas 
Marfa, TX is certainly one of the hidden jewels of Texas. With a community of around 1,800 residents, Marfa is a small, walkable destination where you can enjoy the modern and the historic, side by side. With quiet roads and wide-open spaces, it’s also the perfect place to find a nice respite from city life while getting some one-of-a-kind Instagram pics.

One of the most photographed (and photographable!) areas in Marfa is Prada Marfa. This art installation features a Prada storefront in the desert. It’s truly a unique spot to take a photo you’ll remember forever!

Another unique and beautiful attraction that Marfa offers is the Marfa Lights, where ranchers, Native Americans, residents, visitors, and even famous meteorologists have reported seeing sourceless lights on the southeast horizon. The lights will appear randomly at night and sometimes appear to be different colors. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch them and be able to take a shot for Instagram.

A couple taking Instagram photos in Texas

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by Geoff Ullrich

About the Author

Geoff Ullrich is a writer and Content Marketing Strategist at Germania Insurance.

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