There’s a world of color waiting to be explored — and photographed. These colorful destinations around the world brim with historical and natural splendor. Capture rainbow-inspired photos for your Instagram feed and make the brightest memories ever.
If it’s rusty reds and sunbeam shots you’re after, head to Antelope Canyon in Arizona. The canyon was formed by water erosion of the Navajo Sandstone over the course of millions of years. Snap-happy travelers journey from far and wide to capture the mesmerizing play of light in the canyon. If you’re planning a trip, note that you can’t enter the canyon without a guide. Tours like this one are only available with authorized Navajo Nation providers. The early wake-up for tours from Las Vegas is worth it. After all, you’ll get to snap perfect images of this extraordinary natural phenomenon with perfect lighting.
2. Soak up shades of orange in Kyoto
Kyoto was the seat of the Japanese imperial court for over a thousand years. It’s no wonder that today visitors flock there to capture the beauty of this cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’re not there during the famous cherry blossom season, you can still be assured of a riot of bright and bold colors to make your pics pop. The Fushimi Inari Shrine is a must-visit on a tour of this city, thanks to thousands of bright gates at its entryway.
3. Get mellow with Giza’s yellow pyramids
Walk like an Egyptian at the only ancient wonders of the world that is still standing: the 4,500-year-old pyramids at Giza. A trip from Cairo provides ample opportunities for you to see the pyramids and fascinating ancient sphinx up close. If you’re the adventurous type, a quad bike tour is an exciting way to experience this ancient desert landscape, and you’ll be able to post adventure-filled Insta images.
4. See green in the Arctic Circle
Seeing the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Simply put, it’s caused by solar winds that stir up atomic particles and changes in energy states. Science-splaining aside, the result is an awe-inspiring light show that can be seen near the Arctic Circle between August and April. Norway is a great destination to experience the lights. You can take a cruise, go on a lights chase in a minibus, enjoy a thrilling Husky sled ride, or take a tour with a professional photographer. Just think of all the tips you can get for your Insta feed.
5. Embrace the blues in Iceland
Don’t head south just yet! Staying near the Arctic Circle, visit Iceland’s Blue Lagoon geothermal spa… located in an actual lava field. Its milky blue waters and steaming temperatures of up to 102 degrees Fahrenheit (39 C) make for dreamy photos. Photo ops aside, the Blue Lagoon is a great place to unwind and experience healing hot spa waters while gazing out at the icy landscape.
6. Capture endless indigohues at the Amalfi Coast
Italy’s Amalfi Coast conjures up images of white sand, yellow lemons, and all the blue hues. Visiting stunning Capri Island is a must. A boat trip to the famous Blue Grotto will fill your Instagram feed with the most beautiful blues. Thanks to an underwater hole in the cave, sunlight shines through the water, illuminating the entire space in magical blue light.
7. Vive la violette in Provence
A visit to the lavender fields of Provence provides a feast for the senses. Exquisite purple hues shimmer in the hot summer sun (the fields are best seen between June and August), while the heady fragrance of this perfumed flower fills the air. Discover the Insta-worthy lavender fields on a half-day trip from the charming town of Aix-en-Provence. Or immerse yourself in the world of essential oils and perfumes on a full-day tour that includes a visit to a famous cosmetics manufacturer. Travel, Provence, lavender, color, beauty — the perfect hashtags for your Instagram feed.
Bonus points: reach for the rainbow
If you want the whole rainbow in one experience, look no further than jaw-dropping Rainbow Mountain, located near Cusco in Peru. You’ll need to join a trekking tour and hike for about two hours to get there, but the effort will pay off. Once you’ve reached the ridge, take a second to grab your breath. Then, start snapping. You’ll be surrounded by mountains of striped rock and (hopefully) blue skies. For extra points, don a traditional colorful Peruvian woolen hat for a fun selfie.