Raleigh has an endless list of photo-worthy places ranging from natural landscapes to beautiful murals and historic monuments. In this list we share the top 10 Instagrammable spots in Raleigh which will help you plan an awesome vacation to Raleigh, North Carolina.
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We decided to move to Raleigh in 2018 after a short visit with Visit Raleigh. We fell in love with the food, the people and its many murals and Instagrammable spots. Raleigh is a growing city with new attractions popping up all the time. We hope you have fun exploring our beautiful city. What I love the most about Raleigh is that it is so close from main cities like DC, Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte and New York. In fact, there are so many buses from New York to Raleigh. Welcome to our home city!
Top Instagram-worthy photo spots in Raleigh:
1. The Dillon
The Dillon offers some of the best rooftop views of Raleigh’s skyline and for free! From here, you can get the best photo of Raleigh’s skyline. Take the elevator all the way up to the 9th floor and from there a guard will let you onto the rooftop or terrace.
Location: 223 S West St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Hours: The Dillon is open from Monday to Friday from: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Saturdays from 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
2. Dorothea Dix’s Park
My favorite time to visit Dorothea Dix’s Park is during sunflower season. Every Spring, the city of Raleigh plants sunflower seeds at the Sunflower Field at Dix Park. These sunflowers typically bloom in early to mid-July. It is an amazing time to come and take some amazing Instagrammable photos at the sunflower fields. The Sunflower Field is open to the public seven days-a-week, from dawn until dusk. The best thing is that dogs are allowed year round, so if you are traveling with your dog bring him along for an epic photoshoot.
If you are not coming to Raleigh during Sunflower season, do not worry as Dix’s park also offers an stunning view of Raleigh’s skyline. During the Spring you can enjoy a beautiful field full of daffodils. Dorothea Dix’s Park is easily another one of the top Instagrammable places in Raleigh.
Location: Sunflower Field, Raleigh, NC 27606
3. Color Pop Corner at the Marble’s Museum
There is nothing quite like a colorful mural to take amazing Instagram worthy photos! It is a very cheerful and bright mural with eye-catching geometric shapes that would make you want to spend hours taking photos.
Location: 102 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601 On the backside of Marbles Kids Museum.
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4. All are Welcome Raleigh NC mural
Our favorite mural and for sure one of the most Instagrammable places in Raleigh is the “All Are Welcome Raleigh” mural. Although it has recently been redone, it has still the same powerful message. It has become an unofficial welcome sign to downtown Raleigh.
Tip: The mural is located in a parking lot, so if you want to take photos without cars go very early in the morning or later during the day.
Location: 428 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601
5. Globe at the Natural Science Museum
We think the most Instagrammable building in Raleigh has to be the Globe outside the Natural Science Museum. It is unique and super cool. No matter what angle you choose you are going to get an insta-worthy shot for sure. You can visit the Natural Science Museum, North Carolina Museum of History and the Globe for free! If you choose to visit the Natural History Museum go to the top floor to take insta-worthy photos surrounded by live butterflies and even a sloth.
Address: 119 N Salisbury St. Raleigh, NC
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6. North Carolina State Capitol
If you are visiting Raleigh you must include the North Carolina State Capitol on your list of the most instagrammable places in Raleigh. The best thing is that it is free to take a tour inside and learn more about the history of North Carolina politics.
Address: 1 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601
7. Sprinkles the Bobcat Mural
By far my favorite mural in downtown Raleigh is the majestic “Sprinkles” the bobcat in the Glenwood South District of Raleigh near Lisa Gaither. It may or may not be one of the reasons why we fell in love with the city of Raleigh and decided to move here.
Address: 407 Glenwood Ave Raleigh, NC 27601
8. The Raleigh Rose Garden
The Raleigh Rose Garden is such a beautiful oasis in downtown! This public garden is located behind the Raleigh Little Theater.
While this garden is green year round with roses, trees, and perennials, it is best known for the 60 rose beds that are in bloom in late spring to brighten up your Instagram photo shoot.
Address: 2703 Everett Ave, Raleigh, NC 27607
9. North Carolina Art Museum
Our favorite place to take our dogs for a walk while enjoying nature, art and some of Raleigh most Instagrammable places is the North Carolina Art Museum.
The museum has an outdoor section (pet friendly) and an inside section, both of which are free to visit. Our favorite sculptures, installations and art pieces are found outside.
Address: 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607
10. Historic Yates Mill County Park
The Historic Yates Mill dates back to 1756 so is by far the oldest place on our list of instagrammable spots in Raleigh. This tranquil park is just a five minute drive outside of downtown Raleigh and also has several short hiking trails and a 24-acre pond.
Address: 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603