If you don’t post a photo to Instagram were you even there? For those that love to keep their IG updated with the trendiest places, Orange County has plenty of Instagram worthy urban and outdoor photo spots. Best of all, you probably haven’t even heard of some of our favorite places. Follow along with us to see best places to take pictures and rack up likes in the OC.
The Lab, located in the trendy SoBeCa District (South on Bristol Entertainment, Culture and Arts) of Costa Mesa. This small hipster shopping venue features quaint shops, clothing stores, unique restaurants, a variety of events, and of course photo opportunities. Exploring the “anti-mall,” you’ll find the industrialist remnants of the old goggle factory that once inhabited the space. Head on over and discover this fun shopping experience in the heart of Orange County.
If you haven’t been to Anaheim recently you might not even recognize this Orange County City. The area is fully revitalized with walkable and fun destinations. The flagship venue of this revitalization is the ultra-hip Anaheim Packing District featuring live music, event spaces, bars, and a wide range of restaurants. Best of all, it’s housed in the resurrected Anaheim Packing House, a former Sunkist citrus-packing facility dating back to 1919. The beautiful architecture eccentric decorations make this OC gem a must-visit for that next Instagram photo.
Heisler Park on the Laguna Coast is a stretch of coastal paradise flowing through the bluff on Cliff Drive from Aster Street all the way to Diver’s Cove. A popular spot for weddings, the park features various walking trails, a marine refuge, tide pools, sculptures, lawn bowling greens, and more. All this adds up to one of the most photographed spots in all of Orange County. Upgrade Instagram feed with a photo from Heisler Park!
The “happiest place on earth” might also be one of the best places in California for a photo op. Whether you go for the castles, rides, characters, food, or fireworks, there’s something for everyone at Anaheim’s own Walt Disney Land. Make all your friends back home jealous with instagrammable spots around every corner. Let’s see your best Mickey Mouse selfie!
The Anaheim Garden Walk on Disney Way is a mostly outdoor entertainment and shopping center complete with an “Art on the Walk” program that features various art installations and murals. You’ll find art of all different genres and mediums, making the Garden Walk an ideal place for an Instagram shoot. Best of all, when you’re done taking photos, you can explore the restaurants, shops, and entertainment options.
The Spectrum Center is Irvine’s flagship outdoor mall and event center. You’ll find all your favorite shops as well as a giant picturesque Ferris Wheel. Is there any better place for an Instagram selfie than the top of the carousel. Check out the trend-setting decor and various murals littered throughout the mall.
The Lido Marina Village in beautiful Newport Beach offers up an upscale shopping and dining experience right on the water. Browse stores like Aesop, Marine Layer, Warby Parker, Claire V, and more. After you shop and eat till you drop, pick up your phone and snap an Instagram pic in one of the pretty little quaint spread throughout the Village. Explore the best that Newport Beach has to offer.
The Montage in gorgeous Laguna Beach is the height of luxury when it comes to California coastal resorts. There’s not a better spot in all of Orange County to relax by the pool and snap a couple of photos while you’re at it. With plenty of Ocean views around every corner, you’ll never want to leave this oceanfront paradise. If you can afford it, put The Montage on your list of must-visit Orange County photography sites.
Much like The Lido Village in Newport, Pacific City of Huntington Beach is an upscale gem of a shopping center directly across the street from the beach and boardwalk. This brand new mall offers up beautiful murals, fancy bars, food options, and more. If you find yourself in Huntington Beach, stop by Pacific City and don’t forget to get the whole squad together for a group Instagram photo.
Live out your childhood fairytale dream and visit the iconic ‘pirate’ tower in Victoria Beach. The only bummer is you’ll find crowds of people taking photos at this popular Laguna Beach attraction during sunset. With that being said, the views of the stone castle up against the waves is second to none among photo opportunities in California. Whether it’s for an Instagram photo or a proposal, Victoria Beach is a can’t miss destination.
Take advantage of all the Instagrammable photo spots spread throughout Orange County. The Hotel Atrium is conveniently located directly across the street from John Wayne Airport and close to every major destination in the OC. If you’re looking for even more things to do around Orange County in October, check out our attractions page. Book your Orange County stay with Hotel Atrium today!