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As people everywhere eagerly await to plan their first vacation in months, social media has become a vital source of inspiration. From northern to southern California, discover new Instagrammable hotels, restaurants, murals and outdoor trails, along with a few classic gems, where you can safely capture golden memories. We guarantee your followers will “like” what they see!

NEW INSTAGRAMMABLE VIEWS

San Francisco’s Umbrella Alley
The Umbrella Alley project is a free family-friendly interactive installation located in San Francisco’s world-famous Fisherman’s Wharf. With five of eight murals completed, take photos alongside “Greetings from San Francisco Postcard," "Summer of Love Monarch Butterfly," "See the World Through Our Eyes," and "I Left My Heart in SF" balloon bouquet.

Explore Napa Valley’s Outdoor Art
Napa ARTWalk, a biennial exhibit of outdoor art, returns this summer to Downtown Napa with its seventh exhibit featuring new pieces for visitors to safely experience on their own. Stop by RAD (Rail Arts District), a two-mile stretch with murals along the Napa Valley Wine Train tracks to view the new mural titled "Passages" featuring three poems by local writers, which will be transferred onto a 100-foot wall.

A Unique Redwood Treehouse in Sonoma County
For the adventurous, stay the night in beautifully constructed new treehouses at Sonoma Canopy Adventures while enjoying gourmet meals under the stars, zipline tours, guided hikes, and more all while capturing Instagram-worthy photos.

San Luis Obispo’s Picture Perfect Bees Knees Fruit Farm
Formerly a private residence, The Bee’s Knees Fruit Farm in San Luis Obispo is now available to the public for overnight stays. Guests can meander through the five acre property or simply relax on the large wrap-around porch. The orchard is filled with apple, pear, plum, apricot, peach and citrus trees with a variety of berries.

Santa Monica’s Art of Recovery Program
Visitors to Santa Monica will find more than beautiful beaches and ocean vistas as the city introduces its Art of Recovery program to harness the power of the arts in the city’s economic, community and health recovery efforts. Installations include “Main Street K-Rail Murals,” Santa Monica Pier’s “The Windows of Wonderment,” and Third Street Promenade's “Winterlit” holiday-inspired art piece.

Stroll Through California Landmarks in Pasadena 
The Langham Huntington, Pasadena recently unveiled its newly restored and rehabilitated iconic Picture Bridge, a historic landmark with replicas of the bridge’s original oil paintings by Frank M. Moore depicting 20 California landscapes ranging from the Cathedral Spires in Yosemite to Catalina Island’s Avalon Bay.

Love Letters in Palm Springs
Created to increase tourism and help spread love, “Love Letters” is an Instagrammable art piece in downtown Palm Springs featuring the letters “PS” and a heart followed by the letter “U.” Visitors are encouraged to stand in between the pieces as the “I” to form “PS I LOVE YOU.”

Estancia La Jolla Wishing Tree
Hidden behind Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa is the "Wishing Tree," a new initiative encouraging guests and locals to write down their wishes for the year then hang them from the tree to manifest for the coming year.

CLASSIC PHOTO-WORTHY GEMS

Eco-Friendly Brewery Gulch Inn in Mendocino

Brewery Gulch Inn sits on a picturesque blufftop overlooking the Pacific Ocean encompassing mature pine trees, redwoods, and many native plants. Filled with eco-salvaged redwood furnishings and designs, the Mendocino inn offers jaw dropping views of the ocean, forest bathing amongst nature, and a backdrop perfect for photos.

Take a Photograph in the Presidio
The Presidio of San Francisco, a national park site at the entrance to the Golden Gate Bridge, offers ideal locations for an iconic San Francisco photo. Discover eight scenic overlooks and hiking trails connecting directly to stunning views of the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean.

The Summit of Mount Diablo State Park
Mount Diablo State Park is an adventurer's playground spanning 20,000 acres of rolling hills, valleys and high peaks. Visitors are encouraged to explore over 200 miles of trails and dirt roads, connecting picnic areas, shaded rest stops and vista points. The summit of Mount Diablo is unique in that it features panoramic views of the entire Bay Area. On a clear day, visitors are able to see the Golden Gate Bridge and Lassen Peak.

360 Degree Views of San Luis Obispo
Located in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, Hotel Cerro is the perfect marriage of San Luis Obispo culture, California’s rich history, and casual elegance. Capture Instagram ready photos of the artisanal bar, edible garden, and Pool Terrace which offers breathtaking 360 degree views of the area.

Yosemite National Park’s Dynamic Beauty
As the snowmelt begins each spring, the Merced River awakens and once still pools flow, creating a dynamic mirror for photographing Yosemite’s reflection. The waterfalls go from a trickle to a torrent in their plunge to the valley floor, and a “mist-ical” phenomenon arises: the Yosemite moonbow. A classic Instragram spot is Tunnel View, from which you can see many iconic landmarks including Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls and Half Dome.

Outdoor Adventure and Waterfalls in Sunny Murrieta
Murrieta is Southern California’s best-kept secret, located between Temecula and Lake Elsinore known for its skydiving, wine tasting, scenic hikes, and outdoor adventure. Visit the 150-foot-tall, five-tiered Tenaja Falls for a relaxing and peaceful photo as the waterfall cuts through the surrounding rock creating a raw nature scene.

Moroccan Luxury in Greater Palm Springs
A combination of Bullard’s Moroccan-inspired influence and mid-century vibes synonymous with the desert’s everlasting allure, the Sands Hotel & Spa in Greater Palm Springs is an exotic, luxurious, and personalized take on hospitality. Snap a photo of the perfectly designed property, or else it didn’t really happen, right?

San Diego’s Lush Botanic Gardens
San Diego Botanic Garden, a 37-acre urban oasis with views of the Pacific Ocean, invites visitors to safely enjoy its 29 uniquely themed gardens, 60-foot waterfall, the largest public bamboo collection in the U.S., and three children's gardens all while taking photos to share with family and friends.

Note: As communities re-open after COVID-19-related closures, some parks, businesses and attractions may still be closed or have new protocols in place. Please verify local guidelines and regulations for all destinations and hours and availability of individual businesses before publishing. Check out Visit California’s Responsible Travel Hub for guidance on how visitors can travel within California safely.

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