Atlanta’s Hidden Gems for the Best Insta-worthy Photo Ops

Three Best Friends Taking a Selfie at an Instagrammable Spit in AtlantaThe city of Atlanta is chock full of Instagrammable, photo-worthy places, and many favorite spots are crowded with tourists and locals alike—for good reason. But if you want to snap a pic without waiting in line or editing out bystanders, you can still find amazing locations that remain under the radar. For those of you who are interested in diversifying your Insta feed from the norm, check out these lesser-known photo spots in the ATL—or visit one of the more established, popular places we list during the off-hours—for a beautiful backdrop.

For Cultural Immersion

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is an architectural wonder—a traditional Asian temple in the heart of Atlanta suburbs, it showcases more than 34,000 pieces of exquisite hand-carved limestone, marble and sandstones from around the world. It is used as a place of worship by the city’s Hindu community and visited by tourists and locals looking for beauty, peace and calm, or to learn about the world’s oldest living faith. Visitors must have shoulders and knees covered (don’t worry—wraps are provided). Aim to visit in the middle of the day to witness the offering ceremony, and be sure to leave time to check out the bookstore, gift shop, and vegetarian cafe. Photography or video may be taken from the ground level exterior of the Mandir only—and respect is important—but trust us, this is still a choice spot for capturing breathtaking images.


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Or check out these old favorites, especially if you can go early or late in the day:

For Urban Streetscapes & Skylines

Looking to add some more color and edge to your feed? You’ll love the murals along the BeltLine Eastside Trail. This area contains dozens of funky, abstract and psychedelic murals from acclaimed local artists like Greg Mike, Hense, and the Tiny Doors ATL project. Check out this interactive map to track down the coolest murals in the area.

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Or stop by these old favorites, remembering that the early morning can be a great time to get gorgeous light without crowds!:

For An Epic Dining Experience

If you want to add some elegance and greenery to your Instagram feed, make sure that you check out The Garden Room, an immersive outdoor bar and restaurant open for dinner or brunch (yay!). This Buckhead bar, which opened in 2020, is an urban oasis with romantic features including lanterns hanging from trees, crystal chandeliers, wooden statues, and floral decor which are all ideal vignettes for a beautiful photo. And of course their craft cocktails are photo-worthy as well!


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You’ll also love these old favorites—and go early on a quieter weeknight to avoid crowds:

For Nature & the Outdoors

The Old Fourth Ward Park is home to a picture-perfect reflective pond that contrasts the iconic Atlanta skyline and its soaring skyscrapers against crystal clear water and a luscious backdrop of trees. Be sure to bring a friend so you can take turns snapping photos of yourselves walking across the bridge with the reflection of the buildings in the background!

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You’ll also enjoy these more popular places, but we recommend you use Google to identify these attraction’s off-hours when you can expect less crowds:

Have any other great Instagrammable spots to share? We’d love to hear from you!

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