Instagram (IG) is arguably one of the best social media channels to be created, balancing a fresh look at a modern world with timeless nostalgia. Anyone who has a love of photography is immediately drawn to the simplicity of IG and sharing their views with others. It’s at the heart of capturing our world through a creative vantage point, all in the palm of your hands. Here are the top Instagram-worthy locations in Connecticut.

HartfordWith gorgeous architecture, lively cultures and the ever-changing flow of the Connecticut River, the urban setting of Hartford makes for one of best IG places in the state. The state capital building and other historic buildings, the new ballpark, the famous arch, the neighborhoods and even the people of the city are captivating and have inspiring hashtags such as #HartfordHasIt. No matter the season, there is always something worth capturing in #Hartford.

Litchfield HillsConstantly on the short-list for fall foliage, Litchfield Hills, located in the farthest NorthWest portion of the state, is a year-round destination full of nature and vibrancy. The tree canopy, waterfalls and rivers (including the Housatonic, Naugatuck and Shepaug) provide stunning opportunities and a rich iconic environment for pictures and IG. Routes 7 and 202 are perfect for capturing pictures, including Kent Falls, the West Cornwall Bridge and historic places and towns such as Litchfield, Washington and Cornwall.

Mystic/New London/Old SaybrookRich in history and IG opportunities, the shoreline from Old Saybrook to Stonington has tons of wildlife, venues, sunsets and boating to intrigue people from hundreds of miles to visit. When asked about the first place in Connecticut you think of, people often say Mystic, according to research done by the state tourism board. With the juxtaposition of the Connecticut River and the Long Island Sound you find a hot spot for nature, boating and even submarines. Add to that the fun images you can capture exploring the docks and wildlife centers around Old Saybrook, the historic towns such as Mystic and Essex Village, and venues such as Mystic Aquarium and Mystic Seaport and it’s an IG goldmine. Speaking of state tourism, to get more ideas of great places for IG in CT, visit their account @CTVisit.

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ShorelineSummer is here and everyone is flocking towards the beaches in Connecticut. There are dozens of top beaches in the state, but the most popular ones are the state-run beaches Silver Sands State Park, Hammonasset Beach State Park and Rocky Neck State Park, located between Milford and New London. When you go, don’t be a creeper and take pictures of people, but rather focus on the water, nature and sandcastles you build. Take a short stroll, breathe in the fresh air and embrace the place — this will better equip you to snap that award-winning IG pic that captured the moment and place perfectly. From West Beach across the Long Island shoreline to Williams Beach Park on the eastern side, from lighthouses to captivating Inns and mansions along the shore, the shoreline is made for IG.

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Edward Main is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut, with a strong focus on Hartford area tourism, entertainment, culture and events. His work can be found on and at