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Sure, we live here so we’re a little biased, but it’s just a simple fact that Charlottesville is one of the most photogenic cities in the country. Don’t believe us? Take a look below. If you’re traveling to Charlottesville, or you already call it home, you’ll want to visit these Instagrammable spots and post the pics on your own ‘gram! Don’t forget to tag @CharlottesvilleInsider!

The rose garden behind New Dominion Bookshop

Tucked behind the beloved Downtown Mall bookshop is this gem of a spot—with an iron arch covered in roses and, recently added, a few bistro tables to sit and enjoy your new read.

Pratt Ginkgo on UVA’s Grounds

Named for William Pratt, an engineer who in the late 1950s became the university’s first superintendent of buildings and grounds, this iconic tree on the northwest side of the Rotunda turns a brilliant yellow come November.

Fitzgerald’s Tires

Climb on! No, really. The tire display on the side of Fitzgerald’s in Belmont makes for the best backdrop to tell the world you love Charlottesville (not to mention it’s a genius advertising move!).


Don’t forget to look up! Some of Charlottesville’s best views can be seen from on high—specifically, the rooftops of two West Main Street hotels, Quirk and the Graduate. 

IX Art Park

From the love butt (#iykyk) to the “Before I die…” chalk wall, Ix is a monument to creativity in its purest forms—and, lucky for us, a perfect spot to add a little color and texture to our Insta feeds.

Carter Mountain Orchard

Whether you’re in it for the apple cider donuts or the mountain view off the back deck, there’s a little something for everyone at Carter Mountain. (Don’t forget to get a few good shots in the actual orchard, too.)

Humpback Rock

This enormous outcropping in the Blue Ridge Mountains provides the stuff inspirational posters are made of. Give your best superhero stance and feel the wind blowing your invisible cape behind you (just don’t look down).

Raven's Roost

With an elevation of 3,200’, this overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway offers sweeping views and a picturesque tree for posing under. Head up before dusk to catch the sunset over the mountains in the distance.