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What’s the most Instagrammed place in every Southern state?

Instagrammers love to share photos of food, sports and beautiful places across the country. With over 500 million active users, Instagram is one of the most popular photo-sharing apps across the world. By using data collected from Instagram, USA Today took a look at what filters people love using (Clarendon and Gingham are the most popular), the emojis that are used the most (hearts and smiley face with heart eyes), and the most Instagrammed place in each state. 

Across the South, Southerners are instagramming their travels at some of the country’s busiest airports, school pride for the University of Arkansas and Kentuckym and beaches. The South is also home to the most Instagrammed place in the world — Walt Disney World. 

Along with the most Instagrammed places in the South, we’ve also included the most Instagrammed restaurant in each state, courtesy of data collected by Spoon University

Click the arrows above to discover the most Instagrammed place in every Southern state

University of Alabama

Alabama: University of Alabama

From showing off school pride to tailgating before a football game, Alabama loves to post pictures of its flagship university. With a campus full of historical buildings, it’s hard to choose the prettiest one, but The Gorgas House is a great place to start. 

Most Instagrammed restaurant: Hot and Hot Fish Club

Photo credit: The University of Alabama Facebook

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Georgia: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

People love to post photos while traveling, and as one of the world's busiest airports, it’s no surprise that this is the most Instagrammed place in Georgia. However, the state has many other stunning places that are Instagram-worthy, including the Georgia Aquarium, Magnolia Springs State Park and Wormsloe Historic site in Savannah. 

Most Instagrammed restaurant: Miso Izakaya

Photo credit: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Facebook

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Texas: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Each year over 65 million passengers travel through Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. But the Lone Star state has many other popular Instagrammable spots that are popular with Instagrammers. In Austin, people are posting photos from Franklin Barbecue, Torchy’s Tacos and Jo’s Coffee. In Fort Worth, the Instagramers are posting snaps of ice cream from Melt Ice Creams and art from the West Bend parking garage. And in Houston, Houstonians show their love for the city at the Greetings From Houston sign.  

Most Instagrammed restaurant: Social Junkie

Photo credit: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Facebook

Milan Puskar Stadium

West Virginia: Milan Puskar Stadium

As the home of West Virginia football, Milan Puskar Stadium is flooded with students and fans each fall and they love to post a picture of the stadium on Instagram. But for those who aren’t attending WVU games, there are places across the state that are getting love on Instagram. Snowshoe Mountain and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park take second and third place, respectively, as the most Instagrammed places. 

Most Instagrammed Restaurant: Pies and Pints

Photo credit: Milan Puskar Stadium Facebook

Bridgestone Arena

Tennessee: Bridgestone Arena

As the home of the Nashville Predators, it’s no surprise that Bridgestone Arena is the most Instagrammed place in Tennessee. The arena is a popular concert and event venue, which also makes it popular on Instagram.  Other places people are instagramming in Nashville include the I Believe in Nashville mural, the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge and the Ryman Auditorium. Here are some other Instagrammable places to check out in Chattanooga and Knoxville.

Most Instagrammed restaurant: Acme Feed and Seed

Photo credit: Bridgestone Arena Facebook

Hilton Head Island Beach

South Carolina: Hilton Head Island Beach

The breathtaking beaches on Hilton Head Island are picture perfect for Instagram. But South Carolina has more places than pretty beaches to Instagram. Instagrammers love to snap pics of Charleston’s colorful buildings and the South Carolina State House in Columbia

Most Instagrammed restaurant: Husk

Photo credit: Lily Taverna Facebook

University of Kentucky

Kentucky: University of Kentucky

Kentucky loves to show its Wildcat pride on Instagram. The home of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, takes second place as most Instagrammed place in Kentucky.

Most Instagrammed restaurant: Brown Hotel

Photo credit:University of Kentucky Facebook

Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Florida: Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Who doesn’t love Disney World? The most magical place on earth is the most Instagrammed place in the world, which isn’t a surprise seeing as it is one of the most visited places in the country. Florida’s beautiful South Beach takes second place with snaps of sand and sun being posted on Instagram. 

Most Instagrammed restaurant: Joe’s Stone Crab

Photo credit: Jorge Martinez / Unsplash

University of Arkansas

Arkansas: University of Arkansas

Along with the University of Arkansas, the state has plenty of beautiful places that people love Instagramming. As the Natural State, Arkansas has rivers, forests and parks like Hot Springs National Park, worth traveling to for an Instagram-worth picture. Little Rock is also a hot-spot for Instagramers: Across the city, people love instagraming the Arkansas River Trail, Big Dam Bridge and The Capital Hotel.

Most Instagrammed restaurant: Heights Taco and Tamale Company 

Photo credit: University of Arkansas Facebook

Virginia Beach

Virginia: Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach has sun, sand and a few other landmarks (like the 34-foot tall King Neptune statue in Neptune park) that Instagrammers love to take pictures of and with. Old Town Alexandria is the perfect spot for a historic Instagram. And in Richmond, the Canal Walk is a beautiful place to see art and capture it for Instagram. 

Most Instagrammed restaurant: Chick’s Oyster Bar

Photo credit: Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Bourbon Street

Louisiana: Bourbon Street

Nothing says New Orleans like Bourbon Street. Enjoy eating and drinking, and don’t forget to put it on Instagram. Other popular NOLA Instagram spots include the French Quarter, Mardi Gras, the St. Charles Streetcar, the Bywater and Audubon park.

Most Instagrammed restaurant: Café du Monde 

Photo credit: Bourbon Street Facebook

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Maryland: Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Home of the Baltimore Orioles, Camden Yards is an awesome ball park that shows baseball and Maryland pride. Across the Bay Bridge, on the Eastern Shore, tourists flock to Ocean City each year. One of the best places to snap a picture for Instagram is on the Ocean City Boardwalk with a cup of Thrasher’s French Fries.

Most Instagrammed restaurant: Woodberry Kitchen 

Photo credit: MLB Facebook

Mississippi State University

Mississippi: Mississippi State University

The South loves football and showing school pride, so it’s no surprise that another university makes the list of most Instagrammed places in Mississippi. Across the state, there are plenty of places to take breathtaking pictures. Head to Snow Lake Shores or Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge to get a gorgeous picture. 

Most Instagrammed restaurant: Babalu Tapas & Tacos

Photo credit: Mississippi State University Facebook 

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

North Carolina: Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Another airport makes the most Instagrammed list. Some other Instagrammable places across the state include Asheville hot spots like the Omni Grove Park Inn, Craggy Gardens and the Biltmore Estate. And for an artsy Instagram post head to Winston-Salem.

Most Instagrammed restaurant: Angus Barn

Photo credit: Charlotte Douglas International Airport Facebook

The White House

Washington D.C.: The White House

As the home of the president of the United States, tourists flock to the White House. Over 100,000 people visit the White House each month. In a city full of historical monuments and buildings, there are plenty of places to take a beautiful picture. Some of the other top Instagrammable places include the Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol and the Renwick Gallery.

Photo credit: The White House Facebook

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Rachel Taylor is a staff writer at Southern Kitchen. She moved to Atlanta earlier this year after graduating college in Maryland, and has been a digital audience specialist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Politically Georgia, as well as a freelance writer for publications such as USA Today and the Delmarva Daily Times on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She has lived in France and Italy, and loves to travel.