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Instagram-worthy spots in Raleigh, NC

Nothing says "I'm a smart doggo" like a pic in front of the science museum. | Photo by @charleetheboxer

Nothing says “I’m a smart doggo” like a pic in front of the science museum. | Photo by @charleetheboxer

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It’s no secret that Raleigh is pretty much the perfect place for a photo shoot, from our countless murals to our abundant museums to Color Pop Corner.

Check out some of our favorite camera-ready spots for every Instagrammer in Raleigh, whether your aesthetic is bright + bold, coffee shop chic, or nature-inspired. 📸



All Are Welcome, 428 S. McDowell St.

  • Did you know? Artist Luke Buchanan originally painted this in 2015 for chef Ashley Christensen — the current mural is a 2019 remake.


I Believe in Raleigh, 7705 Lead Mine Rd.

  • Pro tip: This mural is on the back side of Sola Coffee Cafe — stop in to buy “I believe in Raleigh” shirts, totes, and stickers that match the mural.


Love Conquers Y’all, 2034 Cameron St.

  • Pro tip: This mural’s a big one, so give a friend the camera to go long and capture you + the entire design.


Go Vote, 827 W. Morgan St.

Color Pop Corner, 102 S. Blount St.

  • Pro tip: Kids will stay easily entertained in this playful public open space.

Destinations + landmarks

NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd.

  • Pro tip: Check out the Museum Park for incredible sculptures, plus head to the museum’s gorgeous gray stone-lined pond.


NC State’s Memorial Belltower, 2011 Hillsborough St. (northeast corner of campus)

  • Did you know that thethe Belltower is the starting point for the Krispy Kreme Challenge? In this charity race, students run 2.5 miles to a Krispy Kreme, eat one dozen glazed doughnuts, and run 2.5 miles back.


NC State Capitol, 1 E. Edenton St.

  • Pro tip: A snapshot outside this building’s stately exterior has the makings of a great new LinkedIn or Facebook profile picture.


Shimmer Wall, 500 S. McDowell St.

  • Did you know? This Convention Center art piece is made of 80,000 aluminum panels.


North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Globe, 11 W. Jones St.

  • Pro tip: Once you’re done taking your pic, head inside the globe for one of the museum’s many science shows in the interior theater.


The Raleigh Rose Garden, 301 Pogue St.

  • Pro tip: The roses are usually in bloom between mid-May (around Mother’s day) and mid-November.


The Acorn, 2 E. South St.

  • Did you know? The acorn sculpture’s name is Nutzilla.


Raleigh Union Station, 510 W. Martin St.

  • Pro tip: This neon Raleigh sign also doubles as the perfect LinkedIn profile pic.
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