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10 of the Most Instagrammed Locations in America

What’s the point of traveling all the way to a National Park without a Kelvin-filtered selfie to prove you were there? We could think of a few reasons, but that doesn’t change the fact that parks account for some of the most Instagrammed locations in the U.S. 

The Bus travel website Busbud recently calculated the most popular Instagram spots by looking at hashtags and geolocations. Outdoor locations came out on top, with parks and geographic landmarks making up the biggest portion of snap-worthy scenes. Other popular locations included vineyards, gardens, zoos, and ski and snowboard areas. Theaters were the only exclusively indoor destinations to break the top 10. 

Some favorite location-centric hashtags included #wildlife with more than 3 million posts, #hiking with over 9 million, and #beach with over 97 million posts. On their website, Busbud includes an interactive map of the U.S. that shows the most frequently-Instagrammed locations of each state. Kentucky Instagrammers love to document Churchill Downs, and users in Louisiana stage most of their photos on Bourbon Street. Here are more pictures from some of the most popular Instagram locations across the country:

1. DISNEYLAND // CALIFORNIA

BB-8 from the Disney's upcoming Star Wars film chills out in Disneyland in Anaheim, last year's number one geotagged location on the social media site. 

2. GRAND CANYON // ARIZONA

The hashtag "grandcanyon" has over 975,000 posts.

3. GLACIER NATIONAL PARK // MONTANA

There are photogenic views around every corner in Glacier National Park. 

4. WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT // NEW MEXICO

Encompassing 275 square miles of New Mexican desert, White Sands is the world's largest gypsum dunefield.

5. SPACE NEEDLE // WASHINGTON 

The Space Needle has towered over Seattle since the 1962 World's Fair. Today it's a favorite Instagram spot for visitors to the Pacific Northwest.  

6. YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK // WYOMING 

Yellowstone's high concentration of geysers and free-roaming wildlife provide plenty of opportunities for breathtaking photography. 

7. DENALI NATIONAL PARK // ALASKA

Denali National Park covers six million acres of wilderness and is home to North America's tallest peak. 

8. CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS // TEXAS

Each year, this raceway in the heart of Texas plays host to the Formula One United States Grand Prix.

9. REHOBOTH BEACH // DELAWARE

Whether you're living that #beachlife or just having a #beachday, Rehoboth in Delaware makes the perfect backdrop.

10. EMPIRE STATE BUILDING // NEW YORK

The views from the top of the Empire State Building are meant to be shared.

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Mount Jackson Loses Spot as UK's Tallest Mountain After Satellite Reveals Measurement Error
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Geography textbook writers, take note: The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has just made a major correction to its old data. As Independent reports, satellite imagery reveals that Mount Hope in the British Atlantic Territory is 1236 feet taller than previously believed, unseating Mount Jackson as the UK’s tallest peak.

BAS realized the old height was incorrect after surveying mountains in Britain’s Antarctic territory using satellite technology. Inaccurate measurements pose a threat to planes flying over the mountains, and with the mapping project BAS intended to make the route safer for aircraft.

Prior to the survey, Mount Jackson was thought to be the tallest mountain in the British Atlantic Territory and the greater UK at 10,446 feet, the BBC reports. But after reviewing the new elevation data, BAS found that Mount Hope bests it by just 180 feet. Reaching 10,627 feet at its summit, Mount Hope is officially Britain’s tallest mountain.

Historically, mountains were measured on the ground using basic math equations. By measuring the distance between two points at the base of a mountain and calculating the angle between the top of the mountain and each point, researchers could estimate its height. But this method leaves a lot of room for error, and today surveyors use satellites circling the globe to come up with more precise numbers.

Because they’re both located in Antarctica, neither of the two tallest mountains in the UK is a popular climbing destination. British thrill-seekers usually choose Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, as their bucket-list mountain of choice—but at just 4413 at its highest point, climbing it would be a breeze compared to conquering Mount Hope.

[h/t Independent]

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Found: A Rare Map of Australia, Created During the 17th Century
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More than 40 years before Captain James Cook landed on Australia’s eastern coast in 1770, renowned Dutch cartographer Joan Blaeu created an early map of the Land Down Under. Using geographical information gleaned from Dutch navigator Abel Tasman in the 1640s, it was the first map to include the island state of Tasmania and name New Zealand, and the only one to call Australia “Nova Hollandia.”

Very few copies—if any—of the 1659 map, titled Archipelagus Orientalis (Eastern Archipelago), were thought to have survived. But in 2010, a printing was discovered in a Swedish attic. After being restored, the artifact is newly on display at the National Library of Australia, in the capital city of Canberra, according to news.com.au.

The seller’s identity has been kept under wraps, but it’s thought that the map belonged to an antiquarian bookseller who closed his or her business in the 1950s. For decades, the map sat amidst other papers and books until it was unearthed in 2010 and put up for auction.

The National Library acquired the 17th century wall map in 2013 for approximately $460,000. After a lengthy restoration process, it recently went on display in its Treasures Gallery, where it will hang until mid-2018.

As for other surviving copies of the map: a second version was discovered in a private Italian home and announced in May 2017, according to Australian Geographic. It ended up selling for more than $320,000.

[h/t news.com.au]

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