10 of the Most Instagrammed Locations in America

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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.

Harry Potter Fans Can Have Dinner at Hogwarts This Christmas

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Fans who have ever dreamed of a Hogwarts Christmas now simply need to make their way to London to experience it. Through January 27, 2019, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is hosting a festive "Hogwarts in the Snow" event, where visitors can recreate some of the Wizarding World's most memorable moments.

According to the Warner Bros. Studio website:

"The festive transformation will begin in the Great Hall, where the stage will again be decorated as it was for the iconic Yule Ball. As seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the celebration of the Triwizard Tournament saw every detail of the Great Hall covered in shimmering silver, dripping icicles and sparkling snow. You will get a taste of this incredible set dress as the top section of the Great Hall will be transformed with snow-covered Christmas trees, icicles, and an orchestra of magical instruments that have been painted by the Prop-Making Department to match the silver of the Yule Ball."

Though it may not be exactly like attending the Yule Ball that was thrown at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with Harry and the gang, the studio's epic holiday party will make it feel pretty close. An orchestra will play as attendees feast on a grand two-course dinner in the Great Hall and drink Butterbeer, and you'll gain exclusive entry to the Studio Tour.

After dinner, dessert and drinks will be served as guests travel through the sets from the Harry Potter film series, including the Gryffindor common room, Diagon Alley and Platform 9 ¾.

Though The Weird Sisters will not be in attendance, we can pretty much guarantee you'll have a better night than Harry, Hermione, and Ron did at the Yule Ball.

New Memory Foam Neck Pillow Takes the Pain Out of Travel

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Travel can be a pain in the neck—quite literally. Kinks and cramps don’t have to be part of the package, though. Edge Signature, whose lineup of practical travel products includes a digital luggage scale and an anti-theft backpack, has designed a memory foam pillow that adapts to the contours of your head and neck.

The True Adaptive pillow has been given an ergonomic M-shape, with the two bumps in the back providing some extra support for your neck. The problem with many travel pillows is that they don’t hold your neck steady when you start to doze off. “The deeper we fall into unconsciousness or our sleep state, the more relaxed our muscles will be,” Edge Signature writes in its Kickstarter campaign for the True Adaptive pillow. “This makes it practically impossible for us to get a good rest or sleep while sitting upright as our neck muscle will have to keep working to support our neck.”

That’s where the pillow’s high-density memory foam comes in. It will stay in place even as you move around, and an adjustable string in the front makes it fit as loose or as snug as you’d like. There’s even a smartphone pocket on the side, so you won’t have to worry about finding your phone in a dimly lit aircraft cabin.

When you’re done using the pillow, fold it up and place it back into its carrying pouch, which can be clipped onto your suitcase or backpack. After returning from a long trip, you can remove the cover and throw it in the washing machine to get it ready for your next big adventure. The zipper is hidden, though, with the advantage being that you won’t have any plastic bits poking you in the face while you’re trying to nap.

The pillow’s usefulness isn’t limited to travel, either. Wear it at your office desk, or while studying or reading for extended periods of time. Backers who pledge $39 or more before January 9, 2019 will get the True Adaptive pillow and carrying pouch at a 35 percent discount. U.S. shipping is free.

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