From luxury shopping to bar-hopping and sightseeing, tourists have come to favor iconic U.S. streets. The hairpin turns on Lombard Street and wrought iron balconies of Bourbon Street are Instagram gold.
To quantify which strips, boulevards, and streets people love the most, Wanderu, a travel search platform, analyzed Instagram hashtags of the country’s most iconic streets. The team limited the research to places like #oceandrive and #bourbonstreet since some places like Broadway and Wall Street are used more often to describe institutions than literal streets.
Here’s the 10 streets that appear to be most famous, at least according to Instagram.
No. 1: Ocean Drive in Miami, Florida
Hashtag count: 1,056,081
Neon-lit Art Deco buildings and a palm-fringed drive make this stretch of Miami photogenic during the daytime and at night.
No. 2: NW 2nd Avenue in Miami, Florida
Hashtag count: 1,056,081 (for Wynwood Walls)
With color-drenched murals in every direction, Wynwood Walls is an epicenter for street art. Tourists can also by tickets to Wynwood Walls street art museum, which has a few dozen hand-sprayed murals plus street art galleries and shops.
No. 3: Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Hashtag count: 840,049
Iconic bars slinging go-cups of boozy beverages line Bourbon Street, which is in the heart of the French Quarter and a Mardi Gras main stage. Maison Bourbon, one of the longest-running jazz clubs, is an iconic Bourbon Street haunt.
No. 4: Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California
Hasthag count: 824,100
Rolex, Dolce & Gabana, Jimmy Choo, Versace, and Valentino. Those are just some of the luxury retail residents on America’s designer-lined Rodeo Drive.
No. 5: The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada
Hasthag count: 606,900
Las Vegas hashtags should really take off now that the 366-foot tall, 516-foot wide Sphere is illuminating Las Vegas. For prime Instagram content and a luxury stay, check into one of these best hotels in Las Vegas.
No. 6: Fifth Avenue in New York City, New York
Hasthag count: 572,912
From the Empire State Building to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue’s buildings help define New York City’s famous skyline.
No. 7: Hollywood Boulevard
Posing with a brass or terrazzo star is a rite of passage, so it’s no wonder there’s so many hashtags in Hollywood. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce created the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1958. Several “Walk of Fame” ceremonies take place throughout the year, and, this month, “Just a Girl” singer Gwen Stefani became the 2,764th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
No. 8: Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois
Hasthag count: 353,000
Tourists love Michigan Avenue for its shops, restaurants, hotels, and museums. It also feels a bit Parisian, points out the Chicago Public Library. One of the entrances to the Van Buren METRA station mimics the Paris Metro and it connects to Notre Dame du Lac (a university, not a cathedral).
No. 9: Lombard Street in San Francisco, California
Hasthag count: 331,200
Mansions and manicured gardens surround Lombard Street, which is nicknamed “the crookedest street in the world” and possesses eight hairpin turns in a single-block stretch.
No. 10: Melrose Avenue
Hasthag count: 315,800
Shop ‘til you drop on Melrose Avenue. Then, enjoy brunch, get a facial, or hang out at Melroseplace LA, a three-story restaurant and rooftop lounge. Melrose was made popular by the 1990s Aaron Spelling drama.