In the world of Instagram, it can seem like everyone you know is simultaneously on vacation. But where can you snap a ’gram-worthy pic when you’re not jet-setting? A few of the area’s top backdrops may surprise you.
350 Market Plaza, Greenwood
This classic 1957 drive-in restaurant doesn’t even have an Instagram account, but it’s still all over the social media platform as a swell place to grab both a root beer and a new profile picture. Online boutiques send their models here, and it’s a ready-made setting for fun friend shots.
Miller House and Garden
2860 Washington St., Columbus
While Newfields’s flagship location boasts plenty of artful scenery, the Columbus property makes a less-expected shot. Architectural Digest did a fashion shoot there in 2015 (above) with Hoosier-born fashion influencer Pari Ehsan, aka Pari Dust. Selfie sticks are not permitted, though.
Altum’s Garden Center
11335 N. Michigan Rd., Zionsville
Thanks to a new crop of so-called “plantfluencers,” household flora—from the leafy greens of #MonsteraMonday to the flowering #PlantsofInstagram—are the hottest new Insta accessory. At Zionsville’s horticultural mainstay, you can try the trend out—and get pro advice on how to flex your green thumb.
Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave.
To prove to your followers that there’s a brain behind those OOTDs, look no further than Indy’s favorite indie bookstore. The shelves create a backdrop that’s both warm and graphic. Then, keep with the literary theme and trot a few blocks down the street to Mass Ave’s iconic (and photogenic) Kurt Vonnegut mural.
Yes, really. The president of the oil change chain’s Indiana branch has a passion for street art, and when someone tagged one of his locations with graffiti, he responded by commissioning local artists to create a series of murals called Every Part Matters. The Avon location (pictured), by Megan Jefferson, is one of 14 sites in the area.
The State Fairgrounds
But Not the Midway Arch
1202 E. 38th St.
Skip the glowing “Midway” entrance and search for the underappreciated areas—candy-colored food stalls, for instance—that will make your fair photo worthy of a purple ribbon. Popular options include curling up inside a massive tractor tire, and posing as the “I” in a sign that spells out “FAIR.”