Sure the bathroom mirror is the easiest place to snap a selfie. But how exciting is easy? This hot list of some of the most exotic, inspiring and unusual locations to click a selfie are sure to make you the envy of your friends and immortalize you in selfie history.
1. Sunset Beach, North Shore of Oahu
It’s all in the name. Set your alarm clock to make sure you catch a sunrise- and/or sunset-lit selfie on this famed strip of sand.
2. The Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Once considered the greatest and most magnificent temple of ancient times, the monument still represents grandeur, power, and wealth.
3. The Lincoln Memorial Reflection Pool
Get a little creative and snap a selfie of your reflection next to the Washington Monument’s reflection.
4. The Great Barrier Reef
The largest living structure on the planet makes the perfect backdrop to your underwater selfie.
5. Niagara Falls
Its 80m drop and roaring waters that can be deafening, you don’t want to get too close while you’re taking your selfie. Keep in mind the mist can wreak havoc on cameras, tablets and phones so keep your selfie-snapping to a minimum.
6. Backstage At The Oscars
If you’re lucky enough to score a pass, you can fill up your phone’s SD card with snaps of you and the hottest celebs of the past 50 years or so.
7. Victory Lane
What better to cap off watching a few hundred miles tick off during a NASCAR race than slipping into the post-race celebration going on at Victory Lane? Even racing superstars like Dale Earnhardt Jr. stop to snap themselves posing.
8. Pont de l’Archevêché Bridge, Paris, France
The Eiffel Tower gets all the credit as being the red hot spot for love in Paris. But scores of lovers have flocked to fences and gates at bridges all around the City of Love, including this famed one, placing a locked padlock with the names of two lovers scrawled on it. Take your own lock and throw away the key (legend says that’s the only way you and your sweetie will stay together). The snap a pic in front of your love lock on this bridge crossing the Seine River.
9. With A Rex named Sue
Sue Hendrickson takes a selfie with T. Rex fossil she discovered and named after herself. At 42 feet long and 12 feet high at the hips, Sue is quite an imposing photobomber. Position yourself just right and it will look like Sue is about to pounce, making you her next meal.
10. The Great Sphinx of Giza
The limestone statue that’s part lion part human is the perfect exotic backdrop for any selfie. Just make sure to stand far enough away for the creature to fully engulf the frame’s background.
11. The Skybridge connecting the Petronus Towers, Kuala Lampur
Allowing pedestrians to travel from one building to the other, this aesthetically appealing bridge with spectacular views is about 41 stories in the air. If you’re not keen on being so high up, snap a picture from below. Just be sure to get the unique arches that support the bridge which, according to the bridge’s engineers make it impossible for the bridge to topple over.
12. Times Square
The heart of The Big Apple is bustling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So there’s no wrong time to click a selfie.
13. The Shadow Selfie
Whether you’re in a parking lot, on the beach or strolling the city streets on the way to work. Snap a selfie of your silhouette and start a collection of shadow selfies to capture your quiet essence and spirit.
14. National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C.
Washington, DC’s greatest springtime celebration celebrates the gift of the cherry blossom trees and their symbol of enduring friendship between the citizens of Japan and the United States. Once these trees are in bloom, it is truly a site to see – and a great opportunity to snap a selfie.
15. Sydney New Year’s Eve Fireworks display
Yeah, I know. Not strictly a selfie, but I’m choosing to believe they used a tripod and self-timer mode. Dubbed “the best in the world” this pyrotechnic display starts every year off with a one-of-a-kind bang. Head down under and click your selfie during part of the world’s most exciting New Year’s Eve celebration.
16. Running With The Bulls, Pamplona, Spain
Don’t try this at home, or anywhere for that matter. Thrill-seekers and selfie snappers who can click on the run should spend head to the corral in Calle Santo Domingo in July. When the clock on the church of San Cernin strikes eight o’clock in the morning, rocket launches signal the charge of bulls chasing runners for 825 meters through the streets of Spain.
17. Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
Corny is cool when you’re on vacation. The largest baroque fountain in Rome and arguably, the most beautiful one in the world. Tossing a coin into this fountain has been depicted in dozens of films and talked about for decades. And doing so while snapping your selfie will hopefully bring you years of good fortune.
18. The steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Selfie-arms are nifty. Known at the “Rocky Steps” make sure to snap at least one selfie at the bottom of the impressive 72 steps. That way in case you can’t make it to the top to raise your arms in victory, you’ll still have proof you stood where Rocky trained.
19. In The Sky
If you can get over the notion of jumping out of a perfectly good plane, capture your feeling of floating (falling??) through air during a base jump. Sign up for a skydiving class and on the way down, snap your selfie!
20. The Great Wall of China
Shaped like a giant dragon, this wonder of the world is steeped in history and reverence. Misty? No worries. Some of the most awe-inspiring and moving photos on the bridge have been snapped in the fog and mist.
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