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The Most Famous Streets in the U.S., According to Instagram

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In the Age of Instagram, capturing the essence of a place in a single photo has become an art form. 

Think about it: when you picture certain destinations, a very distinct image comes to mind. For beach towns, there’s always that shot of white sand and crystal-clear blue water framed by palm trees. In many urban cores, it’s the city skyline—or a single street. 

From Miami’s sun-soaked boulevards to the neon-lit avenues of Las Vegas, the United States has countless streets that are iconic in their own right. But only the most picturesque appear again and again on travelers’ Instagram feeds. 

Here at Wanderu, we’re all about helping you explore. That’s why we wanted to fuel your wanderlust with a ranking of the most famous streets in America, according to Instagram.

Using a very specific methodology, we’ve ranked out the most famous streets in the U.S., so you can start planning your trip (and your Instagram posts.) Get ready for the likes to start flowing in.

The Most Famous Streets According to Instagram

Rank Street City Top Hashtag Total Hashtag Uses
1 Ocean Drive Miami, FL #oceandrive 1056081
2 NW 2nd Avenue Miami, FL #wynwoodwalls 961020
3 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA #bourbonstreet 840049
4 Rodeo Drive Los Angeles, CA #rodeodrive 824100
5 The Strip Las Vegas, NV #thestrip 606900
6 Fifth Avenue New York, NY #fifthavenue 572912
7 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA #hollywoodblvd 485000
8 Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL #michiganave 353000
9 Lombard Street San Francisco, CA #lombardstreet 331200
10 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, CA #melroseavenue 315800
11 6th Street Austin, TX #6thstreet 307900
12 Abbot Kinney Boulevard Los Angeles, CA #abbotkinney 282641
13 Alamo Square (Steiner Street) San Francisco, CA #paintedladies 270150
14 Beale Street Memphis, TN #bealestreet 200552
15 Newbury Street Boston, MA #newburystreet 199800
16 Calle Ocho Miami, FL #calleocho 186284
17 Santana Row San Jose, CA #santanarow 182033
18 Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL #lakeshoredrive 129700
19 East Exchange Avenue Fort Worth, TX #fortworthstockyards 115038
20 Front Street Sacramento, CA #frontstreet 105006

Okay Miami, go off! The top two spots go to Magic City’s iconic Ocean Drive and NW 2nd Ave, home of the Wynwood Walls. California also didn’t come to play, securing four of the top 10 spots.

To develop this ranking, we searched three hashtags for each famous street. The number in the far-right column of the table represents the total of all three, accounting for hashtag variations. For example, #thestrip, #thevegasstrip, and #lasvegasstrip cumulatively represent Las Vegas’ 606,900 total.

Let’s take a closer look at the top 10 streets, and what makes them so famous.

Top 10 Most Famous Streets

1. Ocean Drive in Miami

Sunny day on Ocean Drive

The heart and soul of iconic South Beach, Ocean Drive runs from 1st to 15th Street, between the vibrant city of Miami and the shimmering Atlantic. It’s a mesmerizing blend of palm-lined streets, pastel-colored Art Deco architecture, neon signs, and an electric atmosphere unlike anywhere else. All at once, it’s glamorous and laid-back, a chic hub of nightlife and a relaxed beach town.  

Of course, Ocean Drive is home to some of Miami’s poshest hotels and hottest nightclubs. Even if you’re not visiting for the party scene, the street is always bustling and it’s a fantastic place to people-watch and snap photos. 

After you get your required Insta snap of Ocean Drive, keep exploring the Art Deco Historic District, home to over 800 Art Deco buildings — it’s one of the best free things to do in Miami! Enjoy the beach at Lummus Park, grab a Cubano and mojito at Havana 1957, and dance the night away at Nikki Beach.

2. NW 2nd Avenue (Wynwood Walls) in Miami

Street art on Wynwood Walls

The only Miami street that might rival Ocean Drive is NW 2nd Avenue, home of the Wynwood Walls. An Instagram-worthy paradise, this famously artsy neighborhood is a colorful explosion of street art and murals. It’s essentially an open-air art gallery, featuring masterpieces including graffiti and urban art from world-renowned artists. 

You really couldn’t ask for a better backdrop for photos, so you’ll likely want to spend lots of time checking out the murals. Book a guided tour or simply stroll through the streets to admire the ever-changing landscape.

Along the way, pop into the trendy cafes, boutiques, and galleries. Zak the Baker is wildly popular, and if you’re in town on a Saturday, don’t miss Smorgasburg Miami. And if you still want more street art, head to the Museum of Graffiti

3. Bourbon Street (French Quarter) in New Orleans

One of the world’s most famous streets, Bourbon Street is synonymous with New Orleans. It’s in the heart of the vibrant French Quarter, renowned for its rich history, culture of revelry, and unique character. 

Bourbon Street is a sensory explosion, with colorful only-in-New-Orleans architecture, flickering gas street lamps, and a bustling atmosphere. By day, it exudes a laid-back charm, inviting you to explore its antique shops and quaint cafes. When the sun sets, the real magic happens and Bourbon Street becomes a world of street performers, neon lights, and live jazz.

The best thing to do on Bourbon Street is simply embrace the NOLA experience. Savor foods like beignets and gumbo, watch street performers, and visit the city’s oldest bar, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar. Built between 1722 and 1732, the bar doesn’t have electricity to this day! After dark, it’s lit with candles and lanterns. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

4. Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles

Sunny day on Rodeo Drive

Located in the upscale neighborhood of Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive is the epitome of luxury and glamour. This fashion and shopping destination attracts fashionistas, celebrities, and wanderers alike.

The picturesque, palm tree-lined stretch of luxury boutiques and designer storefronts offer the latest trends and timeless classics. This is the ultimate “who’s who” of the fashion world, so expect to see ultra-luxe brands including Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Cartier, and many others.

Rodeo Drive’s allure extends beyond its high-end shopping. The vibe is one of sophistication and exclusivity, offering visitors a glimpse into the glam lifestyles of the elite. Shopping—including window shopping—is the most popular activity on Rodeo Drive, but people-watching from a sidewalk cafe is another great option. And don’t miss iconic photo ops in front of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel or the Beverly Hills sign in Beverly Gardens Park.

5. The Strip in Las Vegas

When you think of famous streets, there’s a good chance “The Strip” is one of the first things that pops into your mind. This dazzling, neon-lit boulevard in the heart of Las Vegas stands in testament to the city’s unmatched entertainment and vibrant energy. 

Lined with iconic hotels, casinos, and thrilling attractions, The Strip is a dizzying spectacle of larger-than-life building facades, light shows, people dressed to the nines, and general extravagance. From the grandeur of the famous Bellagio fountains to the replica landmarks of New York, New York, there’s no shortage of Instagram-worthy moments.

It’s a literal constant buzz of activity, so the possibilities are limitless. A gondola ride at the Venetian is a must, but you should also catch a show (you can’t go wrong with the classic Cirque du Soleil), eat to your heart’s content, and snap a selfie with the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.

6. Fifth Avenue in NYC

Fifth Avenue

Stretching from Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village to Harlem, Fifth Avenue is a storied street that beckons travelers and local Manhattanites alike with its magnetic charm. 

The section between 49th and 60th Streets is arguably the most famous, lined with historic buildings and designer stores, representing some of the most recognized names in fashion. With names like Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton, it’s no surprise that this stretch (Upper Fifth) is the most expensive shopping street in the world

Another section, from 82nd to 110th Streets, runs alongside Central Park and is known as Museum Mile. So even if shopping isn’t necessarily your thing, there are plenty of things to do on Fifth Avenue. Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MoMA), admire the grandeur of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, or watch the whirl of activity at Rockefeller Center. You could even have high tea at The Plaza Hotel for some extra Instagrammable opportunities!

7. Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles

In the heart of Los Angeles, this legendary street is best known for the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It’s a magnet for tourists and dreamers, offering a journey through the history of the entertainment industry. The overall vibe is a unique blend of nostalgia, celebrity allure, and creativity, as the street pulses with a palpable energy. 

The street stretches from the eastern base of the Hollywood Hills to Hollywood & Highland, an open-air mall that’s always a flurry of activity. The Dolby Theatre here has hosted the Oscars for over 20 years! You can also get a great view of the Hollywood sign from the third-floor bridge. 

While on Hollywood Boulevard, snap photos with celebrities’ stars on the Walk of Fame and look for A-listers’ hand and footprints in front of the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre. Don’t miss the Hollywood Museum, with its extensive collection of memorabilia.

8. Michigan Avenue (Magnificent Mile) in Chicago

Michigan Avenue, AKA the Magnificent Mile, perfectly represents Chicago’s elegance and vibrancy. Stretching North from the Chicago River, the street is a mecca for shoppers, foodies, and culture enthusiasts alike.

The Magnificent Mile winds through the core of downtown Chicago, perfectly framed by towering skyscrapers. This includes the Willis Tower and 875 North Michigan Avenue, formerly called the Sears Tower and John Hancock Center, respectively. The blend of historic and contemporary architecture creates a visually striking scene, begging to be captured in photos.

As you stroll along Michigan Avenue, make sure to capture the iconic Chicago Water Tower and explore the Riverwalk (on foot or from the water—local outfitters offer cruises and kayaking tours). Admire Cloud Gate, affectionately known as “The Bean,” in Millennium Park, and indulge in a shopping spree at  Water Tower Place or the Shops at North Bridge.

9. Lombard Street in San Francisco

With the nickname “the crookedest street in the world,” it’s no wonder that Lombard Street is famous. Blending right into San Francisco’s hilly landscape, it runs from Hyde Street to Leavenworth in the Russian Hill neighborhood. Note that Lombard Street technically spans three miles between the Presidio and Embarcadero, but the famous stretch is just a single block. 

The road’s steep incline has eight sharp, zig-zagging turns that wind their way down the hill, surrounded on either side by postcard-perfect houses and colorful landscaping. It’s a picturesque scene that perfectly captures San Francisco’s distinct character.

When you go, walk or drive down the famously crooked street. Luckily, it’s one-way; you can’t go up! A 10-minute walk away, Ghirardelli Square and Fisherman’s Wharf are must-visits, as well.

10. Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles

Melrose Avenue

Trendy Melrose Avenue is a dynamic hotspot where L.A.’s funky, creative crowd meets posh, fashion-forward culture. Artists, fashionistas, and influencers flock to Melrose, where you’ll encounter everything from street art to high-end restaurants and funky boutiques. The street runs through the heart of West Hollywood, between Santa Monica Boulevard and Beverly Boulevard. 

It’s a fusion of art, fashion, and urban energy, making it a breeding ground for the latest trends and unique experiences. If there’s one place that symbolizes the city’s fashion-forward identity, this is it.

Start with the Insta-famous “Pink Wall” at Paul Smith’s flagship store, then stroll along in search of other murals for the perfect social media shot. Don’t miss the Melrose Trading Post every Sunday, an open-air market held at Fairfax High School. It’s the ultimate flea market, with vintage treasures, collectibles, handmade crafts, and a laid-back community atmosphere.

Most Famous Streets in Each Region of the U.S.


Rank Street City Top Hashtag Total Hashtag Uses
1 Fifth Avenue New York, NY #fifthavenue 572912
2 Newbury Street Boston, MA #newburystreet 199800
3 Bedford Avenue New York, NY #bedfordave 36013

Posh Fifth Avenue isn’t New York’s only famous street. In Brooklyn’s trendy Williamsburg, Bedford Avenue is a hip hotspot. It’s a striking contrast of historical and modern, where the oldest buildings in the city stand alongside shiny luxury hotels. 

A few hours away, Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay has a similar vibe, with stunning 19th-century brownstones. Newbury was even named one of the coolest streets in the world in 2022!

With Wanderu, it’s super easy to visit all three streets in a single trip! Take an affordable bus between Boston and NYC, or splurge and book tickets on the luxe Amtrak Acela.


Rank Street City Top Hashtag Total Hashtag Uses
1 Ocean Drive Miami, FL #oceandrive 1056081
2 NW 2nd Avenue Miami, FL #wynwoodwalls 961020
3 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA #bourbonstreet 840049

All three of the three most famous streets just so happen to be in the Southeast, in south Florida and southern Louisiana. You can plan a trip around exploring all three, getting a serious dose of culture (and food!). Get inspired at the Wynwood Walls and soak up the beach and nightlife on Ocean Drive, then head to New Orleans to immerse in the famous revelry. 

Best of all, you can visit them all by taking a bus from Miami to New Orleans.


Rank Street City Top Hashtag Total Hashtag Uses
1 Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL #michiganave 353000
2 Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL #lakeshoredrive 129700
3 14th Street Kansas City, MO #14thstreet 71097

Two Midwestern urban hubs, Chicago and Kansas City, Missouri, are home to three famous streets. Aside from Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s beauty extends to Lake Shore Drive, widely considered one of the prettiest urban roads in the country. 500 miles away in the very heart of America, KC’s 14th Street is the focal point of downtown, known as the Power & Light District.

Experience America’s heartland and visit all three by taking a bus or train from Chicago to Kansas City.


Rank Street City Top Hashtag Total Hashtag Uses
1 6th Street Austin, TX #6thstreet 307900
2 East Exchange Avenue Fort Worth, TX #fortworthstockyards 115038
3 Roosevelt Street Phoenix, AZ #rooseveltstreet 79200

Interested in both visiting some of the most famous streets and soaking up the sun? Head south. Two of the top 20 most famous streets are in Texas, and they’re just a few hours from one another. Bar-hop and get your fill of BBQ and live music on Austin’s 6th Street, then experience the world-famous cattle drive at the Fort Worth Stockyards on East Exchange.

Next, take a bus west from either Austin or DFW to Arizona’s capital city, Phoenix. Roosevelt Row, locally “RoRow,” is an eclectic artsy district full of historic adobe homes, galleries, murals, and incredible food.


Rank Street City Top Hashtag Total Hashtag Uses
1 Rodeo Drive Los Angeles, CA #rodeodrive 824100
2 The Strip Las Vegas, NV #thestrip 606900
3 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA #hollywoodblvd 485000

Whether you’re craving some of that chill SoCal vibe and sunshine or you can’t resist the temptations of Sin City, the West beckons. Between Vegas and LA, just over four hours apart, you can explore three of the 10 most famous streets in a single weekend. 

Buses between Los Angeles and Las Vegas start at less than $40, so you don’t have to worry about driving. Spend the bus ride crafting the perfect Instagram captions instead!

City-to-City with Wanderu

Whatever vibe you’re looking for — artsy, luxury, food-focused, beachy, or bustling — you’ll find it on one of America’s most famous streets. And thanks to Wanderu’s super-simple website and app, you can easily book travel between multiple cities and experience a little of everything without breaking the bank.

While you’re travel planning, why not consider other themed trips? Using similar data analysis, we put together guides on the most Instagrammed national parks, Europe’s most cultured cities, and the best craft beer cities in the US. Cheers!


Here’s how we found the most famous streets in the US:

  • We looked at the 60 most populous American cities, according to the World Population Review
  • For each city, we found five famous, popular, or iconic streets with the help of ChatGPT (AI can do amazing things when used properly!). This gave us a list of 300 streets. We didn’t consider anything that isn’t technically a street, such as the National Mall in DC or the High Line in NYC.
  • We used to come up with 3 hashtag variations (i.e.; #fifthavenue, #fifthave, and #fifthavenyc) for each of the 300 streets.
  • With that mega list, we totaled the usage of the 3 hashtags per street on Instagram to get a gross number for each.
  • From there, we ranked the streets from most hashtag uses to fewest.

The following states make up each region:

  • Northeast: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, DC
  • Southeast: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
  • Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
  • Southwest: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah
  • West: California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

You are welcome to use the information and graphics on this page, crediting Wanderu. If you do so, please link back to this page, so that Instagrammers around the world can see all the data and find out how we came up with the rankings.

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About the author
Taryn Shorr

Taryn Shorr

A classic Type A personality, Taryn's favorite aspects of travel are the planning and meeting new people. She's most drawn to the mountains and has a knack for quickly finding the best happy hour in new destinations. When she isn't writing for Wanderu or traveling, Taryn runs her own blog, Chasing Trail.

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