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A definitive list of the North Shore’s most photogenic finds

1. Motif No. 1, Bradley Wharf, Gloucester

Photo by Fawn DeViny

What was once a humble fishing shack is now the most painted building in the world! The iconic red building is located on Rockport’s Bearskin Neck, and is the perfect spot for pictures after exploring the charming beachside village. 

2. The House of the Seven Gables, Salem

Photo by Katie Noble

Made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, this house in historic Salem is also known for its witchy all-black exterior, making it the ideal subject or backdrop for any photo. 

3. Gloucester Fisherman’s Wharf, Gloucester

Whether it’s the sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean or the commemorative Fisherman’s Memorial statue, Gloucester’s harbor is full of photogenic finds.

4. Hammond Castle, Gloucester

Offering gorgeous medieval architecture and a stunning view of the ocean between stone arches, Hammond Castle combines magnificent photos with a history lesson. 

5. Birch Pond, Saugus

Come in the autumn for a gorgeous snapshot of fall foliage overlooking the water at this hidden gem.

6. Plum Island Lighthouse, Plum Island

For the quintessential New England photo, look no further than Plum Island Lighthouse. The surrounding beaches of Plum Island are equally worthy of adding to your social media feed.

7. Crane Beach, Ipswich

Photo by Sarah Jordan McCaffery

Massachusetts’ North Shore has no shortage of beautiful beaches, and Crane Beach is no exception. The surrounding sand dunes make beach pictures just a tad more unique. 

8. Babson Boulder Trail, Gloucester

This fun hiking spot bears boulders with Instagram-friendly inscriptions like “Kindness,” “Never Try Never Win,” “Courage,” and more. Ideal for those in search of inspirational quotes.

9. MarketStreet Lynnfield, Lynnfield

After a day of shopping and dining at its many restaurants, head to the winter skating rink, giant lawn chess, or greenery-covered wall for a photoshoot.

10. Plum Island Pink House, Plum Island

This underrated beauty, flanked by vast salt marshes, is a breathtaking sight in New England’s scenic landscape. Come during sunset hours for a sky that will complement the pale pink paintwork. 

11. The Witch House, Salem 

Similar to The House of the Seven Gables, but with direct ties to the Salem Witch Trials, the aptly named Witch House is the perfect spooky backdrop for Halloween-themed photos. 

12. Punto Urban Art Museum, Salem

Looking to add a pop of color to your Insta feed? The Punto Urban Art Museum offers gorgeous murals in a rainbow array of colors, reminiscent of big city street art.

13. Waterfront Park, Newburyport

Photo by Rachael Kloss

Capture views of Newburyport’s sailboat-studded marina from the Waterfront Park. 

14. Castle Hill at the Crane Estate, Ipswich

Photograph courtesy of the Trustees

With its rolling hills, salt marshes, and regal castle, it’s no wonder that Castle Hill is such a popular wedding destination. Head here for an Instagram shot to make you seem like royalty. 

15. Downtown Newburyport, Newburyport

Photo by Rachael Kloss

Quaint brick buildings, adorable storefronts, and cobblestone sidewalks make the perfect backdrop for any Instagram picture. 

16. Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Newbury 

On the hunt for that boardwalk-and-salt-marsh summer scenery? Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is an underrated spot for unbeatable nature photos. 

17. Marblehead Neck, Marblehead

Marked by the scenic Atlantic coastline and beautiful homes, Marblehead Neck is a picture-perfect location. 

18. Weir Hill, North Andover

While the perimeter of Weir Hill is already photogenic with its lake access and lush greenery, a short hike up the hill overlooks picturesque views of charming North Andover through the trees.

19. Rockport Breakwater, Rockport

Granite rocks add a more creative focal point to Rockport’s already photo-friendly waterfront scenery.

20. Eastern Point Lighthouse, Gloucester

Because you can never have too many lighthouse pictures. This red-roofed landmark is complete with a rocky jetty and a spectacular seascape.

21. Ingaldsby Farm, Boxford

Like all things New England, Ingaldsby is at its most appealing in the fall, where you can snap some delightfully cliché apple-picking shots with a backdrop of colorful leaves. 

22. Clam Box, Ipswich

Photo by Peg Raciti

A list of Insta-worthy spots in New England wouldn’t be complete without a seafood shack. Clam Box’s adorable red-and-white awning and grey shingles lend a nautical touch to this classic Massachusetts must-see.