A definitive list of the North Shore’s most photogenic finds
1. Motif No. 1, Bradley Wharf, Gloucester
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
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
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
Capture views of Newburyport’s sailboat-studded marina from the Waterfront Park.
14. Castle Hill at the Crane Estate, Ipswich
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
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
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.