Seven Picture-Perfect Selfie Spots

Up your social media game with some of the world’s most remarkable photo ops.  

By Aarti Virani

Top of the Rock, New York City

You can look out at the Empire State Building, the lush grounds of Central Park and many of Manhattan’s other iconic landmarks from the Top of the Rock® Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center®. With three observation levels to choose from (one is open air) and no time limits, this urban gem practically begs you to take a self-portrait. For those who are extra snap happy, there’s a “Sun & Stars” deal that lets guests visit twice in one day. 30 Rockefeller Plaza; 212-698-2000; topoftherocknyc.com; “Sun and Stars” admission, $47 a person

Hall of Mirrors, Versailles, France

A succession of sparkling chandeliers, intricate ceiling art and 357 mirrors adorns the 17th-century Palace of Versailles’s storied passageway, a literal reflection of Louis XIV’s signature over-the-top opulence. So make like the Sun King and flash your most dazzling smile as you capture the scene for posterity. Consider posing by one of the hall’s 17 intricate windows, which afford views of the elaborate on-site gardens. Palace of Versailles; en.chateauversailles.fr; admission, $17 a person*

Hall of Mirrors, Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Alamy)

Glacier Skywalk, Alberta, Canada

Situated in Jasper National Park in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, this formidable steel-and-glass walkway overlooks three million-year-old Sunwapta Valley—the site of an impressive triple continental divide—and a seemingly endless spread of snowcapped peaks. The cliff-edge walkway’s curved structure takes cues from its cantilevered counterpart in the Grand Canyon. Your visit culminates in a glass-floored observation deck 918 feet high, an impressive selfie backdrop if there ever was one. Jasper National Park; 866-606-6700; brewster.ca; admission, $25 a person

Hot-Air Balloon Ride, Cappadocia, Turkey

There’s something otherworldly about Central Anatolia’s conical volcanic-rock formations, larger-than-life valleys and subterranean cities. You can kick up the magic by splurging on a hot-air balloon ride, a popular way to take in the moonscape-like surroundings. You’ll have plenty of time to perfect your selfie as you float above a series of limestone dwellings and “fairy chimneys,” rock-and-stone columns topped with layers of basalt.

Pylon LookoutTM, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia

If you’re up for a 200-stair climb, consider setting your sights on Pylon Lookout, a scenic perch on the Sydney Harbour Bridge’s southeastern side. From there you can enjoy uninterrupted harbor panoramas and views of the legendary Sydney Opera House. You may also spy a crew of especially hardy climbers on a chaperoned hike to the summit of the steel bridge’s lofty upper arch—though no personal cameras or phones are allowed on that guided excursion. Cahill Expressway, the Rocks; 011-61-02-9240-1100; pylonlookout.com.au; admission, $10 a person

Son Doong Cave, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam

With its very own river, jungle and microclimate, the world’s largest cave—its most colossal chambers measure about 500 feet tall and could fit a 747 airplane—is a startling mist-encased marvel that opened to the public only in 2013. Monkeys and hornbills stop by for the occasional cameos, while towering stalagmites and abundant light, which pours in from the cave’s expansive openings, help ensure your photograph is one for the books. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Son Trach, Bố Trạch; 011-84-90-283-20-25

A cave explorer stands on rimstone formations in Hang Son Doong, Vietnam.
A cave explorer stands on rimstone formations in Hang Son Doong, Vietnam. (Alamy)

Trolltunga, Tyssedal, Norway

This exceedingly photogenic precipice, hovering 2,000 feet above Ringedalsvatnet Lake, is a boon for adrenaline junkies. It’s an eight-hour round-trip hike to see the fabled cliff, whose name translates to “troll’s tongue” in Norwegian. Intrepid travelers are rewarded with views of pristine waterfalls and dramatic fjords along the way. The grand prize, of course, is the awe-inspiring Trolltunga itself—and the selfie of a lifetime.

  • *Prices have been converted to U.S. dollars.
  • NOTE: Information may have changed since publication. Please confirm key details before planning your trip.
  • Published: May 2016