We’re not at all jealous of our friends in our Instagram feed. I mean, who really wants to jump into a pool of sprinkles at the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles or sink into the yellow ball pit at San Francisco’s Color Factory. We sure don’t, nope not one bit. Ok, we really do. We want sprinkles! We want rainbow ribbons! Unfortunately, both of these highly sought after tickets aren’t available (or just too dang expensive). All hope is not lost though. Orange County has some pretty picturesque landscapes, wing murals, tunnels, colorful doors and more. We’re sharing our top three Instagram worthy sports in Orange County.
Wing murals have become insanely popular all over Los Angeles and Instagram. Orange County got its first pair this fall from internationally acclaimed street artist Kelsey Montague. Big, bold pastel flowers are balanced with striking white geometric shapes in this massive wing mural located on the exterior wall of Whole Foods market at Brea’s Village at La Floresta. The artist says she wants to invite people into her piece where her art and the human experience intersect. You can see Kelsey’s work in other cities, including San Diego, New York, Los Angeles, Denver and Nashville. See more at #WhatLiftsYou on social media.
Whole Foods at Village at La Floresta
3301 E. Imperial Highway
Brea, CA 92823
Most Orange County tunnels lack real charm but the Long Meadow tunnel located along the Jeffery Open Space Trail makes for one gorgeous backdrop. Inspired by the architecture of New York City’s Central Park, the stacked stone tunnel glows with amber-colored lighting giving this new Irvine trail a bit of mystery. The trees that line the bike trail create a beautiful lacy pattern on the cement leading into the tunnel in the fall but are just as beautiful when the trees are bare and stark in the winter months. The Long Meadow tunnel is truly a hidden gem in Orange County however the path is very popular for runners and cyclists (and professional photographers).
Long Meadow Tunnel at the Jeffery Open Space Trail
13252 Jeffery Road
Irvine, CA 92620
I think a lot of people think big picture when thinking of a great photo spot. Yes, Orange County has gorgeous beaches and parks but it can be one single door that makes your next photo pop. Years ago, I made my kid pose for a photo while we waited for coffee at Starbucks on Balboa Island. Balboa Island is charming on its own but it’s the pink Dutch door on Marine Way that should be the background of your next photo. The pink door belongs to an ever-changing retailer and is usually opened during business hours so snap your next pic in the early hours before the main drag gets busy.
Pink Dutch Door
224 Marine Way
Newport Beach, CA 92662
Tell us in the comments where your favorite spot in Orange County is for the perfect Instagram photo. You really can’t go wrong with any of the three we mentioned above but if you are looking for more options, leave us a comment. Like what you read here? Pin it and save it for later!