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We’ve all heard the saying “Do it for the ’gram.” But have you ever considered planning an entire vacation with that in mind? In an effort to help you keep up with the Joneses, we’re letting you in on a few places that are guaranteed to please not only your wanderlust but also your followers.And since no travel guide is complete without places to stay, we’re also offering up a few suggestions from that’ll give you a view so good, you might even double-tap yourself.

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Big Ben

Fun fact: Big Ben is technically the name of the bell within the clock tower. Located on the banks of the River Thames, it chimes every 15 minutes and its timekeeping is strictly regulated. There goes any excuse for being late.

Where to stay for the best view: The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London sits opposite the houses of Parliament, on London’s South Bank, so you’re guaranteed to get a 24-7 view of Big Ben and the London Eye. After a day of exploring, enjoy a meal at the hotel’s award-winning Brasserie Joël, which is known for its classic French cuisine with dishes like homemade foie gras terrine and beef bourguignonne. 

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The Acropolis

Considered one of the most historic and architectural points in Greek culture, the Acropolis of Athens and its monuments, like the Parthenon, have stood strong for more than 25 centuries.

Where to stay for the best view: Located in the heart of Greece’s capital, the AthensWas Hotel is a must-stay during your visit. Designed with the principles of classical modernism, this hotel features clean lines and natural materials. Every room has its own veranda so guests can enjoy the pleasure of relaxing outdoors—an aspect of traditional Athenian life that we should definitely implement into our daily lives.

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Empire State Building

Nothing is more iconic than the New York City skyline, and without the Empire State Building it would all fall short—quite literally. For 360-degree views of the Big Apple, this is where you need to be. Well, 102 floors up, to be exact.

Where to stay for the best view: Just a short walk from the Empire State Building and Madison Square Park, the recently opened Arlo NoMad is a top choice. In typical New York fashion, the rooms average 150 square feet, but the rooftop bar and views of downtown and uptown Manhattan make it all worth it. 

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Eiffel Tower

Built in 1889 to celebrate the French Revolution, the Eiffel Tower is the most frequented monument in the world that you actually have to pay for (about 7 million visitors annually). It was originally intended to last for only 20 years but was saved by the scientific experiments encouraged by its creator, Gustave Eiffel.

Where to stay for the best view: Only 175 feet away from the Eiffel Tower, the Résidence Charles Floquet boasts 16 elegant apartments in a renovated historic building. In a nutshell: Relax in your living room as you take in the glittering light show each night.

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Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is a symbol of devotion and an immense mausoleum in memory of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s wife. Voted as one of the “new” Seven Wonders of the World, it’s considered one of the most perfect specimens of Muslim art.

Where to stay for the best view: The Oberoi Amarvilas Agra is less than half a mile from the Taj Mahal and guests can bask in unobstructed views. As if that’s not enough, amenities include landscaped gardens, an outdoor pool, a spa and luxury restaurants that offer traditional Indian specialties like marinated kebabs and tandoori chicken.

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The symbol of Florence and Europe’s largest church, the Duomo is a picturesque landmark. Because different architects worked on the cathedral, aspects of its design vary if you look at it from certain angles. However you view it, though, the Duomo will shock you with its beauty.

Where to stay for the best view: Firenze Rentals Corso 12 is located in the center of Florence and is a five-minute walk from the Piazza del Duomo. This apartment-style lodging allows guests to feel totally at home with its cozy accommodations, like the cute kitchenettes. What’s more, each apartment has its own balcony or window overlooking the Duomo. Oh, you fancy, huh?

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Burj Khalifa

Standing at 2,716.5 feet with more than 160 stories, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world’s tallest building. It also holds the record for the highest outdoor observation deck, which is located on level 148 (not for the faint of heart).

Where to stay for the best view: How about inside the Burj Khalifa? The Armani Hotel Dubai occupies 11 floors with 160 rooms and suites. As the name suggests, it was created by fashion designer Giorgio Armani and is the definition of pure elegance. In addition to a deluxe spa, seven restaurants and outstanding customer service, the Armani Hotel has direct access to the Dubai Mall and is located in the heart of the city.

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Angkor Wat

Angkor is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia, which includes the Temple of Angkor Wat. It’s the largest monument (and the best preserved) in the Angkor group.

Where to stay for the best view: The Shintana Saya Residence may have only nine rooms, but it’s nothing short of luxurious, with its outdoor swimming pool, lush gardens and rooftop terrace. Plus, Angkor Wat is about an eight-minute ride in a traditional tuk-tuk (a three-wheeled motorized rickshaw).

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The Colosseum

Commissioned around A.D. 72 by Emperor Vespasian, completed by his son Titus in A.D. 80 and later improved by another son, Domitian, the Colosseum was built to house 55,000 spectators seated according to rank.

Where to stay for the best view: Romance al Colosseo is a quaint three-bedroom apartment that’s only a two-minute walk from the Colosseum. It has tiled floors, wood furnishings and a fully equipped kitchen, so you’ll feel totally at home while staying in the heart of Rome.

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Great Wall of China

The name speaks for itself. The Great Wall is recognized as the largest historic site on the globe and is considered to be the most impressive architectural feat in history. Visiting it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience…and a great leg workout.

Where to stay for the best view: Just a short drive away from various parts of the Great Wall, Flower Yard offers barbecue facilities, grocery delivery, tour arrangements and bike rentals. Guests rave about the outstanding customer service, so there’s no doubt you’re in for a special stay.

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