10 Most Instagrammable Locations for a Treehugger
By Kate Kirlin, American Forests
These 10 places around the world are prime locations for all Instagram-loving treehuggers! From Sequoia National Park to New Zealand, check out these places for your next top post.
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1. Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
These beech trees, known as The Dark Hedges, were planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century to line the road to their mansion estate, Gracehill House. Over the years, the trees’ branches have become intertwined, creating a mysteriously beautiful overhang.
2. Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan
An old wisteria tree in this park has branches so vast and heavy that they have to be held up by steel rods. When it blooms, it creates a pinkish-purple canopy over tourists’ heads. Visitors are encouraged to visit from mid-April to mid-May, when the tree’s blossoms are at their peak.
3. Sequoia National Park, California
The forests in this famous national park are filled with some of the tallest trees in the world. The largest known single stem tree, named General Sherman, is more than 270 feet tall.
4. Keahua Arboretum, Kauai, Hawaiʻi
Rainbow eucalyptus is a truly unique tree. The trees shed their bark annually, revealing vibrant colors underneath. It can also grow up to six feet a year!
5. Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.
From the last week in March to early-April, gorgeous pink cherry blossom trees bloom around the historic Tidal Basin in the nation’s capital. Since their exact peak bloom dates vary year to year depending on the weather, it can be difficult to plan a trip to see these beautiful trees.
6. Inyo County, California
An ancient bristlecone tree, named Methuselah, resides in a grove in the White Mountains of Inyo County. The exact location of this tree is unknown to the public for safety reasons, but the tree is believed to be nearly 5,000 years old.
7. Johns Island, South Carolina
The Angel Oak, located near Charleston, is estimated to be over 400 years old. Its branches produce shade that covers 17,200 square feet!
The baobab trees of Madagascar are also known to many as a “tree of life.” Animals are known to chew baobab bark during the dry seasons because of the tree’s stored water reserves. They have also been used for shelter, medicine and traditional cultural ceremonies.
9. Slope Point, New Zealand
The windswept trees of Slope Point are permanently bent from the winds blowing upwards from Antarctica. Though not accessible by road, the trees of New Zealand’s southern-most tip of the Southern Island can be reached by a 20-minute walk guided by trail markers.
10. Brocéliande Forest or Paimpont Forest, Brittany, France
This area, known by two names, is associated with the legends of King Arthur and the wizard Merlin. This primeval forest is home to some of the oldest trees in Brittany. A dead gold leaf-covered tree, gilded by an artist, stands among five blackened trees. These trees were the last burning trees in a devastating fire in 1990. The Golden Tree is a symbol of rebirth for the forest.