The Most Photographed Cities on Earth, According to Google. Selfie, landscape or portrait, we tend to take a lot of photos — and some places are more conducive to snapping pics than others.
Google released a heat map that highlights the Earth’s most photographed locales. Data included in Sightsmap comes from geolocated images uploaded by individual users to the Google Maps Panoramio service, which associates images with locations in Google Maps and Google Earth.
You can even begin planning a trip with the map by selecting a starting point and destination, which brings up estimated travel time and links to travel sites.
Smart markers show the top 10 cities automatically; additional cities are featured once you zoom in (the map will also highlight the top 10 cities in the visible area). When you zoom in far enough, the pictures themselves can be viewed for an even more illustrative experience.
Topping off the list at No. 1 is New York, followed closely by Rome (No. 2) and Barcelona (No. 3). European cities take up eight spots in the top 10 list, but South America also made it, with Buenos Aires at No. 9.
Instagram recently released its own list of most photographed cities in 2013, also listing New York as No. 1 — but the rest of the list differs completely from Google’s.