From scenic Minneapolis overlooks to St. Paul parks, the Twin Cities host beautiful scenery for perfect Instagram shots. What’s also impressive? The summertime beauty of the Land of 10,000 Lakes from the air. Check out these aerial drone photos that capture some of Minnesota’s most beloved photo destinations.

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Spoonbridge and Cherry

14357 Loring Greenway, Minneapolis

Created by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden’s “Spoonbridge and Cherry” represents Minneapolis’ artsy side, with the spoon’s bowl shape paying homage to a Viking’s ship. And the pond? From here, you can see that it’s shaped like a linden seed, to reflect the rows of linden trees planted in the garden. Snap a picture and stay to watch water spout from the iconic cherry.

Rice Park

109 W. Fourth St., St. Paul

All year round, St. Paul’s Rice Park hosts a myriad of classic Minnesota events with the historic Landmark Center as a backdrop—from the St. Paul Winter Carnival that features ice sculpture competitions to the Wells Fargo WinterSkate and St. Paul walking tours.

Harriet Island

200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd., St. Paul

Paddle boats. Riverboat cruises. St. Paul river bluffs. Beyond the beautiful park scenery within Harriet Island, visitors can partake in (and snap photos of) outdoor activities along the Mississippi River. The park pavilion provides plenty of green space for frisbee and soccer. You can also venture indoors to the 5,000-square-foot building that hosts events year-round.

Stone Arch Bridge

100 Portland Ave., Minneapolis

Besides the infamous wedding photos that take place at Minneapolis’ Stone Arch Bridge, the former railroad route offers magnificent views of the Guthrie Theater, the Mississippi River, the downtown skyline, St. Anthony Falls, and Mill City Museum. Pedestrians can pose on the only stone bridge that stretches the entire length of the Mississippi.

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Mimi Geller is an editorial intern with Minnesota Monthly. Mimi was the Editor-in-Chief of her high school newspaper and will enter her freshman year this fall at the University of Southern California where she will major in journalism. Mimi can be reached at