Fall is here, making it the perfect backdrop for that “Instagrammable” moment. And did you know the Rockford region is full of gorgeous colors and unique backdrops? Situated along the beautiful Rock River, head to Rockford for that perfect selfie that will make all of your friends “tap twice!”
The Top Rooftop Bar & Lounge
Experience panoramic views of historic downtown Rockford, and the beautiful Rock River, from 12 stories aloft! See the fall colors, watch the boats go by and get a different perspective of the forest city! This is THE perfect spot to take that Instagrammable fall photo!
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CRE8IV Murals (Rockford Public Art Trail)
There are tons of great wall murals and Instagrammable spots in the Rockford region. Thanks to the Rockford Public Art Trail, you can capture beautiful photos in front of neon colored walls to walls covered in nature, murals glowing in self expression, renewal and growth and even all things 815. View a full list of murals and locations HERE.
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An arboretum is the best place to take that fall selfie! With more than 155 acres of woodlands, rare trees, special gardens and unique features, Klehm is a hidden gem full of picturesque moments!
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Jefferson Street Pedestrian Bridge
The Jefferson Street Pedestrian Bridge spans nearly one mile across the beautiful Rock River, making it a super unique and Instagrammable spot with its strong leading lines and architectural details. Or grab a photo outside with the bridge in the backdrop! Jefferson Street Bridge screams Rockford.
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Anderson Japanese Gardens
Imagine 12 acres of streams, waterfalls, winding pathways and koi-filled ponds right in the heart of the city. For a small admission fee, you can take gorgeous photos that will trick people to thinking you’re nowhere near the Forest City.
Prairie Street Brewhouse – Dockside
Grab your crew and get ready to take some amazing photos at Prairie Street Brewhouse. With the Rock River as your main backdrop, you can work your angles and get a glimpse of the Jefferson Street Bridge, Supply Core building and other city structures in your shot. Or turn towards the brewery and snap some really cool photos with Prairie Street Brewing Co. in the background. And don’t forget to head inside for a delicious craft beer and yes, more photos! This building is the oldest brewery in the state, built in 1857 and offering exposed brick and timber beams throughout.
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Edwards Apple Orchard
When you think fall in the Rockford region, you typically think Edwards Apple Orchard – West! It’s a nostalgic place where you can enjoy crisp apples, apple cider donuts and freshly-pressed apple cider. Plus you can pick your own pumpkins, and of course, take photos with them! Plus there are plenty of cute goats and chickens, a hayride, cute barn and so much more! When you take a selfie at Edwards, your followers will sure be jealous that they aren’t with you!
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Rock Cut State Park
If nature is your jam, then a stop at Rock Cut State Park should be on your photog list. The park has blooms all year long, towering trees, “rocky” landmarks, cool stairs and bridges and rolling plains. Or hop on a paddleboard, kayak or paddleboat and get those unique water shots on Pierce Lake and Olson Lake. The selfie opportunities are endless!
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Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve
Dubbed as one of the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County’s most picturesque and most popular preserves, Seward Bluffs boasts woodlands, streams, dolomite cliffs and even a natural stone staircase covered in moss. Your friends will be jealous of all of the cool shots you take in this preserve, just minutes from Rockford. And don’t forget to stop by the overlook on the eastern edge, providing one of the most beautiful views in the county.
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Think rolling hills, apple trees for days, pumpkins, awesome apple donuts and cider, and more! Enjoy the fall season at Curran’s Orchard. And don’t forget to snap that perfect fall selfie!
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