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New York ranks as the USA's most popular city to explore by night, with 50,000 hashtags. Paris, London and then Athens are the most popular cities to visit in the dark overall.

As the shorter days are well and truly upon us Premier Inn has researched over 250 of the most populated cities in the world on Instagram to reveal the places that are being photographed the most by night. 

The number of hashtags for #citybynight were counted and compared for cities in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, Africa, South America and Asia.

In the US, New York becomes the most popular city in the country for night-time Instagramming, as well as the world. It’s a great time to take a stroll through the city, with key tourist attractions from the Empire State Building to Times Square lighting up the night-time skies.

In second place, Chicago is another favourite option for evening snaps, with Las Vegas, Boston and Seattle also making up the top five.

Top 10 most popular night-time cities in the US and Canada

City

Country / region

Instagram hashtags

New York City

USA

50,000

Chicago

USA

11,600

Las Vegas

USA

5,900

Boston

USA

3,700

Seattle

USA

2,500

Los Angeles

USA

2,400

San Francisco

USA

2,300

Vancouver

Canada

2,300

Quebec City

Canada

1,200

Atlanta

USA

831

A spokesperson from Premier Inn commented: “Whether you’re travelling on a city break in the UK or further afield; you’re likely to see a different side of the city you’re visiting once the sun goes down. Landmarks are lit up, city skylines come alive, and you get to experience your destination of choice in a whole new way.  

Instagram is the perfect place for holiday inspiration and whilst it’s nice to dream about long haul adventures, there is still plenty to enjoy and discover in the UK’s cities at this time of year, from the bright lights of cities such as London and Manchester, to evening views of the seaside in coastal cities such as Bristol and Brighton.” 

When looking at the most popular night-time cities across the globe, it’s the city of love that emerges as favourite amongst users of the social media platform, with over 1,000,000 hashtags for pictures of Paris by night. Following Paris is London, followed by Athens, Rome and Warsaw.  

Top 20 most popular night-time cities around the world

Top global cities   

Country/region   

No. of hashtags   

Paris  

France  

1,000,000  

London  

United Kingdom  

231,000  

Athens  

Greece  

182,000  

Rome  

Italy  

174,000  

Warsaw  

Poland  

160,000  

Budapest  

Hungary  

98,600  

Dubai  

United Arab Emirates  

71,500  

Lyon  

France  

66,500  

Toulouse  

France  

63,700  

Berlin  

Germany  

63,200  

Bordeaux  

France  

52,400  

Amsterdam  

Netherlands  

51,500  

New York City  

USA   

50,000  

Florence  

Italy  

46,200  

Marseille  

France  

44,700  

Bologna  

Italy  

43,000  

Tokyo  

Japan  

42,700  

Turin  

Italy  

40,800  

Lisbon  

Portugal  

35,800  

Milan 

Italy 

35,500 

Europe proved extremely popular with lovers of night-time exploring, with a whopping 18 of the top 20 cities being located in the continent. In particular, it was France which was the most popular country to explore after dark, with five cities featuring in the top 20 most popular cities: Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Marseille.  

Known as the gateway to Morocco, it was Casablanca that ranked as the most beautiful city at night in Africa, with 25,800 hashtags - considerably more hashtags than any other African city analysed, and narrowly missing the top 20 rankings.  

Dubai typically sees between 8 to 10 hours of sunshine a day, however the popular tourist destination based in the UAE ranked as the most beautiful city to visit at night in Asia, with 71,500 hashtags. Dubai and Tokyo also made the top 20 global cities with the most night-time hashtags.

Only one city in the USA made the top 20 global cities with the most night-time pictures - with New York ranking in 14th position with over 50,000 hashtags.

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