Pictures have a special way of evoking emotions. They spark memories that can bring smiles to our faces or tears to our eyes. They provide comfort and tell stories, sometimes better than people ever can, and they connect us to the community, environment and space surrounding us. That’s what makes Instagram such a special social media platform.

When people think of Louisville, a few of the first things that come to mind are horses, bourbon and basketball. While those three things are a large part of what gives our city its identity, there are many more hidden gems that make it what it is. You don’t have to be from here to discover the beautiful, mysterious and historical elements around town. That’s what Instagram is for. We’ve compiled a list of the 13 best Louisville Instagram accounts you should be following (besides StyleBlueprint Louisville, of course) to see all the city has to offer. We did the searching, scrolling and double tapping so you don’t have to. Enjoy!

@igerslouisville

“Igers” is short for “Instagrammers,” and this account is the perfect way to see every part of the city, as it showcases some of the best of the best #igersoflouisville-tagged photos and regrams them. When you’ve got a few moments to spare, scroll through the feed … there’s so much to look at and love, like the examples below. Check out more photographs at @igerslouisville.

@sampsontheghost

We just mentioned Instagrammers of Louisville, but that account’s administrator, Josh, has a fantastic Instagram stream, as well, that’s too good to not shout out. We discovered Josh’s stream before we began following Instagrammers of Louisville, and it was love at first sight. The photos are brilliant, and the captions are always on point. See more of Josh’s photography on his Instagram, handle: @sampsontheghost.

Just a brick in the wall... Image: Josh (@sampsontheghost)

Image: Josh (@sampsontheghost)

Crescent Hill Reservoir Gatehouse. Image: Josh (sampsontheghost)

Image: Josh (@sampsontheghost)

Something like that... Image: Josh (@sampsontheghost)

Image: Josh (@sampsontheghost)

@wiltpantry1

No matter what they’re serving up, Wiltshire Bakery and Wiltshire on Market are keeping me hungry and killing the Instagram game daily by posting photographs from both locations and off-site catering spots, as well. See more mouthwatering photographs here: @wiltpantry1.

@forgottenlouisville

Founders @5arge and @marcozybind showcase a mixture of abandonment and urban architecture from the other side of Louisville on this collaborative feed. Photographs tagged with #forgottenlouisville have a chance to be featured on this stream. See more forgotten images here: @forgottenlouisville.

@prettygritty

Louisville is home to an eclectic population, which can be seen in the self-expression and innovation walking down the sidewalks. Blogger and photographer Amber Garvey captures this diversity and shares it with the world in her feed, which offers a visual collection of unintentional street style in Louisville. Who knew people watching could result in such great photographs? See more of Louisville’s street style here: @prettygritty. (And look for Amber Garvey as a FACE of Louisville real soon!)

Image: Amber (@prettygritty)

Image: Amber (@prettygritty)

Bare it all. Paolo on S. Broadway. Image: Amber (@prettygritty)

Image: Amber (@prettygritty)

That's how you stay warm. Image: Amber (@prettygritty)

Image: Amber (@prettygritty)

@poppynova

Jenn offers a look most Louisvillians don’t see that often — the rural outskirts of the city. Some are dark. Some are eerie. Some are bright. Some are cheery. All make you wish you were there. See more of Jenn’s photography at @poppynova.

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Image: Jenn (@poppynova)

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Image: Jenn (@poppynova)

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Image: Jenn (@poppynova)

@hifivedoughnuts

Doughnuts. Need I say more? This feed shows the entire doughnut-making process from beginning to end and is guaranteed to make your mouth water. WARNING: Do not, I repeat, do not look at this stream on an empty stomach. Indulge in more doughnut photos here: @hifivedoughnuts.

@lindsayloveslouisville

You can expect to see all things Louisville on this feed. Rural beauty, urban landmarks and happenings around town. See more of Lindsay’s photos here: @lindsayloveslouisville.

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Image: Lindsay (@lindsayloveslouisville)

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Image: Lindsay (@lindsayloveslouisville)

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Image: Lindsay (@lindsayloveslouisville)

@trentwhodoesntgohere

Food, board games and a place to sleep. For Trent, nothing else is needed. See more of Trent’s photography here: @trentwhodoesntgohere.

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Image: Trent (@trentwhodoesntgohere)

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Image: Trent (@trentwhodoesntgohere)

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Image: Trent (@trentwhodoesntgohere)

@littlelou_

Mia Nguyen is the girl behind Little Louisville. This senior at the University of Louisville is giving Instagram a look at the little things that make Louisville such a special city. We like this feed because she likes to eat and she shares what she’s eating. We are always hungry, so we love scoping new places and things to try. Follow her around town and discover more little things about Louisville here: @littlelou_.

State fair opening day ✌?️Image: Mia (@littlelou_)

Image: Mia (@littlelou)

Three little pigs @downonebourbonbar for 502 food week! Nommmm Image: Mia (@littlelou_)

Image: Mia (@littlelou)

@louisvillecom

This is the Instagram account of Louisville.com, so you know it’s chock-full of things to do, places to go and snapshots of what sets Louisville apart from other cities. What we love most about this feed is its use of the hashtag #ViewOfLou. Tag your photos with the hashtag and they just might repost your view of our lovely city. For more views of Louisville and other fun happenings, click here: @louisvillecom.

@do502

Sunsets, sunrises, happy hours and food — if we aren’t experiencing these for ourselves, we want to be looking at photographs of them. This feed gives us those things and so much more. To see more sunsets, happy hours, and fun happenings around town, click here: @do502.

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Image: @do502

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Image: @do502

@KYTourism

Daniel Boone wasn’t lying when he said, “Heaven must’ve been a Kentucky kind of place.” You’ll see why when you scroll through this Instagram feed. If you aren’t already in love with the Bluegrass State, you will be. For more quintessential Kentucky photographs, click here: @KYTourism.

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Image: @KYTourism

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Image: @KYTourism

If these Instagram accounts don’t make you want to grab your camera and head out to capture your own photographs, you’re crazy. Follow StyleBlueprint Louisville to keep up with all your favorite local businesses and all they have to offer.