Now that it’s nice and warm outside, you might be itching to update your social media with pictures of the landscape, selfies, and unique places/things.

We want to capture the perfect moments and share them with our friends and family, but there is a time and place for everything.

A North Dakota No-No

Did you know there are some places in North Dakota where you cannot take a picture? if you’re looking for the perfect Instagram shot, you wanna avoid these places.


#1. Railroad Tracks

According to, it’s illegal to access private railroad property. You can walk across them when necessary to get from point A to point B, but lingering on the tracks or even walking along them is illegal. If that's the case, that also means taking a picture on them is illegal.


#2. Government Buildings/Courthouses

Another place you can’t take photos is in the courthouse. According to, the courts are presumed closed to cameras, unless a judge grants permission for photography broadcasting. I'm not sure why you would want to take a picture in the courthouse, but I wouldn’t without permission.


#3. Shopping Malls

Another place you're not allowed to take photos is in shopping malls. You could probably get away with it, but shopping malls tend not to like you doing videos or taking photographs inside the building.

I’m sure if you’re taking a selfie eating an ice cream cone, they won’t care, but if you’re a news, organization or media company, they will not allow you to do that without permission.

There are a bunch of other places you really don’t want to take photographs.

I’m not sure if it’s a law for some of these places, but it’s definitely ill-advised.


Nuclear facilities

Military bases

Without specific instructions or permission to do so, I wouldn't take photos at any of those places.  

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