Descriptive Essay Topics

Updated on January 21, 2018

What Is a Descriptive Essay?

The descriptive essay asks the writer to describe something—an object, person, place, experience, emotion, or situation. This essay attempts to convey how that subject looked, felt, tasted, sounded, smelled, and so on, and express the emotion or sensation so clearly and vividly that the reader can feel it, too.

Descriptive essays are probably the easiest one to write since they tend to be more personal and involve less research. They are an opportunity to do some creative writing, even if the essay topic you choose looks pretty boring at first glance. When it comes to choosing a topic, do not be afraid of those that sound generic, because you can use creativity to bring it to life. Just be aware that you will have to work really hard at creating something that readers will enjoy reading.

In my experience, descriptive essays are only difficult when it comes to deciding just what to write about. If you are a writer in search of an essay topic worth exploring, here are some topics that may help get you there, or at least inspire you to create one of your own.

100 Topics For a Descriptive Essay

  1. A dream
  2. A nightmare
  3. A childhood memory
  4. A favorite place
  5. A train ride
  6. A pet
  7. A garden
  8. Your best friend
  9. Your favorite vacation
  10. Your ideal date
  11. Your favorite fishing spot
  12. A photograph
  13. A painting
  14. A room
  15. Your favorite book/movie/television character or show
  16. The best restaurant in town
  17. The most embarrassing moment of your life
  18. Your worst enemy
  19. An addiction
  20. Your hero
  21. A teacher
  22. A vase of flowers
  23. A day at work
  24. People on the street
  25. A stranger in the crowd
  26. Falling in love
  27. A life-changing experience
  28. A new car
  29. Your first house
  30. Moving to a new city

Descriptive Essay Topics

31. A forest

32. A beach

33. Your favorite food

34. Playing a sports game

35. A road trip

36. Learning to drive

37. A snowy day

38. The birth of a child

39. A life-changing event

40. The future

41. Traveling

42. Your favorite song

43. Your earliest memory

44. Living in another country

45. A major achievement

46. A spider

47. A beautiful house

48. Walking down a quiet street

49. Revisiting places from childhood

50. What you want to be when you grow up

51. A hobby

52. A funny memory

53. A paranormal experience

54. Starting a new career

55. A Halloween costume

56. A day at school

57. Sitting in traffic

58. Meeting a famous person

59. A concert

60. A dance

61. The best place to write

62. Your favorite hangout spot

63. Your favorite item of clothing

64. Graduation

65. Learning a new language

66. Your first concert

67. Your first kiss

68. Your first date

69. Performing in front of a crowd

70. Making a speech

71. Acting in a play

72. An antique store

73. A souvenir

74. Your lucky charm

75. Running a marathon

76. Winning an award

77. Visiting an old friend

78. Getting lost

79. A bad day

80. A day in the sun

81. Flying in an airplane

82. An amazing view

83. A camping trip

84. A trip to the museum

85. A phobia

86. A bouquet

87. Daydreaming

88. A day at the ocean

89. A picnic

90. A race

91. A competition

92. Meeting someone new

93. A daily routine

94. A haunted house

95. A walk through the park

96. Waiting in line

97. Wearing a disguise/costume

98. Watching a parade

99. A class reunion

100. Your favorite book store

As you can see, there is an endless array of topics to choose from for a descriptive essay. Remember that this type of essay is all about the details. Whether your topic is a bug or a skyscraper, your essay is sure to be as success, as long as you can make it come alive on paper and amuse and surprise your audience, no matter what topic you choose.

Descriptive Essay Example

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        hi 3 weeks ago


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        Tones 7 weeks ago

        the best of the best ideas

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        hammad 8 weeks ago

        i m on the 80th one

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        Mr Dude 2 months ago

        This was very useful! I'm using #15 cuz im a nerd. :)

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        Susan 2 months ago

        These are excellent words I can not thank whoever wrote these enough for the help.

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        Onyinye 2 months ago

        How about the topic a teacher I do not admire? Is it inappropriate?

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        Lynch rose 2 months ago

        Awesome and standardized

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        bobo 3 months ago


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        ryan 3 months ago

        amazing ideas

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        Sophia 4 months ago

        Thank you, I am using #69, performing in front of a crowd.

        Thank you for your ideas

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        4 months ago

        I like it, thank you for your ideas ^-^

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        Chenuly 5 months ago

        Excellent topics!

        I'm definitely gonna use one of them.. :)

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        lisa 5 months ago

        perfect topics

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        #namashree# 6 months ago

        Good one

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        Udbhav 7 months ago

        Perfect recipe for essay

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        Vicki 7 months ago

        Cool topics

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        Tanvi 7 months ago

        I like it very much

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        Subham 8 months ago

        Nice topics

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        No 9 months ago

        Best topics inworld

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        aria 11 months ago

        alot of very good topics

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        london spillers 11 months ago

        Thanks for these examples this person who wrote these qoutes expire me they are useful and helpful

        NICE WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        khushboo kumari 12 months ago


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        Anushaa 15 months ago

        Thoughtful and useful topics- Came across this when I really needed and grateful I found it.

        Great work person:):)!!

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        Ngozi Ebubedike 16 months ago

        This is so good with amazing hints.

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        noneaybuzz 17 months ago

        thanks i'll use these for my essay

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        Idk 17 months ago

        thx for the great essay topics!

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        jeff 17 months ago

        I liked it

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        amina 18 months ago

        very informative and good descriptive essays..

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        elena 19 months ago

        great topics. helped a lot thnx

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        dheer 20 months ago

        Bill are u crazy this page is awesome

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        cool 20 months ago


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        Cee-Jay Aurinko 2 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

        I like this Lisa - It got me thinking a lot about what I wanted to write next.

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        Rahul 2 years ago

        Nice headings, loved them all

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        Sherrye Barrow 2 years ago from Duncan, AZ

        Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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        diana 2 years ago

        Very useful topics

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        Bill's Brother 3 years ago

        Great Info. nothing i can use though but good

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        Bill 3 years ago

        IDK not good enough info. :(

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        star girl 3 years ago

        This help me a lot

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        El Khattab 3 years ago

        Quite interesting Lisa. Thank you

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        Anyone 3 years ago

        Great essay topics! Thanks :)

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        Tolovaj 4 years ago

        I find essays as great way to keep writing even when I lack inspiration for fiction. Because they are based on facts and can involve loads of research, they can occupy you so much, you can get tons of ideas for your other projects in no time. Thanks for your explanations and the list.

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        Anonymous 5 years ago

        Great essay topics! Definitely helped me get started on my own descriptive essay. Thanks :)

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        Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Good information, Lisa, and a very useful list.