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Choosing the Perfect Descriptive Essay Topic

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With this list of ideas, you'll have no trouble finding the perfect topic for your descriptive essay

With this list of ideas, you'll have no trouble finding the perfect topic for your descriptive essay

So, You're Writing a Descriptive Essay

Descriptive essays are probably the easiest ones 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, the most difficult part of a descriptive essay is choosing the perfect topic. If you're searching for the perfect topic, here are some ideas that might work for you. Let's get writing!

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

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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

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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 a success, as long as you can make it come alive on paper and amuse and surprise your audience.

Tips for Writing a Descriptive Essay

  • Tips for Writing a Descriptive Essay
    Although they tend to be all about your own experiences, writing a descriptive essay can be challenging. Have no fear, here are some tips to set you on the right track to a good descriptive essay.

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linbeauty on March 21, 2020:

cool. thanks!

Kanupriya on February 17, 2020:

Thanks for the tips and topics

Ruby Redfort on February 14, 2020:

This is a cool list. I would use a dream, a dance, performing in front of a crowd, a - aRgH there are too many options! I love them all too much! :)

NaomiPinkFlower on February 06, 2020:

wow, that was an amazingly long list!

Reena on January 29, 2020:

I want to write essay on my first kiss

hi on January 15, 2020:

needs more ideas

Tia on January 08, 2020:

Very helpful for those who don't have a titleas yet like me thumbs up Lisa

owl on November 29, 2019:

thank you for the topics its really going to help me on my essay

Aliooo on November 14, 2019:

Hhhhh no one of that topics help me of writing my essay

amna amjad on November 10, 2019:

they are not suitable for 8 graders coz i am an 8th grader

sahar on October 22, 2019:

I want to write essay on friendship or struggle

Anonymous on October 16, 2019:

This is very bad

Leen109 on September 27, 2019:


hi on September 23, 2019:

it was really helpful

Squilliam on September 03, 2019:

When you ask your friend for water. Nicaragua

Nicaragua on September 03, 2019:

What is the formula to bruhmium

Asmaa on September 03, 2019:

Do you have more interesting topics that i can write about ?

god on August 22, 2019:

bad but interesting

i have written on more topics

ariana beckhem on July 30, 2019:

this essays ae not good for grade 8 please give a higher standard or else it will be very hard to coach my students and kids

Tanay Mandelia Pranav Mandelia on July 09, 2019:

Very helpful I wrote on 10 topics and from that only 2 came I got full marks in those

hussain on July 03, 2019:

very old topics

Pandora on June 16, 2019:

Please give more songs on June 14, 2019:

very helpful for kids

Sunidhi on June 05, 2019:

All old topics and nothing else on which i had already written

Dont know on May 20, 2019:

Helpful for exams

Anjum on May 18, 2019:

Hi i want to write a descriptive essay on library so please help me

Rania on May 15, 2019:

How to find a gud one?

dandy on May 08, 2019:

i am so confused

Loverofwriting3 on May 02, 2019:

So this is my first time writing a descriptive essay and i'm usually good at writing anything at all but i'm finding this a bit difficult.

Arushi on April 30, 2019:

Thanks Lisa. Your essays helped me a lot while I was practising essays for exams. Thanx again.

dorlysa lanwi on April 23, 2019:

how can i find the interesting topics?

jeff on April 23, 2019:

i likee

I'm Rich on April 08, 2019:

Cant figure out which one can you help me

I'm From Dubai on April 08, 2019:

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ang... on March 28, 2019:

hi i study in grade 7 st josephs and im 13 plz can i get help in starting my essays

mihle mzazela on February 03, 2019:

a learning is a challenge can please you help me l want to write descriptive essay

sherileann on February 01, 2019:

can yuo help i neeed an example of discriptive essays

Ämïñå on January 26, 2019:

Do you have an descriptive essay on #57

Kinza on January 06, 2019:

Can you tell me what are features of descriptive writing

Kk on December 12, 2018:

I want description of people so please

Frank on October 18, 2018:

Very helpful those who can't think of any topic or don't know how to write

Lol on October 15, 2018:

This helped

WriterPerson on September 29, 2018:

Nice topics and are very helpful too

Vinisha jain on September 26, 2018:

All the topics are amazung

brooke yates on September 12, 2018:

thank you soooooo much

jesus on September 12, 2018:

great topics very helpful

BENEDICT IORSHAGHER on September 03, 2018:

thanks very nice.well done

Ria on August 20, 2018:

Where are important essays like natural disasters

Shreya on August 18, 2018:


Kidos on July 22, 2018:

Thanks Lisa.the topics are interesting and helpful

Ronny on July 19, 2018:

Hi. All the topics were creative and it made my tuition class go well.


Himanshu on July 18, 2018:


ojambo ashiraf on July 16, 2018:

how do you describe alecturer

Javohir on July 09, 2018:

Thanks this topics are very special for me till today

Hazel on July 05, 2018:

Hi. do you have an essay example of unusual acquaintance?

Kenisha on July 04, 2018:

It is really helpful for my exam. Thanks

AARNA SINGH on June 19, 2018:


Angel on June 13, 2018:

Hello Lisa. Do you have an essay example of #44 living in another country?

MARIAM on April 22, 2018:


o.o on April 17, 2018:

I might use one of these

hi on March 24, 2018:


aryan on March 07, 2018:


Tones on February 21, 2018:

the best of the best ideas

hammad on February 20, 2018:

i m on the 80th one

Mr Dude on February 13, 2018:

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

Susan on February 13, 2018:

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

Onyinye on February 12, 2018:

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

Dinosaur on February 12, 2018:


Lynch rose on January 17, 2018:

Awesome and standardized

bobo on January 11, 2018:


ryan on December 24, 2017:

amazing ideas

Sophia on December 14, 2017:

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

Thank you for your ideas

B on November 26, 2017:

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

Chenuly on November 07, 2017:

Excellent topics!

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

lisa on October 26, 2017:

perfect topics

#namashree# on October 04, 2017:

Good one

Udbhav on September 12, 2017:

Perfect recipe for essay

Vicki on September 12, 2017:

Cool topics

Tanvi on September 07, 2017:

I like it very much

Subham on August 05, 2017:

Nice topics

No on July 11, 2017:

Best topics inworld

aria on May 14, 2017:

alot of very good topics

london spillers on May 03, 2017:

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

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

khushboo kumari on April 21, 2017:


Anushaa on January 17, 2017:

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

Great work person:):)!!

Ngozi Ebubedike on November 28, 2016:

This is so good with amazing hints.

noneaybuzz on November 16, 2016:

thanks i'll use these for my essay

Idk on November 08, 2016:

thx for the great essay topics!

jeff on November 08, 2016:

I liked it

amina on October 13, 2016:

very informative and good descriptive essays..

elena on September 18, 2016:

great topics. helped a lot thnx

dheer on August 02, 2016:

Bill are u crazy this page is awesome

cool on August 01, 2016:


Cee-Jay Aurinko from Cape Town, South Africa on February 11, 2016:

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

Rahul on November 29, 2015:

Nice headings, loved them all

Sherrye Barrow from Tucson, AZ on November 01, 2015:

Thank you for sharing your ideas.

diana on May 04, 2015:

Very useful topics

Bill's Brother on March 20, 2015:

Great Info. nothing i can use though but good

Bill on March 20, 2015:

IDK not good enough info. :(

star girl on March 14, 2015:

This help me a lot