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U.S. Department of the Interior • @usinterior

Protecting America’s Great Outdoors and Powering Our Future. This is the official account for the Department.

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in and . From awe-inspiring mountaintop views to the quiet serenity of deep valleys, this Appalachian paradise attracts more visitors than any other national park. Witness just one sunrise and you’ll know why. Photo by Anthony Martinez (

National Monument. Situated in the northern reaches of State's Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands are a beautiful archipelago of over 450 islands, rocks and pinnacles. This landscape draws visitors from around the world to explore forests that seem to spring from gray

at in . Duane Jurma paddled to an island where he was rewarded with the whole place to himself and a few moments of still water. Photo courtesy of Duane Jurma ( ).

. The morning colors sparkle across miles of still water while tall grasses wave in the breeze. National Preserve in protects 729,000 acres of unique freshwater swamp, offering refuge to a wide variety of plants and animals. From hardwood hammocks hiding rare Florida panthers to tidal estuaries teeming with birds

. Operating since 1911, Quilcene has raised many species of fish, including coho salmon for release. Video courtesy of Florian Graner via

’s from the water. River trips last anywhere from a day to 25 days. No matter the length of the trip, be sure to take a moment to marvel at the canyon’s tall walls stretching to the sky as the day’s last

is short but sweet. Vibrant colors radiate during long days and caribou, bears, wolves, muskox and fox roam the landscape past mountains and rivers yet to be named. With no roads or trails, the remote park demands visitors to be self-sufficient. The beauty and solitude is their

reached a low of around 100 in the wild in the late 1800s. In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt established the National Bison Range in to maintain a representative herd of bison under natural conditions. Today, approximately 400 bison live in the refuge, enjoying the rolling

in leads you by natural towers of stone, glowing in the desert light. With great names like Courthouse Towers, Three Gossips, the Organ and the Tower of Babel, these dramatic rock formations line the 1-mile trail near the park’s entrance.