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usinterior: When Tenay Thirty-Two planned her first trip

When Tenay Thirty-Two planned her first trip to Grand Canyon National Park this summer, she had sunsets and the Milky Way in mind, but Mother Nature surprised her with this epic scene. As she peered into the canyon, lightning jagged from massive storm clouds. “Every shift of cloud, new refraction of light, was an exquisitely painted masterpiece that I wanted to preserve,” she says. Photo courtesy of Tenay Thirty-Two ().

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usinterior: Add #BodieHills to your travel bucket list for

Add to your travel bucket list for its wildflowers, wildlife and a one-of-a-kind ghost town. California’s Eastern Sierra region is a dramatic transition zone between the snow-capped granite spires of the Sierra Nevada and the endless sagebrush covered uplands of the Great Basin. A trip at the right time of year will reward visitors with a diversity of wildflowers. Because of their high elevation, wildflower blooms are later here than much of -- typically arriving in May-June on the lower slopes and into July on the highest peaks. Pictured here is the "Dry Lakes Plateau" where ephemeral lakes fill with snowmelt. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management ().

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usinterior: Evening comes early to Wrangell-St. Elias National

Evening comes early to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve in during the . By 4:00 p.m., the first stars are shining and the clouds glow purple and pink in the fading light. As America’s largest national park encompassing mountain ranges, deep forests, massive glaciers and endless coastlines, Wrangell-St. Elias has an unlimited number of places to enjoy the . Photo by Service.

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usinterior: The Niobrara Valley in #Nebraska is home to

The Niobrara Valley in is home to Fort Niobrara National and 76 miles of the National Scenic River. The valley boasts dramatic bluffs, gorgeous waterfalls, world-class fossil resources, rich forests, wide grasslands and incredible wildlife diversity. Over 350 live on the refuge, letting visitors enjoy iconic scenes like this . Photo by Kristen Maxfield, National Park Service.

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usinterior: Snow covers the landscape at Crater Lake National

Snow covers the landscape at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. Taken in October 2017, this photo shows one of the first snowy days of the season at the park. After a bit of hiking through the snow, Daniel Fleischhacker found a spot that seemed perfect with the soft evening light. “Crater Lake is one of the most beautiful National Parks in the U.S. in my opinion. I can't wait to visit this place again,” he says. Photo courtesy of Daniel Fleischhacker ().

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usinterior: The Potomac River roars over rocks and ice

The Potomac River roars over rocks and ice in this shot from Park in . A short drive from downtown , Great Falls and Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park on the opposite bank in Maryland offer terrific outdoor recreation. Locals will tell you, it’s home to some of the best views and hiking in the area. Photo by National Park Service.

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usinterior: Need a break from the cold? National Park

Need a break from the cold? National Park of American Samoa is the place for you. The quintessential tropical paradise, National Park of American Samoa welcomes you into the heart of the South Pacific where you will discover secluded villages, rare plants and animals, coral sand beaches, and vistas of land and sea. When you aren't snorkeling, enjoy a walk in the sand or relax in the shade along this quiet and remote beach. Doesn’t it sound like a dream getaway? Photo by National Park Service.

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usinterior: A purple and pink #winter #sunrise paints the

A purple and pink paints the sky at Charles M. Russell National in . It’s a scene Charles M. Russell would have enjoyed. The refuge was named in recognition of this colorful western artist who often portrayed the refuge’s landscape in his paintings. Along with the stunning scenery and amazing wildlife, the refuge boasts a fantastic history that includes mountain men, Native Americans and dinosaurs. Photo by Mary Jo Hill, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ().

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usinterior: As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,

As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we remember his message of unity and service. One of the most influential people in our history, Dr. King’s legacy continues to inspire. At the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C., 14 quotes focusing on justice, democracy, hope and love surround the statue of him. Located a short walk from the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. King gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech, it’s a powerful and enlightening place. Photo by Jim Evangelista (www.sharetheexperience.org).

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🌵🌵Tucson, Arizona, is home to the nation's largest cacti. The universal symbol of the American west, these majestic plants are found only in a small portion of the United States and protected by Saguaro National Park. Here you have a chance to see these enormous cacti silhouetted by the beauty of a magnificent desert sunset. Don’t forget, we’re waiving entrance fees for all public lands tomorrow for MLK Day -- we hope you can get out and explore! Photo by Debbie Angel (www.sharetheexperience.org).

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usinterior: Spreading across Long Valley in #California, the Volcanic

Spreading across Long Valley in , the Volcanic Tablelands are a vast and unique landscape formed 700,000 years ago. Small canyons and bluffs dot the mostly flat area, offering amazing night sky views. Carved into the gray, red and pink rocks are extraordinary petroglyphs, mysterious symbols created by Native Americans centuries ago. Archaeologists can only speculate on their meaning. Photo of the Bureau of Land Management () site by Brandon Yoshizawa (www.sharetheexperience.org).

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usinterior: Here’s a beautiful image of star trails

Here’s a beautiful image of star trails at National Park’s from last summer. The setting moon provided a bit of foreground illumination, while photographer Evan Kokoska enjoyed a couple hours of stillness without human intervention and the symphony of the constant bugling of elk. Photo courtesy of Evan Kokoska ().

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