U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 22, 2017 at 02:39PM

Autumn doesn’t get better than this! Shades of red, yellow and orange cover the rolling mountainsides as morning bathes the landscape in golden light at #GreatSmokyMountains National Park. As the most visited #nationalpark, Great Smoky attracts photographers from all over, and many find their way to the Oconoluftee Overlook for classic mountain sunrises like the one seen here. 🌄 Photo @greatsmokynps courtesy of Zack Knudsen (@zack_knudsen). #usinterior #findyourpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 22, 2017 at 06:20AM

If you’re looking for fall colors on public lands, Blue Hen Falls in #CuyahogaValley #NationalPark has to be on the list. An easy drive from Cleveland and Akron, #Ohio, the falls are one of the most popular spots in the park and a great place to #OptOutside. Decked in orange and yellow leaves, the forest around the picturesque falls is peaceful and welcoming. Photo @cuyahogavalleynps by Jennifer Lhost (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 21, 2017 at 03:24PM

The wildlife at #ConboyLake National #WildlifeRefuge in #Washington are spending their fall days storing food and packing on the pounds before winter comes. The last of the migrating birds are passing through and frost greets the mornings. As for the humans, we get to enjoy spectacular autumn #sunsets when we #OptOutside. Photo by David Patte, U.S. Fish and #Wildlife Service (@usfws). #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 21, 2017 at 06:20AM

It’s a great time to flock to #Sacramento National #WildlifeRefuge. An hour’s drive north of California’s state capital, the refuge provides critical habitat to migrating waterfowl. Duck and #geese numbers peak in November and December with huge groups filling the sky. It’s an amazing experience, and another great reason to #OptOutside. Photo of snow geese by Steve McDonald, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (@usfws). #California #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 20, 2017 at 02:32PM

Here’s a stunning view of the newly reopened #TrunkBeach at Virgin Islands #NationalPark on the island of St. John. Today Trunk Beach — along with Christiansted National Historic Site and Buck Island National Monument on the island of St. Croix — reopened for the first time since being devastated hurricanes earlier this year. Employees have been working hard to reestablish operations for Caribbean national parks, which are vital to the U.S. Virgin Islands’ tourism economy. Last year alone, visitors to national parks in the U.S. Virgin Islands spent $70 million. Photo by #NationalPark Service. #usinterior #findyourpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 20, 2017 at 06:23AM

Here are some fall colors that won’t fade away. At #PetrifiedForest National Park in #Arizona, 200-million-year-old petrified logs lie strewn across rolling clay hills. Each piece is like a giant quartz crystal. As impurities like iron and carbon oxidized, they permanently colored these ancient trees shades of red, yellow and purple. It’s a rare and beautiful sight that you’ve got to see for yourself. Photo @petrifiedforestnps by #NationalPark Service. #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 19, 2017 at 06:05AM

Happy birthday, #Zion National Park! On this day in 1919, Zion #NationalPark was established. #Utah’s first national park, @zionnps protects some of the most scenic canyon country in the United States. It includes 229 square miles of high plateaus, a maze of sandstone canyons and waterfalls with colorful hanging gardens that are so stunning they look surreal. Photo by Kuang-Yu Jen (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #usinterior #findyourpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 18, 2017 at 06:31AM

It doesn’t take long for fall to turn into winter at #Glacier National Park (@glaciernps) in #Montana. While the falling snow brings road closures and smaller crowds, it also opens the season for skiing and snowshoeing in the park. There are options for all ability levels and trails that offer access to spectacular scenery cloaked in winter’s blanket of white. Photo by Jacob W. Frank, #NationalPark Service. #usinterior #findyourpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 17, 2017 at 02:56PM

#BearRiver Migratory Bird Refuge in #Utah is an oasis for waterbirds and #wildlife. The #wildliferefuge protects the marshes found at the mouth of the Bear River — the largest freshwater component of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem — and provides critical habitat for over 250 species of migratory birds that move through the area annually by the millions to rest and feed. Photo by Jana M. Cisar, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (@usfws). #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 17, 2017 at 06:22AM

It’s #NationalTakeAHikeDay! Some of the best places in the country to enjoy a walk outdoors are on public lands. National parks, wildlife refuges and recreation areas — as well as National Scenic Trails, National Recreation Trails and National Historic Trails — are amazing places to exercise, marvel at stunning landscapes, learn incredible stories and make lasting memories. Here’s a great view from the famous South Kaibab Trail at #GrandCanyon National Park in #Arizona. Where will you #FindYourWay? Photo @grandcanyonnps by Michael Quinn, #NationalPark Service. #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 16, 2017 at 03:10PM

Table Rock #Wilderness in #Oregon is a steep and rugged terrain with a quiet forest of Douglas fir and western hemlock, crowds of rhododendron on many of the upper slopes and an island of old growth in an ocean of forest development. A remnant of a lava flow that once covered this region along the western foothills of the Cascades, the “fortress” of #TableRock stands at 4,881 feet above the northeastern portion of this small wilderness. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 16, 2017 at 06:21AM

Dive into adventure at Biscayne National Park in #Florida. Stretching out from a shoreline fringed with mangrove forest, the majority of the park covers the aquamarine waters of Biscayne Bay and extends into the Atlantic Ocean. Boating and fishing are popular activities, but some of the best views of #Biscayne are found under the water, exploring the third largest #coral reef in the world. Photo @biscaynenps by Shaun Wolfe, #NationalPark Service. #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 15, 2017 at 02:36PM

#CraterLake National Park in #Oregon is one of the snowiest places in the country. ❄️⛄️❄️ In early November, the park is already wearing a blanket of snow. The North Entrance Road and Rim Drive are closed, but the park is open, and at Rim Village, you can enjoy stunning views of the lake and landscape shining in white and blue. Photo by #NationalPark Service. #usinterior #findyourpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 15, 2017 at 06:30AM

#Katmai National Park and Preserve is world-renown for brown bear viewing. 🐻🐻 About 2,200 brown bears are estimated to inhabit the park, and more bears than people are estimated to live on #Alaska Peninsula. For those who visit the park (or are frequent viewers of #BearCam), they can learn about a bear’s behavior — like this mama and her three cubs standing up. Bear cubs often imitate their mother’s every move, and standing on hind legs allows bears to get a better view or smell of what’s around them. Photo by A. Ramos, #NationalPark Service (@alaskanps). #usinterior #findyourpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 14, 2017 at 02:26PM

Few landscapes in the world are as striking and memorable as that of #GrandTeton #NationalPark. Located in northwestern #Wyoming, the Teton Range dominates @grandtetonnps’s skyline, forests carpet the mountainsides and noisy streams cascade down rocky canyons to larger lakes. As fall turns into winter, we have amazing summer memories like this one to tide us over until next year. Photo from Taggert Lake Trail courtesy of Nick Harrison (@nicksjourneys). #usinterior #findyourpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 14, 2017 at 06:24AM

#GuadalupeMountains National Park has the four highest peaks in #Texas, an ancient fossil reef, desert, dunes, canyons, wildlife and a touch of fall color. In McKittrick Canyon, the maples are putting on quite a show this #autumn. With lots of trails for hiking and horseback riding, you’ll find the perfect place for your #fall pictures. Photo @guadalupemountainsnps by #NationalPark Service. #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 13, 2017 at 03:04PM

Many first-time visitors at #PointReyes National Seashore think that they can see everything within a day, but they soon realize that to really explore #California’s @pointreyesnps requires much more than a day. From a leisurely drive that winds its way over Inverness Ridge and a hike up Mt. Wittenberg under towering Douglas firs to a walk along expansive sand beaches and a stroll through the Cypress tree tunnel, there is something new to discover with every visit. Photo courtesy of Matt Walker (@rootswalker). #usinterior #findyourpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 13, 2017 at 06:24AM

Thanks to a recent donation, #Sabinoso Wilderness in #NewMexico is now publicly accessible for the first time since it was established. Hikers, hunters, photographers, horseback riders and outdoor enthusiasts can now marvel at the sandstone cliffs of #Canyon Largo, gorgeous cottonwood and ponderosa forests, and ancient pueblo ruins. With very little evidence of humans, the #wilderness is an excellent place to find solitude and recreation. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 12, 2017 at 06:19AM

#PicturedRocks National Lakeshore is an autumn paradise. With some 90 miles of trails at this #Michigan destination that is located along #LakeSuperior’s south shore, there is a hike for you. As you stroll through the woods, take in the quiet sounds of the forest and the warm sunlight filtering through the golden leaves — it’ll renew your mind and body. Photo @picturedrocksnps by Anna Day (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #usinterior #findyourpark #puremichigan
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 11, 2017 at 05:37AM

On #VeteransDay, we say thank you to all the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces. Memorials across the country honor our brave veterans and make sure that we never forget their dedication and sacrifice. Photo of the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall and Memorial Parks in #WashingtonDC courtesy of Nathan Jones. #usinterior #findyourpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 10, 2017 at 06:10AM

Whether it’s the tall seastacks that dot the coast, crystal waters of Lake Ozette or grandeur of the old growth forests, #Olympic #NationalPark’s coastal areas are full of opportunities to explore diverse landscapes. Don’t forget, all public lands are waiving their entrance fees this weekend in honor of Veterans Day! Photo of @olympicnationalpark Point of the Arches at #sunset by Andy Porter (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #usinterior #findyourpark #optoutside
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 09, 2017 at 02:40PM

Watching sunrise from #TunnelView at #Yosemite #NationalPark never gets old. In the autumn, the sun’s first light fills the sky with vibrant colors, making for a breathtaking view. Photo @yosemitenps by Phillip Espinasse (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #usinterior #findyourpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 09, 2017 at 06:21AM

This time of year, #Florida beaches call to people and animals alike. At St. Marks National #WildlifeRefuge, migratory birds are finding their winter homes in forests and wetlands. Waterfowl populations reach their peak between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The refuge’s 43 miles of gulf coastline are perfect for birdwatching and gorgeous #sunsets. Photo by Neil Hostnick (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). @usfws #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 08, 2017 at 03:01PM

#Fall’s waning light reaches across canyon skies, illuminating the landscape of #Canyonlands #NationalPark in #Utah. As winter approaches, days are getting shorter and temperatures are getting colder, but this primitive desert park still offers a multitude of fun and adventure. Photo @canyonlandsnps courtesy of Mark E. Miller. #usinterior #findyourpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 08, 2017 at 06:21AM

Over 1.25 million years ago, a massive volcanic eruption created a 13-mile wide dimple in northern #NewMexico. Hot springs, fumaroles and Redondo Peak, a 11,00-foot tall lava dome, reveal the caldera’s geologic past. Most of the area is now part of #VallesCaldera National Preserve. Native Americans in the area used volcanic obsidian for arrowheads and spear points, starting a hunting tradition that lives on in the park today. Photo @vallescaldera by Andrew Gordon (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 07, 2017 at 02:42PM

It seems like every picture of #Glacier #NationalPark in #Montana is more beautiful than the last. The incredible landscapes of mountains, lakes, rivers and forests pose under dramatic skies, begging to be immortalized with the click of a camera. In every season and in every light, this park is a photographer’s dream come true. Photographer Nicholas Parker captured this amazing moment two weeks ago along the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Photo @glaciernps courtesy of Nicholas Parker (@traunfoto). #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 07, 2017 at 06:28AM

#DelawareWaterGap #NationalRecreationArea on the #New Jersey – #Pennsylvania border is a wonderland of forested mountains, tumbling waterfalls, Native American and Colonial historic sites, bountiful wildlife and dynamic rivers and streams. Recreation opportunities include boating, biking, fishing, hunting, hiking and enjoying the views along scenic roadways. An easy drive from New York City and Philadelphia, the park is a popular year round getaway. Here, it’s showing a spectrum of lovely #fall colors. Photo by National Park Service. #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 06, 2017 at 02:55PM

#LassenVolcanic #NationalPark is home to steaming fumaroles, meadows freckled with wildflowers, clear mountain lakes and numerous volcanoes. While this #California park is already covered in snow, here’s a gorgeous fall photo that will make you want to plan a visit. This weekend, we’ve waiving entrance fees Saturday and Sunday for Veterans Day — we hope you can get out and explore #publiclands near you! Photo @lassennps courtesy of Brian Stowell (@brianstowell). #usinterior #findyourpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 06, 2017 at 06:30AM

#Scotts Bluff in #Nebraska has served as a famous landmark for peoples — from Native Americans to emigrants on the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails to modern travelers. Scotts Bluff National Monument gives park goers a chance to see a short section of deep and eroded trail ruts from covered wagons in Mitchell Pass, plus a magnificent panoramic view. Photo by Brian Poffenberger, #NationalPark Service. #usinterior #findyourpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 05, 2017 at 05:59AM

Wow! What an amazing sunset over #DeathValley #NationalPark in #California. The shadowed ripples and stark, graceful curves of Mesquite Flat Dunes cover a vast area bordered by mountains and salt flats in this extraordinary park. Photo @deathvalleynps by Usha Peddamatham (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #usinterior #findyourpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 04, 2017 at 05:15AM

It’s National #Bison Day. We can’t think of a better way to honor our national mammal than with this amazing pic at Yellowstone #NationalPark (@yellowstonenps) of a lone bison walking across Grand Prismatic Spring. #Yellowstone is the only place in the U.S. where bison have continuously lived since prehistoric times. Take the #YellowstonePledge to do your part to protect the park. Photo courtesy of Stephen and Alicia Freeman (@reservation_confirmed). #FollowTheRulesNotTheBison #usinterior #findyourpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 03, 2017 at 01:31PM

Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world’s great natural wonders — the glistening white sands of #NewMexico. Great wave-like dunes of snow-white sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world’s largest gypsum dunefield. Whether you want to hike, bike, horseback ride, sled or take in the sights, #WhiteSands National Monument (@whitesandsnps) is an irresistible playground for the whole family. Photo by #NationalPark Service. #usinterior #findyourpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 03, 2017 at 05:21AM

After significant damage caused by Hurricane Irma, staff and volunteers have been hard at work on clean-up and repairs at #BigCypress National Preserve in #Florida to get the preserve ready for the busy winter season. Facilities are beginning to reopen and soon visitors can enjoy paddling, hiking, hunting, fishing, biking and birdwatching in this amazing #wetland. Photo @bigcypressnps by National Park Service. #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 02, 2017 at 02:01PM

The Watchman is one of the most recognizable peaks at #Zion National Park in #Utah. Rising above the #VirginRiver valley, scattered with sagebrush, juniper, cottonwoods and piñon pines, the dramatic mountain glows red in sunset light. Walking the trail through this epic landscape should be on everyone’s #nationalpark bucketlist. Photo @zionnps by Robert Caton (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #usinterior #findyourpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 02, 2017 at 05:31AM

The first rays of the sun rises over the Jim Sage #Mountains and illuminate the granite spires of Castle Rocks, #Idaho. This little known gem located near the Utah border packs spectacular scenery and diverse natural features into a compact area. Granite spires rise up to 400 feet above the mixed aspen, fir and pinon pine forest. Single-leaf pinon (shown in photo) is relatively rare in Idaho and is a traditional food source to area Native Americans. The area is of great importance to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall and the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley who have worked with the Bureau of Land Management to protect sensitive resources here. The adjoining #CastleRocks State Park offers developed camping, hiking trails and other visitor amenities with expansive vistas of the spectacular rock formations and surrounding mountain ranges. The area served as a landmark along the California and Oregon National Historic Trails. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #usinterior #yourpubliclands
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