U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – April 04, 2018 at 05:22AM

On the evening of April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about how proud he was to be alive during the #CivilRights movement. Even though his dream of freedom and justice for all had not yet been achieved, Dr. King knew that someday, “we will get to the promised land.” The next evening, 50 years ago today, Dr. King was on his way to another speech when he was struck down by an assassin’s bullet. Though his life was over, his legacy lives on. You can learn more about #Dr.King at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Georgia, Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in #WashingtonDC. Photo of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the #NationalMall (@nationalmallnps) in Washington, D.C., by the National Park Service. #MLK50 #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 30, 2018 at 05:19AM

Where’s the coffee? This black bear at #Glacier National Park in #Montana is taking his time coming out of hibernation. When temperatures warm up and food starts to become available, bears start to emerge from their dens. Male #bears generally emerge first, usually from early to mid-March, followed by solitary females and females with young cubs in late March through mid-April. The last to emerge are females with newborn cubs, from mid April through early May. This #bear has been sluggishly poking its head out since March 23. Video @GlacierNPS by #NationalPark Service. #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 29, 2018 at 02:02PM

It’s that time of year when baby bald eagles start hatching! 🦅🐣 Once on the verge of extinction because of habitat destruction, illegal shooting and contamination of its food source, the bald #eagle is thriving today thanks to #conservation efforts. Bald eagles live near rivers, lakes, marshes — and on #publiclands across the country. They mate for life, and typically lay 1-3 eggs from February to mid-April. Both adults incubate the eggs, which hatch about 35 days later, and new chicks keep the parents busy until they can fly from the nest around 3 months old. This year, eaglets have been hatching at Channel Islands National Park in California, the National Arboretum in D.C. and #Florida’s Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National #WildlifeRefuge (pictured here). Photo by Mark Cook, South Florida Water Management District. #usinterior #animals #wildlife
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 29, 2018 at 05:22AM

Land and sky collide as wispy clouds creep between rolling #mountains along the #BlueRidge Parkway in #NorthCarolina. The drifting #clouds and forested peaks create layers of white and green, stretching out to the horizon. The parkway is 469 miles long, but the views are endless. Photo @BlueRidgeNPS courtesy of Joshua Moore (@jtm71). #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 28, 2018 at 02:14PM

A mesmerizing scene found in Mount Rainier National Park, a park known for abundant snowfall and spectacular winter scenery. The patterns of lines are called rain runnels, indicative of heavy rainfall on the deep snowpack. You never know what you can find on a trip into the backcountry here. Photo courtesy of Scott Kranz (@Scott_Kranz) #FindYourPark #usinterior #nationalpark #mountrainier #washington #winter
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 28, 2018 at 05:21AM

It’s #ManateeAppreciationDay! These gentle giants can grow to over 14 feet in length and weigh over 3,000 pounds. Also, known as “sea cows,” #manatees feed on seagrasses and other aquatic plants. Today, the total population is estimated to be at least 13,000 manatees, with more than 6,500 in the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico. When aerial surveys began in 1991, there were only an estimated 1,267 manatees in Florida. Photo from #CrystalRiver National #WildlifeRefuge Complex by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (@usfws). #manatee #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 27, 2018 at 01:46PM

Built in 1910 to provide irrigation water for farms, Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir in southern #Idaho is now a popular spot for outdoor recreation. A premier fishery, the reservoir is a great place to cast a line for walleye or drill a hole for ice fishing. The #SalmonFalls Creek area offers Class I and II floatable opportunities from mid-April to late June. If fishing or floating aren’t what you are looking for, the area also is a great place for hiking, hunting, off highway vehicles, rock climbing and more! In the summer, be sure to watch for thunderstorms. Photo by Austin Catlin, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #usinterior #yourpubliclands #mypubliclands #travel
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 27, 2018 at 05:23AM

On foggy mornings, an eerie calm falls over Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National #WildlifeRefuge in #Mississippi. The water is still and the air is thick. With 48,000 acres of forests, fields and waters, the refuge is excellent habitat for eagles, alligators and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Visitors enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking, and wildlife photography and observation. The refuge also serves as an outdoor classroom for Mississippi State University and other local educational institutions. Photo by 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 – March 26, 2018 at 02:59PM

The Merced Wild and Scenic River begins as snowmelt from the high Sierra gathers into glacier-polished channels and then pours over spectacular granite waterfalls before slowing to a sluggish meander through the incomparable #Yosemite Valley in #California. Once the river exits Yosemite #NationalPark, it makes a headlong rush for the lowlands and its class III and IV whitewater rapids provide thrills to rafters and kayakers. In the spring, you get stunning views like these images that were taken this morning after a light dusting of snow. It is the perfect place to #FindYourWay this season. Photos by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #usinterior #mypubliclands #mercedriver
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 26, 2018 at 05:21AM

We can’t get enough of the National Park of #AmericanSamoa (@npsamericansamoa). Like an emerald set in an ocean of aquamarine, this jewel of a park welcomes visitors to a world of sights, sounds and experiences unlike any other national park in the United States. You can celebrate Samoan culture, spot exotic birds, snorkel in clear #ocean waters and hike up into the lush mountains for unforgettable views. And after all that, you can just lay on the perfect white sand #beach. Photo by @NationalPark Service. #FindYourPark #vacation #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 25, 2018 at 05:06AM

Since the early settlements, Bulls Island has been the scene of much historical activity. Bulls Bay and the creeks behind Bulls Island were reputed hideouts for pirates plundering ships along the coast. Over 240 years, 36 parties claimed ownership of Bulls Island. Today, it is the largest barrier island found within the #CapeRomain National #WildlifeRefuge in #SouthCarolina. The most photographed part of the refuge, Boneyard Beach on Bulls Island is known for its fallen and sun-bleached oaks and cedars that create an eerie beauty alongside the gentle surf and spectacular sunrises. Photo by William Sumrell (https://ift.tt/18oFfjl). @usfws #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 24, 2018 at 04:20AM

To watch the sunrise, most people face east. At #GrandTeton National Park in #Wyoming, turning west will allow you to see the morning’s first rays touch the peaks and work their way down the mountain faces, spreading light, warmth and beauty. Shades of orange and pink glow on the snow to create a picture perfect moment. Photo @grandtetonnps by John Corso (https://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #usinterior #findyourpark #travel #nationalpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 23, 2018 at 02:50PM

The St. Anthony Sand Dunes in eastern #Idaho are 10,000 acres of shifting, white sand. From January through April, the area is closed to humans to protect wintering big game like elk, moose and mule deer. The rest of the year, the 400-foot-high #dunes attract visitors exploring the landscape by foot, on horseback or enjoying thrilling rides in off-road vehicles. Photo by Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #mypubliclands #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 23, 2018 at 05:27AM

Happy #NationalPuppyDay! 🐶 These little guys are the sled dogs at #Denali — the only national park in the U.S. with a working dog team. Sled dogs have held an essential role in the life and culture of #Alaska for thousands of years, and since the 1920s, @Denalinps’s team has helped protect the park’s wildlife, scenery and wilderness. Photo by #NationalPark Service. #cute #cuteanimals #dogsofinstagram #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 22, 2018 at 01:54PM

#GlenCanyon National Recreation Area’s #HorseshoeBend has become an iconic destination area for tourists from all over the world. Whether it’s viewing this #Arizona landmark from above on the overlook or a boat on the Colorado River, you’re guaranteed to see something new. The colors of the rocks change throughout the day as the shadows move in and out of the canyons. Photo courtesy of Josiah Roe (@josiahq). #findyourpark #usinterior #travel #nationalpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 22, 2018 at 05:28AM

This is so #cute! With grasslands, forests, tidal salt marshes and freshwater ponds, #BombayHook National #WildlifeRefuge in #Delaware provides excellent habitat for a terrific variety of animals. Some live here year round while others stop by as they make their way along the Atlantic Flyway. This time of year, visitors can see eagles, hawks, ducks, geese and litters of cute baby #foxes. Photo of two red #fox kits taken last week by Jennifer Cross, 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 – March 21, 2018 at 02:18PM

One of the most beautiful places in the world, #Glacier National Park in #Montana draws visitors from all over to explore its glacier-carved peaks and valleys, and pristine turquoise lakes and streams. A popular spot in Glacier, #LakeMcDonald is the largest and deepest body of water in @glaciernps. Here, clear water showcases the lake bottom’s colorful rocks that sparkle like jewels in the sun. Photo courtesy of Brandon Horoho (@horohophoto). #usinterior #findyourpark #travel #nationalpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 21, 2018 at 04:53AM

Sunlight streaming through leaves, the chirps and squeaks of birds and animals in the trees, and the rich scents of the outdoors make the forest a happy place for many people. Today on International Day of #Forests, we recognize these special places and their importance to wildlife and recreation. Photo of the Sol Duc rainforest at #Olympic #NationalPark (@Olympicnationalpark) in #Washington by Adam Jewell (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl, @nationalparksphotographer) #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 20, 2018 at 02:15PM

Here’s another gorgeous photo for the first day of #spring: Wildflowers carpet the mountainside at #Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in #California. An easy drive from the #SanFrancisco Bay and Sacramento areas, Berryessa Snow Mountain has a wealth of natural, historical and cultural resources. It’s the perfect place for hiking, whitewater rafting, boating, traveling the rugged terrain in an all-terrain vehicle — or taking in an epic view! Photo by Anthony Southwood (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #usinterior #travel #yourpubliclands
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 20, 2018 at 05:21AM

It’s the first day of #spring! We hope you’re making plans to get outside on your public lands to enjoy the coming color. We’re excited for scenes like last year’s Superbloom at #CarrizoPlain National Monument in #California, where wildflowers put on a spectacular show. 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 – March 19, 2018 at 01:31PM

On March 19, 2008, a small explosion blasted through the wall of Halema‘uma‘u Crater at the summit of Kīlauea in #Hawaii Volcanoes #NationalPark. Ten years later, it is the world’s largest lava lake at about 919 feet by 656 feet. Photo @hawaiivolcanoesnps by U.S. Geological Survey (@USGS). #FindYourPark #usinterior #travel #history #science #volcanoes #hawaiivolcanoes
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 19, 2018 at 05:21AM

Mesa Verde means “green table,” but #winter snows have turned most of #MesaVerde National Park white. Over 5,000 archaeological sites in the park help tell the story of the Pueblo people, who lived more than 700 years ago in what we now call #Colorado. Spruce Tree House, seen here, is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in the country and an astounding sight from Chapin Mesa overlook. Photo @mesaverdenps by #NationalPark Service. #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 18, 2018 at 05:32AM

It’s never too early to start planning your summer adventure. Located in #Idaho, Little Jacks Creek #Wilderness is a landscape of sagebrush, grasses and magnificent multi-tiered 1,000-foot-deep canyons towering over meandering creeks, like the Little Jacks Creek Wild and Scenic River. These rivers and their canyons have what you are looking for whether it’s placid pools or turbulent whitewater; vertical cliffs or steep grassy slopes; or wildlife or wildflowers. It’s the perfect place to #FindYourWay. Photo by Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #usinterior #yourpubliclands
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 17, 2018 at 04:44AM

It’s easy to see why America’s #publiclands are called national treasures, with stunning views like this shot at #Yellowstone #NationalPark! While we can’t promise you’ll find a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow, you might find a bison 😀 Photo @yellowstonenps courtesy of Christina Adele Warburg (@christinaadelephoto). #StPatricksDay #usinterior #FindYourPark #travel #bison
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 16, 2018 at 02:02PM

From the bottom of the deepest glacial fjord to the summit of its highest peak, Glacier Bay #NationalPark and Preserve in #Alaska encompasses some of our continent’s most amazing scenery and wildness. #GlacierBay is a marine park, where great adventure awaits by boating into inlets, coves and hideaway harbors. It’s also a land park, with its snow-capped mountains, spectacular glaciers and emerald-green forests. From the summit to sea, @glacierbaynps’s wildness is remote, dynamic and breathtakingly beautiful. Photo by Melissa Machonis (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #usinterior #FindYourPark #travel
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 16, 2018 at 05:23AM

Skyline Drive curves around mountaintops and pushes through clouds at #Shenandoah National Park in #Virginia. With plenty of spots to pull off and take in the view, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a mountain #sunrise. The speed limit is 35 mph, so plan to take your time and make sure to watch for wildlife in the road. Photo @ShenandoahNPS by N. Lewis, #NationalPark Service. #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 15, 2018 at 03:01PM

At #SouthDakota’s #Badlands National Park, the weather can be just as amazing as the landscape of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires surrounded by a mixed-grass prairie ecosystem. Pictured here are #mammatus clouds — which form when cold air within the cloud sinks toward Earth, creating rounded, smooth and pouch-like shapes on the underside. While mammatus clouds often accompany severe thunderstorms, the clouds themselves are harmless and usually form after a storm has passed. Photo by Cathy Bell, #NationalPark Service. #usinterior #FindYourPark #weather #travel
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 15, 2018 at 05:20AM

Did you know that there are five national wildlife refuges in #RhodeIsland? #SachuestPoint National #WildlifeRefuge features rocky shorelines, sandy beaches and a large salt marsh that provide habitat to amazing birds like the piping plover. In the winter, visitors can walk or cross-country ski on the refuge trails and enjoy #sunrises and sunsets over the water. Photo by Chris Hunter (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). @usfws #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 14, 2018 at 03:21PM

It’s hard to describe a #TunnelView sunrise at #Yosemite National Park in #California. There just aren’t enough words to explain the feeling of watching dawn’s glow work its way down the granite faces to stream across the rich forest in the valley. The clouds floating over the mountaintops catch the colors and paint the sky. It’s one of the greatest shows on public lands. Photo @yosemitenps by Koustav Maity (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #usinterior #findyourpark #travel #nationalpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 14, 2018 at 05:21AM

Today marks the 115th anniversary of the creation of the first national wildlife refuge at Pelican Island in Florida and the birth of the national wildlife refuge system. From Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge on the Atlantic to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific, over 550 wildlife refuges — many of them close to urban centers — protect an incredible array of #wildlife and landscapes. Photo of Back Bay National #WildlifeRefuge in #Virginia by Heather Bautista (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). @usfws #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 13, 2018 at 01:53PM

As the sun nears the horizon of this huge, high-elevation valley at #GreatSandDunes National Park and Preserve, its intense light shines through soft atmospheric haze — shifting the color spectrum toward crimson. Early explorers were moved by this phenomenon and named this #Colorado mountain range Sangre de Cristo, meaning the “Blood of Christ.” Visitors today @greatsanddunesnps are also inspired by the vibrant color and light in these mountains, which reach over 14,000 feet! Photo by Patrick Myers, #NationalPark Service. #usinterior #FindYourPark #travel
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 13, 2018 at 05:28AM

Famous for its place in space travel history, #Canaveral #NationalSeashore in #Florida has wonders that are much easier to experience than the walking on the Moon. As high-tech rockets soar into space, sea turtles — one of the oldest animals still living on Earth — nest on a nearby #beach. Walking paths lead visitors by more than 1,000 species of plants as exotic birds fly overhead. Mosquito Lagoon harbors an amazing variety of fish, oysters, crabs and shrimp. We also recommend settling in the sand and watching the #sunset. Photo by Phillip Lott (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 12, 2018 at 03:03PM

If you’re a fan of mountain peaks and high altitude adventure, you’ve got to visit #NorthCascades #NationalPark in #Washington. The Cascade Pass Trail offers quick access to an alpine wonderland, with views of the jagged tops of Eldorado, Johannesburg, Magic, Mixup and McGregor. Continuing on the Sahale Arm Trail takes you to the toe of Sahale Glacier and endless purple #mountains majesty. Photo @ncascadesnps by John Donofrio (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 12, 2018 at 05:24AM

Boat, hike, cycle, camp and fish at America’s most diverse national recreation area: #LakeMead. This year-round playground spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys and two vast lakes in #Arizona and #Nevada. Whether it’s seeing the Hoover Dam from the waters of Lake Mead or finding solitude in one of the park’s nine wilderness areas, @LakeMeadNPS is the place for world-class adventure. Photo by JT Dudrow (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #usinterior #FindYourPark #travel
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 11, 2018 at 05:31AM

Set between the jagged peaks of the #SierraNevada and the geologically complex Inyo Mountains, #California’s #AlabamaHills is the perfect place for rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking — and for films buffs, touring “Movie Road.” Since the 1920s, more than 400 movies have been filmed at the Alabama Hills, and Movie Road allows visitors to walk or drive along the sets of many of their favorite blockbusters. Filmmakers love to use the steep hills, natural arches and windows found throughout the area to evoke far away places, including Afghanistan in Iron Man, the Himalayas in Gunga Din and a Spanish Estate in Gladiator. Photo by Michele James (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #usinterior #yourpubliclands #travel
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