U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 18, 2018 at 06:13AM

Take the backroads and explore the sights along the Steese Highway in #Alaska. The 175-mile-long Steese Highway (Alaska Route 6) connects Fairbanks with the small town of Circle on the bank of the mighty #Yukon River. Only the first 80 miles of the Steese Highway are paved, but the road is maintained year-round. Here you can explore the vast landscape of the Great Interior, traditional home of the Athabascan people and watch the #NorthernLights dancing overhead. For more awesome videos and photos, follow @mypubliclands. Video by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management. #yourpubliclands #usinterior #aurora
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 17, 2018 at 06:21AM

We don’t know what event this is or who is winning, but we love watching. Two bull elk battling at #RockyMountain #NationalPark in #Colorado. To the bold goes the gold. Photo @rockynps courtesy of Zach Rockvam (@zach.rockvam). #usinterior #findyourpark #animals #wildlife
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 16, 2018 at 02:46PM

Lenticular clouds are stationary, saucer-shaped clouds that form when moist air is pushed over large obstructions. As the tallest mountain in the Cascade Range, Mount Rainier in #Washington is a great place to see these unique, cloud formations. If you don’t care about the #clouds, you can still enjoy amazing recreation, wildlife watching and cultural history at #MountRainier #NationalPark. Photo @MountRainierNPS by Jacklyn Fraizer (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl, @jacklyndf). #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 16, 2018 at 06:20AM

Virtually unchanged except by the forces of nature, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in #Alaska is as wild as it is vast. Through endless summer days and winter nights colored by the Northern Lights, visitors travel by rivers and mountains yet to be named. With no roads, no trails and very few people, it’s the perfect place for those seeking solitude and natural beauty. Photo by Carl Johnson, #NationalPark Service (@alaskanps). #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 15, 2018 at 02:53PM

#TBT to this spectacular view from #Yosemite National Park’s famous Horsetail Fall in 2017 when the waterfall looked like lava flowing down the side of El Capitan. This rare phenomenon “firefall” 🔥 only happens for a short time in February — when there are clear skies, enough snow for the waterfall to flow and the setting sun hits the waterfall at just the right angle. This year, it doesn’t appear that #HorsetailFall will be putting on its show, but if you want take your chances, visit nps.gov/yose to find out how you can see it. Photo @yosemitenps courtesy of William Rainey (@williamraineyphotography). #usinterior #findyourpark #firefall #nationalpark #elcapitan
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 15, 2018 at 06:31AM

Located near the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau, #PetrifiedForest #NationalPark is part of an amazing geological region. Here you can see the colorful Painted Desert badlands next to mesas, buttes and hoodoos that have been sculpted by wind, rain and time. It’s a sight that will leave you in awe. Photo @petrifiedforestnps by JT Dudrow (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #usinterior #findyourpark #travel #arizona #sunset
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 14, 2018 at 02:59PM

Love is in the air today. It seems like everywhere you look, you can see tender moments between couples — including in the animal kingdom like these two foxes. These fox kits were spotted snoozing at #Acadia National Park in #Maine. Did you know that a mother #fox gives birth to a litter of 2-12 kits, which the parents raise together? When the kits are about seven months old, they’re ready to strike out on their own. Photo @acadianps by Jana Matusz, #NationalPark Service. #ValentinesDay #usinterior #findyourpark #cuteanimals #happyvalentinesday
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 14, 2018 at 06:20AM

Love is an adventure, especially when it finds its way to national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands. Each year, these special places make the perfect backdrop for proposals and weddings. Today we celebrate the romantic moments loved ones share on #publiclands. Photo of #Yellowstone #NationalPark (@yellowstonenps) in #Wyoming courtesy of Daniel McLaughlin. #ValentinesDay #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 13, 2018 at 02:56PM

Cosumnes River Preserve in #California is a bucket list must for any birder hoping to see the trumpet and dance of Sandhill cranes. Nestled in the heart of California’s Central Valley, the preserve is a critical stop on the Pacific Flyway for migrating and wintering waterfowl. Over 250 species of birds have been sighted on or near the Preserve, including the Swainson hawk, Canada geese, Sandhill cranes. Gray-colored birds with red caps, Sandhill cranes stand up to 5 feet tall and have a wingspan of 6-7 feet. They fly in for winter to fatten up, and perform acrobatic mating dances. It’s an amazing sight to behold. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #usinterior #travel #birders #sandhillcrane
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 13, 2018 at 06:20AM

#ChannelIslands #NationalPark in #California encompasses five remarkable islands and the surrounding ocean, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth. Besides being an amazing outdoor classroom, it’s also a great place to watch the #sunset. Photo @channelislandsnps by Angela Scolaro (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 12, 2018 at 02:30PM

If you like #lightning, you’ll love this shot from Hulls Gulch National Recreation Trail nearby Boise, #Idaho. Scotty Perkins captured this epic shot a few years ago while exploring the area. He sat down on the hillside to capture a storm going by, and this one got much too close. “Safe to say I left the area right after this image was taken!” Remember, if you are out in a storm, avoid viewpoints and tall trees, and find an open, low space on solid ground. Photo courtesy of Scotty Perkins (@scottyperkinsphoto). #usinterior #trail #publiclands #travel
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 12, 2018 at 06:20AM

Join us in celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. From humble beginnings, our 16th President rose to become one of the most influential figures in American history. Learn about his life and legacy at many of our nation’s historic sites. Photo of the #LincolnMemorial on the National Mall & Memorial Parks (@nationalmallnps) in #WashingtonDC courtesy of Drew Geraci. 🎩 #FindYourPark #usinterior #AbrahamLincoln
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 11, 2018 at 06:13AM

Experience the solitude of #winter in Shenandoah National Park (@shenandoahnps) in #Virginia. Just 75 miles from the bustle of Washington, D.C., #Shenandoah offers crisp, clear skies, snowy mountains and spectacular views of the valleys below. In winter you’ll have a better chance of seeing woodland animals like deer, squirrels and turkeys as they forage for food. Photo by #NationalPark Service. #usinterior #findyourpark #travel
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 10, 2018 at 07:00AM

Wooo! 🦅This bald #eagle at Crab Orchard National #WildlifeRefuge in #Illinois is cheering on America in the Winter Olympics. You can easily spot the massive nests of eagles in the bare trees during winter at the refuge. They also make their presence known with daring dives, wide wing spans and screaming calls. We’re glad they’re on our team. 🇺🇸 Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (@usfws). #usinterior #baldeagle #animals
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 09, 2018 at 03:01PM

Travel 1,000 years back in time at Chaco Culture National Historical Park (@chaco_culture_nhp) in #NewMexico. Home to the remains of massive stone buildings containing multiple stories and hundreds of rooms, this high desert valley was once the center of Puebloan culture. These structures were often oriented to solar, lunar and cardinal directions with sophisticated astronomical markers, water control devices and ceremonial earthen mounds surrounding them. Photo by Thomas Piekunka (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 09, 2018 at 06:21AM

Are you excited for the Winter Olympics? How about #winter at #Olympic #NationalPark in #Washington? With amazing chances to ski and skate — plus breathtaking views along Hurricane Ridge — this park is a gold medal winner! 🏅 Photo @olympicnationalpark by John Robinson (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 08, 2018 at 02:56PM

Journey through an enchanted forest at #Redwood National and State Parks. Here, you can see the world’s tallest trees 🌲 shrouded in fog as the silence envelops you. The fog not only adds a sense of mystery, it also provides the redwoods with about 40 percent of their water intake. Photo courtesy of David Kingham (@davidkingham). #usinterior #findyourpark #travel #nationalpark #california
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 08, 2018 at 06:25AM

Located in southeastern #Virginia and northeastern #NorthCarolina, Great Dismal Swamp National #WildlifeRefuge is anything but dismal. With more than 111,200 acres of seasonally flooded wetland forest and the 3,100-acre Lake Drummond at its center, the refuge contains some of the most important wildlife habitat in the mid-Atlantic region. In the winter, the lake provides a resting place for thousands of migratory birds including Tundra Swans and Snow Geese. In the summer, it’s home to Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets. It’s also an amazing place to witness the start of a new day. Photo courtesy of Tom Hamilton (@tomhamiltonphotography). @usfws #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 07, 2018 at 03:08PM

Winters at #CraterLake #NationalPark in #Oregon are long and snowy — but they are also beautiful. Storms from the Pacific Ocean dump an average of 43 feet of snow in the park, making it the perfect place for a #winter adventure. Photo courtesy of Christian Schaffer (@christianannschaffer). #usinterior #findyourpark #travel
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 07, 2018 at 06:23AM

Ranging over 4 million acres in southwest #Alaska, #LakeClark National Park & Preserve offers excellent opportunities for adventure, exploration, learning and just plain fun. However, it can be hard to get a lot done when all you want to do is stare at the #epic views. Photo along the Telaquana River @lakeclarknps by J. Mills, #NationalPark Service. #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 06, 2018 at 02:45PM

An iconic shot of #Zion #NationalPark, the Watchman towers over the Virgin River. With stunning pics like this, we can definitely see why this spot is so popular. Photo @zionnps courtesy of Matt Purciel (@california_matt). #usinterior #findyourpark #travel
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 06, 2018 at 06:21AM

#Sunrise after a fresh snowfall gives an aura of peace to this small meadow at #RockyMountain #NationalPark in #Colorado. With a golden sun and pink light filtered through the morning fog, it’s easy to picture something magical happening in this majestic place. Are you in the mood to frolic? Photo @RockyNPS by Shawn Stackhouse (@stackhousephoto) (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 05, 2018 at 02:57PM

A view that’s millions of years in the making: #Sunset from Pima Point at #GrandCanyon #NationalPark in #Arizona. Photo @grandcanyonnps courtesy of Albert Yang (@alberthbyang). #findyourpark #usinterior #travel
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 05, 2018 at 06:20AM

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on the #Pennsylvania – New Jersey border features almost 70,000 acres of forested mountains, picturesque valleys and fertile floodplains that have known 10 millennia of human contact. The sloping, rocky landscape is home to several waterfalls. A popular destination in every season, Raymondskill Falls at #DelawareWaterGap is especially gorgeous in #winter. Photo @DelWaterGapNPS by National Park Service. #FindYourPark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 04, 2018 at 06:07AM

Life is better with friends. Just ask these two bear cubs that look like they are playing leapfrog at #LakeClark #NationalPark and Preserve in #Alaska. #FriendsDay Photo @lakeclarknps by Hunt Karen (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #usinterior #findyourpark #animals #cuteanimals
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 03, 2018 at 06:17AM

Edwards Mountain rises from a frosty lakeshore to pierce the clouds. No matter the season, there’s never a shortage of epic views at #Glacier National Park in #Montana. Photo @glaciernps by Jacob W. Frank, #National ParkService. #usinterior #findyourpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 02, 2018 at 03:10PM

#BryceCanyon #NationalPark in #Utah is amazing all year long, but the park holds its own magic in winter. The bright white snow contrasts with the orange of the hoodoos and other rock formations. A blizzard had hit Bryce within 36 hours of Christine Kenyon’s arrival at the park. Of the experience, Christine says, “When the park reopened after plowing, I was on the scene. Bluebird skies, an epic sunrise, but a little breezy and quite cold.” Photo courtesy of Christine Kenyon (@christinekenyonphoto). #findyourpark #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 02, 2018 at 06:23AM

Along the lower reaches of the Columbia River in #Washington, #Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge preserves unique habitat for wintering birds and other fascinating wildlife. Quiet and attentive visitors may be treated to the sight of a long tailed weasel running across a trail or a group of river otters playing in the water. Look out over distant fields and you might see a coyote hunting for rodents or a white tailed deer grazing watchfully. The #wildliferefuge is a place where people can share a bond with nature, and each other, by passing on outdoor traditions to new generations. Sunset photo by Donna Torres (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). @usfws #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 01, 2018 at 02:40PM

Here’s a dream spot at Grand Teton #NationalPark: Delta Lake in #Wyoming. This hidden gem starts on a social trail out of Lupine Meadows, which leads to a turquoise lake right at the base of the #GrandTeton. Of this trail, Josh Packer says, “Hiking up to the #DeltaLake was the most strenuous yet rewarding hikes of my life. We experienced rain and lightning and were fortunate to have this magical sunset over the Grand Teton.” Video @grandtetonnps courtesy of Josh Packer (@packtography). #usinterior #findyourpark
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – February 01, 2018 at 06:24AM

Happy 112th Birthday to our friends at the U.S. Forest Service (@u.s.forestservice). Though forest reserves were first administered by Interior, the Forest Service was created in 1905 as part of the Department of Agriculture with Gifford Pinchot serving as Chief Forester and now manages almost 200 million acres of public land. Among these rich forests and grasslands are places of spectacular beauty, like Trillium Lake at Mt. Hood National Forest in #Oregon. Photo by Daniel Rice (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl).
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – January 31, 2018 at 03:38PM

Here’s another amazing photo of this morning’s #SuperBlueBloodMoon from #Yellowstone National Park. To capture this photo, Ranger Jake had a little fun with a double-exposure, first photographing the moon with a 400 mm lens and then he re-exposed over that image with a 24mm lens. If you look closely, you can see both moons. The smaller of the two is what the moon looks like at 24mm. Most newer cameras have this function, which replicates an old film technique. Everything was done in-camera without the use of photoshop. Have fun trying it out! Photo @yellowstonenps by Jacob W. Frank, #NationalPark Service. #moon #supermoon #eclipse #lunareclipse #bloodmoon
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – January 31, 2018 at 12:19PM

There are so many awesome photos of last night’s “super blue blood moon,” but this double exposure shot from Great Sand Dunes #NationalPark and Preserve in #Colorado really stands out. Even the elk at the bottom of the dunes seemed to notice the amazing view. Photo by Patrick Myers, National Park Service. #FindYourPark #SuperBlueBloodMoon #usinterior #moon #supermoon #eclipse #lunareclipse #bloodmoon
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – January 31, 2018 at 06:22AM

Last night’s “super blue blood moon” was the second full moon of January and appeared 14 percent bigger than the usual full #moon. The reddish color is an effect of the lunar eclipse, when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow. It’s the first time this has happened in 150 years. Did you see this rare and spectacular event? Photo from the Pony Express National Historic Trail in #Nevada by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #SuperBlueBloodMoon #usinterior
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – January 30, 2018 at 03:57PM

We’re ending the day with this vibrant sunset at #JoshuaTree #NationalPark. With cooler days during winter, now is the perfect time to visit this amazing desert park in southern #California. Photo @joshuatreenps courtesy of Paul Kizirian (@p.kizzy). #usinterior #findyourpark #sunset #travel
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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – January 30, 2018 at 06:25AM

Does this look like your normal morning meeting? It seems like these Steller sea lions at the #Oregon Coast National #WildlifeRefuge Complex have a lot to talk about. Maybe they’re discussing the quality of the fish they’re hunting or the immense size (11 feet long and 2,500 pounds) of the largest males. Each one seems to have an opinion. Which Steller #sealion are you? Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (@usfws). #usinterior #squadgoals
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