U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 21, 2017 at 05:20AM

#PicturedRocks National Lakeshore in #Michigan hugs more than 40 miles of #LakeSuperior — the largest, deepest and coldest of all the Great Lakes. Explore Pictured Rocks’ towering multicolored sandstone cliffs, miles-long sparkling beaches, dashing waterfalls, a huge area of sand dunes, and inland lakes and streams. Photo of Chapel Creek Falls after a storm passed through the area. Photo @picturedrocksnps by Steve Perry (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #FindYourPark #usinterior #puremichigan

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 20, 2017 at 01:46PM

Summer storms make for dramatic photos like this one from #Badlands #NationalPark in #SouthDakota. Sunlit peaks stand starkly against a dark, foreboding sky as #lightning strikes in the distance — creating an electric moment of color. Photo by Ben Hilgert (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #findyourpark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 20, 2017 at 05:20AM

What a gorgeous #sunrise at Morris Wetland Management District in #Minnesota. The district includes 245 waterfowl production areas — small parcels of #wetlands and grasslands — scattered over 52,007 total acres in an eight-county area. Established to restore and protect habitat for prairie wildlife and provide places for public recreation, visitors to #MorrisWetlands can view wildlife, hunt, fish, take pictures and join educational programs. Photo by Alex Galt, 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 – September 19, 2017 at 02:20PM

#LakeClark #NationalPark is a land of stunning beauty where volcanoes steam, salmon run, bears forage, craggy mountains reflect in shimmering turquoise lakes, and local people and culture still depend on the land and water of their home. If you get the chance, we recommend exploring this wild #Alaska park. Photo @lakeclarknps courtesy of Nate Luebbe (@nateinthewild). #findyourpark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 19, 2017 at 05:22AM

It’s been a remarkable year for lava activity at #Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The astounding power of nature can be easy seen at lava lakes, surface flows and the Kamokuna ocean entry, where #lava is streaming out into the Pacific, creating huge clouds of gas and steam. The lava entering the ocean is beginning to rebuild a large delta, forming new land. While there’s something mesmerizing about the movement of molten rock, visitors should always pay attention to their surroundings and stay out of closed areas as they explore Kīlauea — the world’s most active #volcano. Photo by Janice Wei, #NationalPark Service. #FindYourPark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 18, 2017 at 02:01PM

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Last week, #Glacier National Park (@glaciernps) in #Montana received its first snow of the season. While it closed Going-to-the-Sun Road from St. Mary to Logan Pass, that section of the road has reopened, offering visitors as chance to enjoy a beautiful, wintery world. Photo by #NationalPark Service. #findyourpark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 18, 2017 at 05:22AM

There’s no better place to be inspired by American history than the #NationalMall and Memorial Parks in #WashingtonDC. Walking among the historic buildings and statues, you can learn lessons from our greatest leaders and hear about the sacrifices of Americans in times of war. The #WashingtonMonument serves as the centerpiece of the nation’s capital, rising over 555 feet tall and honoring the commanding general of the Continental Army and the first President of the United States: George Washington. Photo @nationalmallnps courtesy of Drew Geraci. #FindYourPark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 17, 2017 at 05:24AM

Today marks the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. With over 23,000 combined casualties suffered by both the Union and Confederate armies, it remains the bloodiest day in American #history. It’s hard to imagine the horror that ravaged this #Maryland community when you walk the now peaceful fields of #Antietam National Battlefield. Photo by National Park Service. #FindYourPark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 16, 2017 at 05:26AM

There’s nothing like waking up at #RockyMountain #NationalPark (@rockynps) in #Colorado. Pull back the tent flap and walk into a bright world of vivid color and crisp mountain air. The sounds of the water lapping at the shore of a #lake surrounded by tall trees and towering peaks revives the sense and refreshes the soul. Photo by Tim Wood (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #findyourpark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 15, 2017 at 05:20AM

It used to be much harder to send a selfie. In the 1860s, riders carried the mail from Missouri to California — covering 1,800 miles in 10 days. Today, visitors can explore sections of this famous mail route along the #PonyExpress National Historic Trail and learn about the challenges faced by the young men who kept the coasts connected. It might have been dangerous work, but you couldn’t beat the views. Photo from a section of the trail in #Utah by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #mypubliclands #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 14, 2017 at 01:49PM

Cades Cove is one of the most popular destinations in #GreatSmokyMountains #NationalPark in #Tennessee. An 11-mile, one-way loop road circles the cove, offering visitors the chance to sightsee at a leisurely pace. Here, you can hike, bike, spot some wildlife or enjoy a magical sunrise. Photo courtesy of Jackie Novak. #FindYourPark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 14, 2017 at 05:21AM

The Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is a rolling landscape of badlands, which offers some of the most unusual scenery in #NewMexico. Time and natural elements have etched a fantasy world of strange rock formations out of sandstone and shale. Off the beaten path, it’s a great place to find solitude, explore the amazing #desert landscape and marvel at the #sunset. Photo by Theresa Rose Ditson (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). @mypubliclands #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 13, 2017 at 01:41PM

A photo of the moon glowing red because of smoke from Jones Fire in Willamette National Forest. With over 114 wildfires burning in the west, it’s a good reminder to check for closures before heading out to a #nationalpark, #wildliferefuge or other public land location, monitor air quality conditions, seek guidance from local authorities on fire restrictions, and put together an emergency supply kit. Photo by Marcus Kauffman, Inciweb. #findyourpark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 13, 2017 at 05:28AM

Located in central #Idaho, Jim McClure-Jerry Peak #Wilderness is a mountainous area that features a patchwork of riparian willows, abundant bunch grasses, aspen and conifers. The area provides habitat for elk, mule deer, moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, greater sage-grouse, bear, wolverine and wolves. Jerry Peak Wilderness is the perfect place for backcountry experiences such as hunting, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, backpacking, skiing and horseback riding — not to mention a chance to just get away and enjoy some solitude. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #usinterior #sunset

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 12, 2017 at 02:18PM

Fall is short-lived in #Alaska’s #Denali #NationalPark and Preserve, but it’s full of vibrant colors. In early September the short scrubs that cover the tundra turn bright red, followed by golden aspens at higher elevations. Photo by Manish Mamtani (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #findyourpark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 12, 2017 at 05:21AM

On this date in 1964, #Canyonlands National Park (@canyonlandsnps) was established. Canyonlands #NationalPark preserves colorful canyons, mesas, buttes, fins, arches and spires in the heart of southeast #Utah’s high desert. Water and gravity have been the prime architects of this land — sculpting layers of rock into the rugged landscape park visitors know and love today. Photo of the park’s iconic #MesaArch at #sunrise by Terry Barnes (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #findyourpark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 11, 2017 at 04:27AM

It’s been 16 years since the tragic events of #September11, 2001, but the images of that day remain clear. Two planes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York and a third into the Pentagon in Virginia. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives. Because of the actions of 40 passengers and crew aboard the fourth plane, Flight 93, the U.S. Capitol was saved. In New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and across the country, people gather today to remember the depth of our loss and the strength of our resolve. By visiting these places and hearing their stories, those who were taken will never be forgotten. Photo from Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania by Tami Heilemann, Interior. #usinterior #neverforget #911 #september11th

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 10, 2017 at 05:15AM

Sunrises look something like this at #GrandTeton #NationalPark in #Wyoming: Absolutely stunning! Photo from @grandtetonnps’s Snake River Overlook courtesy of Sam Koerbel (@koerballin). #findyourpark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 09, 2017 at 05:22AM

Among the incredible moments you can experience on public lands, one of the most overwhelming has to be walking among the tall trees at #Redwood National and State Parks in #California. Growing taller than a 35-story building, #redwoods can live to be 2,000 years old. Only California’s North Coast provides the soil and climate necessary for these immense trees to flourish. They are truly a marvel of nature. Photo @redwoodnps by Stuart Gordon (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #findyourpark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 08, 2017 at 02:32PM

Last night, #Acadia #NationalPark’s sky lit up with a stunning display of the #NorthernLights. It’s a rare sight at #Maine’s @acadianps. Because of a huge solar flare, many parts of the U.S. could have a front row seat to one of nature’s greatest phenomena this weekend! Photo by Will Greene, #NationalPark Service. #findyourpark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 08, 2017 at 05:23AM

Here’s a vivid sunset from #Virginia’s #Shenandoah #NationalPark. Taken from @shenandoahnps’s Jewell Hollow Overlook, this area was selected for its valley views, natural outlooks and interesting rock formations. The sunsets aren’t too bad either. Photo courtesy of Joseph Gruber. #findyourpark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 07, 2017 at 01:45PM

Sitting by a stream winding through the rich forest at #CuyahogaValley #NationalPark, it’s easy to forget you’re only a short drive from the large urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, #Ohio. Here you can explore over 125 miles of hiking trails, catch a rare glimpse of a river otter and learn the stories of the people who shaped the area’s history. You can also go horseback riding on dozens of miles of bridle trails and fish in the river or in the park’s numerous ponds. Photo by Amjad Zwaid (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #FindYourPark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 07, 2017 at 05:20AM

What better place to relax than Easy Chair Crater in #Nevada? Located along Lunar Crater National Back Country Byway, Easy Chair Crater doesn’t have anything to do with the moon. It’s origins lie deep within the Earth. Formed by a cinder cone volcano, it is littered with evidence of its violent past — cooled lava bombs and volcanic crystals. Photo by Chip Caroon, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #mypubliclands #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 06, 2017 at 02:09PM

Hundreds of lakes, large and small, are set like glimmering jewels among the mountains in #NorthCascades #NationalPark in #Washington. Each one unique in origin and appearance, these lakes give life to ecosystems and offer relief to weary explorers. Just when you pick a favorite, another beauty appears over the next ridge. Photo of #DiabloLake @ncascadesnps by Eric Push (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #FindYourPark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 06, 2017 at 05:21AM

With Labor Day behind us, #beach season is drawing to a close. If you’re looking for one more sunset stroll on the sand, check out #CapeCod National Seashore in #Massachusetts. With over 44,000 acres of beaches, wetlands, forests and grasslands, there’s a lot to explore. Photo by Marisa Geraghty (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #FindYourPark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 05, 2017 at 01:58PM

The winding cliffs of #ReflectionCanyon have become an iconic scene in #GlenCanyon National Recreation Area. This extremely remote #Utah site is challenging to reach. It requires a long drive on rough (sometimes impassable) dirt roads, and miles of hiking over rugged, unmarked terrain. Those who make it to this surreal spot say it’s worth it. Multi-image panorama of the #MilkyWay over Reflection Canyon courtesy of Joshua Snow (@j.snow_photo). #findyourpark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 05, 2017 at 05:20AM

Winter might be around the corner at #Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve (@wrangellstenps), but we’re sharing one more summer scene from this epic #Alaska park. This is a premier park for wilderness-oriented activities — from hiking, backpacking and fishing to hunting, river trips, kayaking and biking. Whatever you choose to do, it’s sure to be an adventure! Photo by #NationalPark Service. #findyourpark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 04, 2017 at 04:30AM

Happy #LaborDay! Thanks to all of the hard workers, especially our Interior employees, who make our country great. Enjoy a nap. We hope you sleep as well as this bear cub at #GreatSmokyMountains National Park in Tennessee. Photo @greatsmokynps by Charlie Choc (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #findyourpark #usinterior #cuteanimals

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 03, 2017 at 05:19AM

Discover a colorful wilderness at #PetrifiedForest National Park (@petrifiedforestnps). Located near the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau in #Arizona’s Painted Desert, this awe-inspiring park was one of the first sites in the national park system to be designated a wilderness area for its untamed, natural beauty. Pictured here, Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area’s north unit allows hikers to roam the stunning red and orange landscape of the #PaintedDesert. Photo by #NationalPark Service. #findyourpark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 02, 2017 at 05:21AM

The night sky over #JoshuaTree National Park (@joshuatreenps) is a glittering dome of sparkling stars, bright planets and streaking meteors — but most people no longer get to see it where they live. In urban and suburban settings, artificial lighting and atmospheric pollutants wash out the light of the stars. Boasting some of the darkest nights in Southern #California, Joshua Tree offers many visitors the chance to admire the #MilkyWay for the first time in their lives and was recently designated an International Dark Sky Park. Photo by Brad Sutton, #NationalPark Service. #findyourpark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 01, 2017 at 01:23PM

This #LaborDayWeekend, we hope you can explore some of America’s public lands. Whether it’s paddling through clear, blue waters, summiting a peak or taking a moment to appreciate a stunning sunset, public lands offer a world of adventure. So get out there and experience your public lands! Photo of sunset from #GrandCanyon #NationalPark (@grandcanyonnps) in Arizona by Robert Shuman (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl). #findyourpark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 01, 2017 at 05:31AM

If you’re looking for an adventure, #BlackCanyon of the Gunnison is the place for you! This #Colorado park is home to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock and craggiest spires in North America. You can hike along the rim or in the inner canyon, take a scenic drive along winding roads with hairpin turns and cast a line in the Gunnison River for outstanding trout fishing. And for those who aren’t faint of heart (and have extensive experience), you can brave @blackcanyonnps class V rapids in a kayak or scale its vertical walls. Photo by the #NationalPark Service. #findyourpark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – August 31, 2017 at 02:27PM

So cool! #Lightning snakes through the sky over the #LincolnMemorial in Washington, D.C. Photo from 2012 courtesy of Scotty Perkins (@scottyperkinsphoto). #findyourpark #usinterior

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U.S. Department of the Interior: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – August 31, 2017 at 05:20AM

Energetic carnivores, long-tailed weasels spend most of the daylight hours scouring grasslands, pastures and saltmarsh for prey. Their slender heads and bodies allow them to enter burrows in search of mice, voles, snakes and large insects. The sharp teeth, keen eyesight and scrappy character of long-tailed #weasels make them highly skilled predators, able to catch animals bigger than themselves. In mid-summer, whole families of weasels may be seen as males and females teach their young to hunt. Photo from #Seedskadee National #WildlifeRefuge in #Wyoming by Tom Koerner, 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 – August 30, 2017 at 05:20AM

The spectacular meeting of land and sea is the dominant feature of #KingRange National Conservation Area in #California. Mountains seem to thrust straight out of the surf and recreation opportunities here are as diverse as the landscape. The 68,000 acres of Douglas fir covered peaks extend along 35 miles of coastline and attract hikers, hunters, campers and mushroom collectors, while the #coast beckons to surfers, anglers, beachcombers and divers. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #mypubliclands #usinterior

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