Happy birthday Sequoia National Park – our nation’s 2nd national park! On this day in 1890, Sequoia National Park was established to protect this California park’s iconic sequoia trees, which are some of the largest and oldest trees in the world. From rolling foothills to immense forests to sheer granite peaks rising above lush meadows and broad lake basins, Sequoia National Park astounds visitors with their wild beauty. Photo by Daniel Suh (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl).
Fall colors in Alaska are brilliant, but short lived. At Denali National Park and Preserve, the tundra and forests shine in deep reds and vibrant yellows. Already, winter’s blanket of white snow is beginning to cover the landscape and only the most resilient wildlife will remain active. Photo by Michel Hersen (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl).
Today is National Hunting and Fishing Day, and there’s no better place to celebrate than on America’s public lands like the Molalla River Recreation Area pictured here. Located in Oregon, the Molalla River is a great place for fishing, picnicking, swimming, camping and whitewater boating. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management, @mypubliclands
It’s the first day of fall, and we’re looking forward to amazing autumn colors. Soon, public lands across the country will transform into a tapestry of red, orange and gold. Where is your favorite place to go leaf-peeping? Here’s a breathtaking shot from a previous fall at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Photo by N. Lewis, National Park Service.
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
Last week, Glacier National Park in Montana received its first snow of the season. While it closed Going-to-the-Sun Road from St. Mary to Logan Pass for a short time, that section of the road has reopened, offering visitors as chance to enjoy a beautiful, wintery world. Photo by National Park Service.
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, National Park Service.
There’s no better place to be inspired by American history than the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. 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 Washington Monument serves as the centerpiece of the nation’s capital, rising over 555 feet tall and honoring the commanding general of the Revolutionary Army and the first President of the United States: George Washington. Photo courtesy of Drew Geraci.
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.
There’s nothing like waking up at Rocky Mountain National Park 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).