There’s nothing quite like a wetlands sunrise. The morning…

There’s nothing quite like a wetlands sunrise. The morning colors sparkle across miles of still water while tall grasses wave in the breeze. Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida protects 729,000 acres of unique freshwater swamp, offering refuge to a wide variety of plants and animals. From hardwood hammocks hiding rare Florida panthers to tidal estuaries teeming with birds and fish, there is so much to see in this wonderful place. Photo by National Park Service.

Crater Lake National Park in Oregon is beyond beautiful. No…

Crater Lake National Park in Oregon is beyond beautiful. No place else on earth combines picturesque islands with a pure blue lake surrounded by cliffs almost 2,000 feet high. Witnessing sunrise at this spectacular park as the sun’s golden light warms the lake’s sloping sides is a moment that’ll stick with you for a lifetime. Photo by Kevan Corella (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl).

Summer at Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in…

Summer at Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska is short but sweet. Vibrant colors radiate during long days and caribou, bears, wolves, muskox and fox roam the landscape past mountains and rivers yet to be named. With no roads or trails, the remote park demands visitors to be self-sufficient. The beauty and solitude is their reward. Photo by National Park Service.

From a population of 30 to 60 million animals roaming across…

From a population of 30 to 60 million animals roaming across North America, bison reached a low of about 100 in the wild in the late 1800s. In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt established the National Bison Range in Montana to maintain a representative herd of bison under natural conditions. Today, approximately 400 bison live in the refuge, enjoying the rolling grasslands. Photo by Justin Schöen (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl).

Instead of the glass and steel skyscrapers of New York City,…

Instead of the glass and steel skyscrapers of New York City, Park Avenue at Arches National Park in Utah leads you by natural towers of stone, glowing in the desert light. With great names like Courthouse Towers, Three Gossips, the Organ and the Tower of Babel, these dramatic rock formations line the 1-mile trail near the park’s entrance. Photo by Robert Caton (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl).

Instead of the glass and steel skyscrapers of New York City,…

Instead of the glass and steel skyscrapers of New York City, Park Avenue at Arches National Park in Utah leads you by natural towers of stone, glowing in the desert light. With great names like Courthouse Towers, Three Gossips, the Organ and the Tower of Babel, these dramatic rock formations line the 1-mile trail near the park’s entrance. Photo by Robert Caton (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl).

Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge’s dramatic backdrop of…

Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge’s dramatic backdrop of steep cliffs plunging to the ocean is one of the best places in Hawai’i to view wildlife and take in the amazing island scenery. Home to large populations of nesting seabirds, visitors also have a chance to view spinner dolphins, monk seals, lush coastal plants and Hawai‘i’s state bird – the nēnē or endangered Hawaiian goose. Photo courtesy of Andre Raine, Kaua’i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project.

The wild beauty of the North Dakota badlands inspired a young…

The wild beauty of the North Dakota badlands inspired a young Theodore Roosevelt to build a ranch and create his personal western getaway near the Little Missouri River. Despite the failure of his attempts to raise cattle, the land enchanted and challenged Roosevelt, forever changing the way he approached life. Visitors to Theodore Roosevelt National Park can experience the unique landscape as Roosevelt did and honor his memory. Photo by Abhilash Itharaju (http://ift.tt/18oFfjl).