A walk in the woods can feel like an escape from the stress of modern life. Enveloped by green, sheltered by the forest canopy, it’s easy to surrender to the songs of birds and the whisper of a flowing stream. Close to the urban centers of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio offers miles of hiking, biking and riding trails, numerous waterfalls, picturesque meadows and the peace you’re looking for. Photo by Amjad Zwaid (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Time seems to stand still at Saguaro National Park in Arizona. Clear, dark nights allow vivid starlight to shine down on the rugged landscape. Reaching slowly towards the sky, the saguaro cactus usually doesn’t develop branches until it’s 50 years old and isn’t considered an adult until it’s 125. Some may live to be 200 years old and reach a height of 50 feet. A return to the park decades after a visit will find things mostly unchanged. The desert isn’t trying to impress you. It just does. Photo by John Vermette (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Over every hill and around each turn, indescribable beauty awaits you at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. With sweeping views, dynamic skies, surprising wildlife and unforgettable experiences, there’s no wonder Yellowstone is known as the quintessential national park. Photo by Jacob W. Frank, National Park Service.
Standing head and shoulders above the crowd, “the Mountain” dominates the landscape of central Alaska. On clear days, it can be seen from as far away as Anchorage and Fairbanks. Within Denali National Park, it appears and disappears as the Denali Park Road winds its way among the smaller mountains along the north edge of the Alaska Range. If you are lucky enough to catch good weather, the sight of the Mountain will leave you speechless. Photo from Stony Hill by National Park Service.
When describing glaciers in Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska, superlatives are hard to avoid. Within our largest national park exists the nation’s largest glacial system, with rivers of ice flowing dozens of miles through majestic mountains. In summer, runoff from glaciers swells rivers and precipitates an explosion of green. From the ground and the air, it’s an epic sight. Photo by Neal Herbert, National Park Service.
Happy Independence Day! From all of us at Interior, we wish you and your family a safe and happy 4th of July. Photo of fireworks in Washington, D.C., by Tom Hamilton (www.sharetheexperience.org).
In the calm of Chippewa Harbor at Isle Royale National Park in Michigan, the waters of Lake Superior look more like a bathtub than the largest lake in the country. The park occupies the entire 40-mile-long island, offering excellent hiking, boating and incredible views of the lake. Put it on your summer bucketlist! Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Knick.
Hoodoos are weathered rock formations carved by the forces of nature into fascinating shapes. Bryce Canyon National Park preserves the world’s largest display of hoodoos in a remarkable natural amphitheater. As sunlight and shadows move across the stunning landscape, the park takes on different moods, offering photographers chances for spectacular shots. This towering hoodoo is called Thor’s Hammer. Photo by James Fishman (www.sharetheexperience.org).
On this day in 1864, President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Land Grant, protecting the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley – an area that would later become Yosemite National Park. It was the first time the government protected land because of its natural beauty so that people could enjoy it. Thanks to John Muir’s passionate writing to further protect the delicate ecosystem of the High Sierra, Yosemite National Park became our nation’s 3rd national park 26 years later. Learn more: https://on.doi.gov/2xPYUz3. Photo courtesy of Menx Cuizon.