This sunrise photo was taken last year, but it paints a lovely picture of what Shenandoah National Park will look like as the weather gets warmer. Over 850 species of flowering plants grow in the Virginia park. The variety of colors and petals are fun to discover as you wander the trails and enjoy the gorgeous mountain views. Photo by N. Lewis, National Park Service.
Acadia National Park in Maine has many claims to fame. It was the first national park east of the Mississippi. Generations of artists have immortalized its mountains, forests and rocky coastline. Over 3 million people visited last year. And of course, Acadia is the first place the see the sunrise in the continental United States. That’s a lot to be proud of! Photo courtesy of J.K. Putnam.
The peaceful beauty of a winter sunset at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon gives few hints of the landscape’s violent past. For approximately 400,000 years, volcanic eruptions built up a 12,000 foot mountain now called Mt. Mazama. 7,700 years ago, the volcano erupted in a cataclysmic explosion. Fatally weakened, the top of the mountain collapsed and created the hole – the caldera – that we now see today filled with pristine blue water. Photo courtesy of Albert Yang.
Not far from the glitz and excitement of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada offers a different kind of thrill. With scenic trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, it’s easy to find a quiet place to enjoy its natural beauty. Photographer Courtney Knaup – a frequent visitor – recently enjoyed a perfect moment of wonder and solitude. “Being out there alone, watching the first light hit the cliffs is always magical. Even more so with a fresh layer of snow.” Photo courtesy of Courtney Knaup.
For many public lands, one visit is never enough. Photographer Dawn Demaske made several summer trips to Badlands National Park in South Dakota, but hadn’t seen a winter sunrise until recently. Setting up near the park’s signature rock formations, Dawn watched the sky lighten. “The sunrise was spectacular and it was everything I wished it would be. I felt very fortunate to be there at that moment and I took it all in.” Photo courtesy of Dawn Demaske.
A dignified view of dawn, right where rivers meet in West Virginia at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The Shenandoah River is on the right and the Potomac River feeds from the left. The area is rich with history and natural beauty, offering up something for everyone. Photo courtesy of Geoff Livingston.
Happy Presidents’ Day! What better way to celebrate the birthday of our first president– George Washington – than with this gorgeous photo of the monument built to honor him. A 555-foot marble obelisk, the Washington Monument towers over Washington, D.C. Sunrise photo courtesy of Drew Geraci.