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Statue of Liberty National Monument

What a sight! Lady Liberty stands in harbor, lifting her torch towards the crescent moon. Completed in 1886, this incredible work of art was later designated as Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1924. Reaching 305 feet above the ground, she is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy and a shining beacon on our greatest days and our darkest nights. Photo @statueellisnps courtesy of John Weatherby (@whereisweatherby).

Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge

It turns out, the golden views at Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge are what you find at the end of the rainbow. This wildlife refuge offers glimpses of both the Sangre de Cristo and Great Sand Dunes National Park in the distance. The auto-tour route between April and early fall allows a drive, in solitude, amongst wetlands home to dozens of bird species. Along the , you will see a wide variety of habitats, from lush grasses to dense stands of willow, to towering cottonwood trees. Photo courtesy of Patricia Henschen.

Joshua Tree National Park

While visiting Joshua Tree National Park in , if you feel the need to go climbing, please stay off the delicate namesake trees. Try your skills on the park’s mountains and boulders instead. offers challenges for all ability levels with more than 8,000 climbing routes, 2,000 boulder problems and hundreds of natural gaps to choose from. It is truly a world-class climbing destination and a little elevation means you get to see an even wider view of this spectacular desert landscape. Photo of House of Horrors climbing area @JoshuaTreeNPS by Brad Sutton, Service.

Antietam National Battlefield

Today marks the 157th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. With over 23,000 combined casualties (over 3,600 dead) 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 community when you walk the now peaceful fields of National Battlefield. Our public lands are managed for their natural and cultural importance. Among them are dozens of battlefields like Antietam. More than a century and a half after the guns fell silent, battlefields preserved for their historical impact now serve as critical natural landscapes, habitat for wildlife and remarkable outdoor classrooms. Photo by National Park Service.

Mount Rainier National Park

As we begin our long goodbye to summer, one of the things we’ll miss the most are wildflower blooms. in is famous for some of the most colorful and magical displays in America. Different flowers come and go, making the landscape a prism of ephemeral beauty. Rosy Spirea (Spirea splendens) grows in dense clusters of rose pink flowers and is commonly found at the margins of lakes and in wet meadows. With early snow already falling in the park, we’ll have to hold on to these memories until next year. Photo @MountRainierNPS by Jose Torres (

City of Rocks National Reserve

Is it just us or does it look like these clouds are getting ready to fight? The forces of nature are powerful indeed, and the rugged landscape of City of Rocks National Reserve in is testament to more than two billion years of geologic upheaval. Faults stretch, mountains rise, ranges extend and wind and rain scour and smooth everything. The park’s unusual rock formations tell these ancient stories, leaving room for future tales under the ever-changing sky. Photo @CityOfRocksNPS by National Park Service.

North Rim Grand Canyon, Cape Royal Point

Cheerful morning light sweeps through the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. You can take a deep breath while you're here --with permission to marvel. From Cape Royal, the southernmost viewpoint on the , visitors witness the most comprehensive panorama of any overlook, providing expansive views across the canyon. With seemingly unlimited vistas to the east and west, this view is popular at both sunrise and sunset. The North Rim of the canyon is open for the season until October 15th, but we celebrate the views and memories made all year long. Photo by Shu Xu (

Katmai National Park & Preserve

Wanna go to brunch? How about thirdmeal? Let’s grab a snack! This time of year, brown bears are going into a process called hyperphagia -- an overwhelming urge to eat as much as possible to prepare for winter and hibernation. The that pack on the most pounds are the bears most likely to survive the dark, cold months ahead. So when you look at this picture of a chubby bear at National Park & Preserve in , remember that a fat bear is a healthy bear. Photo @katmainpp by Service.

Great Basin National Park

No need to get spooked. So what, it’s Friday the 13th. And there’s a full . These things come and go. Take a lesson from nature. Bristlecone pines are the ultimate survivors. At in these amazing trees grow in isolated groves where conditions are harsh, enduring cold temperatures, a short growing season and high winds. Bristlecone pines in these high-elevations grow very slowly, and in some years don't even add a ring of growth. This slow growth makes their wood very dense and resistant to insects, fungi, rot and erosion. Among the Earth’s oldest living organisms, they can live more than 5,000 years. Photo at courtesy of Paul Kizirian (@p.kizzy).

Shenandoah National Park

Everyone can enjoy cruising along Skyline Drive at in . There are so many gorgeous places to stop and enjoy waterfalls, wildlife, trails and amazing views. Photographer Stephen LaVine enjoyed every minute of his visit: “My wife took me to the park for a couple of days for my birthday, so it was a really special time. Each night we went out in search of a sunset to watch and capture and this one definitely did not disappoint!” Photo @ShenandoahNPS courtesy of Stephen LaVine (@stephenlavine).

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Aloha from the lush island of Kaua'i -- home of Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge in . Draped in emerald green, Kaua'i is nicknamed the "Garden Island" because of all that thrives there. Point National Wildlife Refuge provides stirring coastline views with tropical rainforests and verdant valleys, juxtaposed by its rugged cliffs. As you enjoy the sound of the waves and spend time in , keep on the lookout for the plentiful marine and birdlife. It's a place full of life. Photo by Timothy Burton (

Canyonlands National Park

Another sunrise and another glorious year since Canyonlands became a national park. Turning 55 this year, Canyonlands National Park has never looked better. Witnessing the bright sun as it rises over remains a spectacular way to start the new day. ’ landscape of canyons, mesas, buttes and deep river gorges reveal millions of years of deposited sediment and erosion -- a true test of time. This ever-changing landscape feels vast and profound with unmatched scenery and we’re thrilled to celebrate another year. Photo by John Chico (

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