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For the past few months, scrolling beautiful vacation pics from travels past has been a way to see the world without leaving home. Now as we’re gearing up to finally start traveling, we’re again looking to photography, this time to help guide our plans, and America’s National Parks with their unparalleled natural beauty are speaking volumes. If you’re looking to commune with nature in America’s wilds over the next few months, let these 10 photos from U.S. National Parks inspire you, and don’t forget to book great deals for your trip on CheapTickets!

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Angels Landing, Zion National Park: UT

If you’re afraid of heights, read no further. But if incredible 360-degree views of jagged towering spires and the canyons below sound worth a little calf pain, the Angels Landing day hike is definitely for you. (Not recommended for young kids.)

Artist’s Palette, Death Valley National Park: CA

Follow twisting Artist’s Drive past Badwater Basin to this multicolored hillside created from volcanic ash and minerals deposited millions of years ago. Time and the elements have turned them cool shades of green, pink and yellow, like a palette.

Clingman’s Dome, Smoky Mountains National Park: TN

It’s just a half-mile hike up to the top of Clingman’s Dome, the highest point in Tennessee. At the summit, about 6,643 feet above sea level, you’ll have access to the observation tower and, of course, views of mountain valleys and steep ridges below.

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park: UT

A 2-3 hour hike takes you to this famous natural wonder set among giant domes of sandstone rock. Frame your photo of Delicate Arch perfectly from nearby Frame Arch, aka Twisted Donut Arch. Arrive around sunset for the most dramatic photos.

Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park: MT

Along this 50-mile road that crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, you’ll marvel at deep valleys, glaciers, towering waterfalls and, depending on season, colorful wildflowers and all kinds of wildlife.

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park: WY

Hard to believe the neon colors of the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring are the work of nature but they are, thanks to various species of microbes living in the progressively cooler water surrounding the spring.

Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon National Park: AZ

Pack your swimsuit—and a permit—for your hike to these stunning falls located on Havasupai tribal lands. Located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the waterfall  is famous for its gorgeous turquoise blue waters, perfect for a dip after a long hike.

Skull Rock, Joshua Tree National Park: CA

Next to its crooked namesake trees, Joshua Tree National Park’s most famous attraction is this massive granite rock that resembles a skull. It’s located right off the road but if you’re itching for a hike, opt for the 1.8-mile Skull Rock Nature Loop.

Wonder Lake, Denali National Park: AK

With the jagged peaks of Alaska Range in the background and cool, clear waters or Wonder Lake in the foreground, this is the essential Alaska postcard scene you’ve always dreamed of. It’s accessible by park bus. Be sure to watch for the park’s working sled dogs in winter. Tip: Bring bug spray to the lake in summer—mosquitos here are fierce!

Dry Tortugas National Park: FL

Dry Tortugas National Park almost 70 miles west of Key West is actually a cluster of islands that are only accessible by ferry, boat or seaplane. Activities at the park include exploring a 19th-century fort, camping, swimming and snorkeling crystal waters teeming with marine life.


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Monica Pedraja and Martina Sheehan

Monica Pedraja and Martina Sheehan

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