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The 30 Most Breathtaking Locations in U.S. National Parks

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You couldn’t ask for a better photography subject than the national parks. Home to some of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in the world, the parks are also easily accessible. You don’t even need to leave the main roads to find incredible views and snag a few amazing photos. And for those willing to explore off the beaten path, not only will you find peace and quiet in the wild, you’ll also get unique shots that you won’t find on any postcards in the visitor center. However adventurous you’re feeling, you’d be hard pressed to explore any of these parks without being blown away by the views you find.

1. Capitol Reef National Park

Camp in Capitol Reef National Park

Photo: Mike Fennell

2. Olympic National Park

Hike Mount Storm King Mountain

Photo: Jason Horstman

3. Shenandoah National Park

Hike to Blackrock Summit

Photo: Sarah Giek

4. Lassen Volcanic National Park

Photograph Lassen Peak

Photo: Beth Young

5. Yellowstone National Park

Hike above Grand Prismatic Spring

Photo: Chase Dekker

6. Denali National Park

Climb Sheep Ridge

Photo: Jacob W. Frank

7. Rocky Mountain National Park

Drive Rocky Mountain NP’s Trail Ridge Road

Photo: Joel Bear

8. Rainier National Park

See the Milky Way over Mt. Rainier

Photo: Michael Matti

9. Canyonlands National Park

Hike to False Kiva

Photo: Eric Schuette

10. Redwood National Park

Hike to Tall Trees Grove

Photo: Brian Fulda

11. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Hike the Chimney Tops

Photo: Mason Boring

12. Grand Teton National Park

Photograph the Grand Teton at the Snake River Overlook

Photo: Josh Packer

13. Glacier National Park

Hike to Hidden Lake Overlook

Photo: Shane Black

14. Crater Lake National Park

Explore Crater Lake

Photo: Eric Johnson

15. Bryce Canyon National Park

Photograph Bryce Canyon during Monsoon Season

Photo: Phill Monson

16. Sequoia National Park

Hike the Congress Trail

Photo: Will Cebron

17. Grand Canyon National Park

Capture the Monsoons in Grand Canyon National Park

Photo: Michael Strickland

18. Yosemite National Park

Backpack Sunrise Lakes to Clouds Rest

Photo: Nathaniel Polta

19. Great Sand Dunes National Park

Explore Great Sand Dunes National Park

Photo: Justin Ritucci

20. Zion National Park

Hike the Zion Narrows

Photo: Stephen Marshall

21. Big Bend National Park

Hike Santa Elena Canyon

Photo: Sarah Vaughn

22. Death Valley National Park

Hike the Badlands Loop

Photo: Shannon Kalahan

23. Acadia National Park

Explore Cadillac Mountain

Photo: Chris Mongeau

24. Badlands National Park

Backcountry Camp off the Fossil Trailhead

Photo: Cameron Cech

25. Arches National Park

Short Hike to Double Arch

Photo: Scott Kranz

26. Haleakala National Park

Catch a Sunrise from Pa ka'oao White Hill

Photo: Eric Schuette

27. Joshua Tree National Park

Photograph the Cholla Cactus Garden

Photo: Ryan Dewane

28. Mesa Verde National Park

Explore Mesa Top Loop

Photo: Jason Hatfield

29. Isle Royale National Park

Backpack Isle Royale NP’s Greenstone Ridge Trail

Photo: Joe Whitson

30. Dry Tortugas National Park

Camp and Explore Dry Tortugas NP

Photo: Jess Curren

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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