America's Great Outdoors

Jul 24

Summer storms make for some amazing photos from America’s public lands. Clouds moved moved fast over the Flathead River in Glacier National Park last night.Photo: National Park Service

Summer storms make for some amazing photos from America’s public lands.¬†Clouds moved moved fast over the Flathead River in Glacier National Park last night.

Photo: National Park Service

Jul 23

People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park. The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.Photo of Bass Harbor Head Light: Kristi Rugg (NPS)

People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park. The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.

Photo of Bass Harbor Head Light: Kristi Rugg (NPS)

Jul 22

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Jul 21

153 years ago today, July 21, 1861, the first major battle of the Civil War unfolded on the slopes of Henry Hill and Matthews Hill. Both the North and South learned that the war would not be a short affair, settled through one decisive and epic battle.Manassas National Battlefield Park offers a wide array of activities, scenic vistas, historic sites and walking trails to interest the casual visitor or the true Civil War historian. A good place to begin your visit is the Henry Hill Visitor Center. Pick up a park brochure, map, trail guides and check out the daily schedule of interpretive programs.Photo: National Park Service

153 years ago today, July 21, 1861, the first major battle of the Civil War unfolded on the slopes of Henry Hill and Matthews Hill. Both the North and South learned that the war would not be a short affair, settled through one decisive and epic battle.

Manassas National Battlefield Park offers a wide array of activities, scenic vistas, historic sites and walking trails to interest the casual visitor or the true Civil War historian. A good place to begin your visit is the Henry Hill Visitor Center. Pick up a park brochure, map, trail guides and check out the daily schedule of interpretive programs.

Photo: National Park Service

Jul 20

Gorgeous sunrise over Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Photo: Chris Mobley (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Gorgeous sunrise over Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Photo: Chris Mobley (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Jul 19

If you look closely enough, you can see eastern screech owls like this one in many national parks and wildlife refuges across the country.Photo: Steve Gifford, USFWS

If you look closely enough, you can see eastern screech owls like this one in many national parks and wildlife refuges across the country.

Photo: Steve Gifford, USFWS

Jul 18

Now that is a mouthful! What a great photo of a American white pelican taken at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.Photo: John Savage/National Wildlife Refuge Association

Now that is a mouthful! What a great photo of a American white pelican taken at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

Photo: John Savage/National Wildlife Refuge Association

Jul 17

Evening traffic in Denali National Park. Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit

Evening traffic in Denali National Park.

Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit

Jul 16

How about a “wow” photo to start the day. Max Seigal took this great nighttime photo of The Wave in Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness in Arizona.

How about a “wow” photo to start the day. Max Seigal took this great nighttime photo of The Wave in Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness in Arizona.

Jul 15

Great photo of a bear near Wonder Lake in Denali National Park.Photo: Georgia Riddick

Great photo of a bear near Wonder Lake in Denali National Park.

Photo: Georgia Riddick