- 1 / 34For Steady-Handed SpelunkersCarlsbad Cavern National Park, New Mexico
It may be a bit easier to capture the grandeur of Carlsbad Caverns with a tripod and a little time, but if you stand REALLY still and use just the right filter, you'll be able to capture some stunning shots of this undeniably cool underground world.
Photo by @uncontainedlife
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- 3 / 34For the Rugged CoastlinesAcadia National Park, Maine
Is there anything more poignant than a lone figure at the edge of the water along the Eastern Seaboard? That moody Maine weather makes Acadia National Park is the perfect place to capture a pensive moment. And even on the clear and sunny days, there's just something about that landscape that feels wistful. And Acadia gets bonus points for having a beautiful #lighthouse.
Photo by @reginatravels
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- 7 / 34For Standing Very Very Still
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
If you're looking to come face-to-face with a grizzly bear, Alaska is home to over 30,000 of them. While not guaranteed, a trip to Denali National Park and Preserve is a great chance to snap the most unique and impressive wildlife shot in your feed. Just remember: No sudden movements!
Photo by @chrisburkhard
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- 9 / 34If You're Feeling ReflectiveCrater Lake National Park, Oregon
You've seen the photos but nothing can really prepare you for the utter perfection of Crater Lake's deep blue calm. There are no streams or rivers feeding into or out of the lake, so on a good day, the surface is mirror-like, making for an easy top post.
Photo by @veggietravelgal
- 10 / 34If You Want to Walk on MarsDevil's Golf Course, Death Valley National Park, California
Aspiring astronauts, the Devil's Golf Course in Death Valley National Park is calling you. While we can't say whether or not it really looks like the surface of a different planet, there's no denying that it's other-worldly.
Photo by @damselinsf
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- 12 / 34If You Wish You Were Ansel AdamsArtist Point, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
If you're planning an artist-themed trip through the U.S. National Parks, we wouldn't blame you—just be sure to stop at Artist Point for a shot of Yellowstone Falls. The view from the spot, named for Thomas Moran's famous 1872 sketch of the falls and photographed by Ansel Adams in 1941, is a truly artistic angle.
Photo by @jendegtjarewsky
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- 15 / 34If You Like Chasing WaterfallsHorsetail Falls, Yosemite National Park, California
Horsetail Falls, Bridalveil Falls... Yosemite really knows how to do waterfalls. But what makes this spot extra special is that, if you make your way to Horsetail Falls on the 2nd or 3rd of February, under the right conditions the light of the setting sun will catch the falls and sets them aglow. Special, unique, and stunning—this is Instagram gold.
Photo by @burbs2abroad
- 16 / 34If You Think "Boulder" Is a VerbJoshua Tree National Park, California
The climbing community just can't get enough of Joshua Tree National Park. Those gorgeous boulders are just begging to be climbed. And even if you prefer to keep both feet on the ground, there's just something so likeable about the way the light hits the rocks of Joshua Tree.
Photo by @natalienphoto
- 17 / 34For Nature LoversRedwood National Park, California
We've all seen the photo of the car passing through a Redwood tree in Northern California, and if you love the idea of living harmoniously with the natural world, Rewood National Park is the place for you. The park system works around felled and living trees to leave as little of the environment disturbed as possible—so rather than clear away an entire felled tree, they merely cut out a small portion along the trail. The fact that it's the perfect setting for your next profile pic is just a coincidence.
Photo by @eachplacearhapsody
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- 20 / 34If You Walk the LineSanta Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas
Johnny Cash may have lived in Tennessee, but Santa Elena Canyon is the place to be if you want to walk the line. With one wall in Mexico and one wall in the United States, the canyon is one of the most Instagrammed spots in Big Bend National Park. And if that's not impressive enough for you, the canyon is HUGE. There's a person in this picture, can you spot him?
Photo by @ausscott
- 21 / 34For Those Who Live on the EdgeGrand Canyon National Park, Arizona
All along the South and North rims on the Grand Canyon are spots like this, where you can get right up to the edge and peak over into the abyss. Want to prove to your followers that you really are a thrill-seeker? This is the perfect spot to do so.
Photo by @ryderryder_
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- 23 / 34For Those Who Do the HoodooBryce Canyon National Park, Utah
The tall skinny spires of rock that dot the landscape of Bryce Canyon are known as hoodoos. Part-alien, part-natural castle, hoodoos are so wonderfully weird that it's impossible to scroll past a picture of them. And they look even wilder when dusted with snow.
Photo by @matt_b987
- 24 / 34If You Really Want to ImpressSt. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana
We know, we know, there's a lot of Glacier National Park in this list. But the park just has so many picture-perfect spots. St. Mary's lake, taken from the Going-to-the-Sun Road, is grandeur, frozen. Are you a professional photographer? Who knows! Vistas like these do the work for you.
Photo by @wheretowillie
- 25 / 34If You Feel at Home where the Buffalo RoamYellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Animal lovers, take note, Instagram loves a buffalo. Luckily, you can't visit Yellowstone National Park without going bison spotting. And while you're there, it's almost an unspoken requirement that you upload a photo of one of those gentle giants leisurely lunching along a river or a shot of stopped cars waiting for a buffalo crossing.
Photo by @hannahonearth
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- 27 / 34For a Little Bit of EverythingGrinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana
If you love snapping snow-capped mountains, go to Grinnell Glacier. If you prefer lush greenery and cheerful wildflowers, go to Grinnell Glacier. Right at the heart of Glacier National Park, Grinnell has a little something for everyone.
Photo by @mowalk_
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- 29 / 34For Feeling Like You're on Top of the WorldHaleakala National Park, Hawaii
Sure you can drive to Haleakala Peak to watch the sunrise, and the view will be spectacular. But if you choose to hike up to the "House of the Sun," crossing the black, barren, other-worldy volcanic territory, your journey—and the resulting Instagram, captioned "Made it to the top of the world!"—will be all the more impressive.
Photo by @alannakyee
- 30 / 34For Aspiring Instagram ModelsJoshua Tree National Park, California
Maybe it's the colors. Maybe it's the slightly alien aspect of the landscape. Whatever it is, Joshua Tree National Park has attracted artists for decades. These days that rugged landscape and those spiky trees are a favorite backdrop for oh-so-artistic fashion shoots. Insta-like.
Photo by @natalienphoto
- 31 / 34For Using #nofilterGrand Teton National Park, Wyoming
You don't have to be a great photographer to take an amazing photo at Grand Teton National Park. In fact, it's impossible to take a bad picture of the Grand Tetons—you can try, but even on a hazy day, those rugged mountain ridges are undeniably impressive. You don't need a fancy camera, just #nofilter and watch those likes roll in.
Photo by @katinaphoto
- 32 / 34If You Want to Look Like You Have One of the Most Crowded Parks to YourselfTunnel View, Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite National Park is one of the top three busiest national parks in the country, and the Tunnel View overlook is, hands down, one of the most iconic scenes of the entire parks system. With the big three—El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Falls—in the background, the vista is always a winner. And as a bonus, no matter how many people stop here every day, you can somehow still manage to make it look like you're completely alone, just you and Yosemite.
Photo by @adriennegunde via @theexploress
- 33 / 34If You Can Be FlexibleDelicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
Arches National Park is full of picture-perfect photo-op spots: mazes of fiery red rock, deep gorges, and gravity-defying natural sculptures. But there's one spot that is especially stunning. Yes, you've seen that image before—it's so iconic that Utah put it on its license plates. Ideal for yoga poses, capturing the moment when you throw your arms in the air and embrace the world, or even just a stand-alone image of the famous spot itself, Delicate Arch is truly Instagram gold.
Photo by @reginatravels
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