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20 Breathtaking Instagram Photos from U.S. State and National Parks

In the United States, there are more than 6,000 federally-protected sites, and over 6,600 state parks. Between the two, they see an estimated 1 billion visitors each year.

If you take a look at the photos some of those visitors have shared on Instagram, it’s easy to see why these parks are popular destinations.

Here are 20 Instagram photos that show just how beautiful U.S. state and national parks are.

1. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

2. Zion National Park, Utah

3. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

4. Fifth Water Hot Springs,  Utah

5. Mt. Ranier National Park, Washington

6. Arches National Park, Utah

7. Custer State Park, South Dakota

8. Allaire State Park, New Jersey

9. Samuel H. Boardman State Park, Oregon

10. Roxborough State Park, Colorado

11. Edisto Beach State Park, South Carolina

12. Denali National Park, Alaska

13. Sand Harbor State Park, California

14. Rock Bridge State Park, Missouri

15. Glacier National Park, Montana

16. Chimney Rock State Park, North Carolina

17. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

18. Joshua Tree National Park, California

19. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

20. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

With the New Year approaching, why not make spending more time outdoors one of your resolutions. Make a bucket list of the state and national parks you’ve always wanted to visit and hit the road.

Besides, getting there is truly half of the fun.

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20 Breathtaking Instagram Photos from U.S. State and National Parks