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.