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usinterior A visitor enjoys a passing rain storm and #sunset at #Yellowstone National Park. To celebrate the start of #NationalPark Week, all national parks (including @yellowstonenps) are waiving entrance fees on April 18-19. #GetOutdoors!
Photo by Manish Mamtani (www.sharetheexperience.org).
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usinterior A #caribou wanders across the #tundra in the shadow of #Denali in #Alaska's Denali #NationalPark. Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit (@danleifheit), National Park Service. #nature #wildlife #animals 21h

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usinterior #MazeOverlook offers spectacular views of Canyonlands National Park (#Utah) that stretches for miles. Explore #Canyonlands’ amazing landscape for free this weekend! To celebrate the start of #NationalPark Week, all national parks are waiving entrance fees on April 18-19. #Sunset photo by Weston Shirey (www.sharetheexperience.org). 2d

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usinterior The calm after the storm is truly beautiful. This photo of #CraterLake #NationalPark in #Oregon was taken from #DiscoveryPoint just at #sunrise just as a storm was clearing the park. Photo by Greg Nyquist (www.sharetheexperience.org). 2d

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usinterior The late afternoon sun creates a #rainbow in #BridalveilFalls at #Yosemite National Park in #California. This weekend, you can experience the beauty of @yosemitenps's #YosemiteValley first hand with free entrance to the park -- and all other national parks across the country. To celebrate the start of #NationalPark Week, all national parks are waiving entrance fees on April 18-19. Photo by Perry Foutch (www.sharetheexperience.org). 3d

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usinterior #GrandTeton #NationalPark in #Wyoming is truly breathtaking! This Sunday, April 19, from 2-4 pm ET join park rangers @grandtetonnps for the first ever national parks #Instameet. From @yosemitenps and @goldengatenationalparks to @evergladesnps and @blueridgenps, national parks across the country are hosting #FindYourParkInstaMeet -- check with your favorite park to see if they are participating. Be sure to tag @USInterior in your pics, and we'll feature some of our favorite images next week. #Sunset photo by Donald Higgs (www.sharetheexperience.org). 3d

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usinterior The first baby #bison of the year have arrived at #RockyMountain Arsenal National #WildlifeRefuge in #Colorado. Last week four bison calves were born on the refuge. Here's a cute pic of one of them with its mother. Photo by Tom Wall, @USFWS.
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usinterior America's national parks hold some of the last remaining harbors of darkness, providing unspoiled views of the #stars above. Pictured here is the #MilkyWay over Craters of the Moon #NationalMonument and Preserve in #Idaho. The only national park unit named for a celestial body, Craters of the Moon offers spectacular opportunities for #stargazing. #NationalPark Service photo. #DarkSkyWeek 4d

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usinterior Peak bloom has arrived on the #TidalBasin, and it is gorgeous. Over the weekend, the #cherryblossoms on the #NationalMall and Memorial Parks in Washington, #DC, reached their peak. Photo of the cherry blossoms and the #WashingtonMonument by Andrew S. Geraci (@drewgiggity). 5d

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usinterior The sky is ablaze with color during #sunset at #WarnerWetlands. The 52,000-acre Warner Wetlands is home to lakes surrounds by the high desert along the base of #HartMountain in southeastern #Oregon. This wetlands habitat is critical for the thousands of migrating birds, fish and many other #wildlife species. Warner Wetlands is an ideal location for bird watching, fishing, camping and boating. Photo by Roman Iacobucci, BLM (@mypubliclands). 5d

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usinterior A stunning shot of the #MilkyWay rising over #RockyMountain #NationalPark’s Longs Peak. At 14,259 feet, #LongsPeak towers above all other summits in @RockyNPS. The flat-topped monarch is seen from almost anywhere in the park. Photo by Pat Gaines (www.sharetheexperiece.org). 6d

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usinterior #MountRainier stands as an icon in the #Washington landscape. Mount Rainier #NationalPark is home to the highest peak in the #CascadeRange. From its old growth forests and subalpine meadows to its glacier-clad peak, Mount Rainier offers many opportunities to explore its natural beauty. For more amazing pics of Mount Rainier, check out our @stellerstories at www.steller.com/interior.
#Sunrise photo of the #mountain taken from #NachesPeak by park volunteer JD Hascup.
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usinterior Stretching from the #RioGrande to the #ChisosMountains, Big Bend #NationalPark in #Texas includes massive canyons, vast desert expanses, forested #mountains and an ever-changing river. Explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States where scenic vistas, historic sites and border culture can be found. Today, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visited #BigBend to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the opening of the Bosquillas Crossing in Big Bend and binational #conservation efforts in the area. #Sunset photo by Carol Hutchison (www.sharetheexperience.org). 1w

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usinterior Peak bloom for the #cherryblossoms on the #TidalBasin is pretty amazing! The cherry blossoms on National Mall in Washington, #DC, are expected to reach this stage over the weekend, making it a great time to visit. Photo by Joe Milmoe, @USFWS. 1w

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usinterior In the shadow of 13,063-foot #WheelerPeak in #GreatBasin National Park (#Nevada), 5,000 year old bristlecone pine trees grow on rocky glacial moraines. Experience the solitude of the desert, the smell of sagebrush after a thunderstorm and the beauty of #LehmanCaves. The area boasts some of the darkest night skies left in the United States, making for some great #stargazing. #NationalPark Service photo. 1w

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usinterior On this day in 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered at #Appomattox Court House in #Virginia. While Lee's surrender did not end the #CivilWar, the act is seen by most Americans as the symbolic end of four years of bloodshed. Today, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park (@appomattoxnps) -- along with other National Battlefields -- will commemorate the 150th anniversary of that surrender with the ringing of the bells. Photo by Tami A. Heilimann, Interior. #APX150TH #BellsAcrosstheLand2015 #OTDH 1w
  •   missbrandygreen @jodimels697 awesome! 1w
  •   doublebonded Should have let the south secede 1w
  •   whthomas717 The least soldier in Lee's Army to be killed in Combat was Killed in my Great Grandmother's Front Yard. I remember her telling me about the Yankees taking over their house 1w
  •   geezerjohn Treasonous Confederate got their asses spanked 1w
  •   cjdnussbaum That's interesting family history, @whthomas717 1w
  •   madredi5 Awesome reenactments and programs at both the National Park and through the Historical Society at the ACBC. Drove down from PA to experience it. So many real time events! Well done! 1w
  •   cbpras @vansante Got something for ya from the event this past weekend 4d

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usinterior Here’s something you don’t see every day: A #bobcat catches a shark at #SebastianInlet State Park in #Florida. John Bailey captured this amazing scene last night during a stroll on #VeroBeach. He realized the cat was transfixed on a shark feeding on smaller fish. Suddenly, the bobcat leaped into the water atop the shark and dragged it ashore. John snapped this photo just before the bobcat dropped its catch and ran into the forest. Photo courtesy of John Bailey via @myfwc. #nature #Wildlife 1w

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usinterior Hazel Mountain Overlook at #Shenandoah National Park in #Virginia is an amazing place to watch the sun rise. The overlook offers panoramic vistas of Buck Ridge, #HazelMountain and the valley below. #Sunrise photo by #NationalPark Service. 1w

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usinterior Home to a diverse landscape of forests, grasslands and the tallest #dunes in North America, Great Sand Dunes #NationalPark in #Colorado is a great place explore & stay active. With no designated trails in the sand, visitors can hike or sand sled throughout the park's entire 30 square mile dunefield. Photo of a #doublerainbow over the dunefields by Eric Magayne (www.sharetheexperience.org). #WorldHealthDay #getoutdooors 2w

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usinterior #Denali National Park (#Alaska) is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, #MountMcKinley -- which is still growing at about 1 millimeter per year. #Wildlife large and small roam unfenced lands, living as they have for ages in @denalinps. Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit, #NationalPark Service. #nature #FindYourPark #bear 2w

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