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7 absolutely stunning nature photos that will make you want to take a road trip ASAP.

Road trips.

For some, there”s nothing better. For others, they”re a waking nightmare which never ends (except for the occasional stop at Denny”s).

Should you end up in the latter camp, your mind might very well alter.

All the photographs were taken on national public property, courtesy of the U.S. Department of the Interior”s outstanding Instagram account (which way too few people know about). They”re areas you’ll be able to go to right now, by automobile, in case you reside in the mainland U.S.

And they”re all out of this world.

7. Manmade beauty and natural beauty joined in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

Nothing compares at #GoldenGate National Recreation Area in #California to the golden hour. Photographer Eric DaBreo was in search of the the perfect #sundown when he shot this pic of the Golden Gate Bridge from @goldengatenationalparks” Marshall Beach. Picture from www.sharetheexperience.org.
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6. The mindbending scale of North America”s tallest mountain in Denali National Park, Alaska

A #caribou drifts across the #tundra in the darkness of #Denali in #Alaska”s Denali #NationalPark. Photograph by Daniel A. Leifheit (@danleifheit), National Park Service. #nature #wildlife #animals
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5. The starkness of a desert lightning storm in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

An impressive display of #nature”s power as a #lightning bolt tears throughout the skies over Grand Staircase-Escalante #NationalMonument”s Devils Garden in #Utah. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument crosses almost 1.9 million acres of America”s #publiclands. From its dramatic #GrandStaircase of cliffs and terraces to the marvels of the #Escalante River Canyons, the Monument is really a treasure. Adam Haggerty got this incredible picture at the center of a rain storm using a 10-second exposure. Picture from www.sharetheexperience.org.
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4. The nighttime skies as ancestors saw it in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

While the still blue waters of #CraterLake astonish visitors during the day, it”s the dim skies with millions of #stars that leaves visitors awestruck during nighttime. Seen in this photo is the Sagittarius arm of # MilkyWay. The green light on the horizon — that”s a happening called airglow. Photograph by Sankar Salvady (www.sharetheexperience.org).
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3. A complete spring day in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Happy first day of #springtime! Now’s the best time to begin planning a visit to America”s magnificent public properties. Pictured here is a meadow of wildflowers at #MountRainier #NationalPark in #Washington at #sundown. Photograph by Danny Seidman (www.sharetheexperience.org).
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2. A group of startled, adorable infant owls in Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah

This was our same expression when we reached! to 500,000 followers on @Instagram this weekend This pic of the infant burrowing #owls at #BearRiver Migratory Bird Refuge in northern #Utah is one of our most popular — with more than 5,000 of you commenting on the photograph by Katie McVey, @USFWS. Our report wouldn”t be what it without all of you! That”s the reason why this week we”ll be featuring some of your favourite #publiclands. Make sure you tell us in the opinions your favourite #wildliferefuge #nationalpark or alternative public properties.
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1. The purple mountain majesties of Glacier National Park, Montana

Another stunning photograph submitted to the America”s Amazing #Outside picture job. This one of Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park by @brandonmkopp only needed to be shared. See the entire listing of pictures at flickr.com/groups/summerago. #glacier #nationalpark #montana #publiclands #avalanchelake #lakes #photography #HDR #mountains #instagood #instacool
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In the event you can”t get yourself as far as Montana or California, never worry America”s national parks are in every state, inexpensive to see, and — I”m using quite specialized terminology here — the jam.

According to some, they were America”s greatest thought (though I believe even Ken Burns would concur that Wrestlemania is a close second).

So, uh … road trip, anyone?

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