Crater Lake in summer. A view from the West Rim, taken near the Lightning Springs Picnic Area.
The Phantom Ship, an iconic formation rising from Crater Lake, as seen from the Sun Notch Trail.
Mount Katahdin stands as a mighty sentinel overlooking the nation’s newest national park, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
Moose sightings are common in Katahdin Woods and Waters, where moose outnumber staff by several orders of magnitude.
Grand Teton National Park is filled with awe-inspiring views, but this one of the Cathedral Group (Grand Teton, Mt. Owen and Teewinot) from Cascade Canyon Turnout is a favorite.
A quiet reverie in Grand Teton can yield rare wildlife sightings of animals ranging from this beaver to the imposing cinnamon black bear.
One of many stunning vistas in Olympic National Park.
View of Lake Superior from a high trail in Isle Royale National Park.
A sunset at Todd Harbor, Isle Royale National Park.
Sunset at Rialto Beach. Along with its storied mountains and rainforests, Olympic National Park features 73 miles of coastline.
Sea oats are a vital component to dune formation at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
1991 aerial view of Cape Hatteras Light Station.
In 1999, the entire Cape Hatteras Light Station was moved 2,900 feet to the southwest.
The tallest mountain in North America is known as Denali. Though it is not the highest elevation in the entire world, it towers impressively above nearby mountains and seeing it makes for an indelible memory.
Summer skies are too bright to see aurora, but by the end of August, the sun goes far enough below the horizon to potentially see the northern lights.
Hermit’s Rest Overlook along CO 92 above Morrow Point Lake and Morrow Point Dam.
View of the New River Gorge Bridge from the overlook at the north end of the gorge, near Fayetteville, West Virginia.
The New River, a tributary of the Kanawha River, flows through the states of North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia Much of the river's course through West Virginia is designated as the New River Gorge National River.
The Chandelier Ballroom of Lechuguilla Cave, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
From large cave pools to stalagmites of all shapes and sizes, the beauty of Lechuguilla Cave is awe-inspiring.