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National Geographic Travel  It’s a big world. Explore it through the lens of our photographers.

Photo by @taylorglenn // An acacia tree, a campfire, and a starry night. Simple pleasures that make for a wonderful night out in the desert. Follow @taylorglenn for more travel adventures around the globe. #namibia #africa #roadtrip #travel

Photograph by @paulnicklen while on assignment for @natgeo in Hawaii. @cristinamittermeier dives under a large crashing wave in #Makaha, Oahu, Hawaii. The Hawaiians of Makaha took us under their wings and taught us about their deep connection to the sea. We were debutants and we found ourselves in situations that we would never have thought possible prior to their guidance. Brian Keaulana was teaching us about three and four wave hold downs just prior to this big surf day. We were taught to stay near the bottom, avoiding the foamy white water until we could see solid water before swimming to the surface. After experiencing this, I now have so much respect for big wave surfers. #gratitude #hawaii #freediving #surf #surfing #gratitude #aloha

Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz
Bathers float effortlessly in the hyper-saline waters of the Dead Sea near Ein Bokek. Due to extreme evaporation and the diversion of all its tributaries, the water here is almost 10x saltier than sea water, and more dense than a human body. As seen from my #paraglider #notadrone To see more of our world from above follow @geosteinmetz

Photo by @jeffmauritzen. View of Delicate Arch at sunset. While easily the most recognizable arch in the park, did you know that it’s just one of over 2000 stone arches found within Arches National Park? Insider tip: to avoid the busy crowds and desert heat, consider a visit during the winter months. For more photo tips from Utah and beyond, please connect with me @jeffmauritzen.

photo by @andrea_frazzetta // Sunarto, 41 years old, carries a load of sulfur out of the crater. Mount Ijen, on the Island of Java, Indonesia, hosts one of the last remaining active sulfur mines in the world. Since 1968, the sulfur miners have ventured into this unpredictable labyrinth of gas clouds and superheated fumaroles to extract “devil’s gold” and carry it back down the mountain.
“Sulfur Road” my latest assignment for National Geographic is online, check it on NatGeo website and follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about this story #natgeotravel #ijen #java #indonesia #sulfur #miners

Photo by @FransLanting When cheetah cubs are two months old they are irresistible. Siblings are sparring partners around the clock. But the odds against their survival are not as appealing. More than half of all cubs do not survive their first four weeks of life and most of the rest do not make it beyond their first year. Cheetahs can’t climb trees like leopards, they can’t dig burrows like hyenas, and they’re not social like lions, so they are always vulnerable no matter where they are. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom to see more of these cubs as they grow up. @Natgeocreative @Thephotosociety #Cheetah #BigCats #BigCatsInitiative #Panthera #Endangered #Cute #Play

Photo by @jessmandia // The summit of the Vinicuna, or Rainbow mountain near Cusco, Peru.

Photo by @jimrichardsonng The Saguaro cactus near Peridot, Arizona were all pointing in the right direction, straight up at the Milky Way. Phoenix, nearly 120 miles away, was but a faint glow on the horizon. International Dark Sky Week has me remembering the incredible opportunity I had to explore these visual wonders, and to lament that so many people will be denied these vistas because of encroaching light pollution all around the world. #milkyway #darkskyweek #natgeo #natgeocreative

Photo by @ifyozoma // Smokies Sunrise. Imagine this image without any of the trees. Before Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established as a Park and conferred with the protections that come with that status, cut and run clearcutting resulted in the destruction of much of the old growth forest in this part of Tennessee and North Carolina. Individuals who knew the area and wanted to preserve its beauty banded together to help the US government raise the $7M+ needed to create the park by piecing together the 522,000+ acres (2,000+ km2) that now make up the park. GSMNP is the most visited National Park in the United States, as one of the few parks in the eastern part of the country, so if you visit you'll be in good company! For more photos of our public lands, follow @ifyozoma.

Photo @emilypolar When the mountains make shadows in the morning colors pre sunrise. To see more of Nepal follow @emilypolar #nepal #gokyori #himalayas

Photo by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night project
About two-thirds of human population, almost 5 billion people, live under light polluted skies, not dark enough to see the Milky Way. Seeing a truly dark sky is an experience you will not forget in your entire life. The patchy glow of our home galaxy shimmering from the far, above the horizon of our little planet, resembles a scene of science fiction to many people today, but this view still exists. April 15-21 is the International Dark Sky Week by @idadarksky, an organization that tries to preserve and protect the night time environment against light pollution.
Photographed here is the bright galactic core in constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius above the island of La Palma, Canaries. Planet Venus and fading dusk are on the right.
Follow me @babaktafreshi for more stories under stars.
#darkskies #twanight #nightsky #longexposure #milkyway #canaryislands #spain @natgeocreative @natgeo

Photo @ChrisBurkard. Stretching from Northern California to British Columbia, the Cascades constitute over 700 miles of rugged terrain. Many of these mountains tower over 10,000 feet, the highest being Mount Rainier at 14,410 feet (4,392m). Washington cascades encompass dense rainforest, dry ponderosa pine forest, and bare expanses of dramatic rock. This diversity in experience, and the views that come with it, are some of the reasons I was first drawn to the PNW and have traveled back year after year, and why people travel from all over the globe to experience it for themselves. This photo was taken right after climbing the iconic Golden Horn feature.

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