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U.S. Department of the Interior  Protecting America’s Great Outdoors and Powering Our Future. This is the official account for the Department.

This gorgeous picture of #ApostleIslands National Lakeshore in #Wisconsin won the Scenic, Seasons and Landscapes category of the Share the Experience photo contest. Photographer Michael DeWitt captured a sublime #sunrise casting its morning glow over some of the islands that make up this remarkable park. Water recreation and boating are so popular here that even this sea stack looks like its trying to set sail. Photo by Michael DeWitt ( #findyourpark #usinterior #travel

Congrats to Manish Mamtani for winning the 2017 Share The Experience photo contest. This stunning shot of the #MilkyWay over #Maine’s Acadia National Park will grace next year’s America the Beautiful public lands pass. Manish captured this photo at @acadianps’s Boulder Beach while on a weekend getaway. “After taking this picture, we spent a couple of hours at the Boulder Beach enjoying the beautiful clear star-filled sky and the sound of waves crashing on the rocks. It was very beautiful and peaceful experience and we had the whole beach to ourselves,” said Manish. Photo courtesy of Manish Mamtani (, @mmamtani). #usinterior #findyourpark #travel #nationalpark #acadianationalpark

Why are the #BlueRidge Mountains blue? The trees growing along the ridgelines produce high levels of a compound call isoprene. The isoprene hovers around the thickly forested #mountains like a haze and scatters the different wavelengths of light. Human eyes detect the short blue wavelengths easier, so we see more blue. It’s science! And the effect is gorgeous. Photo from the Craggy Gardens area of the Blue Ridge Parkway (@BlueRidgeNPS) in #NorthCarolina by Swapnil Kekre (, @swapnilkekrephotography). #FindYourPark #usinterior #travel

Happy #WorldTurtleDay! 🐢🐢 Started in 2000, World #Turtle Day aims to increase the public’s knowledge about turtles and tortoises. At home wherever they roam, turtles are some of the most diverse creatures -- over 300 turtle species exist with 57 species in the U.S., and they’re found on every continent except Antarctica. And they play a vital role in the ecosystem, helping spread seeds on the land and supporting other marine life in the sea. On public lands across the country, we are working to protect turtle habitat, monitor turtle nests and ensure hatchlings make it to the ocean like these sea turtles at #PadreIsland National Seashore (@padreislandnps) in Texas. Video by #NationalPark Service. #usinterior #findyourpark #cuteanimals

Visit Arches #NationalPark in #Utah to discover a landscape of contrasting colors, land forms and textures unlike any other in the world. @archesnps has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red-rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets. This photo was taken moments after #sunset courtesy of Oz Santana (@ozeias). #usinterior #findyourpark #travel

Happy birthday, #CraterLake National Park! Established in 1902, this stunning #Oregon park is a true natural wonder, famous for its deep blue lake and endless recreational opportunities. Photo by Greg Nyquist ( #usinterior #findyourpark #travel #nationalpark

Sitka National Historical Park in #Alaska is home to several species of birds, but perhaps the most charismatic and majestic bird in the park is the #baldeagle. 🦅 They can often be spotted soaring above the water, searching the tide flats for food or along the tree line. Eagles are especially noticeable during the spring herring spawn and fall salmon runs, when they feed on fish carcasses in the river and contribute to a cycle of replenishing the forest’s nutrients with fish remains. Eagles nesting inside @sitkanps is not unusual, and the visitors can spot the eagles while walking amongst totem poles on the trail. Photo by Carla Kiwior ( #usinterior #findyourpark #travel

Great White Heron National #WildlifeRefuge in #Florida is a haven for great white herons, migratory birds and other fascinating wildlife. The refuge consists of almost 200,000 acres of open water and scattered islands, and is known in the #FloridaKeys as the "backcountry." The refuge provides critical nesting, feeding and resting areas for hundreds of species of birds and sea turtles. The beaches, mangroves and sparkling blue #water are favorites for the visitors who explore this beautiful and fragile place. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. #usinterior

One of the earliest wildlife refuges, Quillayute Needles was created by Teddy Roosevelt to protect and enhance habitat for seabird populations. Today 13 species of seabirds nest and raise their young on these windswept islets, rocks, reefs and islands that stretch along #Washington’s coast. Black oystercatchers tend pebbly nests at the water’s edge, common murres lay gravity defying eggs on barren ledges, and tufted puffins burrow their nests deep into the loamy bluffs. Kelp beds surrounding the islands provide territory for a growing reintroduced sea otter population to cavort. While the @usfws refuge is closed to human disturbance because of its fragile and remote nature, visitors can view the refuge and its inhabitants at one of the several beaches in Olympic #NationalPark. Photo by Melissa Hahn ( #usinterior #wildliferefuge

These two bear cubs play in the sand at #LakeClark National Park and Preserve in #Alaska while their mom digs for clams nearby. On the southern end of the park's Cook Inlet coast, Chinitna Bay offers world-class #bear viewing, where as many as 20 coastal brown #bears search for food each day. An incredible experience, bear viewing should be done carefully and responsibly. Stay in groups, keep a safe distance and never try to feed these wild animals. Photo by K. Ilgunas, #NationalPark Service. #FindYourPark #usinterior #wildlife #cuteanimals

One of the most popular backcountry hikes in #Zion #NationalPark, The Subway is not to be missed. This unique slot canyon was sculpted by the Left Fork of North Creek, and moving water chisels the rock floor, leaving behind shallow potholes. It’s an intensive hike, involving route finding, and it’s best if you do the trip with an experienced hiker. To explore #Utah’s The Subway, visitors must get a permit, and it's subjected to daily limits. Photo @zionnps by Jeremy Stevens ( ). #usinterior #Findyourpark #travel #zionnationalpark

Start your spring outdoor adventure with a #sunrise at #Shenandoah National Park in #Virginia. With waterfalls, wildlife, history, hiking trails and amazing views along the famous Skyline Drive, the park is a feast for your eyes and spirit, and will keep you coming back for more. Photo @ShenandoahNPS from Thornton Hollow Overlook by N. Lewis, #NationalPark Service. #FindYourPark #usinterior

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