Top 10 Most Instagrammable National Parks

As much as we're all about putting your phone in your pocket and experiencing everything through your own eyes, sometimes you just gotta snap that view, right?

On August 25th the U.S. National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday – and where better to get inspiring Instagram pics than in the middle of nature? Make your mates back home jealous and have some amazing photos to look back on – here are our top 10 national parks to get that Instagram travel feed you've always dreamed of!

 

1. Grand Canyon NP, Arizona

Grand Canyon NP with Trek America

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Grand Canyon NP wasn't the most Instagrammed national park in 2015 without reason. An iconic 'bucket list' destination, just a quick browse of the hashtag #grandcanyon shows exactly why. At over 270 miles long, there's a lotta canyon to be discovered – but the South Rim offers stunning views that travellers the world over come to the Grand Canyon to take in.

 

2. Great Smoky Mountains NP, Tennessee/North Carolina

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Deep, rich tones make up the colour palette of the Great Smoky Mountains. The most visited national park in the States, it's the perfect place to spot wildlife – that herd of deer you wanted to get a snap of? Sorted.

Visit on our Deep South BLT tour

 

3. Zion NP, Utah

Zion National Park with Trek America

Take an upwards shot of the steep red cliffs for towering perspective. Hiking to the top of the famous Angels Landing might be a bit taxing on your thighs, but when you hit the top you'll be so amazed you might even forget to take a photo...

 

4. Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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Craving beautiful blue waters? Lake Louise is possibly one of the most photogenic bodies of water you'll ever set your eyes on. Jump on board a canoe (with a friend to take your shot behind you!) and gaze up at the impressive Rocky Mountains.

Visit Banff National Park on our Mountie tour

 

5. Bryce Canyon NP, Utah

Bryce Canyon NP

A second entry from the state of Utah; Bryce Canyon National Park is instantly recognisable for its rust-orange spire rock formations – known as hoodoos. For the best pics, head to Sunrise and Sunset Point to tower over the hoodoos!

 

6. Shenandoah NP, Virginia

Shenandoah National Park with Trek America

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Want to escape the city life of Washington D.C.? Shenandoah National park is just 75 miles away (which is nothing in American drive times!). Our fave photo spots can be found in the Little Stony Man area – a short, easy and enjoyable hike takes you to the summit for incredible views.

 

7. Yellowstone NP, Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park with Trek America

The first ever national park, Yellowstone's set on a volcanic hot spot. The colourful hot springs and spurting geysers make for unique scenery that you just have to share with your followers. Make sure you've got your zoom lens at the ready – you don't want to get close to those bears!

 

8. Arches NP, Utah

Arches National Park with Trek America

A classic U.S. shot! The stunning red formations that give Arches NP its namesake make for a perfect group shot frame. Get your designated photographer to head as far back as possible to show off the immense scale of the rocks around you.

 

9. Carlsbad Caverns NP, New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns with Trek America

For national park scenery like no other, Carlsbad Caverns NP is home to over 119 caves (and that's just the ones we know about...). The amazing rock formations within the caves paint a more unusual picture of national park life, and if you get the right shot, you'd be forgiven for thinking you're on another planet!

Visit Carlsbad Caverns on our Coast to Coast South tour

 

10. Yosemite NP, California

Yosemite National Park with Trek America

California's Yosemite NP is a hugely popular stop-off with our Trekkers on our West Coast tours. The epic waterfalls are a major highlight, but also don't miss out on the stunning Mirror Lake and giant ancient sequoias in the forest. Granite rock formations fill the park – make sure you get a snap of the iconic Half Dome. And if you look really closely, you might even see some hardcore climbers making their way up El Capitan.

 

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