8 breathtaking photos of some of North America's best national parks

Kenneth Garrett/National Geographic Image CollectionUnder a purple sunset, waters rush through Great Falls, which separates the Maryland and Virginia sides of the park.
  • From the geysers of Yellowstone National Park to the Acadia National Park and the stunning White Mountains of New Hampshire, each location will fuel your wanderlust.
  • Each location offers a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to explore the magic of North America’s national parks.
  • From Ohio to Arizona, here are some of the best national parks.
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Editor’s Note: The following are images from “100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas” by National Geographic’s Joe Yogerst. Explore the top national, state, and city parks throughout North America. National Geographic turns to the United States and Canada’s most pristine – and adventure-filled – national, state, and city parks with 5,000 ideas for the ultimate vacation.

You can purchase “100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas” by Joe Yogerst here.


Acadia National Park

Raul Touzon/National Geographic Image CollectionThe surf surges through the rocks at Thunder Hole during daybreak.

White Mountains, NH

Photograph by Mike Theiss /National Geographic Image CollectionThe snow-covered view at the 6,288-foot (1,916.6 m) summit of Mount Washington.

Cape cod national sea shore

Michael Medford/National Geographic Image CollectionThe sunset paints the sky in pinks and purples over Race Point Light in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

Kenneth Garrett/National Geographic Image CollectionUnder a purple sunset, waters rush through Great Falls, which separates the Maryland and Virginia sides of the park.


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Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Stephen St. John/National Geographic Image CollectionAn egret rests high above Hatteras Island.

Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

Keith Ladzinski/National Geographic Image CollectionArresting views of the Teton range and curving river valley can be seen from the Snake River Overlook.


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Glen Canyon Nra & Canyonlands National Park

David Hiser/National Geographic Image CollectionOn Walnut Knob, centuries-old petroglyphs cover rock formations.

Mat. Rainier & Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Monument

Diane Cook & Len Jenshel/National GeographicBeargrass grows on a lava flow at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

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