4 Reasons America’s National Parks are Amazing

As we celebrate the 4th of July, thoughts turn to the many things that make the United States of America great. For me, one of those things is the spectacular landscapes, wilderness, and just all around “great outdoors” that we can enjoy in the many national parks across the country. Here’s just a few reasons America’s national parks are amazing, told in photos from past National Wildlife Photo Contests.

They have some of the most stellar skies.

Milky Way over Devils Tower National Monument
The Milky Way arching over Devils Tower National Monument. Photo by Durand Johnson.


Sunset over Delicate Arch
Sunset over Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. Photo by Durand Johnson.

There’s plenty of room to roam…

Beach walker
Beach walker in Olympic National Park. Photo by Adam Jewell.

…and roll.

Coyote rolling in snow
Coyote rolling in snow. Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Bill Lea.

There’s plenty of fishing opportunities.

Brown bear catching salmon
Brown bear catching salmon in Katmai National Park. Photo by Matthias Breiter.


Wolf, Katmai National Park
Wolf fishing in Katmai National Park. Photo by Donald Montemorra.

And they’re a great place to connect with the ones you love.

Wolves, Yellowstone National Park
Wolf yearlings in Lamar Canyon, Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Eilish Palmer.


Moose in Grand Teton National Park
Moose nuzzling. Grand Teton National Park. Photo by Jim Chagares.


Brown bear mother and cub
Coastal brown bear mother and cub in Katmai National Park. Photo by Kerry Statham.

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We’d love to see your national park photos too! Share them with us on Facebook or enter them in next year’s National Wildlife Photo Contest.