• Petrified Forest National Park
    4:42

    Millions of years can do a lot to change a landscape. Mountain glaciers frozen for eons eventually heat up and melt and a river rushes forth. Mighty lakes evaporate and leave behind vast salt flats. Or, in the case of much of the American west, lush forest and diverse swampland slowly dies away and leaves… Read more »

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  • Lassen Volcanic
    0:00

    For three years, fire and rock burst into the sky, sending smoke and ash miles high. Almost 300 times over the course of 36 months, a boiling and churning cauldron of gas and white hot liquid earth exploded, scattering huge portions of the mountain, melting away entire cliff faces and completely rearranging the horizon. After… Read more »

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  • Redwood National Park
    6:45

    There are certain places on Earth that make us marvel at the true power of Mother Nature and contemplate the wonders of this planet. Whether it’s their scale or their beauty, these natural creations are awe-inspiring and regal. Such is the case of Redwood National Park, where ancient wooden behemoths loom large over a spectacular… Read more »

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  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
    5:41

    In an ever-shrinking world where personal space seems to only grow smaller, it’s hard to imagine there are still places on Earth that continue to expand. But it’s true, thanks to Mother Nature’s powerful forces, there do exist primitive regions of the planet where wind and rain and heat are constantly adding to already magical… Read more »

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  • Great Basin
    4:35

    The Great Basin of the American west is a colossal stretch of land, spanning more than two-thirds of Arizona, as well as portions of Utah, Idaho, Oregon and California. This mixing bowl of countless ecosystems and landscapes is home to some of the most unique plant- and wildlife in the world. It’s also home to… Read more »

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  • Wind Cave
    3:33

    If you listen closely, you can almost hear the whistle and feel the breeze. Walk in the direction of that faint noise and that gentle blow, cross wavelike prairie and untamed forest, walk until you can’t walk any farther, and you’ll have found it. Wind Cave, a natural wonder, one of the world’s oldest caves… Read more »

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  • Congaree National Park
    3:26

    In the heart of South Carolina, just 20 miles from the state’s capital, Columbia, there stands a miraculous example of what happens when an ecosystem remains undisturbed and nature can flourish. This place is Congaree National Forest, a sprawling stretch of forest, swamp and wildlife. Forests like the wetland woods of Congaree National Park are… Read more »

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  • Biscayne National Park
    4:53

    Certain fantasies will only exist in our minds, forever unrealized and only dreamed about. Others come to life before our eyes, magnificent, inspiring, almost unbelievable. Such are the islands of Biscayne National Park, where “Paradise on Earth” is more understatement than exaggeration. This small chain of islands anchored in the Florida Keys sits just a… Read more »

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  • Dry Tortugas
    4:42

    Many of the United States’ great national parks served a very different purpose in their former lives, but few boast a more impressive origin story than that of Dry Tortugas National Park. Once home to the imposing and impenetrable watchtower Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas is now one of America’s most isolated and serene national parks…. Read more »

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