National Geographic Travel

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Photo @stephen_matera // It seems like I wait all year for wildflower season in the Cascades, which on a good year might last for two weeks from late July through early August! Here is a shot from one of my favorite spots for wildflowers near Paradise from a preview summer. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #wildflowers #mtrainiernationalpark
Video by @tobyharriman // Reflecting through time. Flying over the Knik Glacier, which is just around 50 miles outside of Anchorage, Alaska. The ice field is around 25 miles long and over 5 miles across! Music by @jteveringham #natgeotravel #alaska #alaskastories #pegasusaerials
Photo by @renan_ozturk // Actor, musician and adventurer @jaredleto going for his first jumaring climbing experience....3,000 ft off the deck in @yosemitenps with @tommycaldwell. See @renan_ozturk stories for current climbing adventures with @jaredleto and crew
Photo: @andy_mann // It’s moments like these that ignite the soul. After watching this #polarbear family sleep for hours on a rock outcropping in #Svalbard they finally awoke, yawned, stretched and collectively spied my hideout. I’d post up for days to get a moment like this. // Please join me @andy_mann in a quest to explore and capture the wildest and most fragile parts of the world.
Photo by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project Jupiter is a bright object in the Earth sky, being the largest planet in our system. It is dazzling in a clear night like this moonlit one at the Grand Canyon. Today Carnegie Institute astronomers announced discovery of 12 new moons of Jupiter, to the total of 79 known satellites! The second slide, through my small 5-inch telescope, shows how we see the 4 large Galilean Moons. You can even begin to resolve them with a telephoto lens (300mm or more). Swipe left to the last slide through the eyes of Hubble Space Telescope with stunning details of the gas giant planet. Find Jupiter these nights from dusk to midnight over West-Southwest. Note that Venus is even brighter but sets soon after dusk. Mars is also currently at its brightest and appears red over east in the late evening and at west in the morning. Follow me @babaktafreshi to explore more of our night wonders. #twanight #jupiter #nightphotography #astrophotography #astronomy #grandcanyon @natgeo @natgeocreative
Photo by @FransLanting This young orangutan near a rehab center in Borneo’s lowland rain forest made maximum use of its hands and feet: Hanging onto a vine with two limbs, it tried to slap me as it swung past me, its mouth in a threatening gape to add to its display--which was actually more play than bluff. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more intimate encounters of the animal kind. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #Orangutan #Nature #Rainforest #Wild
Photo by @taylorglenn // An aerial view of the sand dunes near Panamint Springs in Death Valley National Park. Seeing this landscape from above gives a much better perspective of the forces at play. Even though it is quite dry, from time to time there is precipitation, and as the water falls and runs downhill it creates these incredible channels and alluvial fans. Follow @taylorglenn for more from our national parks #california #deathvalley #geology #erosion #desert @deathvalleynps
Photos by David Guttenfelder (@dguttenfelder ) // #sponsored by @statefarm // Words by Megan K. Stack (@megkstack76 ) // We’re traveling the Mother Road all the way west from Chicago to Santa Monica this month, swinging through hardscrabble towns and booming cities; past tourist traps and national monuments and every imaginable roadside kitsch rendered in neon. Perhaps none of the passing icons can rival Route 66 itself, the pavement muse to John Steinbeck and Jack Kerouac, retracing the journey of desperate Okies and Prohibition-era gangsters and the 1950s holiday makers of a newly mobile America. Nowadays the famed highway comes and goes in spurts, having been rerouted, eclipsed by the interstates and finally allowed to sink into disrepair. But the fascination with Route 66 endures. A new generation of tourists from around the planet still make the pilgrimage along the quirky, poignant and uniquely American roadway. From diners and drive-ins to thriving state parks and ordinary families, the road offers a rich portrait of what America has been, and what it may yet become. // Route 66 is the most celebrated stretch of highway in America. However, with more travelers opting for the interstate, it needs your help. Join @savingplaces and @statefarm on our 2,400-mile journey across America’s most iconic roadway at
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // The view from Big Badlands Overlook in Badlands National Park near Wall, South Dakota. #badlands #badlandsnationalpark #southdakota #bigbadlandsoverlook
📷: @krystlejwright // On the plains of Texas, a fiery sunset lights up a lightning storm and a group of mammatus clouds soaring high above us. Storm chasing photographer @nampix takes a moment to review his images. Each summer in the American Midwest, storm chasers and photographers of all skill types travel thousands of miles through the plains in hope of witnessing these incredible forces of nature. #storm #stormchaser #midwest
Photo by @jimrichardsonng Canal boats moor beneath the towering Kelpies on the Forth and Clyde Canal in Scotland. These sculptures are 100 feet high, depicting the mythical horse creatures who could rise out of the sea. On this evening I was on assignment for NG Traveler for an upcoming feature on Scotland where I’ve been photographing for 25 years. Follow me @jimrichardsonng for more. @natgeo #scotland @natgeocreative
Photo by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project An entire peaceful summer under stars is captured in this single 9-hour exposure on film. It was 20 years ago when I was 20, working as an editor in Iranian astronomy magazine, studying physics in Tehran, and often traveling to Alborz Mountains for stargazing. The Earth rotation constantly rotates the sky above us and a long exposure shows this with star trails. When pointed north they circle around the north celestial pole, marked by Polaris. See how the North Star is not exactly on the pole, but about one degree off. Polaris is not one of the brightest stars in our night sky but its well located to roughly mark the north. Note the various colors of stars in the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. Follow me @babaktafreshi for daily stories of the world under stars. #twanight #longexposure #nightphotography #astrophotography #startrails #alamut @natgeo @natgeocreative
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