10 breathtaking photos of America’s national parks

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Sunset at the Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains
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Sean Pavone / Getty

The National Park Service is turning 100 years old in August. To celebrate, the National Park Service is teaming up with the National Park Foundation for National Park Week.

From April 16 through April 24, admission to all national parks across the country is free.

There’s no better time to visit everything from the Great Smoky Mountains National park on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, to Yosemite in California.

To ring in National Park Week, we’ve selected 10 photos showcasing the beauty of America’s national parks:


Acadia National Park

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Bass Harbor Lighthouse at sunset in Acadia National Park
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© AppalachianViews / Getty

Glacier National Park

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View at Cracker Lake campground in Glacier National Park
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© Kan Khampanya / 500px

Grand Canyon National Park

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The Grand Canyon Skywalk
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Mike Kline / Getty

Grand Teton National Park

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Grand Teton National Park Hidden Falls
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Ferran Traite Soler / Getty

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Sunset at the Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains
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Sean Pavone / Getty

Olympic National Park

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Sol Duc River in Olympic National Park
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Westend61 / Getty

Rocky Mountain National Park

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Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
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Carl Finocchiaro / 500px

Yellowstone National Park

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Grand Prismatic Geyser, Yellowstone National Park
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Carl Finocchiaro / 500px

Yosemite National Park

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Scenic view of river in forest in Yosemite National Park
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Nae Chantaravisoot / 500px

Zion National Park

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Sunset in Zion National Park
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Benjamin Schaefer / 500px