Instagram-Worthy National Parks in Spring

An Instagram-worthy adventure guide for Spring Break
March 11, 2016NPF Blog

As we prepare to welcome the new season’s budding trees, flowery breeze, and active wildlife, there has never been a better time for a national park spring break excursion! The #FindYourPark and #EncuentraTuParque hashtags are perfect fodder for your wanderlust, proving that the beauty of your national parks is ready to be enjoyed and shared. This spring, head to these parks for an Instagram-worthy adventure to remember!

Shenandoah National Park

Tumbling waterfalls, quiet forests, and mile after mile of rolling Blue Ridge mountains make Shenandoah National Park one of the most photogenic places in the United States, not to mention a great place to relax, take a hike, or pack a picnic. Watch the sun set along Skyline Drive, or bring your tent and spend the night in one of the park's many campgrounds

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

One of America's most striking landscapes is hidden deep underground. New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns National Park includes more than 119 known caves, which formed as sulfuric acid dissolved the limestone left behind by the reefs of a vast inland sea that once covered the region. Today, descending into this remarkable underground world is an awe-inspiring – and snap-worthy! – experience.

Castillo De San Marcos National Monument

The fortress at Castillo De San Marcos National Monument has stood watch over the Floridian city of St. Augustine since the 17th century, making it the oldest remaining fort from that era in North America. Castillo De San Marcos’ walls are as imposing now as they must have been in the 1600s, armed with cannons and surrounded by the spiky trunks of the yucca trees that the Spanish planted hundreds of years ago. The stones and mortar, angles, and artillery provide grand subjects for your shots.

 

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Saguaro National Park

You haven't seen a sunset until you watch the sun slowly sink down behind the rocky hills and towering cacti of Saguaro National Park. The park's namesake saguaro cacti are the largest in the United States, growing up to 60 feet tall. Spring rains bring vibrant wildflower blooms to the desert floor, creating a great opportunity for photographers, but the real winners are the cacti, which soak up enough water to balloon up to 3,000 pounds or more. 

 

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Gateway Arch National Park

Gateway Arch National Park, formerly Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, in St. Louis, Missouri is most famous for its Gateway Arch, which overlooks the Mississippi River and reflects the importance of the city to 19th century westward expansion. The arch is a striking subject for your shots, serving as a sweeping detail of the city’s skyline – you could even play with using it as a perfect frame for your image!

 

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Virgin Islands National Park

Blue water, white sand, and vibrant green jungles are the perfect recipe for a scenic tropical getaway, and Virgin Islands National Park delivers in spades. This park on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands encompasses more than 7,000 acres, and it's arguably one of the most peaceful, relaxing places on earth. Plan your visit in spring to arrive just as the winter crowds start to disperse, leaving you with the perfect photo shoot of the picturesque landscape.

 

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

No surprise here: the Golden Gate Bridge is a photographer's dream subject. It is colorful, majestic, and it always sits still. But Golden Gate National Recreation Area offers much more, including several separate tracts of land throughout the San Francisco area that preserve a diverse ecosystem and provide opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, camping, surfing, fishing horseback riding and more. 

 

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No matter what corner of the U.S. you call home, chances are an Instagram-worthy adventure isn't far off. Be sure to check out any of our free Owner’s Guides for additional inspiration – they’re brimming with ideas for places to visit near metro areas, lesser-known gems, and more. Be sure to check them out, get out to the parks, and snap your very own #FindYourPark and #EncuentraTuParque moments!


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