Professional photographers make big bucks selling top-notch photos of Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, or the Smoky Mountains, but these days some of the most impressive national park images can be found on Instagram.
From gorgeous campsites to stunning snow-covered mountains, these 14 accounts will have you itchin’ to get outside and start exploring. Take a look and don’t miss our guide on the best hotels to stay at in a national park.
- U.S. Department of the Interior: Don’t let the stodgy name deter you, this is one of the most beautifully curated Instagram accounts around.
2. National Park Geek: With a love of all things nature, National Park Geek is the go-to account for gorgeous re-grams. Pro tip: they even have t-shirts.
3. Jason Hatfield: This under-the-radar Denver-based photographer travels the American west taking gorgeous photos of parks everywhere.
4. National Park Service: With a strong dose of humor and a preference for animal shots, the official Instagram account of the National Park Service is worth a follow.
5. Arches National Park: Not every park has its own Instagram account, and some of the ones that do aren’t that interesting. But Arches National Park’s account always impresses.
6. QT Luong and Terragalleria: As a full-time landscape and travel photographer, Luong was the first person to photograph all 59 U.S. national parks. Plus, his photos are stunning.
7. Yosemite National Park: Protected since 1864, Yosemite is best known for countless number of waterfalls and lakes in its nearly 1,200 square miles. Conclusion: water photographs make the best Instagrams.
8. Manish Mamtani: Take a peek into this award-winning nature photographer’s archives and you’ll be planning a national park trip in no time. Mamtani is especially skilled at photographing night skies.
9. Olympic National Park: As one of the most diverse national parks in the country, we love this account for its photos of glacier-capped mountains, old-growth temperate forests, and 70 miles of coastline.
10. Kylie Fly: A well-known travel photographer, Kylie’s Instagram account is a glimpse into some of the prettiest spots around.
11. Great Smoky Mountains: Situated on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, the Great Smoky Mountains has a top-notch Instagram account full of the photogenic morning fog that gives the region its nickname.
12. National Parks USA: Almost 40,000 followers love National Parks USA for their eclectic blend of photos from national parks all over the country.
13. Go Parks: The official Instagram account of the National Park Foundation—the charitable partner of the National Park Service—posts inspirational photos and stories with an eye for perfect vistas.
14. Christina Adele Photo: Working as a National Park Ranger, Christina Adele has shot some of the most beautiful places in the world. Her photos are top notch.