The Best National Park Photos of 2014

This was the year of Instagram. The square-photo app now has more users (300 million) than Twitter, and there’s no sign that its astronomical growth is slowing. Photographers keep pushing the limits, taking innovative shots and building armies of followers in the process.

We all have our favorite accounts—the ones that always make us double-tap—but the standout account from 2014 is from the U.S. Department of the Interior. With the keys to America’s most beautiful places and eager visitors submitting pictures every day, the DOI account tripled this year, accumulating nearly 400,000 loyal followers. Here are its 20 best shots.

Photo: A welcoming grizzly bear at Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

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(Kevin Dietrich/@usinterior)


Devils Tower National Monument

America’s first national monument, Devils Tower, is a geologic feature that protrudes from Wyoming’s rolling prairie. David Lane captured an amazing panorama of the formation illuminated by the Milky Way.

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Grand Teton National Park

Daniel D’Auria (@drdadbooks) captured this image of a lone bull moose crossing the Snake River at Cattleman’s Bridge just after sunrise.

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Grand Canyon National Park

If you’re looking for one of the best places to sit down and admire the Grand Canyon, Bright Angel Point should top your list.

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(Darren Barnes/@usinterior)


Yosemite National Park

Yosemite’s Tunnel View, one of the most famous—and most photographed—locations in the country.

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area

In 1964, Lake Mead, a reservoir on the Nevada-Arizona border, became the first national recreation area in the country.

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(Cheryl Hobbs/@usinterior)


Grand Teton National Park

The Teton Range glows orange and red under a fresh coat of snow. Robert Buman captured this gorgeous photo just before sunrise at Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

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(Robert Buman/@usinterior)


Yellowstone National Park

The morning commute comes to a halt at Yellowstone National Park as a herd of bison crosses the road.

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(Cameron Patrick/@usinterior)


Glacier National Park

Resident mountain goats get the best sunset views in Glacier National Park, Montana.

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(Kim Hang Dessoliers/@usinterior)


Yosemite National Park

Joseph Taylor snapped this in Yosemite National Park’s Stoneman Meadow. We can’t imagine a better spot to shoot the stars.

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Grand Teton National Park

Fall descends on Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1938, is one of the most critical links in the Atlantic Flyway for migratory birds.

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(Tyrone Singletary/@usinterior)


J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge

From prairie and marshes to sandhills and woodlands, the 58,700-acre J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge supports hundreds of thousands of waterfowl, migratory birds, and other wildlife.

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(Gary Eslinger/@usinterior)


Grand Teton National Park

The sun sets over Grand Teton National Park and the Snake River.

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(Donald Higgs/@usinterior)


Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge

A bull moose spotted through the fog near the headquarters of the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming.

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(Tom Koerner USFWS/@usinterior)


Grand Teton National Park

Another famous and dramatic view of the Tetons from Mormon Row.

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Yosemite National Park

Half Dome at Yosemite.

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(National Park Service/@usinterior)


Arches National Park

One of the best nighttime photography destinations in the country, Arches National Park never disappoints.

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Zion National Park

In the Narrows, gorge walls rise a thousand feet above the canyon floor.

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(Kevin Rolad/@usinterior)


Canyonlands National Park

Ryan Engstrom got up early to catch the sunrise on the Mesa Arch Trail at Canyonlands, Utah.

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(Ryan Engstrom/@usinterior)

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