Some places are too beautiful to describe. One of those places is Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. Experience the park’s splendor firsthand on Monday with free entrance. To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, all national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands are waiving their entrance fees. Photo of Tatoosh Range and Mount Adams at sunset from Mount Rainier’s Skyline Trail by Justin Marx (www.sharetheexperience.org).

Some places are too beautiful to describe. One of those places is Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. Experience the park’s splendor firsthand on Monday with free entrance. To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, all national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands are waiving their entrance fees. Photo of Tatoosh Range and Mount Adams at sunset from Mount Rainier’s Skyline Trail by Justin Marx (www.sharetheexperience.org).

At more than 14,000 feet tall, Mount Rainier in stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. Capped with glaciers, the peak is always a stunning white while the wildflower meadows and forests that...

At more than 14,000 feet tall, Mount Rainier in stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. Capped with glaciers, the peak is always a stunning white while the wildflower meadows and forests that...

We finish our tour of amazing public lands in the Pacific Northwest with Mount Rainier National Park. At more than 14,000 feet, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape, while the wildflower meadows and forests that ring the peak offers visitors a great place to explore. This beautiful shot of Mount Rainier – showing a sunset reflection in a lake – was taken from the north side of the peak along the Moraine Park Trail. Photo courtesy of Ed Cooper.

We finish our tour of amazing public lands in the Pacific Northwest with Mount Rainier National Park. At more than 14,000 feet, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape, while the wildflower meadows and forests that ring the peak offers visitors a great place to explore. This beautiful shot of Mount Rainier – showing a sunset reflection in a lake – was taken from the north side of the peak along the Moraine Park Trail. Photo courtesy of Ed Cooper.

A powerful early morning storm came in and made for a majestic view Friday morning in Grand Canyon National Park. This view is of the South Rim looking north. Photo: Erin Whittaker

A powerful early morning storm came in and made for a majestic view Friday morning in Grand Canyon National Park. This view is of the South Rim looking north. Photo: Erin Whittaker

Spring wildflowers radiate colour in the sunset shadow of Mount Rainier, set in its own national park 54 miles from Seattle, Washington state. The 4,392-metre monster is an active volcano considered to be one of the most dangerous in the western hemisphere. It is a sister volcano to Mount St Helens (which famously erupted in 1980) in the Cascade range. Photograph by Danny Seidman

Buttes and beasts: amazing US national parks – in pictures

Spring wildflowers radiate colour in the sunset shadow of Mount Rainier, set in its own national park 54 miles from Seattle, Washington state. The 4,392-metre monster is an active volcano considered to be one of the most dangerous in the western hemisphere. It is a sister volcano to Mount St Helens (which famously erupted in 1980) in the Cascade range. Photograph by Danny Seidman

Just 75 miles from the bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is your escape to cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas and one of the best drives on the east coast. There are 75...

Just 75 miles from the bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is your escape to cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas and one of the best drives on the east coast. There are 75...

Smoky mountains. Free image by our member skeeze: https://pixabay.com/en/mountains-landscape-mist-smoke-889131/

Free Image on Pixabay - Mountains, Landscape, Mist, Smoke

Smoky mountains. Free image by our member skeeze: https://pixabay.com/en/mountains-landscape-mist-smoke-889131/

Happy birthday, Zion National Park! On this date in 1919, Zion became Utah’s first national park. Today Zion preserves 229 square miles of red rock landscape, featuring high plateaus, a maze of sandstone canyons and waterfalls with colorful hanging...

Happy birthday, Zion National Park! On this date in 1919, Zion became Utah’s first national park. Today Zion preserves 229 square miles of red rock landscape, featuring high plateaus, a maze of sandstone canyons and waterfalls with colorful hanging...

Wide expanses of land make Southwest sunsets some of the best in the United States, and the view from Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is no exception. Straddling the border of Utah and Arizona, this desert gem is a perfect place to explore...

Wide expanses of land make Southwest sunsets some of the best in the United States, and the view from Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is no exception. Straddling the border of Utah and Arizona, this desert gem is a perfect place to explore...

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