New images from National Geographic and its legions of fans are bringing National Park Week, which ends this Sunday, to an appropriately picturesque conclusion.
The photos are part of an online gallery of user-submitted images that National Geographic has created. They're also available in the organization's new iPhone app, National Parks by National Geographic, that offers interactive guides to 20 of the most-visited parks, with more guides on the way.
The collection of photos is newsworthy with this weekend's wrap-up of the annual National Park Week. The event encourages travelers to visit the country's 397 parks by waiving entrance fees and hosting a variety of special programs. It's also a chance to marvel in the incredible scenery the parks deliver.
And that these photographers have managed to capture.
"I caught this beautiful sunset at Morton's Overlook at the Great Smoky Mountains. Even though it was under construction, the worker kindly allowed us to stay for just the sunset." Photo: David Choi / National Geographic My Shot
"The sun shines through the Northern Arch of the Windows in Arches National Park, Utah, hitting Turret Arch in the background." Photo: Emily Benjamin / National Geographic My Shot
"Half Dome." Photo: Ming Ge / National Geographic My Shot
"Emerald water in the Subway." Photo: RJ Hooper / National Geographic My Shot
"Looking East over the Central Alaska Mountain Range, Denali National Park, Alaska. I love this image because it almost looks like the mountains are smoking, beautiful early morning site to see." Photo: Janet Kotwas / National Geographic My Shot