15 Photos From The U.S. Interior Department That Will Make You Want To Travel The Country

01/13/2014 03:56 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

It's no wonder that the U.S. Department of the Interior's Instagram account has grown from 70,000 followers in July to nearly 200,000 today.

Their feed looks like it came straight out of National Geographic Traveler and features breathtaking photos of some of the country's most beautiful natural landscapes. Images range from the Grand Canyon, to Crater Lake National Park to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and it may shock many followers that some of these beautiful landscapes even exist on domestic soil.

"This looks like a painting," one commenter noted. "I think this is why they call it #americathebeautiful," added another. "I need to be there!" Whether you're looking to learn more about the National Park Service or need help deciding your next travel destination, the department has posted nearly 1,000 photos that are bound to delight.

According to the federal government, "The Department of the Interior manages public lands and minerals, national parks and wildlife refuges and upholds Federal trust responsibilities to Indian tribes and Native Alaskans. Additionally, Interior is responsible for endangered species conservation and other environmental conservation efforts." It was established in 1849 by the 30th Congress and its current secretary is Sally Jewell.

Check out some of their most beautiful recent images and be sure to follow them on Instagram at @usinterior.

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