national park american samoa

Oceans cover over 70 percent of our planet’s surface and contain 99 percent of the living space on earth, making them hotspots of biodiversity. The National Park of American Samoa – a remote park located on four volcanic islands in the South Pacific Ocean – protects coral reefs, rainforest and a strong Samoan cultural component. Coral reef studies at the park are helping scientists understand how warming waters are affecting these and other reef systems. Photo by National Park Service.

Forget Yellowstone

Yosemite and Yellowstone are beautiful… and way overcrowded. Why not go for a hike in one of America’s least-visited parks instead, where you’re more likely to see a bear, moose or ‘champion tree’ than another human?

Sockeye salmon jump in front of two adult Brown Bears standing at the top of Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

A secluded tropical sand beach and fringing reef in the Samoa National Park in Ofu Island, American Samoa. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Bald Cypress and willows on a foggy morning. Bates Old River, Congaree National Park, South Carolina. Photograph: Jeff Cypress/Alamy Stock Photo.

The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona, USA. Photograph: Marek Zuk/Alamy Stock Photo

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