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
Here’s a feast for the eyes: An underwater view of National Park of American Samoa. Located some 2,600 miles southwest of Hawai'i, this is one of the most remote national parks in the United States. It includes sections of three islands – Tutuila, Ta'ū, and Ofu – and about 4,000 acres is underwater, offshore from all three islands. This photo was taken at the Ofu unit, which has a shallow protected reef with a great diversity of coral cover fish. Photo by National Park Service.
At the National Park of American Samoa, you can see amazing tropical animals, learn about the culture of Pacific Islanders and enjoy snorkeling in gorgeous blue water. Or you can just find the perfect place to lay on the beach and do nothing. No judgment. Photo by National Park Service.
Stunning southern night sky in Ofu island! National Park of American Samoa
We get a brighter, richer view of the Milky Way in the southern hemisphere due to our location on the globe. Earth is part of the Milky Way Galaxy. Because we are part of the Milky Way itself, when we look up into the night sky, we are looking at it on-edge, thus it appears as a whitish band across the sky.