Yellowstone National Park
Photograph by Tom Murphy, National Geographic Creative
Yellowstone National Park—the world’s first national park, established on March 1, 1872—is full of breathtaking sights and rugged wilderness. Few images of the park are as evocative as those of the Grand Prismatic Spring, seen here. It is the largest and perhaps most beautiful example of the hydrothermal springs that pepper the park’s landscape.
Yellowstone Bison, Montana
Photograph by Ted Wood, Aurora Photos/Alamy Stock Photo
Bison, the heaviest land animals in North America, have roamed the land that Yellowstone National Park now occupies since prehistoric times. Driven to near extinction in the late 1800s, the bison have made a comeback over the past century as part of one of the United States’ first major conservation efforts.
Photograph by Jordi Busque, National Geographic
The historic city center of Brugges, Belgium—with its cobblestone streets, canals, and medieval architecture—was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000. The network of canals that runs through the city was once used for merchant traffic and now provides passageways for boat tours.
Lake Walen, Switzerland
Photograph by Woods Wheatcroft, Aurora Photos
Lake Walen—ringed by the Swiss Alps, with some cliffs rising more than 3,000 feet above the lake—is one of the largest lakes in Switzerland. Walensee, as the lake is called in its home country, links two cantons, St. Gallen and Glarus, while the mountains around it attract hikers and winter sports enthusiasts.
Quezon City, Philippines
Photograph by Bullit Marquez, AP Photo
A group of children tours the People Power Experiential Museum, which recently found a permanent home in Quezon City, Philippines. The museum commemorates the People Power Revolution, a movement against government violence and election fraud that culminated on February 25, 1986, with the inauguration of a new president.
Photograph by Joern Pollex, Getty Images
Perched on the coast of the Black Sea, the Turkish city Trabzon has long been one of the busiest ports in the region. As a result, the city has a mix of religious architecture: medieval churches, Byzantine monasteries, and this hillside Ottoman mosque.
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