Beautiful Travel Photos

Beautiful Travel Photos
Nat Geo Travel editors picked their favorite travel photos published in 2016. See majestic images from around the world that struck our experts.

India
Photograph by Jody MacDonald
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Alaska
Photograph by Aaron Huey
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California
Photograph by Jonathan Irish
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South Korea
Photograph by Topic Images, Getty Images
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India
Photograph by Tuul and Bruno Morandi, Getty Images
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New Hampshire
Photograph by Ronan Donovan
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Faroe Islands
Photograph by Adam Burton, JAI/Corbis
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Your Epic Adventure Hiking Photos

Your Epic Adventure Hiking Photos

Milky Way Rising
Panorama of Milky Way bow over the huge Cimon della Pala in Trentino, Italy.
Photograph by Nicholas Roemmelt
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Journey
Photograph by Sapna Reddy
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Dune climbing
Photograph by Giampiero Torello
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Pains de sucre
Exploring around during a hike on a glacier in South Greenland.
Photograph by Alexandre Eggermont
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Misty Morning
Photograph by Vinay Balla
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Your Epic Adventure Hiking Photos
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What We Can Learn from Trees

What We Can Learn from Trees
They inspire us, comfort us, and remind us how life moves on.

trees02aBristlecone Pines | Inyo National Forest, California
Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel
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trees02bThe Child-Giving Ginkgo | Tokyo, Japan
Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel
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trees02cBoaB Tree | Derby, Australia
Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel
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trees02dNeem Tree | Varanasi, India
Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel
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trees02eJuniper Tree | Hallelujah Junction, California
Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel
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Trees tell stories, capture our imaginations, and remind us that life always moves on.
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Natural Wonders in Asia

Natural Wonders in Asia

natureasia02aGokyo Lakes Trek, Nepal
A hike to Gokyo Ri will take you over 17,000 feet above the Himalaya. Above lakes and clouds you’ll get a whole new perspective on its neighbor, Mount Everest.
Photograph by Kiwisoul, Getty Images
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natureasia02bZhangye Danxia Landform, China
The colorful striations of the Zhangye Danxia landform in Zhangye, China.
Photograph by Melinda Chan, Getty Images
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natureasia02cJigoku Valley, Japan
Colorful foliage surrounds Oyunuma Lake in Jigoku-Dani, Noboribetsu, Japan. The thermal hot springs are a popular stop for visitors in Shikotsu-Toya National Park.
Photograph by Sean Paveone, Getty Images
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natureasia02dHang Son Doong Cave, Vietnam
There is plenty to discover in Hang Son Doong cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam. The cave is one of the largest in the world and requires a licensed guide to explore.
Photograph by Cartsen Peter, National Geographic Creative
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from: 7 Stunning Natural Wonders in Asia

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Photo of the Day: Best of 2016

Photo of the Day: Best of 2016

potd2016aPeekaboo
Photograph by Dariusz Kucharski and Kornelia Kucharska, National Geographic Your Shot
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potd2016bA Jungle Down There
Photograph by Matthias Hauser, National Geographic Your Shot
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potd2016cCloak of Color
Photograph by Ivan Dimitrov, National Geographic Your Shot
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potd2016dPainted Park
Photograph by iGoal L. , National Geographic Your Shot
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potd2016eTime to Go
Photograph by Akinori Koseki, National Geographic Your Shot
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potd2016fPride and Power
Photograph by Bjorn Persson, National Geographic Your Shot
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potd2016gAlien Glow
Photograph by Garret Suhrie, National Geographic Your Shot
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Each Photo of the Day we publish is meant to inspire wonder and curiosity, to bring a unique corner of the world into focus, present a new take on the familiar, or celebrate simple beauty. And in addition to telling a visual story, we often introduce the photographer who captured the stunning shot—and reveal the effort behind it.

The best photos from this year are saturated with an intent and gravity that stay with you. The outstretched hands of a brickyard worker, the regal pose of an African lion—these are images that linger in the memory long beyond their daily moment.

more by Jeanne Modderman
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Best Photos of 2016

Here is a gallery of National Geographic’s 52 best images of the year—curated from 91 photographers, 107 stories, and 2,290,225 photographs.

ngbest2016aAs an evening storm lights up the sky near Wood River, Nebraska, about 413,000 sandhill cranes arrive to roost in the shallows of the Platte River.
Photograph by Randy Olson
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ngbest2016bA pet saddleback tamarin hangs on to Yoina Mameria Nontsotega as the Matsigenka girl takes a dip in the Yomibato River, deep inside Peru’s Manú National Park.
Photograph by Charlie Hamilton James
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ngbest2016cTwilight bathes the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia at Delphi. Pilgrims in ancient Greece may have offered sacrifices here before consulting the oracle of Delphi.
Photograph by Vincent J. Musi at Archaeological Site of Delphi
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ngbest2016dThe colors of Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone come from thermophiles: microbes that thrive in scalding water.
Photograph by Michael Nichols
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ngbest2016eOn a mountainside in Yosemite National Park, photographer Stephen Wilkes took 1,036 images over 26 hours to create this day-to-night composite.
Photograph by Stephen Wilkes
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ngbest2016fLounging in inches of warm water, blacktip reef sharks wait for the tide to refill the lagoon at Seychelles’ Aldabra Atoll.
Photograph by Thomas P. Peschak
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Best Photos of 2016
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How the Parks of Tomorrow Will Be Different

How the Parks of Tomorrow Will Be Different
Shrinking glaciers, ocean acidification, and drought are three consequences of a warming planet, and each threatens to alter our national parks. Photographer Keith Ladzinski takes us on an immersive tour of America’s treasured—and changing—places.

parks11a parks11b parks11c parks11d parks11eAmerica’s most special places will always be beautiful, but a warming climate forces us to accept that they can’t be frozen in time.
By Michelle Nijhuis
Photographs and Videos by Keith Ladzinski

This story appears in the December 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine.
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