There’s never a bad time to visit a national park—it’s an unforgettable experience, even during the winter. But from the end of May through the very beginning of June, you can see something incredible unfold at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: a firefly mating ritual. For two weeks, thousands of Synchronous fireflies descend on a special area of the park near Elkmont to put on quite the synchronized light show.
If you’ve never had the opportunity to venture far enough north to take in the northern lights, the filmmakers at More Than Just Parks captured a stunning example of the Aurora Borealis’ majesty over Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park. These timelapse videos might even be better than the real thing since you don’t even have to put your phone down to watch nature’s most impressive display.
Visitors to Yosemite National Park in California have more room to roam after official on Wednesday announced a 400-acre expansion of the park — its largest in nearly 70 years.