National Geographic Travel Photos & Videos on Instagram

@natgeotravel  It’s a big world. Explore it through the lens of our photographers.

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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Barchan dunes start their journey from shoreline to desert near Paracas, Peru. This would be an easy picture with a drone, but not so twenty years ago, as I spiraled over the waves with one hand on my paraglider and leaned out with my camera. Barchans are caused by very strong winds. They are beautiful to photograph, but make for sketchy take-off and landings. To view more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.

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Photo by @Chrisburkard | It always amazes how much modern society reflects nature even though we often fail to realize it. It’s easy to understand why Zion National Park’s slot canyon system is called “The Subway”. Full of twisted tunnels that are all interconnected it can be navigated to take you across vast distances in an efficient manner. Today, this is the same system exists in almost every major city in the world. The only difference is that in this case, nature beat us by about 150 million years. It's a reminder we still have a lot to learn from the planet and its natural processes.

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Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | The magnificent Matsumoto castle looks good in most any light, but is most dramatic at dawn. It is known as the Crow Castle due to its black exterior. In contrast, white swans live in its moat. And thank you to the 3 who swam into my frame. #matsumoto #matsumotocastle

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Hunting among the icebergs. Polar bears are at the top of the Arctic food chain, and are the only truly carnivorous bears. Seals make up 90 percent of their diet. They fear no other species — except humans. Polar bear lives are broken into two seasons. The first is winter, the feasting season, when bears hunt seals while roaming on the pack ice. And then there is summer, the fasting season, when the absence of ice pushes the bears onto land, with scarce food sources. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scene #bear #polarbear #wildlifephotography #svalbard #norway #climatechange

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Photo by @hellokrisdavidson | Reaching the top of the Kelso Dune Field in the Mojave Desert in California involves a Sisyphean effort of scrambling upward and sliding backward against the traction resistant incline, but it’s all worth it. Upon reaching the top just as the sun is setting is akin to stepping into a dreamscape. In all my years of travel journalism, it remains a favorite memory. As the largest field of aeolian sand deposits in the Mojave Desert, the area spans 45 miles, comprised of migrating dunes, vegetation stabilized dunes, sand sheets and sand ramps— and a good dose of magic. #Mojave #NPS #kelso

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Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | The sun sets over the North Korean capital Pyongyang along the Taedong River. Please follow me, @dguttenfelder, for an inside look at North Korea, where I have been traveling and photographing for the past 19 years.

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Photo by @BabakTafreshi | Swipe for this entire view of a calm summer night at the National Mall with fountains of World War II Memorial in the foreground and Washington Monument and Capitol Hill in the background. Explore more of The World at Night photography @babaktafreshi. #washingtondc

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Photo by @max.lowe I Silent and with barely but a ripple the white scape of the bay on the Antarctic peninsula was broken by a tiny black dorsal fin of a Minke Whale, reminding me once again what might lay below the empty surface. Follow @max.lowe to see more from my time in Antarctica.

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Photo by @michaelgeorge | Torres del Paine is the rare park where humans are the outsiders in a vast, legitimate wilderness. Though it occupies 930 square miles, the park receives only 2,000 visitors per day in peak season. Here we travel over “Lago Pehoé,” translated as “Hidden Lake.” The color is caused by glacial “flour” or rock dust suspended in the water. In the distance you can see Macizo Paine, a group of mountains that look like broken teeth. #torresdelpaine #patagonia #chile

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