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 @michaelclarkphoto // From Yellowstone to Hawaii. This month’s travel schedule is a study in contrasts for me. From full on winter to shorts and T-Shirts. While waiting for waves here on the north shore of Oahu I visited the incredible Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden near Kaneohe, Hawaii. Even though I have been to Hawaii a dozen times or more somehow I have never been to Ho’omaluhia before - it is absolutely stunning. #hoomaluhia #hawaii #oahu

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Photo by @PaulNicklen // This view through a melting iceberg is a window to the changing land and seascape in Svalbard, Norway. When the landscape is covered in snow and ice, a significant portion of the sun’s energy reflects off these light-coloured surfaces. However, as ice melts and the dark-coloured ground, or ocean, become exposed, warming is amplified as these surfaces are unable to reflect the energy and will instead absorb it. This once icy realm has succumbed to the consequences of global warming, and like most other Arctic areas, sees less and less ice every year. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen for more photos of #Arctic landscapes. #iceberg #Norway #climatechange #nature #photography at Norway

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Photo @stephen_matera // Morning fog along the Big Sur coastline, Garrapata State Park, California. Big Sur is a rugged section of the Central Coast of California between Carmel Highlands in the North and San Simeon in the South. Highway 1, now called the Cabrillo Highway, was opened in 1937, works it's way along the entire 70 mile route but is often closed due to slides. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from California and around the world. #bigsur #coast #California at Garrapata State Park

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Photo by @BabakTafreshi Swipe left to see the entire view One of the world’s most stunning archeological sites I have visited is this complex of 2500-year old tombs of ancient Persian kings (Achaemenid empire) near Persepolis and Shiraz in southern Iran. This time-exposure image has captured the rotation of sky in form of star trails around the north celestial pole, marked by the north star Polaris right above the cliff, during the course of one hour. The cross shaped tombs in Naqsh-e Rustam are each about 20 meters long and are built into a cliff 60 meters high. Explore more of The World at Night photography @babaktafreshi#twanight #longexposure #nightphotography #achaemenid #shiraz @natgeoimagecollection

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Photo by @max.lowe I There’s a reason some things are legendary, and the train ride from Kandy to Ella in Sri Lanka is one of those. Winding through tea plantations and jungle ridden mountain slopes, the old tracks lead back to a different time and place in the countries story.

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Photo by @chrisburkard  The textures of Utah’s desert-scapes have a surreal, almost otherworldly quality. Rising hundreds of feet straight off the ground seemingly out of nowhere, it is no surprise that Diné people feel such a deep connection to the vast sandstone buttes scattered throughout this desert. While the rest of the world was just being introduced to this region in the 20th century through western films, the first nations people have known far longer just how special this place is.

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photo by @andrea_frazzetta | Maldives’ seabed. The Maldive Islands are a blue horizon; dotted by the single groups of islands created throughout the millennia by tiny organisms that found enough light and nutrients to support their growth. If it were possible to look at it over the ages we’d see it appear and disappear over a few hundred thousand years: from the first sandbanks to the first palm trees, it is truly a nation of appearance and disappearance. To see more photos from my travels, follow me @andrea_frazzetta #Maldives #natgeotravel #sea #ocean

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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // A mosaic of flat, green areas dominated the landscape as I flew over the central plateau of Madagascar. The story told here is one in which rice fields and cattle pastures have replaced the once abundant and biodiverse rainforests of Madagascar. The country has already lost over 90% of its precious rainforests but the small patches that remain are still so rich in unique biodiversity, that they should be protected for the benefit of all humanity. #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier for more photos and stories from around the world. #Madagascar #rainforest #deforestation #biodiversity #nature

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Photo by @KenGeiger | Where will you find your pot of gold this year? You have about 30 minutes remaining to enter the #natgeo100contest. @natgeo account just hit 100 million followers! To celebrate, they’re holding a photo contest. To enter simply post your most Nat Geo-inspired photo to your Instagram account using the hashtag #natgeo100contest. Ten winning photos will be posted to the @natgeo feed, and one grand-prize winner will win a Nat Geo photo safari trip to Tanzania. Good luck!

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Photo by @taylorglenn // A busy street in the pedestrian area of Tokyo’s Shinjuku. There is something incredible about the energy of this city. The sights, the sounds, the smells - sensory overload in the best way. What a wonderful place to stroll, especially at night. Follow @taylorglenn for more images around the globe #Tokyo #japan #shinjuku #travel at Shinjuku

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Photo by @amivitale | Mount Kenya as seen from from northern Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy (@olpejeta). Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in all of Africa. A National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the mountain contains 11 rapidly retreating glaciers. Follow @amivitale for more photos of the wonders and conservation successes of northern Kenya. @thephotosociety @natgeo @nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @natgeoimagecollection @natgeo #kenya #northernkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica

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Photo by @jimmychin | @cheynelempe and @oceangoingmonkey sort through piles of climbing gear and ropes as they prepare for another day on the wall while filming @freesolofilm. ESPN60 takes an in depth look at the daring filmmaking of Free Solo and examines why it’s a genre bending film. Check our stories for the trailer of this ESPN episode that airs Feb 24th.

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