The United States of America’s National Park Service celebrates its centennial in 2016.
Among the ways we’re honoring the milestone is through the release of the spectacular IMAX® 3D film, America Wild: National Parks Adventure: Presented by Expedia and Subaru. The film presents the National Parks at their finest, capturing the wild and beautiful landscapes that provide awe-inspiring places to reflect and connect with nature. Have a look at these 12 spectacular images to get a glimpse of what mountaineer Conrad Anker and his intrepid team of explorers experienced in the parks while filming this dazzling movie.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
An experienced climber, Anker climbs frozen waterfalls in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, located on Lake Superior, along the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He recently taught pop sensation Justin Timberlake how to ice climb.
Anker climbs on ice.
Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming
Devils Tower National Monument rises 386 meters above the Belle Fourche River in the Black Hills of Wyoming. Besides being striking to look at, it draws rock climbers from all over the world. “The biggest difficulty was just getting the camera up high on the formation,” says film director Greg MacGillivray. The film crew had to climb the mountain to shoot Anker scaling the massive rock formation.
Another part of the adventurous crew, mountain biker Eric Porter jumps off a mushroom boulder in Moab, Utah. The mountain biking trails in and around Moab are among the most awe-inspiring in the world.
Eric Porter biking in Moab.
Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Brown bears catch salmon in Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Katmai is home to more than 2,000 brown bears, which like to feast on sockeye salmon in the Brooks River. See how the film crew got this epic shot.
Bear catching dinner in Katmai.
Yosemite National Park, California
If you’re visiting Yosemite National Park in California, it’s hard to miss Half Dome. It rises above the Merced River on the floor of Yosemite Valley. Get a sneak peek from the film about how a camping trip to Yosemite inspired the creation of the U.S. National Parks system.
Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.
Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming
Steam rises from the Sapphire Pool in Biscuit Basin in Yellowstone National Park. Established in 1872, Yellowstone is the oldest National Park in the United States.
The Sapphire Pool getting steamy.
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Mesa Arch overlooks Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands is one of five stunning National Parks in Utah. “I think my first distinct memory of a big trip to a National Park is going to Utah’s Canyonlands around age five,” says Pohl. "Experiencing these otherworldly realms of beauty as a kid gave me a sense of limitless possibilities."
Mesa Arch overlooks Canyonlands National Park.