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.
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
The sun rises over Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. The lake, which fills a collapsed volcano that erupted more than 7,500 years ago, is the deepest in the United States (592 meters).
The sun rises over Crater Lake.
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Jackson Lake in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park reflects the mountains at sunrise. There are hundreds of kilometers of hiking trails in the park, including paths into the Teton Range.
Glacier National Park, Montana
Sky and mountains reflect on St. Mary Lake in Montana’s Glacier National Park. With lakes, horseback riding and more than 1,000 kilometers of hiking trails, the park is an outdoor wonderland.
St. Mary Lake.
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.
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
A friend of Anker and his stepson Max, adventurer and artist Rachel Pohl paints the hoodoos (rock spires) and other landscapes of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. Bryce Canyon is by far Pohl’s favorite Utah park.
Rachel Pohl paints.
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.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
The Colorado River carves through Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. There are many ways to see the canyon, including by raft, by foot and by air in a helicopter. Each viewpoint is spectacular in its own way.
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.
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