The Most Stunning National Parks on Instagram

Gone are the days when national parks were Dad's choice of a family vacation, the endgame of an unbearably long drive spent squabbling with your siblings and sticking to pleather seats in the back of a station wagon.

Nowadays, you actually get why people like national parks, and you'd willingly trudge through mud, sand, and water in your hiking boots, all for the sake of having a killer Instagram map -- and, you know, for unparalleled views of mountains, waterfalls, and caves. Plus, it's right up there with a trip to Walmart as one of the most American things you can do

Prepare to marvel at some of the country's most stunning natural treasures, with these gorgeous shots of 11 national parks.

Great Sand Dunes National Park


Lassen Volcanic National Park


Yellowstone National Park


Olympic National Park


Grand Canyon National Park


Bryce Canyon National Park


Rocky Mountain National Park


Zion Canyon National Park


Great Smoky Mountains National Park

North Carolina/Tennessee

Yosemite National Park


Joshua Tree National Park


And a final, additional shot from the same park because, damn it, it's beautiful.

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. She seriously needs to see more of this gorgeous country. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.