Everyone finds their park in their own way. Some like to go at it alone — and there's a lot to be said for the powerful solitude that can be found in the wilderness — but when you head off into the unknown, it's good to have your squad along for the ride.
National parks are great places to accomplish your #SquadGoals, whether that means hiking together to a distant peak, taking a selfie in a famous place, or just reconnecting in the great outdoors. These Instagram users have found awesome ways to accomplish their #SquadGoals in national parks this year, and you can too!
Goal No. 1: Take a presidential selfie
SQUAD GOALS! I think we got them 😉. Double tap if you see it! We loved Mount Rushmore and cooling off with Thomas Jefferson's own vanilla ice cream recipe while admiring the memorial 🍦. If you go, you must stop at the ice cream parlor! #squadgoals #target #targetstyle park cancelled 7/10/16 and became Mount Rushmore Jr Rangers 7/10/16 as well 🇺🇸🙌🏻 #Hifromsd
Taking a snapshot with a real live president of the United States is a pretty tall order, but @gina_cristine managed to snag the next best thing: this awesome shot with the four presidents on Mount Rushmore. Throw on a scoop of Thomas Jefferson's own personal vanilla ice cream recipe, and you've got yourself two goals in one!
Goal No. 2: Meet your new squad
It was a honor and privilege to lead a NPS Centennial Hike from Peirce Mill with 17 veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Hot. Humid. Hot. But incredible day with wonderful people. 🎩🇺🇸❤ Rock 🏔 Creek 🌊 Park 🏞 Happy Saturday #WashingtonDC #Summer #Veterans #USA #Mill #Colonial #RangerLife #TravelGram #GristMill #NPSCentennial #Service #Traveler #NationalParkService #NPS #Nature #NationalPark #FYPyes #FindYourPark #InstaDaily #WanderLust #Historic #ParkRanger #Park #VSCO #Hike #PierceMill #Photography #Architecture #RockCreekPark
Instagrammer and park ranger extraordinaire @majgensteveyp enjoyed the privilege of leading an NPS Centennial Hike in Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park with 17 veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Here’s a great example of how a group of total strangers can share an unforgettable experience in our national parks.
Goal No. 3: Have an underwater adventure
Why stay on dry land when you can explore the deep blue sea with your squad? Accomplish your #SquadGoals below the surface, just like @olgababolga and her friends at Channel Islands National Park.
Goal No. 4: Head into the wild
Wilderness adventures await around every turn at places like Great Basin National Park in Nevada. It's among the many parks where you and your best friends can stroll off into one of the most beautiful, rugged landscapes in America—just like @kbart34 and company did—and take advantage of quite an excellent photo-op while you’re at it.
Goal No. 5: Enjoy some quality naptime
Finding your park can be hard work. Take your cue from @road.trip.dad and get some rest at the end of the trail. You've earned it!
Goal No. 6: Have a wedding day adventure
Wedding day began with a breakfast picnic, then a nice foggy stroll. We had no worries having @jking8094 leading the way with a stick to remove spider webs. Haha. Thanks Jenny. #gooutside #igers_of_wv #wv_igers #wvlivin #wildandwonderful #visitwv #wv_natureshots #exploringwv #grandview #nationalparks #newrivernps #hikingwv #gotowv #GoToWV #getoutsidewv #goplayoutside #LivePlayDo #fypyes #wv_captures #lovingwv #findyourpark #findyourtrail #newrivergorge #newrivergorgenps #nrg100mi #100milehikechallenge #59parks #activeswv #10best #mynationalpark
Could there possibly be a more stunning place to get hitched than West Virginia’s New River Gorge National River? If there is, don't tell @nonnieconnie and her squad, who spent a gorgeous wedding day morning along one of America's oldest and most beautiful rivers.
Goal No. 7: Find your secret spot
It's been said that there aren't any blank places left on the map, but when you find yourself at Jenny Lake in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, you might think you've found one. Visiting the lake is an experience best shared with friends, as @jaeraebae would no doubt agree.
Goal No. 8: Explore new territory
National parks challenge you, and hiking through The Narrows—a stunning canyon on the Virgin River in Utah’s Zion National Park—is not for the faint of heart. Good thing @j.v.p.d had his squad along for the journey.
Goal No. 9: Camp out in a national park
There's no experience quite like spending the night out under the open stars in a national park! If you want to see some really happy campers, check out these lucky folks who got to attend the first-ever @whitehouse Camp Out, hosted by First lady Michelle Obama!
Goal No. 10: Share some memories
Hard to put into words what a great week it was leading the #FYPx crew through two national parks this last week. I feel privileged to have been able to share this time with these 8 beautiful, intelligent and creative individuals. Can't wait to reunite with my new fam soon. #findyourpark #encuentratuparque
Wherever you choose to explore, and whoever you choose to share the experience with, make sure you take the time to stop and appreciate the memories you're making. Just like @mkdesant, who led an unforgettable adventure through two national parks with a new group of friends, you'll remember the experience for a lifetime, no matter how fast the time seems to fly by.
The 100th anniversary of the National Park Service offers a perfect opportunity to get your crew together and accomplish your #SquadGoals in America's most beautiful landscapes. So gather your friends, and don't forget to share your travels at FindYourPark.com!