These stunning Western landscapes stood out in our Instagram followers’ feeds this year

Kendra Poppy  – December 21, 2018

On a social platform that can feel flooded by hashtags such as #traveldeeper and #wanderlust, it’s no surprise that ‘grammers have a deep appreciation for travel photos. From national parks to small-town gems, we shared some of our favorite corners of the West. Here are the travel posts that most grabbed our Instagram followers’ attention this year.

Go Chasing Waterfalls

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Snowy Sequoia 

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The Nation’s Christmas Tree Kick off the holiday season with the annual Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The 267-foot tall General Grant sequoia is the nation’s only designated living national shrine. Every year since 1926, visitors have hiked into the forest to sing carols, offer prayers, and lay a wreath at the foot of the tree. This year, the 92nd Trek takes place on December 9, 2018. . . . #sunsetmag #sosunset #giantsequoia #sequoianationalforest #nationalparks #nationalparkgeek #sequoiakingsnps #sequoianationalpark #kingscanyon #kingscanyonnationalpark #nps #holidays2018 #christmasdecorations #startingtofeellikechristmas #christmastree #christmastree🎄 #christmas2018 #christmastrees #nationschristmastree #rusticchristmas #rusticchic #sequoiakingscanyon #threerivers #christmastreesofinstagram #decoratingthechristmastree

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Sierra Splendor

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Cottonwoods light up the Eastern Sierra town of Bridgeport. Wondering where to find the best fall color in your state? Read on! .
Arizona
Coconino National Forest has the state’s most spectacular aspens, set against the backdrop of dormant volcano Humphreys Peak. North of Flagstaff on U.S. 180. .
California
From Bridgeport, head south on U.S 395 to Conway Summit for a sweeping, tree-dotted vista of where the Great Basin meets the High Sierra. (@monocountytourism) .
Colorado
Sections of the 22-mile Guanella Pass Scenic Byway are unpaved, but the aspens will make you happy to be driving slowly. .
Idaho
The 69-mile Teton Scenic Byway is a drive of subtle yellows—here cottonwoods and there aspens. What’s not subtle: the view of the Tetons. .
Montana
On the Seeley-Swan Scenic Drive, you’ll spy the bright yellow fall needles of the larch, a deciduous conifer. Start 1 hour northeast of Missoula on State 83. | Photo by @sunsetphoto #sunsetmag . #fallfeels #feelslikefall #fallcolors #bridgeport #visitcalifornia #aspentrees #aspens #monocounty #monocountytourism #vintagedecor #vintagelove #californiaexplorers #exploremore #explorecalifornia #justbackfrom #agameoftones #boardandbatten #adventurers #adventureculture #adventure_culture #adventurecollective #sheexplores #womenwhoexplore #womenwhotravel #prefall #fall🍁 #fall2018 #falldecor #fallstyle

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Magic Trick

There Be Giants

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Amazing Airstream

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Malibu Dream Airstream, Malibu, CA Picture it: You, Malibu, a private deck perched over the Pacific, and hikeable hills as far as the eye can see—and that’s just the setting. As if your own private bluff weren’t enough, this reimagined Airstream features floor-to-ceiling slidable glass panels for mandatory ocean sunsets. Even Barbie would be jealous of this @airbnb. . Photo courtesy of @airbnb. Discover more vintage airstream rentals through the link in our bio! . #sunsetmag #airstream #airstreamdreams #airstreamlife #airstreamrenovation #airstreamliving #airstreams #airstreamer #vanlife #vanlifediaries #trailerrenovation #trailerliving #trailerlife #airbnb #vintagestyle #vintageairstream #malibu

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Big Sur Beauty

Camper on the Coast

Hoodoo Magic