Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
Admission: The Interior Museum is open Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm. The Museum and public events are free of charge. Adults are required to show a photo ID to gain admittance to the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building.
Location: U.S. Department of the Interior Interior Museum 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240 (Located in the 1200W wing of the Building, near the entrance at C Street)
Parking and Transportation: By Metro Take the 18th Street exit at the Farragut West Metro Station and walk south towards Constitution Avenue. The entrance to the Stewart Lee Udall Interior Building is 6 blocks south on C Street between 18th and 19th.
Driving Directions: From the North Take either 95 or 295 south to the Capitol Beltway, Route 495 Take 495 west towards Northern Virginia. Take exit 30, Georgia Avenue/29 south Proceed about 2 miles to 16th Street south. 16th Street veers to the right at this large intersection. Go approximately 10 miles to I Street, turn right. At the 4th light, turn left onto 19th Street. The entrance to the Main Interior Building is 6 blocks south on C Street between 18th and 19th.
From the South Take 395 North to Washington Boulevard/Memorial Bridge/Pentagon/Arlington Cemetery. Move to left lane. Cross Memorial Bridge in the center lane. At the Lincoln Memorial bear left and follow the road to the left on Henry Bacon Avenue until it ends at Constitution Avenue. Make a right on Constitution. Turn left onto 18th Street. The entrance to the Main Interior Building is 1 block north on C Street between 18th and 19th.
From Northern Virginia Take I-66 into Washington, staying in center lane to arrive at Constitution Ave. Turn left onto 18th Street. The entrance to the Main Interior Building is 1 block north on C Street between 18th and 19th.
From Western Maryland Take 270 South to 495 West toward Northern Virginia. After crossing American Legion Bridge, take the next exit to the George Washington Parkway. You will cross the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge and end up on Constitution Avenue. Turn left on 18th Street. The entrance to the Main Interior Building is 1 block north on C Street between 18th and 19th.
Parking: Metered street parking is available but limited. Public parking garages are located on New York and Pennsylvania Avenues and 17th and 18th Streets.
Accessibility: An accessible entrance is located at the E Street entrance of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building.
Security Procedures: All adults are required to present a photo ID to enter the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building. All visitors will be subject to security screenings, including bag and parcel checks.
Places to Eat: The Bison Bistro, located in the basement of the Interior Building, is open to the public Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There are many restaurants located at Pennsylvania Avenue and 18th Street NW.