Our Favorite Photos of 2017

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The Golden Gate National Parks, by nature, are fiercely visual. There is no shortage of spectacular landscapes, fun activities, and fascinating people to photograph.

Every year, our Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy photographers and National Park Service volunteer photographers capture thousands of images.

We asked six photographers to share their top images from 2017 taken from around the San Francisco Bay Area—as well as the story behind each of them.

Click the thumbnails for larger versions of the images, and the inside story behind each.

After you're done perusing the gallery below, follow us on Instagram to see more stunning imagery of your local national parks.