Weighing in at over a pound and just shy of 500 pages, the eighth addition of National Geographic’s Guide to the National Parks of the United States is now available.
I love the books National Geographic publishes. This one is no exception – filled with 220 inspiring colour images, 80 full colour maps and enough practical information that you can plan your trip from home. It’s been completely redesigned and updated since the last version. Over 1.25 million copies of the book have been sold since the first version came out in 1989.
The book is broken into sections based on geography: East, Midwest, South Central, Southwest, Rocky Mountain, Pacific Southwest, Pacific Northwest and Alaska. A two page colour spread provides a visual introduction to every region.
Each of the 59 national parks, including the newest one – Pinnacles National Park – comes with the following information: date the park was established, size of the park in acres, synopsis of the park, how to visit (and engaging suggestions if you have only one day or two days…) specific highlights within each park, hikes and activities, information on how to get there, the best time to go, dates the visitor centres are open and camping and lodging options. Each park is thoroughly covered so the only decision you’ll have to make is which park you’d like to visit – a very tough decision if you can only pick one!
It’s great to have all the information in book form; flipping between national parks and dreaming about where you want to go is easier than on a computer screen – at least in my humble opinion. This is a book you’ll return to again and again as its truly an impressive resource.
You can purchase a copy of the book for $US28 or $Cdn 36 here OR you can enter my giveaway.
National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States Giveaway
If you’d like to be win a copy of this book, please leave a comment and tell me what national park in the United States you’d most like to visit. The contest is open until 11:59 PM Mountain Time on March 16th, 2016. I’ll randomly choose a winner on Thursday morning and notify via email.
***Vicki is the winner of the book. Thanks to all who entered.***