Monday, April 18, 2016

New guide book details the best of U.S. national parks

You may be aware that the National Park Service is celebrating its centennial in 2016. That means a lot of special activities and events will take place in each of our national parks during the next year.
So, it’s time to get your copy of National Geographic’s Guide to National Parks ofthe United States. This popular book is now in its eighth edition, which features new text, maps, and photos. It’s a best-selling, comprehensive guide that contains the latest practical advice for visiting each national park in the United States.

“There’s simply no better getaway in the United States than a visit to one of the 59 national scenic parks,” says John M. Fahey, Jr. Chairman of the Board, National Geographic Society.

Glacier National Park
I agree. No matter what you look for when you travel—serenity, history, culture, landscapes, geology, wildlife, adventure, or family fun—you can find it in one of our national parks. This guide may just provide the inspiration you need to plan a trip and pack your bag.
The parks are divided into geographical regions in the Guide (East, Midwest, South Central, Southwest, Rocky Mountain, Pacific Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska), so you can choose a park near you or in an area you’ve been longing to visit.

Great Smokey Mountain National Park
Each section has a detailed map of parks located in that region. First, you’ll get a brief overview of what each national park offers and its history, so you’ll understand why it has earned that distinction. Then special features of the park—those “do not miss” spots and activities—are described along with specific traveler information regarding trails, scenic points, and best time to go.  

The Guide lists accommodations within the parks and campgrounds nearby. Health and safety concerns, entrance fees, and suggestions for getting the most from your visit are included. Maps provide more detail about roads and trails to help you maneuver through each park.
Rocky Mountain National Park
My favorite feature of the book: All the photos and maps are in full color! These amazing photos will whet your appetite for spending time among our country’s treasured parks. Many of the maps (80) and photos (220) are full page, and all provide stunning views of outstanding landscapes.

This Guide has become my “wish book.” Even though I’ve visited many national parks, when I thumb through the book I find new places to explore--even new parks I wasn’t aware of—and I wish I were there.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier. cover photo courtesy of Karen Wadsworth, Media Masters Publicity


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