Review by Jennifer Lu’Becke
BEAUTIFUL! This hardcover guidebook is 471 pages of full-color, glossy photographs, maps, and information about fifty eight of the National Parks in the United States.
I received the 5th edition and it appears that the book is already in the 7th edition. The newer edition has even more colored photographs and detailed maps.
Organized by region—the East, the Southwest, the Colorado Plateau, the Pacific Southwest, The Rocky Mountains, The Pacific Northwest, and Alaska—it is easy to navigate the book.
Each park includes a brief history, getting-there directions, tips on when to go, and info about how to visit.
The book also includes maps, information such as park entry fees, activity listings, special advisories, and outlines of each park’s facilities and areas that are accessible to people with disabilities.
National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States is great for getting a general sense of what each park is all about and its major attractions. However, if you are looking for the best hikes, backpacking trips, or climbs—you will NOT find it here. You also won’t find any truly useful hiking maps. You will find general driving maps with many of the park’s most popular features listed.
I would recommend this book for road-trippers that only have a day in the park and are not looking for in-depth hiking information.
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