Published February 2021 and December 2020 by National Geographic
Source: my copies courtesy of the publisher, through TLC Book Tours, in exchange for an honest review
Guide To National Parks of the United States:There’s simply no better getaway in the United States than a visit to one of the country’s 62 national parks from Alaska to the Virgin Islands, from Maine to America Samoa. Profiled in this all-new ninth edition of National Geographic’s enduring and informative guide, you’ll find expert travel advice, candid tips for hiking and wildlife spotting, and detailed maps to help navigate your way through America’s great outdoors. Updated throughout with the latest information from park rangers and National Geographic’s own acclaimed travel writers, this fully revised and comprehensive guidebook includes the newest additions to the United States park system-Indiana Dunes, White Sands, and Gateway Arch national parks. Whether you’re looking to explore the underground world of Mammoth Caves or make your way through the mangroves of Everglades National Park, you’ll find a destination that suits your needs, and inspiration to plan your next wild adventure. In addition to park details and descriptions, this sparkling new edition features week-long regional road trip itineraries s so you can visit multiple parks in one vacation. Filled with more than 300 dazzling photographs and 80 full-color maps, this inspiring book reveals the best the United States has to offer-right in its own backyard.
NOT my thoughts - again when the ladies from TLC Book Tours contacted me about these books, I knew they'd be right up my husband's alley. So, again, I give you his thoughts:
I have always been a bit of a geek for reference books like these since the days my parents got Readers Digest books on America and the National Parks. These books are arranged by sections of the country with excellent index references. The Secrets of the National Parks is an excellent book that is best described by some of the comments on the cover and rear jacket:
Experts' guide to the best experiences beyond the tourist trailHundreds of secrets and tips on ways to enrich your visits to National ParksExpert advice on the best times and places to visit to avoid crowds (one of my favorites)Useful park maps to locate places of interest and pathways to get there (I've always been a map hound)Gorgeous photographs of landscapes, wildlife and distinctive features (of course with Nat Geo)Easy to find listing of visitor center locations, website and contact informationClearly indicated levels of difficulty for trails, roads and other byways (definitely helpful to be safe)Background stories and travel suggestions from those who know these parks the bestComprehensive index for quick and easy access by state, park name or sites featured
I can't really improve on these descriptions as National Geographic has, as you probably know, outstanding writers and obviously photographers. Although Secrets of the National Parks was published first, I'd recommend reading it second - learn the parks in Guide To National Parks then go learn its secrets. Each section in the guide tells you How To Visit, suggestions on when to visit the park, and information on camping and lodging at the park. Each also gives some history of the park. Secrets let's readers in on local intelligence and hiking information.
These books make me want to go out and see more National Parks and now I feel I have a good guide to better navigate Americas' natural resources, books in tow. Now hit the road and see some of our National Parks!
Thanks to the ladies of TLC Book Tours for including us on this tour. For other reviews, check out the full tour.