America's National Parks For Dummies

America's National Parks For Dummies

by Kurt Repanshek, Rich Tennant
     
 

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What makes a trip to a national park so wonderful? For starters, America's national park system is more diverse than any park system in the world. You can stroll the seashore at Olympic National Park in Washington or Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts, climb craggy mountains in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, or go underground into the world's largest

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What makes a trip to a national park so wonderful? For starters, America's national park system is more diverse than any park system in the world. You can stroll the seashore at Olympic National Park in Washington or Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts, climb craggy mountains in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, or go underground into the world's largest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. You can marvel at the largest canyon on Earth (Grand Canyon National Park), hike among the planet's largest collection or rock arches (Arches National Park), explore the lowest and hottest place in the Western Hemisphere (Death Valley National Park), or wander a realm of forests and misty mountains (Great Smoky Mountains National Park).

And these are just a few of your park options.

America's National Parks For Dummies gives you guidance to decide which park is for you, when to go, and what to see when you reach your destination. This guide will help you plan the best trip imaginable, whether you are

  • An inexperienced traveler looking for guidance in determining whether to take a trip to a national park and how to plan for it
  • An experienced traveler who has yet to explore the national park system and wants expert advice when you finally get a chance to enjoy one
  • Any traveler who doesn't like big, thick travel guides that list every single hotel, restaurant, or attraction, but instead looks for a book that focuses on the places that will provide the best or most unique park experience

America's National Parks For Dummies is user-friendly and organized in a logical fashion. Each park is broken down in a chapter that delves into the nitty-gritty of trip planning and highlights, including tips for

  • Planning your trip by touching on the diversity of the park system, explaining some of your vacation options, and telling you when parks are the most (and least) crowded
  • Ironing out the details by describing how you get to the parks and how to find your way around after you arrive
  • Exploring America's national parks by giving you the lowdown on 15 of the best parks, detailing things like each park's wild kingdom, the best spots for memorable photographs, and a few safety issues

The pages of this book resemble a great long-distance hike – you never know what's around the next bend in the trail. So throw on a backpack, take a swig of water, and get ready to explore the national parks!

Editorial Reviews

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This well-organized guide is easy to use and packed with great tips for avoiding crowds, saving money, and finding the best off-the-beaten-path attractions in each park. America's National Parks for Dummies provides an in-depth look at 15 of the most scenic national parks, including Mammoth Cave, Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Zion. Each park gets its own chapter, allowing room for plenty of essential details -- where to eat, sleep, and explore -- plus safety tips, and recommendations for the best spots to take pictures. Special chapters devoted to planning your trip, transportation, and getting the most out of your national park vacation make this guidebook an excellent resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764554933
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/17/2003
Series:
For Dummies Travel Series, #63
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
548
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.19(d)

Meet the Author

Kurt Repanshek, is a misplaced Easterner, has been roaming the Rocky Mountains since 1985, when he arrived in Wyoming as state correspondent for The Associated Press. A freelance writer now based in Park City, Utah, he has managed to find his way to the top of the Grand Teton; paddled portions of the Green, Colorado, and Middle Fork of the Salmon rivers, as well as Yellowstone's Shoeshone and Yellowstone lakes; and cross-country skied in the pre-dawn cold to catch sunrise on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, all in the pursuit of stories. He is the author of Hidden Utah and Hidden Salk Lake City & Beyond (both from Ulysses Press), and his work has appeared in Audubon, Sunset, National Geographic Traveler, and Hemispheres, among other publications.   

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