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Your Guide to the National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 58 National Parks
     

Your Guide to the National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 58 National Parks

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by Michael Oswald (Photographer), Derek Pankratz (Editor)
 
More than 530 color images, 140 easy-to-read maps, and 55 hiking tables make this guide to America's most scenic wilderness areas-all 58 national parks-the most appealing, comprehensive, and indispensable book of its kind.

Your Guide provides step-by-step itineraries, kid-friendly activities, and all of the most popular ranger programs to help plan your family

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More than 530 color images, 140 easy-to-read maps, and 55 hiking tables make this guide to America's most scenic wilderness areas-all 58 national parks-the most appealing, comprehensive, and indispensable book of its kind.

Your Guide provides step-by-step itineraries, kid-friendly activities, and all of the most popular ranger programs to help plan your family vacation. Thousands of hotels, restaurants, and attractions beyond the parks, as well as 11 suggested road trips make it the ultimate dashboard companion. Exhaustive activity information, including hiking tables, easy-to-find trailhead markers, outfitter details, and backpacking essentials, serves as blueprint for an adventure of a lifetime. With something for everyone this is Your Guide to the National Parks.

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Library Journal
The seven color-coded sections (East, North, South, Southwest, West, Alaska, and Remote Islands) in this volume investigate the 58 national parks in the United States. After brief instructions on how to use the guide, Oswald provides an amazing, almost overwhelming, amount of data on each place. Each entry contains a brief historical overview of the park and its creation followed by sections that include directions and "best of," as well as information on when to go; airports and transportation; camping, hiking, and backpacking; lengths of hiking trails; biking, paddling, fishing, horseback riding, activities for kids, and trip-planning suggestions. The "What's Nearby" section helpfully includes information on lodging, dining, grocery stores, and other sites to visit with names, locations, phone numbers, rates, and web addresses provided. Park maps are excellent and easy to read, and the material is also supplemented by plentiful color photographs, charts, and sidebars. VERDICT Given the increased interest in national parks since Ken Burns's related PBS series and the upcoming National Park Service centennial in 2016, this is a timely and useful reference. Its bulk, and even its print size, make it a book to use at home or in the library to plan a vacation, not a title for one's knapsack.—Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Comm. Coll., Mt. Carmel

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781621280002
Publisher:
Stone Road Press
Publication date:
07/01/2012
Pages:
704
Sales rank:
116,646
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Joseph Oswald is an American travel writer. In 2003 he graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with degrees in electrical engineering and chemistry. After four years working in a corporate environment, he escaped to a more adventurous lifestyle traveling and pursuing his passion for kayaking, biking, and hiking across America's National Parks.

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Your Guide to the National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 58 National Parks 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been to a few of our National Parks and early this summer I was planning another trip to Mammoth Cave NP. I decided to purchase this book to help me plan my trip. I thought I had everything all worked out, but thanks to this book I read about the Wild Cave tour and quickly booked it. The tour was amazing (and rugged) and it would not have happened without the recommendation of this book. I am so glad we didn't miss out on the experience. I am looking forward to more trips and seeing what other recommendations this book can bring me, because the first one was unforgettable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The maps, the images, the detailed information, Your Guide to the National Parks has it all. For most "comprehensive" guidebooks you have to buy a companion guide for hiking details or outfitter information. Well, you don't have to any more thanks to this new title.
Microplanner More than 1 year ago
I have traveled to the majority of our National Parks; visiting some multiple times. I have a complete library that covers most state parks, National Parks, lodges, trails, off-roading, etc. I found that "Your Guide to the National Parks" by Michael Joseph Oswald is the most complete book covering our national parks. His primary focus is on camping, however, I was delighted to find comprehensive coverage of lodging, restaurants, sights, activities (fishing, scuba diving), flora, birding, wildlife viewing, and grocery stores. His maps are excellent even though he recommends that if you are going to take any of the trails you should have a detailed trail map. The maps show many of the must see attractions and sights. His maps also show several of the better 4WD vehicle roads. He also covers travel planning; how to get there; local airports, and when to go etc. Day planning and what to see and when. Whenever I buy a book like this I will check a location with which I am very familiar to see if the little know areas, sights, lodging, restaurants have been included; this book has them all!
MeAR More than 1 year ago
My wife and I are both retired now and while we've travel over the last 25 years when we could we now have found the perfect guide as we intend to get to all 58 and many Monuments, Memorials and NRA as possible before we even consider slowing down. This guide had everything we had decided we needed to plan the trips. Our first trip is in three weeks, then another and in winter one more. We will have added another 9 parks by January 10th, 2016.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. So comprehensive. Activity ideas for every interest in all the big parks, including some I didn't even know about. Color photos. Well organized. You could spend a lifetime and not come close to tackling all of it's offerings. I borrowed it from the library and liked it so much I went an got my own copy.