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National Geographic Complete National Parks of the United States : Featuring 400+ Parks, Monuments, Battlefields, Historic Sites, Scenic Trails, Recrea
by Mel White


Overview - Year after year, hundreds of millions of visitors spend more than a billion hours enjoying the magnificent, astonishingly diverse realm overseen by America s National Park Service. And the National Geographic Society has been involved with this forward-looking, environmentally-minded department from the very beginning.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Year after year, hundreds of millions of visitors spend more than a billion hours enjoying the magnificent, astonishingly diverse realm overseen by America s National Park Service. And the National Geographic Society has been involved with this forward-looking, environmentally-minded department from the very beginning.
This extensive travel planner covers not just the 58 official National Parks but also the nearly 350 additional properties in the Park Service s domain. The premier Parks are described in detail, but equal attention is given to the National Monuments, Memorials, Preserves, Historic Sites, Battlefields, Cemeteries, and Seashores, not to mention a network of "National Trails" and even the intriguingly referred to "Affiliated Areas." From Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty, from the hallowed ground of Gettysburg National Military Park to the Pacific waters shrouding Hawaii s U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, this catalog spans American history and territory both, with practical advice on how to reach each park, when to go, and what to do there."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781426205279
  • ISBN-10: 1426205279
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publish Date: February 2010
  • Page Count: 527

Series: National Geographic Complete National Parks

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Books > Travel > United States - General
Books > Travel > Parks & Campgrounds

 
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America's national treasures

How can you get away without the fuss and expense of flying? Road trip! These travel guides showcase America’s natural, historical and cultural wonders, so gas up the car and hit the road.

Spontaneous jaunts can be memorable, but why not invest some planning in your trip? And if you like a little history and learning with your getaway, the Complete National Parks of the United States, is a great starting point for exploring America’s gorgeous parklands. At a hefty 528 pages, you probably won’t want to tote this guide around. But it’s an impressive resource that reveals the diversity of America’s National Park system, from military sites, national monuments and memorials to trails, preserves and recreation areas. There are more than 400 parks under the U.S. National Park Service, and this guide shows them off with lush color photos, beautifully rendered maps and succinct, informative text on the history, features and offerings of each park. Each entry gives park contact information, plus location, size, accessibility and recreation tips. And for avid hikers, there’s a map of the National Trails system. This elegant, eloquent guide opens the door to our nation’s wealth of wild, urban and rural treasures.

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CALIFORNIA DREAMING

Though to many, Southern California means beaches, blondes, surfers and movie stars, the region, which stretches from California’s central coast across to Yosemite and down to San Diego, offers landscapes, sights and cultural treasures far beyond the usual stereotypes. Fodor’s 2010 Southern California is a superior, relatively portable guide to this area that offers comprehensive coverage in an easy-to-use format. The photos (now in full color) are tempting, the maps are easily readable and the narrative is smart and hip. Fodor’s is known for thorough, accurate travel information, and this guide follows suit. Especially wonderful is the section on California’s venerable missions. For a true California experience, grab this guide, put on your flip-flops and go!

 
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