National parks are more than the best idea America ever had—they’re our country’s best playgrounds for millions of vacationers who want to enjoy recreation activities, nature and wildlife, and down-time with friends, family, or as solo travelers. This timely, idea-filled guide covers “classic” parks, national historical parks, national monuments, national battlefields, national scenic trails, and beyond. Hundreds of Top 10 lists highlight every park’s best attractions—best lodges, best hikes, best star-gazing spots, best campfire meal spots. Destinations are covered by region, theme, season, and occasion. Photos, anecdotes from park rangers, and insider tips, plus traveler resources such as hotels and restaurants, make this the national parks guide travelers have long sought.
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“National Geographic has packed 800 ideas…This guide will tell you the best places to find waterfalls, wildflowers, rock art and petroglyphs, fossils, and geological oddities as well as the best places to watch the night sky, take a family-friendly hike, enjoy wind sports, find the best food and the most coveted hotel rooms. And if you don’t like crowds, there’s a list of 10 underappreciated parks.” –The Boston Globe
“There’s a lot to embrace in the new book.” –Baltimore Sun
“I was pretty inspired by the book — it’s obvious that it was put together by a group of people that have a real passion for the national parks system.” –Albany Times Union