WASHINGTON (March 11, 2008)—More than 700 million people visit state parks each year and, according to the Travel Industry of America, nearly 65 million Americans have traveled 50 miles or more to visit a national or state park. An essential take-along for park enthusiasts is the completely revised and updated NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO THE STATE PARKS OF THE UNITED STATES, THIRD EDITION (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-0251-3; March 18, 2008; $25).
This companion volume to National Geographic’s best-selling “Guide to the National Parks” is the only four-color, nationwide, state parks guide on the market, making it an ideal tool for travelers planning their vacation and also an inspiring spur to take the trip. With more than 200 color photographs and 32 comprehensive maps, the guide also includes helpful insider tips from parks staff on their favorite hidden gems; top trails selected from the more than 25,000 miles available for hiking, biking, horseback riding and wildflower gazing; and affordable, family vacations for day visits, weekend escapes or longer getaways.
State parks provide an inexpensive and diverse range of vacation opportunities, from Florida to Alaska, from 6-acre Iao Valley to 204,000-acre Baxter. The enticing selection of parks — chosen by state park directors who know them all — are presented in vivid detail and enhanced with lush images. Spanning the country, from the white water at Ohiopyle State Park, Pennsylvania, to the sandy mounds of Pink Coral Sand Dunes, Utah, from fishing holes to historic homes, the guide features both well-known and virtually undiscovered places.
Regional authors, who are experts in their fields and have explored every inch of each park, write the narratives. Information on openings, fees, contact numbers, activities, camping and lodging is included, as well as the ideal spots for bird watchers, rock climbers, wildlife observers or amateur archaeologists.
For anyone who enjoys the outdoors, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO THE STATE PARKS OF THE UNITED STATES, THIRD EDITION, holds the key to a fulfilling and memorable state park visit.