WASHINGTON (March 3, 2011)—Where are the best areas in our national parks to bird watch or see quirky critters? Which are the parks’ top rock climbing sites, hiking trails or scuba spots? And where in our national parks are the most amazing trees, volcanic wonders, glaciers or geological oddities?
In NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC THE 10 BEST OF EVERYTHING NATIONAL PARKS: 800 Top Picks from Parks Coast to Coast (National Geographic Books; ISBN: 978-1-4262-0734-1; April 19, 2011; $21.95; softcover), a group of renowned nature writers and outdoor enthusiasts highlight the parks’ best attractions by region, season, theme and occasion. Their 80 top-10 lists cover the parks from every possible angle: lodges and cabins, campgrounds, bicycle rides, winter sports, beaches, swimming holes, 4×4 trips, accessible trails, serious summits, guided boat tours, ranger programs, culinary delights, Revolutionary War and Civil War sites, wildflower blooms, night skies, literary pilgrimages, fossils and dinosaurs, outfitted adventures, underappreciated parks and more, from the nearly 400 park properties across the United States. For those planning an engagement or a wedding, there’s even a list of the top-10 places to say “I will” or “I do.”
This richly illustrated, idea-filled travel guide also includes anecdotes from park rangers, numerous sidebars, reflections and tips from local experts, and park contact information. Finally, the authors — Robert Howells, Olivia Garnett, Gary Mckechnie, Jeremy Schmidt, Mel White and Joe Yogerst — provide a list of each of their personal 10 favorite national parks.
In her introduction to the book, former National Park Service Director Fran P. Mainella writes, “Our national parks are the soul of our nation and tell the history of our country. From the geysers of Yellowstone to the hallowed ground of Gettysburg, this wonderful guide celebrates the iconic parks, yet gives us ways to appreciate the uniqueness of many of our lesser known jewels. Through this book, readers will discover many diverse recreational opportunities in some of the most dynamic and beautiful places in our country. It is my hope that through experiencing our national parks, the public will develop a greater sense of stewardship and obligation toward these beloved lands.”
THE 10 BEST OF EVERYTHING NATIONAL PARKS is an inspiring guide that gives both avid travelers and armchair explorers the itch for an all-American adventure.
The book is the third in National Geographic’s acclaimed “The 10 Best of Everything” series for globe-trotting connoisseurs. The first two volumes are “The 10 Best of Everything: An Ultimate Guide for Travelers” and “The 10 Best of Everything Families.”
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