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About the BookWhether you're driving through or exploring off the beaten path, Your Guide to the National Parks is the only book you'll need to make the most of your next national park adventure.
Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award.
National Parks are some of the most beautiful and popular destinations in the United States. They're also vast expanses of largely undeveloped wilderness. To make the most of your next national park adventure, you'll want a good guide.
This full-color travel guidebook is the ultimate tool to simplify your travel planning. Detailed maps highlighting popular attractions and trailheads help visualize your itinerary. Lodging, camping, and hiking tables make choosing where to stay and what trails to hike easy. Hiking is explored in depth, but you'll find details, including outfitter essentials, on all the most popular activities. Whether you're looking to raft the Grand Canyon, see Old Faithful erupt, climb Mount Rainier, or simply select the perfect place to lay back and stare at the stars, you'll find those details too. Tips and recommendations from the author help you decide when to visit and how to avoid crowds. Hundreds of lists put the best of America's Best Idea at your fingertips. A dozen suggested road trips, including hundreds of noteworthy stops beyond the parks, provide the building blocks for a trip of a lifetime.
The completely updated third edition features more than 150 large maps and 100 easy-to-read tables. 550 new photos showcase our most scenic treasures before you set foot in them. When you do, you'll want to maximize time on your next national park adventure by planning it with the help of a good guide. Let this book be Your Guide to the National Parks.
Third Edition Reviews
"Your Guide to the National Parks by Michael Joseph Oswald is a powerful tool when it comes to planning a trip to any one of our nation's 63 national parks." - Snow Brains
"Getting the utmost out of your park visit is the idea behind Your Guide to the National Parks." - Carey Kish (Portland Press Herald)
"Comprehensive, instructive, illustrated, exceptionally well organized and impressively presented, Your Guide to the National Parks is an ideal resource for getting the most out of a visit to any or all of America's national parks." - Midwest Book Review
Praise for the First Edition
"Your Guide to the National Parks is quite frankly, amazing." - On Wisconsin Magazine
"This is a very professional and impressive book." - Writer's Digest
"In short, this is a great, almost encyclopedic, guide to help you prepare for your park visits." - Kurt Repanshek (nationalparkstraveler.com)
"Oswald provides an amazing, almost overwhelming, amount of data on each place." - Library Journal
"Slip this book into your glove compartment, and you'll have the perfect travelling companion when visiting the national parks." - National Outdoor Book Award
"This gem of a travel guide is one of the most comprehensive and well-crafted books of its genre on the market." - ForeWord Reviews
"Your Guide to the National Parks is a must for nature and vacation collections." -Midwest Book Review
"This book literally has it all-there's just too much to list in this review." - Johanna (Epic Book Quest)
"If you want a guidebook that goes beyond the popular things to do, look no further than Your Guide to the National Parks." - Julia (wellplannedjourney.com)
"I have yet to read a more comprehensive and detailed compilation done on the National Parks." - Jon Wick (theexpeditioner.com)
About the Author
Michael Joseph Oswald is an award-winning American travel writer who's spent more than a decade exploring America's most scenic treasures, its National Parks. He's learned much over the course of hundreds of trips and thousands of miles hiking, biking, and paddling across these one-of-a-kind wilderness areas. There's much to see and do in our parklands and his goal is to help readers make the most of their National Park adventures.