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30 review for National Geographic Complete National Parks of the United States: Featuring 400+ Parks, Monuments, Battlefields, Historic Sites, Scenic Trails, Recreation Areas, and Seashores

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    I may be one of the only people who actually read guidebooks like this, but I confess, I mostly skipped the numerous battlefields as that's not my thing. But if you want a book with an overview of all the National parks, monuments, sites, etc., this is a great choice. Some only have a paragraph, but when you think that one historic site is literally a room in a house, a paragraph is often enough. I may be one of the only people who actually read guidebooks like this, but I confess, I mostly skipped the numerous battlefields as that's not my thing. But if you want a book with an overview of all the National parks, monuments, sites, etc., this is a great choice. Some only have a paragraph, but when you think that one historic site is literally a room in a house, a paragraph is often enough.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cassey

    Have been using this guide to the National Parks and absolutely love it! My friend Laura and I took a trip in a Escape Campervan from LA to Death Valley and onward to Mt. Zion, Bryce Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Sedona Arizona, and Joshua Tree. We used this guide the entire route and read about the places as we arrived to visit them. It helped us plan our route and even allowed us to stop at a few NPS Monuments we would not have known a Have been using this guide to the National Parks and absolutely love it! My friend Laura and I took a trip in a Escape Campervan from LA to Death Valley and onward to Mt. Zion, Bryce Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Sedona Arizona, and Joshua Tree. We used this guide the entire route and read about the places as we arrived to visit them. It helped us plan our route and even allowed us to stop at a few NPS Monuments we would not have known about. I continue to use this guide on my quest to explore the National Parks.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Josh Liller

    Until I read this book I didn't realize just how big the National Park Service is, but an awareness of that ignorance was precisely why I picked this book up. There are lots of nice photos interspersed throughout and some maps are included, mostly for the larger parks. With over 400 properties covered in a little over 500 pages, many properties only get a half page of coverage. The larger and more popular parks get more coverage. The maps are nice, but I found them too small. Very useful as an int Until I read this book I didn't realize just how big the National Park Service is, but an awareness of that ignorance was precisely why I picked this book up. There are lots of nice photos interspersed throughout and some maps are included, mostly for the larger parks. With over 400 properties covered in a little over 500 pages, many properties only get a half page of coverage. The larger and more popular parks get more coverage. The maps are nice, but I found them too small. Very useful as an introduction, but it felt like it could be improved in many ways.

  4. 4 out of 5

    John

    I love the National Parks, and this book has been great to have around to get my National Park fix at those times when I only have a short amount of time for reading. I often picked it up and read about a park or two while eating breakfast, or right before going to bed, for example. It's comprehensive and long, and with fairly small text it is packed with interesting information. Definitely not a book to be read quickly from cover to cover, but taken a bit at a time it was a great experience. I love the National Parks, and this book has been great to have around to get my National Park fix at those times when I only have a short amount of time for reading. I often picked it up and read about a park or two while eating breakfast, or right before going to bed, for example. It's comprehensive and long, and with fairly small text it is packed with interesting information. Definitely not a book to be read quickly from cover to cover, but taken a bit at a time it was a great experience.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    An excellent resource, this book is divided by region and then alphabetical by state, and finally alphabetical by park. For each park, there is contact information, a little bit about the park (location, size, etc.) and a brief description. Scattered throughout, there are color photographs and maps. At the end of the book is a map of the U.S. that shows The National Trails System and an Index.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Lang

    The only negative for this book is that there was not a picture for every park. The would have made it a 3000 page book though, so is understandable. This would be a good one to buy and write notes in to keep track of where you have been, or to use to get initial ideas on where to visit next.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    If you're looking for a detailed guide on where to eat and stay, this isn't it but if you want a gorgeous overview of everything maintained by the National Parks Service, this is it. Loved reading through this as we gear up for our big National Parks road trip this summer. If you're looking for a detailed guide on where to eat and stay, this isn't it but if you want a gorgeous overview of everything maintained by the National Parks Service, this is it. Loved reading through this as we gear up for our big National Parks road trip this summer.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I’m a National Park fanatic and this book is an irreplaceable reference for parks, monuments, trails, historical sites, seashores, and everything in the NPS system.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kiki

    Good for a very broad overview of the parks, but if you are planning a trip to one, this is not the guide you will want.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    I couldn't resist this encyclopedic survey of National Parks when I saw it at the library. It gives basic information about each park, monument, trail, etc. There are more than I knew existed. It is surprisingly hard to glean all of this information from the Internet. I needed to see it in book form. Plus, I love maps. The National Geographic photographs are gorgeous. It makes me want to plan a long road trip. I couldn't resist this encyclopedic survey of National Parks when I saw it at the library. It gives basic information about each park, monument, trail, etc. There are more than I knew existed. It is surprisingly hard to glean all of this information from the Internet. I needed to see it in book form. Plus, I love maps. The National Geographic photographs are gorgeous. It makes me want to plan a long road trip.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Matt Heavner

    Great source of ideas and inspiration for travel as well as many interesting tidbits and vignettes from history! This was borrowed from the library. I read through it all, but it is going on my wish list - this one is a great reference for the shelves.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Comprehensive.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    good basic information

  14. 4 out of 5

    Haylee

    Very informative. In fact, more so than I was looking for. Great pictures, as one would expect from a National Geographic book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maura Pease

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emily McLane

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Cody

  18. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Hryn

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    Meagan Hillebrandt

  20. 5 out of 5

    donna howard

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

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  24. 5 out of 5

    Ben Dubke

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Chanell

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gail Sokol

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ford

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