Lonely Planet USA’s National Parks of America
I might be slightly biased as I’ve never come across a Lonely Planet book I haven’t completely loved, but Lonely Planet’s National Parks of America has quickly become my go to national park reference book. Not only does it include a chapter on each of the 59 national parks, but it also gives a great overview of the history of each and what to do depending on how long you have in the park. It also features illustrations of the wildlife you should look for, the most popular activities by season, and the logistics of how to get to the parks and where you should stay. And, of course, the photography is stunning.
The only criticism I have of this book is minor and in all likelihood is merely a personal preference: on the map that features the location of the parks, each park is denoted by a number that corresponds with the alphabetical order of the parks. I think it would have been easier to sort the parks by location, starting on one coast or the other, but I can’t say it does much to detract from the book as a whole. The format is crisp and makes it easy to navigate. None of the information is frivolous and the photography captures the unique features that draw nature lovers to the national parks.
|April 19th 2016
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