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Frommer's National Parks with Kids (Park Guides) Paperback – May 1, 2006


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From the Back Cover

LET FROMMER'S SHOW YOU WHERE YOUR KIDS CAN:

  • Climb a mountain
  • Go whale-watching
  • Learn to canoe, kayak, and sail
  • Hike a canyon, rain forest, or waterfall trail
  • Become a junior ranger
  • Explore little-known spots in each park
  • Use the field guide inside

PLUS INVALUABLE TRAVEL TIPS:

  • Where to avoid crowds in 15 family-friendly parks
  • Hotels with cribs and rollaways & great family campgrounds
  • The best restaurants for kids: low-stress to best-behavior meals
  • Words of wisdom on safety and choosing a park
  • How to have a good time without breaking the bank
  • Candid, no-nonsense reviews

About the Author

Kurt Repanshek lives in Park City, Utah. His work has appeared in Smithsonian, Audubon Hemispheres, National Geographic Traveler, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Denver Post, Miami Herald, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and many other periodicals. His other books published by Wiley include America’s National Parks For Dummies and National Parks of the West For Dummies.With his wife, Marcelle, and youngest son, Sean, Repanshek spends much of his time outdoors, paddling, hiking, and camping in national forests and parks in the summer and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing through them in the winter. He’s also the creator of www.nationalparkstraveler.com, a blog dedicated to “Commentary, News, and Life in America’s National Parks.”
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Product Details

  • Series: Park Guides (Book 10)
  • Paperback: 498 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 1 edition (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471747033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471747031
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,141,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gina on March 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book gets an A+ with one caveat.

First, for the parks included in the book, the reviews are comprehensive and detailed. After trying to plan my southwest vacation using just the web (and getting that "glazed over" look in my eyes), I found this book helped me immensely. It's become my "travel bible". He really does focus on the family part of "family vacations".

He presents a good arguement for the benefits of taking children on "natural" vacations, no matter what the age.

The one caveat...he only reviews 16 national parks! (There are over 300 in the National Park System). Granted, reviewing smaller parks that don't qualify for "family vacation" status wouldn't make sense, nevertheless I was disappointed to see that none of the South Dakota parks such as Mount Rushmore and the Badlands nor Glacier in Montana, Shenandoah National Park in VA, or any of the Alaska Parks were included. Obviously, this book is so good that it has left me wanting for more.

Before purchasing this book I would make sure that the park you want to visit is included.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Barbara A. Drescher on August 9, 2006
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I found the information in this book much more useful than any other travel guide I have purchased. The lodging information for Yellowstone, for example, describes the state of specific room types at each location!

This book's one failing is its skimpy selection of parks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Everton on March 7, 2009
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There are probably a jillion books about National Parks, but this one has the information a family with growing kids needs to make the most of visits to them. With this book as a guide, we have already visited over a dozen East Coast parks, and it has been of great assistance, especially in helping maximize the experience for the parks we only had a limited time to enjoy. We continue to use it to help map out our trips, we will be hitting 3-4 more parks this summer.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Bowen on April 28, 2006
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I really like this book. While it is supposedly geared for kids, I think it's very useful for finding interesting things to do at National Parks for everybody. I don't know why I didn't know this - but when I looked at the table of contents I realized just how few National Parks there are in the East. One side effect of reading this book is that it's made me realize what a precious resource these National Parks are to all of us, and it makes me wonder why there aren't more of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Econo Mom on October 24, 2009
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I'm currently reading this book to get information on an upcoming trip, and I'm finding it full of well written historical and geological information on the various national parks. However, the author is very anti-commercialism, and makes snarky comments throughout the book relating to that. I find this odd in a family oriented book, since balanced vacations with children often involve nature experiences, as well as enjoyable times at a commercial venue, such as a water park or mini-golf. He also tends to be merely critical towards crowds in the natural areas, rather than give you tips on how to avoid them, or ways to enjoy the area in spite of the crowds. Overall, I recommend the book based on the quality of the background information on the parks, but for practical tips on planning my trip, I plan to look elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sandy27215 on May 12, 2010
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National Parks with Kids was invaluable for my family. I took my kids (7 and 4) on a cross country trip and visited 10 of the parks in the book. I found the descriptions for the campsites and food were perfectly accurate. Kurt Repanshek's writing fit my style and expectations for what I wanted my cross country trip to be. It was to avoid chains, find age appropriate activities and see a lot of beautiful stuff - not just the obvious attractions - but to get off the beaten track and see things that not everyone takes the time to see. This book couldn't have helped any more. Looking forward to hitting a few more parks this summer!
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