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Frommer's Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (Park Guides) Paperback – March 1, 2010

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See the very best of Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

Whether you're relaxing at a comfortable lodge or lacing up your hiking boots, our expert authors lead you to your best Yellowstone and Grand Teton experience.

  • Detailed maps of the region, parks, and trails

  • Exact prices, directions, seasonal hours,and other practical information

  • Candid reviews of places to stay, eat, and stock up on supplies

  • Insider tips from expert local authors

About the Author

A Denver-based freelance writer, Eric Peterson has contributed to numerous Frommer's guides covering the American West and has written Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Utah, and Ramble: A Field Guide to the U.S.A. (www.speckpress.com). Peterson also writes about travel and other topics for such publications as ColoradoBiz, Delta Sky, and the New York Daily News. In his free time, he's an avid camper and hiker, a lifelong Broncos fan, and a part-time rock star (at least in the eyes of his niece Olivia and nephews Mitch and Sam).

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Product Details

  • Series: Park Guides (Book 40)
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 7 edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470537744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470537749
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born and raised in Colorado, Eric Peterson started traveling as a newborn child on his way back from the hospital. Numerous family road trips ensued, often with comedic effect.

Eric started writing when he was four, covering such stories as an anthropomorphic hammer fighting similarly humanoid nails and a bipedal polka-dotted gator-like creature named Erg.

He first got paid to write in his early twenties when he landed a freelance gig on a Frommer's book. That was 1995. As of 2010, Eric has written dozens of travel guides, mostly Frommer's titles, as well as his own Ramble Guides series of books: Ramble: A Field Guide to the U.S.A. (2006), Ramble Colorado (2008), Ramble California (2009), and Ramble Texas (2010).

Eric has also written for numerous magazines and newspapers during his career, including the Denver Post, Westword, the New York Daily News, United Hemispheres, Delta Sky, ColoradoBiz, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, and Nintendo Power. Check out www.rambleguides.com for more of all things Eric Peterson.

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By G. Good-Price on June 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
We just got back from our trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!). This book was GREAT! Everything stated was right on the money, and we loved the compactness of it. It was easy to just throw in a backpack or carry-on. We also liked how the book was set up. It was easy to understand and to navigate. If you're looking for a good general overall book, this is the one for you.

Along with this book, we also purchased the Outdoor Family Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park - it gave a really good and comprehensive explaination of the hikes found in each of the parks.

Recommendation: Don't be turned off by the idea of eating in a "cafeteria" within the park. We tried them twice while on vacation (both in Yellowstone) and were pleasantly surprised. The food was reasonable and quite good! The diningrooms were really nice as well - the one at Old Faithful overlooks the geyser!

If visiting the town of Jackson (which was a bit too riff-raffy for us), check out the Snake River Brewery. The food was reasonable and very good, the beer and service excellent and the best part - no line! Due to it being located "off the beaten track" a bit, though easily within walking distance from the town square, it doesn't get visited by a lot of tourists. If traveling with children (like us), try sitting upstairs. They have some old video games like Astoids and Pacman which allowed us to enjoy our meal and relax while the kids played the games.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By KD on November 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
My family went to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks last June and this guide was a great resource. At the moment, I'm planning another national park trip and pulled the book off the shelf so I could get a guide by the same author.

He marked Signal Mountain Lodge in GT as a "** find" and was it ever! It's managed by a different vendor than the other lodges in the park and I'd stay there again if I return. I used his suggestions for "If you can only go on one hike, do this..." and the suggestions were awesome. The hike to the top of Signal Mountain (most people drive rather than take the 6 mile easy walk) was so beautiful and peaceful that I hiked it a second time before leaving.

This book gave suggestions that you'd expect to get from a friend who has just visited an area and says "Hey let me give you this great tip."

I would definitely recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph R. Donnaway on June 12, 2010
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The basic amenities chart for Yellowstone campgrounds on page 147 contains much inaccurate or incomplete data. Total sites = No or Yes??? Toilets = yes for all, not which have flush or vault toilets. Showers = yes for all, which is certainly not correct. When such basic information is incorrect, the entire book becomes suspect.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A frequent traveller on May 14, 2007
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We bought this book, but ended up using other guides. It is a fine reference for some people, but I'd recommend:

Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler's Companion to the National Park (Great for more in-depth research)

and

National Geographic Road Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (NG Road Guides) (Quick roadside reference)

instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dana Perry on June 9, 2010
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I purchased the Yellowstone and Teton guide recently for a vactaion to Wyoming and found the guide highly useful. The organization and format worked well with our trip.
The only thing one should understand about this book is that the order of the sights is in a specific sequence (for example Yellowstone is sequenced in a clockwise fashion) which can be difficult to manage should you work the park in a reverse order as we did in some sections.

Also, while the popular sites in the parks are well covered, some of the more obscure side roads (if you like to go off road as I did) are not covered.

Overall I would characterize this as a must have to tour these two parks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Gwinn on August 5, 2009
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We purchased three guidebooks for our Yellowstone/Grand Teton vacation and we used this guide the most. It is now full of underlines, notes, and highlights, and it is a good souvenir. The parks are big and you need help in deciding what to see. This book provides the help, with stars and boldface print for the best sights. The ratings are very helpful. In addition, the narratives for driving routes give you easy-to-use guidance.
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This book has a lot of great information....almost too much. For planning an active vacation with a lot of sight seeing and day hikes, it contains too much info that you have to flip through for planning, and doesn't have the best info for hiking. I wasn't really interested in all of the info for lodging and dining, that's not why I planned to visit the beautiful parks. While I did find it useful, the guide from Top Trails was so much better for ME in planning a trip for day hikes. Better maps, more descriptive trail info, and just more about how to see all of the two parks on foot rather than by car.
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By Curlygirl on June 6, 2010
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Of the guides I have either bought or checked out from the library, this is my favorite. It's packed with information and small enough to carry around in the car or backpack. I checked it out from the library, then bought it! Moons guide is also pretty good... and of course, any of the Falcon guides. Falcon's can be quite specific by topic. Frommer's is a great overall guide to the whole park. I may change my mind after I actually visit Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons this summer, but for right now, I like the completeness of this guide.
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