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Frommer's Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (Park Guides) Paperback – March 13, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Park Guides (Book 49)
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 8 edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118074734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118074732
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

See the very best of Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks
  • Spectacular natural wonders, from iconic Old Faithful and colorful Mammoth Hot Springs to Signal Mountain's panoramic views

  • Descriptions of the best hikes, from easy wilderness strolls and ranger-led walks to overnight backcountry adventures, each rated by difficulty

  • Great places to stay, both in and near the parks, from charming historic inns to family-friendly motels—plus a complete campground guide for each park

  • Where to eat and stock up on supplies—both in the parks and in the gateway towns

  • A fully illustrated nature guide to help you spot and identify local wildlife, birds, trees, wildflowers, and more

Find news, deals, apps, expert advice,and travel forums at Frommers.com

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).

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.

Customer Reviews

There are lots of maps and also information about the surrounding areas.
Vickie T.
We are planning a trip to Yellowstone,this is a great little book to keep handy,I'm bringing it with me when I go!
J. murphy
A really great guide to specific parts of the parks and much more current than Fodor's.
R. Patrick Baugh

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vickie T. VINE VOICE on May 5, 2012
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Frommer's may have been better served by trimming this book slightly and turning it into a true "Pocket Guide" to distinguish it from its competitors. For example, compared to the new Lonely Planet Yellowstone and Grand Teton guidebook, against which it competes, the Frommer's guide has fewer pages, is smaller in size, and has no pictures.

However, in terms of content, this guide is absolutely consistent with the pattern followed by all the other Frommer's guidebooks I've used. No, it is not an exhaustive compendium of everything there is to know about Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Instead, it provides a selective guide to the best (in the opinion of the author) that these national parks have to offer and those sights that should not be missed. This book is perfect for the family on a 1 week vacation or the tourist who, like me, isn't particularly interested in primitive camping or overnight hikes and has limited vacation time.

This guidebook gives you several "Best of" lists, recommended itineraries for visits of varying length, and identifies the best short hikes and walks for people with younger children. Information is provided about where to stay, where to eat, recommended activities and sights to see, and a little bit of information about the wildlife you can expect to see and the landscapes and geology of the parks. There are lots of maps and also information about the surrounding areas.

If you are planning a trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, I recommend this guidebook - if you are the intended audience. Yellowstone is next on my list of national parks to visit and this book is a valuable addition to my trip planning materials.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By cindy on March 12, 2012
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I can't believe this guide came from Frommers. It reads more like a pocket travel guide. Information is incredibly scant, you have to jump from one tiny chapter to the next to find any information about one particular area, and there is nothing in this book that I would even call insightful. I read it in under an hour and quite frankly I can't remember a single thing about it that would help me on my trip this summer to Yellowstone. I plan on going through it with a highlighter marker than using the information I find in it to search more thouroughly on the internet so at least I can say I got something out of it.

Besides the lack of substance, the print is tiny and the pages are flimsy. The paragraphs just sort of run off the page. The couple of maps included in the guide are the size of large postage stamps. This is NOT like most Frommer's books.

Don't waste your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stacey L. Hyder on August 4, 2013
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Nothing really new that the web sites doesn't have. No real insight that wasn't present in other resources. Will like to have it when traveling though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tiger's Mom on January 27, 2013
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Great writeups of the highlights and trails in Yellowstone and Grand Teton; made me feel like I knew the terrain even before we got to the park. Great trip aid!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carla S. Ricci on September 8, 2012
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Found ourselves referring to this guide several times during our time at Yellowstone - lots of good info and easy to navigate the book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sonia on September 4, 2012
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Used this guidebook on a recent trip to Yellowstone. The annoying thing was the distances mentioned from one point of interest to another along the road were simply wrong. For example, the right turn for petrified tree was within meters of coming out on the main road from blacktail plateau drive, whereas the book mentioned that this turn will not happen till 2 miles. Similarly for the distances for the two trailheads for the Mount Washburn hike. The book said the trailheads were only a mile apart. In reality it is 2.5 miles apart. The distances for the hikes were similarly wrong. Mount Washburn hike from Dunraven pass measured 7.4 miles on the GPS whereas the book says it is only 6. The Beaver ponds hike measured 6.3 miles on the GPS whereas the book says it is 5 miles. So take all distances with a pinch of salt!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SEB on December 15, 2013
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Yes, you can find more info on the Web, but this book distills the key elements down for you. Then you can study more on the web, if you want. But this book is easy to carry in the park, doesn't need cell service to use. Good breakdown of staying and eating places, plus main activities and sights. Nice summary of everything, really.
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By Frazzled on December 28, 2013
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Followed advice as to when and where to go. Had fantastic two days exploring. Stayed in wonderful hôtel outside park.
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