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Product Details

  • Series: Moon Handbooks
  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; Fifth Edition edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598807366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598807363
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Perhaps Don Pitcher’s love of travel came about because he moved so much as a child; by age 15 he had lived in six states and two dozen East Coast and Midwestern towns. Don’s family hails from Maine, but he was born in Atlanta, making him a southerner with New England blood. He moved west for college, receiving a master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where his thesis examined wildfires in high elevation forests of Sequoia National Park. When his first (and only) scientific paper was published, he appeared headed into the world of ecological research.

Don landed what seemed the coolest job on the planet shortly after grad school: being flown around Alaska’s massive Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in a helicopter while conducting fire research. Wild places continued to beckon, and over the next fifteen years Don built backcountry trails, worked as a wilderness ranger, mapped grizzly habitat, and operated salmon weirs—anything to avoid an office job. After that first season in Alaska, he spent three months in the South Pacific, and quickly found himself addicted to travel. His explorations eventually took him to thirty-five countries and all fifty states.

Don is the author of Moon Yellowstone & Grand Teton, Moon Alaska, Moon Wyoming, and Moon San Juan Islands. He also produced three photographic books for Fodor's, served as editor for Best Places Alaska, and is a contributor to Triporati.com and other websites, as well as DK Travel books. Don's photos have appeared in a multitude of publications and advertisements, and his fine art prints are sold in many Alaska and Washington galleries.

Don lives in Homer, Alaska with his wife, Karen Shemet, and their children, Aziza and Rio. When not busy on other projects, he also works as a wedding photographer and volunteer radio DJ. Visit donpitcher.com to read his blog and learn more about his writing and photography projects.

More About the Author

Born in Atlanta, Georgia as the middle son of two teachers, Don Pitcher grew up all over the East Coast, from Florida to Maine. He moved west for college, receiving a masters degree in fire ecology from the University of California Berkeley. A love of nature pulled him north to Alaska, and an aversion to office work kept him outside for the next 15 years, conducting ecological research, building backcountry trails, working as a wilderness ranger, mapping grizzly habitat, and operating salmon weirs. He went on to write or photograph a dozen guidebooks for Avalon Travel, DK Publishing, Sasquatch Books, Heyday Books, and Fodor's. He also contributes to Triporati and other websites, and is a professional wedding photographer. Don Pitcher's photos have appeared in a multitude of publications and advertisements, and his prints are sold in many Alaska and Washington galleries. He lives in Homer, Alaska with his wife, Karen Shemet, and their children, Aziza and Rio. Find out more on his websites: www.donpitcher.com and www.weddingsinhomer.com, or visit his Facebook pages: www.facebook.com/donpitcherphotography and www.facebook.com/pages/Don-Pitchers-Travel-Guidebooks/314113916371.

Customer Reviews

We did several side trips and hikes recommended in this book.
Amy
If you're planning an extended visit to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, I highly recommend this guidebook.
jeffergray
We liked the comprehensive information, including places to stay, to eat and to see.
Brenda Stansell

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By jeffergray on December 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you're planning an extended visit to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, I highly recommend this guidebook. (If you're only going to visit the Parks for three or four days as part of a longer trip, however, it's probably more detail than you would need.) We recently visited the two Parks for a total of twelve days, and I found this Guide extremely helpful. Unusually for a guidebook, I actually read it pretty much straight through before we left. It's an enjoyable read, even aside from the quality of the information it presents.

The Moon Guidebooks only seem to have emerged onto the scene within the past several years, and for many readers they are still likely to be less familiar than such old standbys as Fodor's or even Lonely Planet. But I've used several guides from this publisher now and have found them to be uniformly excellent.

In terms of the book's coverage, you get 70 pages on Yellowstone Park itself; 64 pages on the Yellowstone Gateway communities; 33 on Grand Tetons National Park; and 91 on the Jackson Hole area. There's also a 33-page "Background" section that provides interesting information about the geography and climate, flora and fauna, and the often controversy-ridden history of both Parks, and a 4-page section on avoiding or dealing with bear attacks. Finally, there's a solid 6-page bibliography with suggestions for other reading.

The book includes an abundance of maps - in the sections focused on sightseeing (as opposed to where to stay and eat), you'll typically find at least one map every four pages.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mary C on February 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is THE most helpful guidebook to take on a trip to the two parks. There is SO MUCH to see and do--and lots of it is "off the beaten path". This book contains it all--from the hard-to-find cabins that are run by the locals to the dozens of white water rafting companies! And all the information is there--phone numbers, websites, prices, times, etc. Although the book does not give a review per se to every hotel or activity, the comments are plentiful, are very helpful and I've found these evaluations to be right on the money. The maps are also plentiful, very clear and well-marked. There is a section of information on all the cities that surround the parks and what to see and do there. There are also sections on background history of the parks, park etiquette, environmental issues, and traveling tips. Planning ahead for your visit is a must as the accommodations and activities fill up quickly--and this book gives you all the tools you need to make your trip to this most beautiful spot in the USA the trip of a lifetime.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Pamela Holmes on May 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
When I'm planning a trip the first thing I do is order a Moon Handbook for the area in which I want to travel. They are invariably well informed because the people who write are passionate about the area and will suggest places that some people may miss out on.

The layout is good and the maps are excellent - simple to read and navigate by. We travel pretty extensively in Canada and America and the Moon Travel Handbooks are the only travel books we take with us.

I particularly like the suggestions for hiking trails and what you can expect to see as well as the rating for each hike e.g. easy flat walk or moderate walk with some steep ascents.

Before you book the suggested accommodation check on tripadvisor to get traveller reviews and make your judgement from those. This book had the usual good tips on where to eat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Gilmore on August 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
On multiple occassions during my recent visit to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons I felt like I had a seasoned veteran along my side on this journey; using this book as a guide and travel companion -- it was ideal! You will not be disappointed if you are searching for spots along your way to refresh in a local food establishment, hotel, etc. I'm extremely surprised at the accuracy of the information and the well-heeled advise concering the local establishments and the rankings within this book.

Best of all it will make you look very informed and trusted by the family since I had enough information on the local flavor from this book to find my way around the various areas like a veteran.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Greer VINE VOICE on July 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
Recently, I made a trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. After reviewing several guide books of the region, I settled on this one.

By far, I found this to be the most comprehensive and most useful of the lot of recent guidebooks.

There are plenty of maps for the major hiking trails in both national parks. Though if you intend to do back country hiking in either park, you might look for a book that specializes in that, rather than this general overview of the area.

I found the restaurant reviews to be accurate and very useful, as we planned nights out. Information about flora and fauna, and the history of the area was succinct and presented in an easy to read format.

For the traveler who is looking to make an initial trip to this beautiful region, I cannot recommend this book more highly.
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