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Okay as a Secondary Reference,
This review is from: Lonely Planet Discover USA's Best National Parks (Travel Guide) (Paperback)
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This guidebook details the sixteen "best" (see below) USA National Parks and provides brief mentions of an additional eight. For each, there are suggested itineraries of the top things to see and do (emphasizing hiking/biking/kayaking), plus food and lodging (emphasizing campgrounds). The book is well organized and the text is pleasantly laid out and beautifully complemented by well-captioned color photos.
So that's 24 parks (not "27" as noted on the cover), with "best" stated as "most iconic" and (unstated) as having the most activities and visitor services. It's only half of all USA National Parks -- a glaring omission of wonders like the Badlands or Petrified Forest, and Carlsbad Caverns or Mammoth Caves, and without even a list of the remaining parks. But my biggest frustration is this guide's lack of context -- not enough background to convey what's iconic about some parks and not enough landmarks to orient myself in some maps. Even some text is confounding, for example the two-page mention of Capitol Reef National Park never identifies its location by state or a recognizable city.
I recommend this guide only as a secondary reference -- *after* you've decided what park you want to visit, peruse its listings and compare its ratings/recommendations with those of other guidebooks.