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The 10 Best of Everything National Parks: 800 Top Picks From Parks Coast to Coast Paperback – April 12, 2011
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“National Geographic has packed 800 ideas…This guide will tell you the best places to find waterfalls, wildflowers, rock art and petroglyphs, fossils, and geological oddities as well as the best places to watch the night sky, take a family-friendly hike, enjoy wind sports, find the best food and the most coveted hotel rooms. And if you don’t like crowds, there’s a list of 10 underappreciated parks.” –The Boston Globe
“There’s a lot to embrace in the new book.” –Baltimore Sun
“I was pretty inspired by the book — it’s obvious that it was put together by a group of people that have a real passion for the national parks system.” –Albany Times Union
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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC is one of the world’s leading nonfiction publishers, proudly supporting the work of scientists, explorers, photographers, and authors, as well as publishing a diverse list of books that celebrate the world and all that is in it. National Geographic Books creates and distributes print and digital works that inspire, entertain, teach, and give readers access to a world of discovery and possibility on a wide range of nonfiction subjects from animals to travel, cartography to history, fun facts to moving stories. A portion of all National Geographic proceeds is used to fund exploration, conservation, and education through ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society.
Fran P. Mainella was the first woman director of the United States National Park Service. Prior to this, she served as the director of Florida’s State Parks, a role for which she was awarded the Pugsley Medal. She is now a visiting scholar at Clemson University, as well as the cochair of the organization’s US Play Coalition.
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Some of the other reviews mention the lack of actionable information in this book, but I think it fully serves its purpose. It gives a great idea of what each park is known for. It's definitely more to be used as a starting point and discovery book than as a guide, but that's what makes it unique!
I'd definitely recommend this book for people looking for a general idea of what the parks have to offer. That said, I would have liked to see something of an index for every park for easier reference.