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Your Guide to the National Parks: The Complete Guide to all 58 National Parks Paperback – July 1, 2012
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"Your Guide to the National Parks: The complete Guide to All 58 National Parks is quite frankly, amazing." ─ On Wisconsin Magazine
"In short, this is a great, almost encyclopedic, guide to help you prepare for your park visits." ─ Kurt Repanshek (nationalparkstraveler.com)
"Each entry includes location info, what to expect from nature, how to find the park, open seasons, notable attractions, and plenty of full color photography to back the details up. "Your Guide to the National Parks" is a must for nature and vacation collections." ─ Midwest Book Review
"This gem of a travel guide is one of the most comprehensive and well-crafted books of its genre on the market." ─ ForeWord Reviews
"Given the increased interest in national parks since Ken Burns's related PBS series and the upcoming National Park Service centennial in 2016, this is a timely and useful reference. Its bulk, and even its print size, make it a book to use at home or in the library to plan a vacation..." ─ Library Journal
About the Author
Michael Joseph Oswald is an award-winning American travel writer. In 2003 he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in electrical engineering and chemistry. After four years working in a corporate environment, he escaped to a more adventurous lifestyle traveling and pursuing his passion for kayaking, biking, and hiking across America's National Parks. The fruit of these endeavors is Michael's debut title: Your Guide to the National Parks.
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There are also extended road trip suggestions that helps you plan to visit several parks in succession. It's quite helpful to arrive at a park with a plan. Saved us lots of time and energy. Won't visit a National Park without first reading up on it in this book and getting tips and suggestions.
While attending a Good Sam Rally in Syracuse (June 2013), I showed this book to several other RV owners who were equally impressed with the contents of this book and its colorful illustrations, photographs and maps and wanted to know where they could buy a copy for themselves.
If this book's author plans to publish a newer version of this book in the future, perhaps he can apply his extensive research, useful information and maps to our National Seashores and National Lakeshores as well.
Every time we took that book with us and found all the information we were looking for:
- General information about the park
- Best time to go
- Maps of the parks
- Best hikes and difficulties (pretty accurate for people in good shape)
- Other sections can be useful on a park basis.
Content is extremely well organized and to the point. We bought many copies since as gifts to friends and relatives.
Book is mostly intended for regular visitors of National Parks (spending a night or two in the park). For example there are no maps of trails nor necessary because the trails are pretty well marked.
If you don't care about the book and don't want to carry all pages with you, it is possible to pull out only the pages related to your trip.