National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States, 5th Ed.

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2006-02-21
  • Publisher: National Geographic
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Featuring 80 all new maps and more than 350 photos, this guide is the most comprehensive, up-to-the-minute book of its kind on the market today. A perennial favorite with almost a million copies sold in previous editions, it reflects National Geographic's century-long association with America's national parks system and its peerless reputation for travel expertise and cartographic excellence. The book opens with an essay by Yellowstone authority Paul Schullery, and an introduction to the guide with a locator map showing all 58 of these American treasures (including the newest, South Carolina's Congree National Park). Next, the parks are presented alphabetically region-by-region, with individual maps and geographical profiles of each. These colorfully illustrated descriptions offer tours tailored to the time available, whether it's an hour or a week, and tell visitors the best spots to enjoy hikes, spectacular vistas, wildlife and more. Itineraries and directions, special activities and advisories, and suggestions of hotels and campgrounds are provided, along with scores of ideas for excursions to nearby wildlife refuges, monuments, and other nature areas of exceptional interest--140 in all. From planning a trip to making the most of every minute, here's all the information anyone could want on the scenic national parks plus invaluable recommendations and advice from the National Geographic writers who know them well.

Table of Contents

The Gift of the Parksp. 6
Using the Guidep. 8
The East
Map & Introductionp. 14
Acadiap. 18
Biscaynep. 28
Congareep. 36
Cuyahoga Valleyp. 44
Dry Tortugasp. 50
Evergladesp. 54
Great Smoky Mountainsp. 64
Hot Springsp. 74
Isle Royalep. 80
Mammoth Cavep. 88
Shenandoahp. 96
Virgin Islandsp. 104
Voyageursp. 112
The Southwest
Map & Introductionp. 122
Big Bendp. 124
Carlsbad Cavernsp. 134
Guadalupe Mountainsp. 142
The Colorado Plateau
Map & Introductionp. 150
Archesp. 152
Bryce Canyonp. 160
Canyonlandsp. 166
Capitol Reefp. 176
Grand Canyonp. 182
Great Basinp. 192
Mesa Verdep. 200
Petrified Forestp. 208
Saguarop. 214
Zionp. 220
The Pacific Southwest
Map & Introductionp. 230
American Samoap. 232
Channel Islandsp. 234
Death Valleyp. 240
Haleakalap. 246
Hawaii Volcanoesp. 254
Joshua Treep. 262
Sequoia & Kings Canyonp. 268
Yosemitep. 276
The Rocky Mountains
Map & Introductionp. 288
Badlandsp. 290
Black Canyon of the Gunnisonp. 296
Grand Tetonp. 302
Great Sand Dunesp. 312
Rocky Mountainp. 320
Theodore Rooseveltp. 330
Waterton-Glacierp. 338
Wind Cavep. 348
Yellowstonep. 354
The Pacific Northwest
Map & Introductionp. 368
Crater Lakep. 370
Lassen Volcanicp. 378
Mount Rainierp. 384
North Cascadesp. 394
Olympicp. 402
Redwoodp. 410
Map & Introductionp. 420
Denalip. 422
Gates of the Arcticp. 432
Glacier Bayp. 438
Katmaip. 444
Kenai Fjordsp. 450
Kobuk Valleyp. 456
Lake Clarkp. 462
Wrangell-St. Eliasp. 468
Acknowledgmentsp. 474
Illustrations Creditsp. 474
Indexp. 475
Map Index & Abbreviationsp. 479
Creditsp. 480
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