In this ultimate guide, Michael Oswald presents the reader with everything you need to know before visiting any of the 58 National Parks, with over 140 easy-to-read maps, 530 images, and 55 hiking tables. The book includes 11 potential road trips and suggested pit stops beyond the parks, as well as a family vacation planner with step-by-step itineraries and kid-friendly activities.

Each park guide contains beautiful photos, commentary on park history, geology, flora and fauna, activities, suggestions on when to go, vacation planner, visitor centers and Park Headquarters, kids activities and pet regulations as well as wheelchair accessibility and typical weather conditions.

The front of the book features a “Best of the best” section to help readers find the best locations for hiking, backpacking, paddling, whitewater, horseback riding, and fishing, as well as the best parks to visit for beaches, caves, waterfalls, and more. It also contains great tips and info to get you prepared before your trip, including park pass information and rates, helpful advice on what to pack, camping regulations, money-saving travel tips and even a few photography tips.

Michael Joseph Oswald spent two full years exploring and photographing the parks, living almost exclusively in a tent. He logged thousands of miles hiking, paddling, and pedaling his way across America and it’s parks, as well as exhaustively researching every site in the book. (I can’t help but think that there must be some great stories in his adventures exploring the parks for this guide that might make for an interesting book!)

This book literally has it all – there’s just too much to list in this review, and at over 680 pages, you can be sure it’s packed full of valuable info. The parks are separated by region, making them easy to find, and includes an index in the back for easy look-ups. I loved reading the “did you know?” fact sections, which offer some really interesting information on the parks, and the pictures are absolutely beautiful. This book is a must-have for anyone wanting to explore our National Parks.

Rating: 5 stars

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I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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