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Lonely Planet Discover USA's Best National Parksis your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Catch the country's 'first sunrise' from the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia, take the drive of your life on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier, and climb the otherworldly rocks of Joshua Tree; all with your trusted travel companion. Discover USA's best national natural treasures and begin your journey now!
Inside Lonely Planet Discover USA's Best National Parks:
Full-color maps and images throughout
Highlightsand itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots and being safe and responsible
Essential infoat your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, prices, transit tips, emergency information, park seasonality, and hiking trail junctions, viewpoints, landscapes, elevations, distances, difficulty levels, durations
Honest reviewsfor all budgets - eating, sleeping, camping, sight-seeing, tours, activities, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
Contextual insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - history, geology, wildlife, conservation
Over20 park maps Useful features - including Detours, Family Travel, and Month-by-Month (seasonality and activities calendar)
Coverage of Acadia, Everglades, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains & Shenandoah, Joshua Tree & Death Valley, Olympic & Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone & Grand Teton, Yosemite, Zion & Bryce Canyon, and more
eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones)
Downloadable PDF and offline maps to avoid roaming and data charges
Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews
Speedy search capabilities to easily find what you need
Bookmarks to shoot back to key pages in a flash
Embedded links to get to recommendations' websites
Add notes to personalize your guidebook experience
Zoom-in maps and images
Seamlessly flip between pages
Inbuilt dictionary to decode site-specific local terms
The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Discover USA's Best National Parks, our easy-to-use guide, is perfect for those seeking the most popular natural attractions the USA has to offer. Filled with inspiring and colorful photos, this guide focuses on the best of the best.
Looking for more focused coverage on America's top four national parks? Check outLonely Planet's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks guide, Grand Canyon National Park guide, Yosemite, Sequoia & King's Canyon National Parks guide, and Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks guidefor a comprehensive look at all that each park has to offer.
Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Danny, Palmerlee, Glenda Bendure, Ned Friary, Adam Karlin, Emily Matchar, and Brendan Sainsbury.
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Reviews for Lonely Planet Discover USA's Best National Parks
This guidebook details the sixteen “best” (see below) USA National Parks and provides quick mentions of an additional eight. For each, there are suggested itineraries of the best 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 complemented by beautiful, 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. Yet 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 know what’s iconic about some parks and not enough landmarks to orient myself in some maps and even some text, for example the two-page mention of Capitol Reef National Park never identifies its state or a recognizable city.I recommend this guide only as a secondary reference -- after you’ve decided what park you want to visit, use it to peruse its listings and compare its ratings/recommendations with those of other guidebooks.(Review based on a copy of the book provided by the publisher.)read more
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