By any definition, the parks of the United States and Canada have had a profound effect on billions of people. In 2017 alone, the U.S. National Park Service recorded more than 330 million visitors, and Parks Canada drew an additional 25 million. Add all of the people who visit city parks, state and provincial parks, wildlife refuges, and national forests, and the numbers are staggering—easily the best tourist attraction in North America and possibly the world.
Named after the French settlers who were expelled from Atlantic Canada by the British, Acadia is the nation’s easternmost national park and one of the first places in the United States to see the sunrise each day.One of the nation’s most beloved parks, Acadia protects a patch of coastal Maine where the north woods tumble down to meet the wild Atlantic. The first national park east of the Mississippi River sprawls across half of Mount Desert Island and all of several smaller landfalls. For generations, it’s been the place where New Englanders escape into nature and learn to cherish the wild side of Down East.
Autumn colors take over the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
A hiker crosses a wooden walkway along the Zealand Falls Trail to an Appalachian Mountain Club hut in the White Mountains.
The Mount Washington Cog Railway, constructed in 1869, is the oldest in the country.
The snow-covered view at the 6,288-foot (1,916.6 m) summit of Mount Washington
Filled with helpful travel tips and beautiful National Geographic photography, this expert guide showcases the best experiences in the top national, state, and city parks throughout North America.
In the sequel to the best-selling 50 States, 5,000 ideas, National Geographic turns to the United States' and Canada's most pristine--and adventure-filled--national, state, and city parks with 5,000 ideas for the ultimate vacation. Showcasing the best experiences, both obvious and unexpected, each entry in this robust guide provides an overview of the park, detailed travel advice, fascinating facts, insider knowledge about wildlife, and expert tips for hiking, biking, camping, and exploring. From the geysers of Yellowstone National Park to the Everglades' Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail and the stunning peaks of Banff and Jasper in Alberta, each page will fuel your wanderlust. Plus, explore the natural beauty tucked away in cities like New York's Central Park and Boston Commons, and find bonus parks with day-trip suggestions to nearby neighbors. Top 10 lists throughout highlight best-of destinations for river trips, monuments, panoramic views, beaches, and more. This comprehensive book provides all the inspiration and information you need to plan your next park visit--and make it a memorable one.
“This is a book I will return to over and over when traveling and planning trips. I’d highly recommend it for travel and national park enthusiasts...or anyone who just loves to look at some stunning pictures and have some wanderlust!” –Instagram: @jackiereadsbooks
"Not only filled with tons of ideas for the perfect family vacation or day trip, but the photography is absolutely breathtaking, pulling you straight into the pages and making you wish you could climb right on in to enjoy the scenery." –Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
“Friends, this book is AWESOME! It not only has amazing ideas and information about parks, but the photography inside is simply stunning! I’ve already perused through it and am soon going to start a list of places I have to go to!” –Instagram: @createexploreread
"This book has gone straight to the top as a go-to guide for all sorts of parks. Not only is it full of great information and ideas, but it also contains gorgeous photos on every page." –Along for the Trip
“I thought I’ll only find national parks in this book but to my surprise the author included some big city parks (New York City’s Central park, for example). My favorite section was about day trips one could do with the family (or alone) …This is a great book for anyone planning a vacation, or in need of some vacation ideas. I can see our family referencing this book for a very long time.” –Man of La Book
“It’s a great reference for anyone needing an adventure – whether for a weekend or a week.” –Wining Wife
“The photographs are wonderful and although I didn’t count them all, I am sure there are at least 5000 great ideas in this book.” –Eliot’s Eats
“It should come with a warning label though because your travel bucket list is going to grow by leaps and bounds after reading this book!” –Gone With the Family
“The best part about this book (and all of the others National Geographic gives us) is that they are really well researched, organized well, and they give you stunning photography throughout. You should not plan a trip in the United States without picking this up to get a feel of the place you'll be visiting or maybe deciding where to go in the first place.” –Stranded in Chaos
With three decades as an editor, writer, and photographer under his belt, JOE YOGERST has lived and worked on four continents, including Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. His writing has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Islands Magazine, the International New York Times (Paris), and numerous National Geographic books including 50 States, 5,000 Ideas; Destinations of a Lifetime; and National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States. He has won four Lowell Thomas Awards, including one for Long Road South, his National Geographic book about driving the Pan American Highway from Texas to Argentina. He lives in San Diego, California.