This comprehensive guidebook has helped National Park enthusiasts make the most of their valuable vacation time for more than a decade. The author has spent years in the parks, revisiting most for each edition. Combining insights unearthed during his travels with basic activity information, Oswald provides readers unique context to aid the decision-making process when planning (or dreaming about) their next National Park adventure.
From Acadia to Zion, you’ll find everything needed to plan your next family vacation. This guide helps you navigate park roadways. And when you’re ready to leave them behind, trails are broken down by region and difficulty so you can pick the perfect one.
Whether your idea of a rejuvenating couples holiday is a long weekend relaxing at Virgin Islands’ Trunk Bay (above) or a few peaceful nights backpacking in the Rocky Mountains, you’ll find it in our National Parks, and this guide will help you make that holiday count.
You’ll find information on all the great National Park Adventures: rafting the Grand Canyon, driving Canyonlands’ White Rim Road, Climbing Mount Whitney, hiking to the top of Yosemite’s Half Dome (above), and probably a few you don’t know about (yet).
Hiking is discussed in detail but it’s far from the only terrestrial adventure in our National Parks. From mountain biking Denali Park Road (above) to horseback riding at Grand Teton, the parks offer a seemingly unlimited supply of land-based excursions.
Want to paddle among active glaciers at Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords, or Wrangell–St. Elias? Or maybe ride the rolling rapids of New River Gorge (above)? Placid alpine lakes? A maze of mangrove forests? The parks have it all. Pack your yak and plan your next paddle adventure.
National Park adventures extend beyond earth’s surface. You can fly high above the Grand Canyon, Gateway Arch, or Acadia’s rocky islands. And then there’s Alaska, where most remote adventures are bush plane-powered (just remember to check for stowaways!).
This book has all the details. Park basics and Transportation. Camping and Lodging. Visitor Centers and Ranger Programs (like cave tours!). Wildlife. Pets and Accessibility. The Weather. It’s all in there.
For maps bigger is better. This guide uses all its larger trim size to provide readers with the best map-reading experience possible. You’ll find park maps, detail maps, and region maps.
The author concludes each section with a series of helpful suggestions about when to visit, how to escape the crowds, things to make sure you do, others to skip, even a few beyond the park.
Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award.
National Parks are some of the most beautiful and popular destinations in the United States. They’re also vast expanses of largely undeveloped wilderness. To make the most of your next national park adventure, you’ll want a good guide.
This full-color travel guidebook is the ultimate tool to simplify your travel planning. Detailed maps highlighting popular attractions and trailheads help visualize your itinerary. Lodging, camping, and hiking tables make choosing where to stay and what trails to hike easy. Hiking is explored in depth, but you’ll find details, including outfitter essentials, on all the most popular activities. Whether you’re looking to raft the Grand Canyon, see Old Faithful erupt, climb Mount Rainier, or simply select the perfect place to lay back and stare at the stars, you’ll find those details too. Tips and recommendations from the author help you decide when to visit and how to avoid crowds. Hundreds of lists put the best of America’s Best Idea at your fingertips. A dozen suggested road trips, including hundreds of noteworthy stops beyond the parks, provide the building blocks for a trip of a lifetime.
The completely updated third edition features more than 150 large maps and 100 easy-to-read tables. 550 new photos showcase our most scenic treasures before you set foot in them. When you do, you’ll want to maximize time on your next national park adventure by planning it with the help of a good guide. Let this book be Your Guide to the National Parks.
Third Edition Reviews
"Comprehensive, instructive, illustrated, exceptionally well organized and impressively presented, Your Guide to the National Parks is an ideal resource for getting the most out of a visit to any or all of America's national parks." – Midwest Book Review
Praise for the First Edition
"Your Guide to the National Parks is quite frankly, amazing." – On Wisconsin Magazine
"This is a very professional and impressive book." – Writer’s Digest
"In short, this is a great, almost encyclopedic, guide to help you prepare for your park visits." – Kurt Repanshek (nationalparkstraveler.com)
"Oswald provides an amazing, almost overwhelming, amount of data on each place." – Library Journal
"Slip this book into your glove compartment, and you'll have the perfect travelling companion when visiting the national parks." – National Outdoor Book Award
"This gem of a travel guide is one of the most comprehensive and well-crafted books of its genre on the market." – ForeWord Reviews
"Your Guide to the National Parks is a must for nature and vacation collections." –Midwest Book Review
"This book literally has it all–there's just too much to list in this review." – Johanna (Epic Book Quest)
"If you want a guidebook that goes beyond the popular things to do, look no further than Your Guide to the National Parks." – Julia (wellplannedjourney.com)
"I have yet to read a more comprehensive and detailed compilation done on the National Parks." – Jon Wick (theexpeditioner.com)
Michael Joseph Oswald is an award-winning American travel writer who's spent more than a decade exploring America's most scenic treasures, its National Parks. He’s learned much over the course of hundreds of trips and thousands of miles hiking, biking, and paddling across these one-of-a-kind wilderness areas. There’s much to see and do in our parklands and his goal is to help readers make the most of their National Park adventures. When not exploring, his home base is in Wisconsin.