100 Parks 5000 Ideas National Geographic Book
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Title: 100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do
Paperback: 400 pages
Author: Joe Yogerst
Publisher: National Geographic (February 12, 2019)

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Since National Parks are something of a travel passion for us, we own our fair share of books about the parks, from travel guides to beautiful coffee table books. We were recently asked to review National Geographic’s 100 Parks 5000 Ideas by Joe Yogerst, and 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. Here are just a few things you’ll love about this book:

1) The Photography

100 Parks 5000 Ideas National GeographicIt’s a National Geographic book, so the pictures are stunning and will provide you with inspiration to visit the amazing parks. I quickly realized that I have not seen enough of this country’s natural wonders. I found myself continually saying, “Oh, that’s beautiful! We HAVE to go there!” So many places I had not really thought about visiting before are now at the top of my list.

2) The Organization

I like how the book is divided into regions of the United States and Canada so you can easily turn to the section you’d like to visit. It’s great if you are looking for things to do on your next vacation, but you might also find some things closer to home that you have been missing out on.

3) More Than Just National Parks

100 Parks 5000 Ideas National Geographic Book ReviewMost of our parks books are strictly about the National Parks. 100 Parks 5000 Ideas includes some National Parks, of course, but it also includes state and city parks worth a look. That’s a great feature for folks like us who don’t have a National Park in our state, but still have plenty of travel-worthy spots to explore like the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. We like that some Canadian parks are also included.

The way our travel goals focus on seeing the National Parks, I found this book particularly helpful in finding some other beautiful spots that are close to the National Parks that are on our list to visit. We also realized which regions we’ve been neglecting in our travel plans, such as the Northeastern United States.

4) The Little Details

The information you get about each park is clear and easy to follow in the same style as 50 States 5000 Ideas. The main features and best views and trails are highlighted in bold print which makes it easy to plan your trip whether you have a lot of time, or just a little. An information box is included at the top of each entry that features the park’s stats and current prices for visiting, and several pages feature great places to eat or stay near the park. I love a good restaurant recommendation! The book also highlights fun trivia items about some of the parks.

Whether you are planning a trip or just want to enjoy the beautiful scenery of our parks in photos, you will find something to love about this wonderful book. We highly recommend that you check it out if you love nature and parks as much as we do!

AftT’s Travel Book-O-Meter Rating

This is a great coffee table book!
  • About author Joe Yogerst

    From Amazon.com

    During three decades as an editor, writer, photographer and speaker, Joe Yogerst has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. His writing has appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, CNN Travel, Islands magazine, the International Herald Tribune (Paris), Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Examiner, and 34 National Geographic books including the best-selling “50 States, 5000 Ideas.” His next National Geographic book — “100 Parks, 5000 Ideas” — is scheduled for publication in February 2019. Yogerst is also writing and hosting a National Geographic/Great Courses video series on America’s state parks that debuts in the fall of 2019. He also writes historical fiction. “Nemesis” — a murder mystery set in 1880s California — is being published in October 2018 by the Blank Slate imprint of Amphorae Publishing. Yogerst is the recipient of four Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers.

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    4 replies to "Book Review: 100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas"

    • trish

      I’m so glad you love it! We hope to visit Yellowstone in the next 1-2 years, so this seems like a must for planning that trip! Probably we could find some beautiful places to stop along the way.

      Thanks for being on this tour!

      • Carrick

        Hi Trish,

        Thanks for stopping by! Yes, this is a great book for checking out Yellowstone and all the nearby parks. We are using it to help plan our spring break road trip to Arizona and Utah. There’s so much, I don’t think we can cram it all in (chuckle). We’re sure going to give it our best shot though!

        The photos in this book are spectacular and really inspire you to start planning some trips. I know others will love it also.

        Safe travels,


    • Richard E

      Hi Carrie,

      I am Richard E! I am so excited to have won the book. The problem is I haven’t seen an email on how to claim my prize. I can’t wait to check out this book!!

      • Carrick

        Hi Richard and congratulations!

        I dropped you a line this morning – you may want to check your spam folder for a message from carrick@alongforthetrip.com. If you don’t see one, just email me your mailing address and we’ll get that over to the publisher so you can get your book. It’s a great book and we think you’ll love it!


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