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
It’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
Most 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!