NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO NATIONAL PARKS OF THE UNITED STATES (National Geographic Books; ISBN: 978-1426216510; March 2016; $26; hardcover), is coming out just in time for the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. This flagship, best-selling parks travel reference has been 100 percent redesigned and updated with all-new information and maps. Since it was first published in 1989, this title has sold more than 1.25 million copies. For the new eighth edition, contributors revisited all 59 national parks to conduct intensive on-the-ground research to ascertain the best spots for viewing scenery, wildlife, sunsets and more.

This comprehensive guide contains up-to-the minute, practical advice for national park lovers and visitors. The newest information for each park includes a brief history; engaging descriptions; travel planning tips; detailed itineraries and directions; activities for the whole family; lists of lodges, hotels and campgrounds within the park; and visitor center contact information. Additionally, the book boasts 80 full-color maps and more than 220 vivid color photographs capturing the natural beauty and splendor that each destination has to offer. More than an informative guide, the book will be both a terrific travel planner and a cherished memento to remember your visit. And, to get the whole family involved, National Geographic Kids is also publishing an edition for the young adventurers, a must for the young ones.

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