This brand new edition Insight Guide features outstanding full-colour photography of over 250 stunning images that bring the parks, their wildlife, historic landmarks and array of natural wonders to life. Well-researched explorations cover all of the US national parks stretching from Alaska in the Pacific Northwest down to the Californian Desert and all the magnificent locations in between. The US National Parks West top sights are highlighted on a dedicated double-page spread, capturing everything you can't afford to miss, including the spewing geysers and sizzling hot springs in Yellowstone National Park and the red hot blazing cascades of lava at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Additionally, a brand new 'Editor's Choice' section features illustrated spreads revealing the author's take on quirky and interesting things to see and do including whale watching at the stunning Glacier Bay National Park and the Indian rock art and scenic slot canyons at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. All areas of special interest are cross-referenced on full-colour maps throughout the guide and two additional maps can be found within the front and back cover, providing instant orientation and easy navigation at a glance. Other colour-coded sections include in-depth features on history, culture and the local people, covering topics such as 'Pioneers and Protectors', 'Flora of the West', and 'Wildlife'. A handy 'Travel Tips' section covers a range of practical advice, including accommodation for all budgets, insurance, special tours, entry regulations, environmental ethics and much more, along with useful contact numbers and websites to aid trip planning. The unique combination of insightful exploration alongside practical advice means that this guide truly is a pleasure to read before, during and after your visit.