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National Geographic Guide to State Parks of the United States, 4th Edition (National Geographic's Guide to the State Parks of the United States) ... Guide to the State Parks of the U.S.) [Paperback]

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20 May 2012 National Geographic Guide to the State Parks of the U.S.
This completely updated "National Geographic Guide to the State Parks", a companion to the best-selling "National Geographic Guide to the National Parks", highlights 214 of the best state parks across the country. From free to low-cost, from Florida to Alaska, from 6-acre Iao Valley to 204,000-acre Baxter, the state parks appeal to the day-visitor or the weekend escapist. Of the state parks' 25,000 miles of trails and recreation, the authors have selected favourites for hiking and biking, horseback riding, and wildflower gazing as well as ample opportunities for the birdwatcher or rock climber, the wildlife observer or the amateur archaeologist. Gorgeous, colour photographs capture the splendour of the parks, insider tips from state parks staff are invaluable planning tools and easy-to-use maps highlight sites, trails and campgrounds.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society; 4th Revised edition edition (20 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426208898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426208898
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous photo book, high on ideas 5 Oct 2012
By Mr. M. A. Spridgeon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Having purchased both the USA and Canada National Parks editions of this series, I decided to use those very positive experiences and get the USA State Parks version.

This book is a great starting point for planning, as it does cover most of the parks and gives you a lot of basic information about them. It helps quickly eliminate some from your thoughts, and gives you enough encouragement to investigate others.
Some people may be expecting a fuller text and possibly maps of the parks, but I knew I wasn't getting that so I am not disappointed. A book covering all that detail would be 10 times the size and I would never take it away with me on trips. This is a perfect companion to any journey as it is quick to read and broken into perfect sections to read.

A great ideas book with awesome photographs, very helpful in planning a road trip around America and adding unique places to visit to the itinerary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introductory Guide To State Parks!!! 6 April 2012
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I've purchased several guidebooks from National Geographic, but this was my first purchase of their State Parks guide. Please note that this guide DOES NOT cover every state park in the United States. This guide contains 215 parks, picked by state park directors. The layout of this guide is exactly like the National Geographic Guide to the National Parks. There are hundreds of beautiful photographs and maps of certain state parks covered. The guide covers all 50 states, with at least 3 parks in each state. The parks are broken down by region in the book: New England, Middle Atlantic, Great Lakes, Central Plains, South Central, Southwest, The Rockies, Northwest, and Far West. Every park covered has a nice photograph with detailed information on sites to see, hiking trails, camping, lodging, etc. Some parks have historical information and insider tips from park staff. I've visited the parks listed here in California, but I now have several trips planned to visit several state parks in nearby states I didn't know about. Overall, this is an informative guide with a nice layout and I found it to be a good read as well.
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2.0 out of 5 stars weak 13 Oct 2012
By gernab - Published on Amazon.com
Surprisingly and disappointingly weak. It is a guide to an average of four state parks per state, which qualifies as a good example of how not to be comprehensive or encyclopedic. OK if you are just passing through and need to experience some highlights, but no real variety or selection. Weakest part of all is lack of adequate maps. It would have been very easy to have a tiny thumbnail map to show, with each park's section, where it is, much like birding guides do for what a given bird's distribution is. After looking at this book, one still has to get the real picture and details from the much more adequate state park web sites, and internet mapping sites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Road Trip Haven 8 May 2012
By Stephen E. Burklund - Published on Amazon.com
While planning a 3 month cross country camping trip I ordered the National Geographic guides for National Parks and Scenic Highways before the State Parks guide was available. Now, surfing the many, many parks listed on the various state park websites, I realized this guide might simplify my selection. Since I am leaving almost immediately I bought my copy at a local bookstore and am delighted. The guide highlighted state parks along my route so combined with visits to National Parks I can camp across the country except for visits with family and friends along the way.

Listing only four or five choice parks for each state removes the cluttered and uninformed options one gets searching directly on the state websites. Having previously camped or driven through but not camped at a number of the guide's selections I trust their judgement on the rest.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother 15 May 2013
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I agree with one of the other reviewers. This guide would have been helpful if it just listed ALL the state parks for each state, and maybe elaborated on some. But they didn't do that. They picked a handful, and in some states, not even that! In California they listed 6. That's it! And they didn't even do that great of a job on those 6! Photos and commentary. Who cares! I wanted to know what is offered at each park, the location, fees maybe, whether or not my 18 ft trailer can stay there, etc. My opinion, don't bother!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some state parks 20 Jun 2012
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Guide is great for what it has, however it has very few parks listed. For example there are only 4 parks listed for MO. Maybe they are just showing what they determine are the best parks. The info is detailed with great pictures and glossy pages, however, I was looking for something with a more detailed list so that we could open a book and find a nearby park to camp in while traveling.
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