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This photo- and information-packed inspirational bucket list encourages hikers and armchair travelers alike to fully explore our nation’s crown jewels.
America’s sixty-three national parks are made up of the greatest geographical, geological, and ecological wonders on the planet, and some of their treasures are only available to those willing to walk past the trailhead for just a mile or two.
Featuring spectacular photography and information, this book allows you to experience each park up close. Hikes range from half-mile nature walks on accessible boardwalks to strenuous full-day hikes to multiday backpacking trips. Each hike is chosen to showcase what is possible: long and short, hard and easy trails featuring mountains, canyons, waterfalls, wildlife meadows, forests, wildflowers, deserts, glaciers, volcanoes, beaches, and more.
The national parks have more trails than any one person can hike in a lifetime. Hiking America’s National Parks will inspire and inform hikers, walkers, and nature lovers to get out past that trailhead.
About the Author
Karen Berger has hiked thousands of miles of trails in the national parks of the United States. She is the author of twenty books, including America’s Great Hiking Trails and America’s National Historic Trails. Jonathan Irish has photographed on all seven continents and in more than eighty countries. For the 2016 National Park Service Centennial, Irish went on assignment to photograph all of America’s national parks. Sally Jewell served as U.S. secretary of the interior from 2013 to 2017, overseeing the nation’s national parks, wildlife refuges, and public lands under President Barack Obama. With more than 1.6 million members and supporters, the National Parks Conservation Association is the voice of America’s national parks.
With more than 1.6 million members and supporters, National Park Conservation Association is the voice of America’s national parks, working to protect and preserve the nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for present and future generations. It celebrates the parks—and works tirelessly to defend them—whether on the ground, in the courtroom, or on Capitol Hill. From its national headquarters in Washington, DC, and 27 regional offices, it calls on its program and policy experts, committed volunteers, staff lobbyists, community organizers, and communications specialists to ensure that national parks are well protected.
“A quick armchair trip through the pages of Hiking America’s National Parks, an inspirational coffee table book by author Karen Berger and photographer Jonathan Irish might change that. The “hiking” in the title can be taken lightly —this is not a guide for hardcore overnight campers. The majority of the walking trails described here are short, sweet ambles, many less than a mile long, but the scenery they’ll take you through is jaw-dropping with waterfalls, sand dunes, glaciers, and gargantuan rock formations. Sure, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon are here, but those are the London and Paris of national parks, just two of a surprising 63. At South Dakota’s Wind Cave National Park, you can walk underground, engulfed in the eerie breathing sounds caused by airflow patterns; or up above, through a vast prairie populated by pronghorn antelopes and black-footed ferrets. Congaree National Park, in South Carolina features a boardwalk winding through an often-flooded forest, where groundwaters dramatically mirror the canopy of hardwood trees. There’s even a hike for travelers who remain hellbent on outdoing their far-flung friends: a stroll in the National Park of American Samoa, closer to Australia than the continental United States.” —Passport Magazine
“From half-mile nature walks on accessible boardwalks to strenuous full-day hikes and backpacking adventures, this new book has information for all skill levels. Or, you can just sit back and enjoy the pictures.” —National Parks Conservation Association