Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks Guide Book

by Larry H. Ludmer (Hunter Publishing)
Great American Wilderness Touring Americaand39;s National Parks  by Larry H. Ludmer

512pp/maps/photos
ISBN: 1556508778

Here are 53 of the nation's most spectacular parks covered in staggering detail. From Acadia to Yellowstone, these parks have been selected as the most scenic in the US. And Larry Ludmer tells you everything you need to know about them. Candid evaluations steer you to the best sections of each park, including those hidden sections rarely visited by the mass of people in summer. Ludmer offers valuable tips on how to avoid the crowds (by visiting early in the morning, mid-week), where to take lunch (deserted backcountry areas), and how to stretch your dollar (park passes and deals). You'll also learn about driving routes to and from each park, with suggested places to stay just outside the entrance. Inside, the book reveals the best walking tours and scenic drives, telling you what you must see and what you can afford to miss.

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Trails from the "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 51.
... Preview: We’ll begin our scenic journey with America’s easternmost national park. Here, majestic cliffs rising sharply from the ocean are pounded constantly by the surf. Within the park is the highest point on ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Bar Harbor, ME - Hiking,Scenic Drives
... Preview: Within this arid landscape is the world’s greatest concentration of natural stone arches. There are approximately 90 of these formations that geologists consider true natural arches, including famous ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Moab, UT - Hiking,Scenic Drives
... Preview: Spanning 80 million years of geologic history, the biggest area of badlands in the nation is an outstanding example of erosion and weathering. The fossil-rich area is both awe-inspiring in its beauty ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Interior, SD - Scenic Drives
... Preview: Situated in a narrow canyon in the Pajarito Plateau, this region of northern New Mexico is high mesa country. Beautiful mountains surround deep valleys and thick forests are interspersed with arid roc ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Los Alamos, NM - Scenic Drives
... Preview: Encompassing a vast tract of wilderness on the north side of a very big bend in the Rio Grande River bordering Mexico, the park combines both desert and mountain terrain. It also contains many strikin ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Alpine, TX - Scenic Drives
... Preview: Incorporating 12 miles along the deepest portion of the Gunnison River gorge, this is one of the most amazing sights in the country. Although there are other canyons that may be deeper, longer, or eve ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Montrose, CO - Scenic Drives
... Preview: Although young in geological terms compared to some of its famous neighbors, Bryce Canyon is one of the most remarkable examples of nature in the world. It is one of the main reasons why this section ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Bryce Canyon, UT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length:
... Preview: Like Bandelier National Monument, Canyon de Chelly is a dual-purpose facility. It preserves both Native American civilization as well as scenery that is among the most dramatic in the never-lacking-fo ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Chinle, AZ - Scenic Drives
... Preview: Canyonlands, as the name implies, is an area of deep, colorful canyons. It is a land filled with natural arches, spires and mesas of all shapes and sizes, a fantasy land where nature has gone wild. Wh ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Moab, UT - Scenic Drives
... Preview: Capitol Reef’s dominant features are its wall-like cliffs, nearly 1,000 feet high, that run like an ocean reef for a distance of 90 miles. The tops of these cliffs are a white sandstone that many peop ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Torrey, UT - Scenic Drives
... Preview: Although Carlsbad Caverns does not quite have the same extensive network of passageways and sub-caverns found in Mammoth Cave, it is justly noted for its enormous chambers and unusual beauty. You en ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Carlsbad, NM - Scenic Drives
... Preview: Here is a place that is virtually unknown to most people, even those who have done quite a bit of traveling. This is a most perplexing state of affairs for me, because the Colorado National Monument i ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Grand Junction, CO - Scenic Drives
... Preview: The deep blue color of Crater Lake has been the objective of many attempted descriptions, but none comes close to the impact you will feel on seeing it for the first time. The first name given to it b ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Crater Lake, OR - Scenic Drives
... Preview: Only in Hawaii will you be able to find a greater number of volcanic basalt formations. At Craters of the Moon, volcanic eruptions ages ago and huge rivers of molten lava gushing out from a rift in th ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Arco, ID - Scenic Drives
... Preview: Despite the fact that people have lived in this region for more than 9,000 years, the 19th-century stranding of a group of settlers and the loss of some has forever sealed the forbidding Death Valley ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Shoshone, CA - Scenic Drives
... Preview: Mt. McKinley is the highest point in North America at 20,320 feet. The almost-four-mile-high giant was known to the Native Americans of Alaska as Denali – “The Great One” – a fitting tribute to one of ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Healy, AK - Scenic Drives
... Preview: Long before it gained additional notoriety from the motion picture Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Devils Tower was one of the most recognizable landmarks, not only in Wyoming, but in the entire c ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Devils Tower, WY - Scenic Drives
... Preview: A trip to Dinosaur National Monument is almost like visiting two parks in one. There’s an obvious physical separation caused by the lack of roads from one part of the monument to another. And the two ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Dinosaur, CO - Scenic Drives
... Preview: One may wonder how a vast area with a maximum variation in elevation of less than 25 feet can be considered scenic. But the Everglades National Park has a unique tranquil beauty. It is the largest sub ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Homestead, FL - Scenic Drives
... Preview: The worst thing you can say about Glacier is that it doesn’t quite have the diversity of features found in, for example, Yellowstone, Yosemite or Olympic National Park. What it does have in abundance ... From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
West Glacier, MT - Scenic Drives