Expanded Coverage: Highlights include deeper coverage of outdoor adventures like hiking and rafting in the National Parks of the American West.
Illustrated Features: Rich full-color features help travelers to the National Parks of the West make the most of top experiences, from white-water rafting on the Colorado River and understanding Yellowstone's geothermal features to choosing a historic lodge and stargazing. The illustrated field guides to wildlife and geology make identification a snap.
Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: This book is not only indispensible on the ground; it also makes choosing a park simple. Thirty-seven United States western national parks are divided by state in the What's Where section so it's easy to decide which parks to see together. Nine customizable driving tours do the work of planning a road trip. The Best of the National Parks section breaks down the parks by themes, such as parks for day trippers, for spotting wildlife, and for inspiration. The new Outdoor Adventures section lists the best parks for hiking, rafting, rock climbing, and camping. Everything needed to plan a visit is here, from information on discount park passes and what to pack to tips for families and photographers. Each National Park has a convenient overview with highlights and practical advice for getting around, plus information on activities, dining, and lodging in and around the park.
Discerning Recommendations: Fodor's National Parks of the West offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help park visitors make the most of their trip. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to activities, while "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable park insights.
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Published May 1, 2012