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Frommer's National Parks of the American West [Paperback]

Don Laine , Barbara Laine , Jack Olson , Eric Peterson , Shane Christensen


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Book Description

May 1 2012 Park Guides (Book 53)
  • Insider advice on visiting 35 of the most stunning and rewarding national parks in America from authors who know them inside and out.
  • Where to find the absolute best hiking trails, ranger programs, scenery, wildlife viewing, and campgrounds.
  • Insightful commentary on everything from the history of the parks to their natural attractions, including flora and fauna, to finding the best times to visit, avoiding crowds, and finding the right place to stay.
  • Opinionated reviews. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Our expert writers are passionate about their destinations--they tell it like it is in an engaging and helpful way.
  • Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity--no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. We include the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people.
  • User-friendly features including star ratings and special icons to point readers to great finds, excellent values, insider tips, best bets for kids, special moments, and overrated experiences.

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Experience local flora, fauna, and birds in Olympic and other Western National Parks. See chapter 26.

  • Detailed maps of regions, parks, and trails

  • Exact prices, directions, and other practical information

  • Candid reviews of places to stay,eat, camp, and stock up on supplies

  • Insider tips from park personnel and advice on how to avoid the crowds

Find news, deals, apps, expert advice,and travel forums at Frommers.com

About the Author

Residents of northern New Mexico for more than 40 years, Don and Barbara Laine have traveled extensively throughout the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest, exploring the mountains and deserts with their always-curious dogs. The Laines have authored or contributed to a number of Frommer's travel guides, including Frommer's Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks and Frommer's Utah. They have also written Little-Known Southwest, New Mexico & Arizona State Parks, and Best Short Hikes in Arizona for The Mountaineers Books; and The New Mexico Guide for Fulcrum Publishing.

A Denver-based freelance writer, Eric Peterson has contributed to numerous Frommer's guides covering the American West, and has written Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Colorado, Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, and Ramble: A Field Guide to the U.S.A. Peterson also writes about travel and other topics for such publications as ColoradoBiz, Delta Sky, and the New York Daily News. In his free time, he's an avid camper and hiker, a lifelong Broncos fan, and a part-time rock star (at least in the eyes of his niece Olivia and nephews Mitch and Sam).

Jack Olson, a longtime resident of Denver, wanders the Rockies and the entire country as a freelance photographer and writer. He writes travel articles and supplies photographs for AAA magazines, and his photos have been seen in such publications as Backpacker, Audubon, Sierra, and National Geographic Books.

Shane Christensen has written extensively for Frommer's, including in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Originally from California, he knows the American Southwest well and returns each year to the Grand Canyon to explore its wonders and ensure the accuracy of this guide. Shane has also held a variety of diplomatic assignments with the U.S. Department of State, and he is currently a research scholar and faculty advisor at Columbia University.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Planning your whole trip July 3 2012
By Zechristof - Published on Amazon.com
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There are other books that give more detail about what to do after you get to a national park. There are hiking guides and driving guides, for instance. However, this Frommer's guide fills an otherwise empty niche of facilitating the planning of your entire trip. It tells you the best options for staying at the park or nearby. It tells you where to eat, either in the park or right outside. It tells you the main activities available within the park. It provides geological and historical background for the parks. It is a great resource, and I have found the information provided to be pretty much on the mark.

There is useful information missing about some parks, however. For example, at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, one of the most fun activities is water play at the "beach" created by small creeks flowing past sandy areas. The park has even set up showers to rinse off the sand, just like you would find at many ocean beaches. By all means, bring your swim suits when you come to Great Sand Dunes.

I recommend that you use this Frommer's guide to select your target parks and plan your overall trip. Then, seek out more detailed information for each park you will visit regarding the kind of activities you like.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition is impossible to navigate Sept. 29 2012
By Brian Probert - Published on Amazon.com
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The Kindle offers the potential of packing an unlimited quantity of guidebooks into your carry-on baggage but this volume is totally inaccessible in its natural format. The contents list is 29 pages long and all the entries whether chapter or subheading are in the same typeface with no indentation or high level summary list. If there is some organization by region, I was unable to discern it. Like my other Kindle guidebooks, there is no index. No matter how good its content, a guidebook without an index is totally useless. For example, when I search for Yellowstone Park, there are 22 pages of results. Unlike a web search - which would have the most useful results at the beginning - this is a random list. Since I have been unable to navigate this guidebook, I have not read any of the articles and cannot comment on any of the content.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So much information April 16 2013
By Jake23 - Published on Amazon.com
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We are planning a trip to California (from Michigan) this June and this book has already really helped us plan the trip. Our objective will be to see as many parks as we can see so that when the kids get older they can go back to their favorites. So we really like the parts of the book that talk about quick visits. We also like the information about the hikes so we can know what hikes will make the most of our time there. We also really appreciate the information about where to stay. I guess I would have liked it if there would have been a few pictures of the best scenes at the parks. But the book is better than we expected.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good resource Oct. 3 2012
By doughboy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a decent resource for the western National Parks. Don't know if I really needed it for our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, but it didn't hurt. Hope to use it on subsequent visits out west.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST TRAVELLERS BUDDY Sept. 6 2012
By lil - Published on Amazon.com
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WHETHER YOU PLAN A LOCAL TRIP,OR INTERNATIONAL....FROMMERS IS THE VERY BEST BUDDY TO HAVE WITH YOU!!!!!IT WILL ANSWER,IF NOT ALL YOUR QUESTIONS,AT LEAST 99%.....

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