National Geographic National Parks Books GIVEAWAY

Filmmaker Ken Burns called the United States’ National Parks “America’s best idea” in his documentary film series.  In this, the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service, National Geographic is celebrating the power of the parks across all its media platforms including updated National Geographic National Parks books.  These guide books are filled with photographs, maps, and travel tips you’d expect from National Geographic.  Continue reading for additional information and a GIVEAWAY of two of the National Geographic National Parks books as well as details on how to win a spectacular family vacation for four to Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion National Parks.

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Guide to National Parks

Oconaluftee River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, photo by Phil Schermeister, courtesy National Geographic


The first book in our giveaway, is the Guide to National Parks of the United States 8th Edition ($29.95).  Since it was first published in 1989, this flagship, bestselling book has sold more than 1.25 million copies.  For the new eighth edition, contributors revisited all 59 national parks to conduct intensive on-the-ground research to ascertain the best spots for viewing scenery, wildlife, sunsets and more.  This comprehensive guide contains up-to-the minute, practical advice for national park lovers and visitors.  The newest information for each park includes a brief history; engaging descriptions; travel planning tips; detailed itineraries and directions; activities for the whole family; lists of lodges, hotels and campgrounds within the park; and visitor center contact information. Additionally, the book boasts 80 full-color maps and more than 220 vivid color photographs capturing the natural beauty and splendor that each destination has to offer.

Guide to National Parks

National parks are for the whole family to enjoy, and The National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A. Centennial Edition (ages 8-12, $14.99) is the official kids guide to exploring these greatest of American treasures.  Produced in partnership with the National Parks Trust, the book is packed with color photos, fascinating lists, fun facts, maps, cool things to do on those long car rides, conservation tips and more.  The parks are so much more than just trails and trees, and this trusted guide brings the historic structures, cultural artifacts, snow-capped mountains, amazing wildlife and clear blue lakes that make up our national parks to life.  Need more incentive to plan a visit?  Through the “Every Kid in a Park” program, every 4th grader can visit ANY national park for free though August 2016.

From National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A., image courtesy National Geographic

National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A.

Finally, National Geographic is celebrating the 100th anniversary of our National Parks Service by offering the chance to win a spectacular family vacation for four to Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion National Parks.  Discover the incredible geological treasures of the American Southwest and marvel at the rainbow colors of the high desert; explore the Grand Canyon’s North Rim on foot or mule; hike amid Zion’s wonderland of slot canyons, hanging gardens, and waterfalls, and splash through the Narrows of the Virgin River; wind through Bryce Canyon’s whimsical maze of red rock spires, and go on a scavenger hunt.  Stay in historic park lodges with Old West atmosphere, and take part in activities and excursions geared for explorers of all ages. The National Geographic National Parks Sweepstakes runs from April 1-August 31, 2016.  To enter or obtain full Official Rules go to:

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.