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National Parks

National Parks

Since its inception in 1916, the National Parks Service has dedicated itself to protecting the most beautiful plots of land in the country. From the majestic southwestern parks like the Grand Canyon and Arches to the ethereal Great Smoky Mountains and Acadia in the east, the National Parks have long been favorite destinations for family vacations. We recommend Kim Heacox’ The National Parks, An Illustrated History for travel inspiration and the National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States for the more practical travel details. 

Follow the links below to see recommended reading for each destination.

The Longitude Blog – National Parks
Year's Best Reads
USA592It's the perfect time to reflect on the past year. When we look back over 2016, we see a path littered with memorable reads, many of which we’ve selected as our  top ten travel books of the year. We hope each featured title serves to inspire further adventures in the New Year. The Hour of Land. Award-winning author Terry Tempest Williams travels to 12 carefully chosen national parks including Yellowstone, Acadia and Big Bend in this insightful journey. Equal parts memoir, natural history and ecology manifesto, Williams' book honors the centennial of the National Park Service by exploring why the protected, wild lands matter to the soul of America.
An Interview with Terry Tempest Williams
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Equal parts memoir, natural history and ecology manifesto, Terry Tempest Williams' book The Hour of Land honors the centennial our national parks by exploring why the protected, wild lands matter to the soul of America. In this interview, the ever-gracious Williams describes her favorite national park and defines the elusive “hour of land” for the nation.
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Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
USA591Kindly contributed by award-winning writer Heather Hansen. To celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service, Hansen relates its wonderful 100-year history in her new book Prophets and Moguls, Rangers and Rogues, Bison and Bears: 100 Years of National Park Service. She interviewed dozens of people and traveled to many of the country's great parks, telling how the US bureau has fought to protect the country's most scenic places and defined the American national identity.
  Hopewell Culture National Historical Park (NHP) is a place few people encounter by accident.