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Fodor's The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West, 2nd Edition (Full-color Travel Guide) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 20. April 2010


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  • Taschenbuch: 944 Seiten
  • Verlag: Fodor's; Auflage: 2 (20. April 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1400008263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400008261
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 3,8 x 13,3 x 20,3 cm
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Martin A Hogan on 14. Juni 2010
Covering 34 National Parks of the west, this extensive 944 page book gives the reader more than everything they could want for a great getaway. Fodor's always gives the best information and in this version it begins with the history of the National Park system. It helps you to choose your `kind' of park, how to plan your visit, an extensive list of driving tours and a lot more.

Each chapter on a park includes `What's Nearby' and `Where to Eat and Stay'. With each park, Fodor's give you the TOP REASONS to go, a thorough examination of all aspects of the park (many parks are so immense; you can't see it all on one or even two days). You are carefully guided through the park with clear and detailed maps illustrating the specific attractions all within scale. Basic things are explained with options such as, `Getting There', `Getting Around', Nearby Airports, Planning Ahead (with great tips), accessibility, admission fees, permits, admission hours, ATM locations and even cell phone reception capabilities! Each park has good and bad times to visit according to the weather, so the average temperatures for that time of year are noted. All the Flora and Fauna of the park are also listed with species history and best times to see them.

Scenic Drives are a big plus and they are all described according to bus guides, cycling and by car. Shuttle Services are available in most parks and all are listed with telephone numbers and WWW addresses. Air Tours are also available in many of the larger parks, whether by airline or helicopter. Of course, the Visitor's Center is the primary point to examine the qualities and offerings of a park. From this (and this book) you can get a sense of what the real highlights are going to be for you.
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Nice place to start planning your trip, but not a "complete" guide 24. Juni 2010
Von J. Green - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm one of those people who like to know where I'm going and what to see while I'm there. I don't go overboard researching every single thing about the place, but I try to do a little homework beforehand. I especially like maps and try to see the sights along the way whenever we're travelling. So, I was pleasantly surprised with this travel guide on National Parks of the West since we've managed to see a number of them in the last few years and still have a bunch on our list to see.

At over 900 pages this is a nice hefty book and a good choice to keep in the car but maybe not a backpack. It's loaded with great pictures and comments, many of them apparently submitted online by ordinary travelers - which is a nice touch. The beginning includes a lot of good info such as the history of the parks system and tips for visiting, safety, stargazing, and just picking which ones to visit. There are some great sections that list specifics such as best parks for hiking, camping, inspiration, families, bears, etc. Following that are the 38 individual parks profiled, each including useful information like average monthly high and low temperatures, getting around, why to visit, etc. And I think this is a good guide for those who are making a very quick trip or just to get you started. And even though it's crammed with information, if you're like me this won't quite be adequate, especially for big parks like Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Yosemite.

My complaints are minor, and I don't mean to nit-pick, but I think they're worth mentioning:
* Maps: the maps are pretty small and frequently cross over the center of the book, leaving an annoying gap. Fortunately you'll get a nice big one from the friendly ranger when you pay your admission at the gate.
* Directions: last year we visited the Painted Desert/Petrified Forest (AZ) and had only our AAA guides. But AAA gave specific time-saving directions depending upon *which way* you were traveling on I-40 (check the map - it was more useful than you might think), but nothing of the sort here.
* What's Nearby: nice feature, but sometimes seems uninformed and selective. No mention of Dead Horse Point State Park (UT) which is practically across the street from Arches (UT) and definitely worth seeing. (I also remember reading - maybe on the NPS website - that Arches is best to see at sunset, whereas Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands are better in the morning light, but other than some vague "tips" it's not clear).

Also, the Arches section starts with a picture of Landscape Arch (from a nice angle that's different from the usual perspective) but the blurb calls it Delicate Arch (oops! - any other such mistakes?). So use this guide as a good place to get started, but do yourself a favor and do a little homework beforehand.
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Decent, but without an obvious niche 14. Juni 2010
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This "complete guide" to national parks of the west covers 37 parks in 35 entries.* For reference, I've visited about one-third of these parks.

Oddly, although it begins with a brief history and description of the US National Parks System, it includes three parks in Alberta (Banff, Jasper, and Waterton Lakes). But it doesn't discuss the Canadian Nation Parks System, nor does it cover other Canadian National Parks in Alberta, or in neighboring British Columbia or Saskatchewan. (For example, you would never know from the chapter on Banff National Park that there is another nearby National Park, Yoho in BC, although Yoho is mentioned in one of the driving tours.) This guide also does not cover parks in Alaska or Hawaii.

The individual chapters are probably about the right depth of information if you want to stop for a day or two at one of the parks. But they are not detailed enough to use to plan an extended visit to one of the parks. You can get dedicated guides to most of the parks, which is strongly advised for a several day visit. If you have a particular interest (hiking, camping, boating, etc) you can get guides devoted to that activity in the National Parks; for the larger parks you can even get guides devoted to specific activities in just that park.

If you are looking for a resource to identify parks you might want to find out more about, the early "Choosing a Park" chapter will be useful. But the detailed chapters are too detailed for that purpose, while not being detailed enough to plan a several-day trip. So while much of what's in the book is adequately done, I think most people will be better served by a shorter overview of the parks or by in-depth guides to particular parks they plan to visit.

As for the information itself, I found it generally good. I was surprised that the outside the park lodging section for Yosemite failed to mention the Tenaya Lodge, a popular and well known destination. The recommendation to visit Banff in the spring fails to mention that it is often cloudy there at that time of year, and you can spend a week there without seeing the sun. (OK, it came out as I was checking out of the hotel.) And to title a section on geysers "Grand Hissy Fits" exceeds my cuteness tolerance. But these are relatively minor points.

I will, however, offer my opinion on the top National Parks of the west to visit:
Yosemite, along with nearby Sequoia and Kings Canyon
Yellowstone, along with nearby Grand Teton
Banff and Jasper (which are adjacent), along with nearby Yoho
Bryce Canyon
Grand Canyon

* Glacier and Waterton Lakes, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon, are covered together.
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An Indispensable Resource for the Traveler, Armchair or Otherwise 14. Juni 2010
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One question immediately came to mind when I first examined Fodor's "Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West." I wondered whether an actual printed-on-paper travel book could possibly be useful in today's milieu of Google Earth, MapQuest, GPS, dedicated websites and travel blogs. I've concluded there is indeed value in such a book. Having visited all but two of the 37 National Parks that this tome covers, I found it to be complete, informative and visually appealing, with effective use of color throughout.

Most travelers will probably use the "Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West" as a supplement to, but not a replacement for, other available, mainly on-line, resources. It is perhaps most suitable as an overall trip planner, rather than as a detailed tool for visiting specific Parks. As such, it truly excels. It offers lots of interesting and relevant information in a well-organized format that encourages armchair exploration. What's between the covers of this thick Guide is sure to enhance any trip through America's wide-open West.

The first 100 pages cover generic topics such as: the history of the National Park Service; the Parks' wildlife and lodges; Park-by-Park thumbnail sketches of what's where; activity guides; definitions of common geological terms; suggested multi-day driving tour itineraries, and more. Then each Park gets a 20-page-plus section of detailed information, divided into the following topics: Welcome, Planner, Park Essentials, Scenic Drives, What to See, Sports and the Outdoors, Educational Offerings, What's Nearby and Where to Eat and Stay. A nice full-color map graces each section. Clever colored icons make it easy to find what you're looking for. Of course, some information, such as prices, hours of operation, telephone numbers, etc., is ephemeral, and on-line confirmations before you visit are essential.

As an inveterate hiker who has logged hundreds of grueling miles on backcountry trails in most of these Parks, I found the hiking coverage in the "Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West" to be very cursory. But I don't consider this a shortcoming. I would not expect to find detailed trail descriptions here. Such information is very specialized, and is probably of interest to only a small percentage of visitors. Any serious hiker or backpacker will stop at the Visitor Center for maps and up-to-date trail information before setting out.

Paging through this book brought back many pleasant memories of my previous trips through the West, and it will be a constant, invaluable companion to help me plan future trips. I recommend it highly as a uniquely comprehensive and accessible guide to much of the best scenery and recreational opportunities that America offers.
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A Great Starting Point & Timesaver 12. November 2010
Von J. E. Nelson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I am partial to the Western United States. Now as my children grow older, I look for vacation ideas for my family. I thought "The National Parks of the West" would be an excellent resource for planning future vacations.

"The National Parks of the West" is a compilation of basic information pertaining to the National Parks of the western United States and Canada. The book begins slowly with 4 chapters giving some general information. The first chapter on the Park System was neat from a historical point of view, but I didn't find it very useful. The second chapter on "Choosing a Park" reminds me of a spreadsheet that gives a very high level overview of the various parks outlined in the book. The book finally begins to pick up with Chapter 3 that outlines on planning your park visits and covers useful topics such as entrance fees, packing, making the most of your trip, and touches a bit on activities. Chapter 4 is a interesting series of suggestions for driving tours that I thought were well thought out.

At this point, the book really gets to the point. There are 35 chapters, each dedicated to a specific park in the National Park system. Each park chapter pretty much follows the same specific format. The format is as follows: overview with map, when to go and how to get there, what there is to see in the park, sports and activities in the area, other attractions in the area, where to eat (inside and outside the park), and where to stay (campgrounds/RV parks and hotels). Each park does have some slight variation to these subjects.

While I read the entire book, I focused on two parks I have visited in the last 3 years, Death Valley and Glacier National Park. In both visits, I planned my trip mostly by utilizing the park service websites and Google. Utilizing the internet, I was able to easily find and plan for the highlights of both parks. However, when I read the chapters in the book on these two parks, I must say that this guide contains a wide variety of useful information that I did not find on the internet. The book does make suggestions of lesser known attractions and accommodations if you want to get off the beaten path that did not surface during my internet planning. The restaurant guide would have been a huge asset to my vacation planning as this information was not easily compiled from the internet, especially for a remote location like Death Valley where there are not any major cities in close proximity. Finally, for all parks, the book gives you a vague idea of what various accommodations costs helping a person establish a rough budget for a trip.

I think the benefit of a book such as this is having a wide variety of information available in one place. The book is not a replacement for local knowledge or suggestions from a park ranger, but it is an excellent starting point.

The book also opened my eyes to many parks that I did not even know existed. Reading the book informed me about a myriad of areas in the US that otherwise I probably would have never heard of otherwise.

Overall, I was quite pleased with this guide. It will not make you an expert on the various parks, but it does give you an excellent overview and is a great resource for planning your visit.
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Fodor's Guide Is Unsurpassable! 13. Juni 2010
Von Martin A Hogan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Covering 34 National Parks of the west, this extensive 944-page book gives the reader more than everything they could want for a great getaway. Fodor's always gives the best information and in this version it begins with the history of the National Park system. It helps you to choose your `kind' of park, how to plan your visit, an extensive list of driving tours and a lot more.

Each chapter on a park includes `What's Nearby' and `Where to Eat and Stay'. With each park, Fodor's give you the TOP REASONS to go, a thorough examination of all aspects of the park (many parks are so immense; you can't see it all on one or even two days). You are carefully guided through the park with clear and detailed maps illustrating the specific attractions all within scale. Basic things are explained with options such as, `Getting There', `Getting Around', Nearby Airports, Planning Ahead (with great tips), accessibility, admission fees, permits, admission hours, ATM locations and even cell phone reception capabilities! Each park has good and bad times to visit according to the weather, so the average temperatures for that time of year are noted. All the Flora and Fauna of the park are also listed with species history and best times to see them.

Scenic Drives are a big plus and they are all described according to bus guides, cycling and by car. Shuttle Services are available in most parks and all are listed with telephone numbers and WWW addresses. Air Tours are also available in many of the larger parks, whether by airline or helicopter. Of course, the Visitor's Center is the primary point to examine the qualities and offerings of a park. From this (and this book) you can get a sense of what the real highlights are going to be for you. Hiking and campground information is supplied with tips and suggestions.

If you aren't staying in the park there is a list of great places to overnight and eat outside of the parks. Prices, descriptions, type of foods, specialties and even breweries! Each chapter is graced with numerous color photos. Given that National Parks do not change a great deal simply by the way they are run, you can almost be guaranteed that your version of this Guide will last a long time.

The only thing missing are the National Monuments, such as Chirichahua National Monument, Pinnacles National Monument, Organ Pipe Cactus national Monument and dozens and dozens of others. There simply is not enough room. For that I would recommend Discover National Monuments: National Parks (Discover Your World or [[ASIN:1567111947 America's Top 10 - National Monuments. Some of these are just as spectacular and steeped in natural beauty and history that they should not be missed. Happy Travels!
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