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National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United... by National Geographic Society
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A good starting point for planning any trip to the National Parks, or a miniature coffee table book. National Geographic's edge is always in the photography, so smaller or lesser known parks receive a good boost. That's with the exception of the park of American Samoa. It's clearly an afterthought. After all, who'll bother going to American Samoa? (My cousin and her family and anyone in Hawaii, that's who.)

The parks are listed alphabetically by region, though I wonder as to the value of some of these regions. Example: the Colorado Plateau encompasses a goodly number of parks, however it splits the standard Southwest region by placing all of ARizona in the Colorado Plateau. Only New Mexico and Texas comprise the Southwest. Clearly, the editor was ok with employing nonstandard definitions. The only perceived benefit, is that the Colorado Plateau parks could conceivably be toured in a single (though looong) road trip.
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