National Geographic Guides to America's Outdoors

This is a relatively new series, with additional volumes appearing every few months. Apparently still to come: western Canada and Hawaii. Each volume is subtitled "Nature Adventures in Parks, Preserves, Forests, Wildlife Refuges, Wilderness Areas".

These are invaluable references for a traveller with an interest in natural history. Each takes a major region of North America and methodically covers it, national parks, state parks, wildlife refuges, and any other significant natural area. The maps and photography are up to National Geographic's usual high standard.

My only real criticism of the series is that they seem a bit heavy on birdlife (a common obsession among outdoors people), and a bit lacking on rare plants and notable trees and forests. The index lists only people and places, not species, making it hard to hunt for a place to see, say, an uncommon cactus or a rare bird.


Natioanl Geographic Outdoors Guides to the West
National Geographic Guide to America's Outdoors: Southern Rockies (Colorado, Utah), by Gary Ferguson, John Clayton, and Maureen B. Keilty, photography by George H.H. Huey
National Geographic's Guide to America's Outdoors: Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico), by Mel White, photography by George H.H. Huey
National Geographic's Guide to America's Outdoors: Far West (California, Nevada), by Geoffrey O'Gara, photography by Phil Schermeister
National Geographic's Guide to America's Outdoors: Northern Rockies (Idaho, Wyoming, Montana), by Jeremy Schmidt and Thomas Schmidt
National Geographic's Guide to America's Outdoors: Alaska, by Nan Elliot and Tom Walker, photography by Michael Melford
National Geographic's Guide to America's Outdoors: Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington), by Bob Devine, photography by Phil Schofield
National Geographic's Guide to America's Outdoors: Western Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Yukon)
Others in the Series
National Geographic's Guide to America's Outdoors: New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut), by Gary Ferguson, photography by Michael Melford
National Geographic's Guide to America's Outdoors: Middle Atlantic (Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey), by Ann Jones, photography by Skip Brown
National Geographic's Guide to America's Outdoors: Southeast (South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida), by John Thompson, photography by Raymond Gehman
National Geographic's Guide to America's Outdoors: Eastern Canada (Quebec, Ontario, Newfoundland, Maritimes), by Marq de Villiers, photography by Michael Lewis
National Geographic's Guide to America's Outdoors: Great Lakes (Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio)
National Geographic's Guide to America's Outdoors: Central Appalachia (Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia)
National Geographic's Guide to America's Outdoors: South Central (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi)
Other Guidebooks from National Geographic
National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States, 5th Ed.
National Geographic Guide to the State Parks of the United States; 2nd Edition
National Geographic Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways: Second Edition
National Geographic Guide to America's Hidden Corners


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