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10 book picks to get the most out of summer

Our favorite guides for National Parks, trails, lakes, beaches, and other outdoor destinations.
on June 20, 2018
Summer is officially here! We've gathered our picks for some of the best guides to get out and explore the great outdoors.
  1. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

    Richard Louv’s first edition of his landmark book enlightened readers on the importance of direct exposure to nature as a necessity for children’s health. Now, in its second installment, we are reintroduced to the children and nature movement today, with actions and discussion points to create change as we think about “our future and the future of our children.”
  2. Destination Earth: A New Philosophy of Travel by a World-Traveler

    Embark on Nicos Hadjicostis’ 6.5-year continuous journey around the world as he transforms the way we think and feel about meaningful and purposeful travel. Whether it’s a quick trip to a city or a global exploration, you’ll have a more rewarding experience after reading this book.
  3. Bliss(ters): How I Walked from Mexico to Canada One Summer

    Read all about the trials and tribulations of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. After ditching her briefcase for a backpack, Gail Francis sets out alone, only to meet some interesting characters that teach her important life lessons along the way.
  4. Your Guide to the National Parks: The Complete Guide to all 59 National Parks

    Michael Oswald pens a must-have guidebook – complete with hotels, restaurants, and attractions – to make your family’s experience to the U.S. National Parks one you’ll never forget.
  5. 50 States, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do

    Always wanted to travel like a National Geographic expert? Joe Yogerst’s comprehensive book will help you map out your next destination and itinerary, from must-see attractions to unexpected hidden gems across the U.S.
  6. The Most Scenic Drives in America, Newly Revised and Updated: 120 Spectacular Road Trips

    Pack your bags, grab your keys, and hit the road! Reader’s Digest welcomes you to the ultimate traveler’s guide – 120 detailed, easy-to-use maps to reach the most picturesque drives in North America.
  7. The Best in Tent Camping Series

    Jeanne Louise Pyle ranks the 50 best campgrounds for tent campers in the Emerald State, from the Olympics to the Puget Sound.
  8. Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature Before You Grow Up

    School may be out of the summer but the learning continues! Grab Stacy Tornio’s Adventure Book for some fun, hands-on ideas (448 to be exact) to get your kids outdoors and enjoying what nature has to offer.
  9. Campfire Songs, 3rd (Campfire Books)

    Enjoy s’mores and a starry night sky with Irene Maddox’s third collection of campfire songs featuring 110 songs and guitar chords to ensure an evening to remember.
  10. National Geographic Guide to State Parks of the United States, 4th Edition

    Travel to the U.S. National Parks like a ranger! National Geographic’s latest guide takes you through over 200 parks nationwide portraying the beauty and uniqueness of each individual treasure.
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