"The great thing about Frommer's Family Vacations in the National Park is that the author has struck a nice balance between natural history and practicality. The reader learns about intertidal zones and glaciation all right, but he also gets detailed information about each of the campgrounds at Acadia National Park. It's as family-friendly a guide as any park-bound family could want." -- Everett Potter, NY Times News Service This practical, detailed guide helps parents plan and enjoy a fun-filled, creative, educational trip for the whole family. We take you to a selection of America's most popular parks, national recreation areas, and national seashores: Acadia, Cape Cod, the Smokies, the Outer Banks, Rocky Mountain, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Olympic, Zion, and more. Included are detailed, candid reviews of each campground and other family-friendly lodgings, plus these special features: a spectacular full-color photo insert, illustrations that help identify plants and animals, places for relaxed play and picnics, and tips on how to teach your kids about everything from native American culture to conservation.
Parents will find all kinds of activities the kids will love: biking, canoeing, nature walks, horseback riding, swimming, tide pooling, whale watching, and more. With this guide in hand, parents are sure to give their children memories and learning experiences that will last a lifetime.
Table of Contents
PART I: Taking Kids to the National Parks. 1. Planning Your Trip. PART II: The Eastern Seaboard. 2. Moving Water, Moving Land. 3. Acadia National Park. 4. Cape Cod National Seashore. 5. Cape Hatteras National Seashore. PART III: The Great Smoky Mountains. 6. Bringing Back the Past. 7. Great Smoky Mountains National Park. PART IV: The Southwest. 8. Layers upon Layers. 9. Grand Canyon National Park. 10. Glen CanYon National Recreation Area. 11. Zion National Park. 12. Bryce Canyon National Park. PART V: The Rockies. 13. The Nature of High Places. 14. Yellowstone National Park. 15. Grand Teton National Park. 16. Rocky Mountain National Park. PART VI: The Sierra Nevada. 17. Rock, Life & Change. 18. Yosemite National Park. 19. Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. PART VII: The West Coast. 20. Ecology: Fitting It Together. 21. Point Reyes National Seashore. 22. Olympic National Park. Index.
About the Author Charles Wohlforth is a writer of books and magazine articles who lives in Anchorage, Alaska. His other book for Hungry Minds is Frommer's Alaska. With his wife, Barbara, an elementary school teacher, and their children, Robin, Julia, Joseph, and Rebecca, Wohlforth spends much of each summer camping, hiking, and boating in Alaska. In the winter the family cross-country skis and ice-skates. He welcomes e-mail from readers with questions, ideas, or criticisms at Wohlforth@gci.net, or check www wohlforth.net for more writings and answers to others' questions. Postal mail can be sent through the publisher.