Happy birthday, National Park Service! Help celebrate the centennial with these stunning books, ranging from detailed travel guides to moving memoirs.
National Parks of America by Lonely Planet
This comprehensive guide to all 59 of America’s national parks features gorgeous photographs and detailed suggestions about where to stay, what to do, and what flora and fauna you can expect to see.
The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams
Williams’ ode to the national park system and the importance of the outdoors is beautiful enough for your coffee table and interesting enough for your nightstand.
Engineering Eden by Jordan Fisher Smith
A former park ranger chronicles the moral debate that arose after a young man was killed by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park in 1972: How much should humans control the wilderness we’re trying to conserve?
Lassoing the Sun by Mark Woods
Midlife burnout propelled Woods to spend a year visiting the national parks for a book about their future. But his mother’s unexpected cancer diagnosis shifted his focus, resulting in a meditation on both personal and environmental legacy.
See America by Creative Action Network
In this sepia-tinged homage to the See America posters created by artists under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration, modern artists contribute dazzling new graphics for their favorite parks.