Summer Travels

Government publications are more than just books. Guest blogger Kelly Seifert reminds us that maps and guides can be just as engrossing, especially at this time of year.

If you’re planning on doing some travel around the country this summer, you can start your planning with the National Parks System Map and Guide. It features a map of the United States, including Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, showing the locations of parks, historic sites, and other properties operated by the National Park Service. On the reverse side, an alphabetical list of each National Park System property describes its activities, services, and facilities. If you’re planning on exploring any of the 391 destinations of the National Parks Service this summer, this is an essential take along. You can also easily access this publication by visiting your local Federal depository library. Locate a library in your area here.

To make your trip complete, check out these other great publications as well: 1) the National Trails System: Map and Guide, which includes descriptions of national historic and scenic trails, and 2) the National Wildlife Refuge System: A Visitor’s Guide, which contains a map showing national wildlife refuges that provide recreational and educational opportunities. The Visitor’s Guide also provides tips for visiting national wildlife refuges and lists refuges in all 50 States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, along with the best wildlife viewing season and the features of each refuge.

Why leave the country for a little R&R when there are so many national treasures right on your doorstep? Happy Travels!

4 Responses to Summer Travels

  1. Elisa Goldsberry says:

    Thanks for sharing ! Keep the tips coming..

  2. Emma Louise says:

    I will be visiting America and the Montana mountains in April 2011. Does your guide offer coverage of Montana?

    Keep up the good work. Where would travellers be without the knowledge of guidebooks!

    • GPOBookstore says:

      Emma: Thanks for the comment!

      Yes, this park system guide includes reference to national parks in Montana and to all of the national parks in the United States.

      However, if you are heading specifically to Montana, you may want to read more about two of the most important parks in America which are located there.

      Yellowstone National Park: Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America’s first national park. Located in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world’s most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

      The second park is the Little Bighorn Battlefield, site of the famous “Custer’s Last Stand”.

      Little Bighorn Battlefield: This area memorializes the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne in one of the Indian’s last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. Here on June 25 and 26 of 1876, 263 soldiers, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer and attached personnel of the U.S. Army, died fighting several thousand Lakota, and Cheyenne warriors.

      The Official National Park Handbook for both parks can be found on the US Government Printing Office’s (GPO) online bookstore and shipped to you in Spain:

      Yellowstone: A Natural and Human History, Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming

      Little Bighorn Battlefield, A History and Guide to the Battle of the Little Bighorn: Custer Battlefield National Monument, Montana

  3. antiques in fort worth says:

    There are some incredible, and very diverse np’s in this great country of ours. I’ve yet to visit one I didnt like in some form or fashion. One of the great things about this country is it’s great np’s.

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