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Title:
Frommer's family vacations in the national parks
Author:
Wohlforth, Charles.
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Edition:
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
viii, 536 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780764542749
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

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.


Author Notes

Charles Wohlforth is a writer living in Anchorage, Alaska. His recent book The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) tells of the adventures of Eskimos and scientists living and learning in the quickly warming Arctic. His other books published by Wiley include Frommer's Alaska and Alaska For Dummies. With his wife, Barbara, an elementary school teacher, and children, Robin, Julia, Joseph, and Becky, Wohlforth spends much of his time outdoors, boating and camping in the wilderness in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. He welcomes questions from readers and offers free online travel advice, writings, and travel planning links at his website, www.wohlforth.net.


Table of Contents

Part I Taking Kids to the National Parksp. 1
1 Planning Your Tripp. 4
Questions, Anyone?p. 6
Decisions: Where, When & How to Gop. 7
How to Travelp. 9
Choosing a Park & a Seasonp. 10
Practicalities: Tracking Your Child's Personal Bestp. 15
Getting Ready to Go: Planning a Visit to a National Parkp. 15
Changes in the Reservation Systemsp. 16
Practicalities: Tools & Repairsp. 19
Staying Happy & Healthy on the Roadp. 22
DEETp. 29
Part II The Eastern Seaboardp. 33
2 Moving Water, Moving Landp. 35
Natural History: The Cycles of the Seap. 36
The Earth's Cyclesp. 37
The Little Field Guidep. 46
History & Culture: First Encountersp. 50
3 Acadia National Parkp. 55
Acadia Address Bookp. 56
History: Putting a Park Togetherp. 56
Orientationp. 58
Making the Arrangementsp. 58
Weather Chart: Bar Harborp. 61
Where to Spend the Nightp. 62
Park Camping Basics: Toilets, Showers & Laundryp. 63
When You Arrivep. 65
For Handy Referencep. 66
Enjoying the Parkp. 67
Experiment: Tide-Pool Plant or Animal?p. 74
Places for Relaxed Play & Picnicsp. 75
Where to Eatp. 76
Tide-Pool Answersp. 77
4 Cape Cod National Seashorep. 78
Cape Cod Address Bookp. 79
History: Finding the "Real" Cape Codp. 79
Orientationp. 83
Making the Arrangementsp. 84
Weather Chart: Provincetownp. 86
Where to Spend the Nightp. 86
For Handy Referencep. 89
When You Arrivep. 90
Enjoying the National Seashorep. 91
Read Aloud: Fish Nature & Human Naturep. 93
A Note on Provincetownp. 95
Experiment: Sand Castles Versus Tidesp. 98
Places for Relaxed Play & Picnicsp. 102
Where to Eatp. 103
5 Cape Hatteras National Seashorep. 105
Outer Banks Address Bookp. 106
History: Islands in Timep. 106
Orientationp. 110
Challenges from Isabelp. 111
Making the Arrangementsp. 111
Weather Chart: Cape Hatterasp. 113
Where to Spend the Nightp. 114
Park Camping Basics: Toilets, Showers & Laundryp. 115
Read Aloud: Blackbeard's Ghostp. 116
When You Arrivep. 119
For Handy Referencep. 120
Enjoying the National Seashorep. 122
Read Aloud: Why the Stilts?p. 122
Practicalities: Swimming Safely in Surfp. 123
Experiment: Sand Slidesp. 126
Places for Relaxed Play & Picnicsp. 130
Where to Eatp. 131
Part III The Great Smoky Mountainsp. 133
6 Bringing Back the Pastp. 135
Natural History: Restoring Naturep. 135
The Little Field Guidep. 140
History & Culture: Whose Land Is This?p. 142
7 Great Smoky Mountains National Parkp. 146
Great Smoky Address Bookp. 147
Orientationp. 147
Making the Arrangementsp. 149
Weather Chart: Gatlinburg & Clingmans Domep. 152
Where to Spend the Nightp. 152
Park Camping Basics: Toilets, Showers & Laundryp. 155
When You Arrivep. 158
For Handy Referencep. 159
Enjoying the Parkp. 160
Read Aloud: Evolution & Treesp. 164
Places for Relaxed Play & Picnicsp. 168
Fun Outside the Parkp. 169
Where to Eatp. 169
Part IV The Southwestp. 171
8 Layers upon Layersp. 173
The Parksp. 174
Natural History: Layers of Rock, Layers of Lifep. 174
The Little Field Guidep. 183
History & Culture: How Do People Live Here?p. 186
Exploring the Regionp. 188
Practicalities: The RV Advantagep. 190
9 Grand Canyon National Parkp. 194
Grand Canyon Address Bookp. 195
History: The Struggle for Preservationp. 195
Orientationp. 198
Making the Arrangementsp. 200
Weather Chart: Canyon Temperatures & Daylightp. 201
Where to Spend the Nightp. 202
Park Camping Basics: Toilets, Showers & Laundryp. 204
When You Arrivep. 207
For Handy Referencep. 208
Enjoying the Parkp. 209
Places for Relaxed Play & Picnicsp. 213
Fun Outside the Parkp. 213
Read Aloud: A Hopi Storyp. 214
Where to Eatp. 214
10 Glen Canyon National Recreation Areap. 217
Glen Canyon Address Bookp. 218
History Under Waterp. 218
Orientationp. 220
Making the Arrangementsp. 221
Where's the Water?p. 222
Weather Chart: Glen Canyonp. 223
Where to Spend the Nightp. 224
Park Camping Basics: Toilets, Showers & Laundryp. 225
When You Arrivep. 226
For Handy Referencep. 227
Enjoying the Recreation Areap. 228
Read Aloud: Should Glen Canyon Dam Be Unbuilt?p. 230
Important Tips on Renting a Boatp. 232
Places for Relaxed Play & Picnicsp. 233
Where to Eatp. 233
11 Zion National Parkp. 234
A Spiritual Historyp. 235
Zion Address Bookp. 236
Orientationp. 236
Making the Arrangementsp. 237
Weather Chart: Zion National Parkp. 239
Where to Spend the Nightp. 239
Park Camping Basics: Toilets, Showers & Laundryp. 241
When You Arrivep. 242
For Handy Referencep. 243
Enjoying the Parkp. 244
Experiment: Studying Rocks Without Filling Your Luggagep. 247
Places for Relaxed Play & Picnicsp. 249
Fun Outside the Parkp. 250
Where to Eatp. 250
12 Bryce Canyon National Parkp. 252
History at the Edge of Civilizationp. 253
Orientationp. 253
Making the Arrangementsp. 254
Bryce Address Bookp. 256
Weather Chart: Bryce Temperature & Snowpackp. 257
Where to Spend the Nightp. 258
Park Camping Basics: Toilets, Showers & Laundryp. 259
When You Arrivep. 260
Enjoying the Park & Environsp. 261
For Handy Referencep. 262
Read Aloud: What Makes Red Rocks Red?p. 265
Places for Relaxed Play & Picnicsp. 266
Where to Eatp. 267
Part V The Rockiesp. 269
13 The Nature of High Placesp. 271
A Note on Place Namesp. 272
Natural History: Making Great Mountains & Weatherp. 272
Experiment: How Far Away Is Lightning?p. 278
The Little Field Guidep. 282
History & Culture: Managing Naturep. 286
Practicalities: Our Favorite Car Entertainmentp. 290
14 Yellowstone National Parkp. 294
Park History: A Good Ideap. 295
Yellowstone Address Bookp. 296
Orientationp. 300
Making the Arrangementsp. 302
Weather Chart: Old Faithfulp. 304
Where to Spend the Nightp. 305
Park Camping Basics: Toilets, Showers & Laundryp. 309
When You Arrivep. 312
For Handy Referencep. 314
Enjoying the Parkp. 314
Read Aloud: Teddy Roosevelt Toughens Upp. 318
Practicalities: Motivating a Reluctant Hikerp. 322
Places for Relaxed Play & Picnicsp. 324
Where to Eatp. 325
15 Grand Teton National Parkp. 328
History: Rockefeller to the Rescue!p. 329
Grand Teton Address Bookp. 330
Orientationp. 334
Making the Arrangementsp. 334
Weather Chart: Moose Junctionp. 335
Where to Spend the Nightp. 336
Park Camping Basics: Toilets, Showers & Laundryp. 338
Practicalities: How to Build a Campfirep. 340
When You Arrivep. 342
For Handy Referencep. 343
Enjoying the Parkp. 343
Fun Outside the Parkp. 350
Where to Eatp. 350
16 Rocky Mountain National Parkp. 352
Rocky Mountain Address Bookp. 353
History: Estes, Mills & Muirp. 353
Orientationp. 355
Making the Arrangementsp. 355
Weather Chart: Estes Park & Grand Lakep. 357
Experiment: Making an Altimeterp. 358
Where to Spend the Nightp. 359
Park Camping Basics: Toilets, Showers & Laundryp. 360
When You Arrivep. 363
For Handy Referencep. 365
Enjoying the Parkp. 366
Read Aloud: Why Both Snow & Granite Sparklep. 370
Places for Relaxed Play & Picnicsp. 372
Fun Beyond the Natural Wondersp. 373
Where to Eatp. 373
Part VI The Sierra Nevadap. 375
17 Rock, Life & Changep. 377
A Note on the Name "Sierra Nevada"p. 378
Natural History & Timep. 378
Read Aloud: Counting Tree Ringsp. 383
The Little Field Guidep. 384
History & Culture: Changing Valuesp. 387
Experiment: What Are Your Values?p. 391
Exploring the Regionp. 392
18 Yosemite National Parkp. 393
Yosemite Address Bookp. 394
History: Fight for the Valleyp. 394
Orientationp. 397
Making the Arrangementsp. 400
Weather Chart: Yosemite Valleyp. 401
Experiment: Finding Glacier Tracksp. 402
Where to Spend the Nightp. 403
Park Camping Basics: Toilets, Showers & Laundryp. 407
Read Aloud: How to Save a Bearp. 410
When You Arrivep. 412
For Handy Referencep. 415
Enjoying the Parkp. 416
Places for Relaxed Play & Picnicsp. 423
Fun Outside the Parkp. 424
Where to Eatp. 424
19 Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parksp. 426
Sequoia-Kings Canyon Address Bookp. 427
History: A Messy Democracyp. 427
Orientationp. 431
Making the Arrangementsp. 432
Weather Chart: Sequoia National Parkp. 433
Where to Spend the Nightp. 434
Park Camping Basics: Toilets, Showers & Laundryp. 441
When You Arrivep. 442
For Handy Referencep. 443
Read Aloud: Dirty Air & Naturep. 444
Enjoying the Parkp. 445
Experiment: Mapping River Eddiesp. 451
Places for Relaxed Play & Picnicsp. 452
Where to Eatp. 453
Part VII The West Coastp. 455
20 Ecology: Fitting It Togetherp. 457
Natural History: The Systems of Lifep. 458
The Little Field Guidep. 463
History & Culture: Human Ecologyp. 468
21 Point Reyes National Seashorep. 473
Point Reyes Address Bookp. 474
History: Holding Back the Cityp. 474
Orientationp. 478
Making the Arrangementsp. 479
Weather Chart: Point Reyesp. 481
Where to Spend the Nightp. 481
Park Camping Basics: Toilets, Showers & Laundryp. 483
When You Arrivep. 484
Enjoying the Parkp. 485
For Handy Referencep. 486
Read Aloud: Sir Francis Drakep. 488
Places for Relaxed Play & Picnicsp. 494
Fun Beyond the Natural Wondersp. 494
Where to Eatp. 495
22 Olympic National Parkp. 496
Olympic Address Bookp. 497
History: Logs or Trees?p. 497
Orientationp. 502
Making the Arrangementsp. 502
Weather Chart: Quinault & Port Angelesp. 504
Where to Spend the Nightp. 505
Practicalities: Traveling with Camp Stovesp. 506
Park Camping Basics: Toilets, Showers & Laundryp. 509
When You Arrivep. 512
For Handy Referencep. 514
Enjoying the Parkp. 514
Read Aloud: Photosynthesisp. 516
Places for Relaxed Play & Picnicsp. 520
Where to Eatp. 521
Indexp. 523