Like a lot of people around the world, I’m not sure when it will be safe to travel for pleasure again. In the meantime, I’m using this time to do a lot of reading about travel. This post is about three of my favorite travel books.

This book is at the top of my list. If you want the definitive guide to America’s National Parks, this is the one I recommend. Michael Oswald has created a highly readable and practical guide. Detailed and accurate maps, comprehensive hiking trail information, dining and lodging suggestions, etc. This book has all of the information you need to make the most of a trip to any of the 59 national parks. The best $25.00 I’ve spent on a travel guide.

Someone (I still don’t know who) sent this to me in the mail last week. Like everything National Geographic does, this is a beautiful book. Gorgeous photographs from all 50 states and 10 Canadian Provinces makes this a great text for browsing. Each chapter highlights the cities, landscapes, and special “hidden treasures” of each state and province. If you are new to road tripping, this would be a great book to get you started.

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If you watch CBS Sunday Morning, you’ve probably seen Conor Knighton’s 2016 series on the National Parks. If you haven’t, then click the link to check out some of his adventures. This book is Conor’s memoir of the year he spent traveling across the United States. His writing is both informative and humorous. I read this book in two days and will be rereading it soon. My plan is to reread a chapter and then watch the corresponding episode. Just a reminder, this is a travel memoir not a travel guide.

I hope it will be safe to travel soon. In the meantime, reading about travel is a good way to discover new places to add to my bucket list. Stay safe and healthy everyone!