50 States 5000 Ideas by National Geographic
This richly illustrated book from the travel experts at National Geographic showcases the best travel experiences in every state, from the obvious to the unexpected. Sites include national parks, beaches, hotels, Civil War battlefields, dude ranches, out-of-the-way museums, and more. You’ll discover the world’s longest yard sale in Tennessee, swamp tours in Louisiana, dinosaur trails in Colorado, America’s oldest street in NYC, and the best spot to watch for sea otters on the central California coast. Each entry provides detailed travel information as well as fascinating facts about each state that will help fuel your wanderlust and ensure the best vacation possible. In addition to 50 states in the U.S., the book includes a section on the Canadian provinces and territories.
What I Thought
I love going on day trips, I love traveling, and I love this book! I learned a few new things about each state.
The book brought back a lot of memories from when I lived in California and Ohio.
Here are a few of them:
California: I’ve seen the lettuce fields in Salinas and even though the photo in the book is amazing, they are even more beautiful in person.
I lived in Monterey and 17 Mile Drive is a beautiful place to spend the day.
Ohio: Cedar Point. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been there. It was one of the world’s first theme parks, and I loved going there as a child.
I loved spending days swimming and boating at Lake Erie. Lots of childhood memories from there.
The book mentioned the Cincinnati Zoo, but not the Columbus Zoo, which I thought was strange. Not that the Cincinnati Zoo isn’t amazing, it is, but my favorite is the Columbus Zoo.
Florida: Disney World, Sea World, Legoland, not to mention all the amazing beaches. Everglades National Park. I haven’t been to the Keys, but have wanted to go for years.
Places I put on my Bucket List after reading this book:
(Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, and Arizona were already on it)
New England States, South Dakota, Idaho, Montana…to name a few.
There are beautiful photos scattered throughout the book, and each state has plenty of places to see and things to do. There are also a few sections each for each state called Little Known Facts, State Of The Art, Local Flavor, Road Trips, Capitalism, Tourism Information, Festivals, Hidden Treasures.
I love this book and will keep it where I can pick it up and scan through it from time to time. It will come in handy whenever I travel, even while traveling in my own state. It would make a great gift for anyone who loves to travel, or wants to travel.
About The Author
During three decades as an editor, writer, and photographer, Joe Yogerst has lived and worked on four continents—Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. His writing has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Islands magazine, The New York Times (Paris), and numerous National Geographic books. During that time, he has won four Lowell Thomas Awards, including one for Long Road South, his National Geographic book about driving the Pan American Highway from Texas to Argentina.