Looking for great national park gifts? Have a friend or loved one who loves national parks? This gift guide is here to help!
I spend lots of time visiting and learning about national parks. It’s my job — and I love it — and I know exactly what people who love parks enjoy. Listed below are my top picks for great national park gifts.
National Park Gift Guide
America The Beautiful Pass
What’s the best gift for national park lovers? An All Access pass to every national park! At $80, the America The Beautiful Pass is one of the world’s great bargains. It gives you a full year of access to all 400+ units in the national park system (national parks, national monumnets, ect.). If someone you know loves the Great Outdoors, they’ll love this pass. It’s the perfect excuse to get out and explore America. And nearly 100 percent of the proceeds go back to the parks. What’s not to love?
QT Long is one of America’s most talented and respected national park photographers. He’s visited and photographed all 59 national parks, from Acadia to American Samoa. His new book, Treasured Lands, showcases his beautiful images and offers great info about each park. Forward by Dayton Duncan (Ken Burns’ writing partner).
Ansel Adams in the National Parks
Speaking of great photographers, Ansel Adams remains the gold standard. His stunning images, many captured in national parks, elevated landscape photography from playful curiousity to high art. Even today, you can’t talk about photography in national parks without mentioning Ansel Adams. This book, Ansel Adams in the National Parks, reveals some of his finest images.
Vintage National Park Posters
These terrific posters were created in the 1930s to encourage Americans to visit the national parks. At the time, the Great Depression was raging, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) used national parks to employ thousands of workers, including struggling artists. Today, these national park posters represent an important part of America’s heritage. And they still look amazing!
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
From the brilliant mind of Ken Burns (who, by the way, is also one of the nicest people I’ve ever met), this award-winning documentary chronicles the fascinating history of America’s national parks. If the national park lover in your life doesn’t already own this documentary/book, order it now! America’s Best Idea combines in-depth research, engaging storytelling, and beautiful photography.
James Kaiser National Park Guidebooks
If you’re planning a trip to Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Acadia or Joshua Tree, my national park guidebooks are essential reading. Each book is packed with gorgeous color photos and filled with insider travel tips. Save time and money. Avoid common hassles. Don’t go it alone! For less than the cost of lunch, I’ll show you the best of America’s most incredible national parks.