I love a good road trip. In fact, I’m already planning our next summer adventure – a three-week road trip to explore bits of Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota (hello, Mount Rushmore). So naturally I was excited about checking out NatGeo’s new book, 50 States, 5000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do. It was right up my alley.
For every state, as well as all 10 of Canada’s provinces, you’ll find four to six pages dedicated to what, when and where for that state or province. You’ll also find a snapshot of major cities, as well as popular festivals, little-known facts, books and movies featuring the state or province, and great drives in each one. For some states, you’ll be able to read up on hidden treasures and the best local flavors.
Since South Dakota is in the plans for this summer, I skipped over to the section on South Dakota to read up on Sioux City, Rapid City, the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore, all stops we’ll make in July. I learned about a couple of great drives to add to my itinerary, including Wildlife Loop Road at Custer State Park. I also added Dances with Wolves to my Wish List on Amazon.
The book is filled with lots of great photos, which makes me even more excited about some of the stops we’ll be making this summer. The photos are also helpful when deciding just where to go, especially if you’re deciding between a couple of states or major cities for a family road trip.
What I also like about this book is that the sections on each state and province give you enough of a jumping off point to determine where you want to go and what you want to do. It’s a great place to start, though once you decide where you want to go, you may want to get a travel book with more detail, like NatGeo’s Guide to National Parks of the United States, particularly if you’ll be doing a deep dive into our parks.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do. If you’re thinking about picking this up for your summer travels, you’ll find 50 States, 5000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do at a discount on Amazon. Right now, it’s just $16.34 (list price: $24.95). Have fun. 🙂
Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of 50 States, 5000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do. There are affiliate links within this post. All opinions here are my own.