National Geographic’s 50 States 5000 Ideas, a Book Review

Have you ever really wanted to explore a new place, but you just weren’t sure where to start? Maybe you wanted to dive in a little deeper as you checked off another state on your bucket list? As more and more people get out to explore the diverse landscape of North America, the possibilities feel endless. That’s a little overwhelming, don’t you think?

In National Geographic’s new book, 50 States 5000 Ideas, you can dive into each state to get the highlights and find a few hidden gems in the major cities, as well as some off the beaten path locations. The book also includes ten Canadian provinces if you are looking to visit our neighbors to the north. Each state highlights the major cities, tourism department information, hidden treasures, and other things you will want to know before you go like festivals, road trip ideas, music and movie trivia, and fun facts you might not have known.

50 States 5000 Ideas

As a local from a particular state, you may find that the information on your state isn’t exactly original. Many of the facts about Washington State and Pennsylvania were not foreign to me having grown up in Philadelphia and lived in Seattle for almost a decade. When covering 50 states in one book though, you can’t expect to find all of the local nitty gritty only someone who lives there can give you. This is why you talk to people when you travel.

However, if you are looking to fuel your wanderlust, get the kids excited about your next road trip and find a little inspiration as you plan, 50 States 5000 Ideas is a great book. It pairs perfectly with National Geographic’s Guide to National Parks, as well as a number of their travel books for kids. The photos are nothing short of spectacular, and really, would you expect anything less from National Geographic? I think not.

50 States 5000 Ideas

So next time you don’t know where to go, instead of pulling out the map and throwing darts, pull out your copy of 50 States 5000 Ideas and let the book fall open on its own. Who knows, maybe it will spark your next road trip or summer vacation. Serendipity has created some pretty amazing travel experiences in the past. Give it a try!

Publisher’s Synopsis:  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.

Title: 50 States, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do
Author: National Geographic and Joe Yogerst
National Geographic
Publication Date: 
February 7, 2017
288 pages
For ages: 
18+ (although kids of all ages will love it)

50 States 5000 Ideas



50 States 5000 Ideas

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2 thoughts on “National Geographic’s 50 States 5000 Ideas, a Book Review”

  1. Getting kids excited about going somewhere, and getting them involved in the planning process, is a great way to use this book! I’m hoping to do that in a few years myself!

    Thank you for being on this tour!

  2. This is the kind of book I loved to read when I was a kid. I loved imagining all the fun places I could go.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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