An inspired tribute to the astonishing beauty and priceless cultural treasures of America's National Parks, this volume is a lavish celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. National Geographic The National Parks collects the very best of National Geographic's photographs, combined with an expertly told history. From the multi-hued layers of the Grand Canyon to the verdigris flame of the Statue of Liberty, this book presents a breathtaking panorama of the National Parks. With the stories behind the first female park ranger, a decidedly amateur scuba expedition that unearthed a submerged Civil War treasure trove, and so much more, author Kim Heacox takes readers on a VIP tour of America's rich natural and cultural heritage. The full sweep of wonders -- from pristine coral reefs to the Gettysburg battlefield to glaciers and all the glorious diversity in between -- offers a breathtaking tour of the very best of America's national treasures.