Why not give the gift of experiences this year? Here are some of our favorite hiking and Northwest travel guides, sure to inspire future adventures!
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You should also be able to find most of these titles at your library or favorite independent bookseller.
7 Hiking Books and Northwest Books For Kids and Families
The Mountaineers Day Hiking books are my favorites. I think they do the best job of accurately describing the hike and directions. This is the one for Mt. Rainier, but there are versions for all the beautiful areas in our state.
We use Joan Burton’s Best Hikes With Kids book every summer. Don’t let the name fool you: There are hikes in here that are plenty hard for most grown ups! The pictures are a little plain, but the hike descriptions are good, and she also includes practical advice about hiking with kids. It’s the number one book I recommend to families looking to do more hiking.
Shhhhh….This book is one of the secret ways I find trails and parks I share with you here. Quite a few of these are in Seattle, but there are some in the South Sound. Often a walk is just the right length for your beginning hikers!
Does your family include a four legged friend? This book is a great resource when you’re trying to find a hike where you can take Fido. The hike descriptions and directions themselves aren’t the greatest, so I look at this one as mostly a book for inspiration.
This is an incredibly awesome and comprehensive Seattle guidebook. It is almost entirely for Seattle, so if you don’t do any exploring there it’s not worth the money. But if you do like to head to the big city, or if you know a family who has just moved there, it’s the best family guide book I’ve reviewed for the area.
Not a guide book, but a lovely book for the youngest Northwest nature lovers. Every South Sound baby should have a copy.
I just ran across this one, and I haven’t reviewed it personally, but it’s gotten Awesome reviews, and it looks like it would be a great title for those of you with bright and curious kiddos, and probably a handy guide for homeschoolers, or those of you who just like to do a lot of exploring with your kids.
If you have any of these, I’d love to know how you like them! Don’t forget to use the code GIFTBOOK17 if you decide to take advantage of this deal at Amazon. If none of these titles appeal to you, you can use it for just about anything as long as it meets the conditions above.
I personally used it on this Warrior Cats series. 🙂