The Art of the National Parks: A Diary From 59 Parks
Journal your way through America's "best idea"
You're likely familiar with the striking art of the Fifty-Nine Parks print series. The WPA-style posters—based on the aesthetics of the 14 original posters created for the parks from 1938 to 1941—emblazon many a gift book and coffee mug and have been harnessed by the likes of Disney, Adobe, and SXSW. What's more, sales from these posters keep these treasures going strong by supporting the National Park Service.
Now, the near-iconic posters are encapsulated in a handy journal created for NPS enthusiasts. Released from Insight Editions last April, The Art of the National Parks: Park-Lover's Journal contains scores of unique reflections on individual parks from an eclectic range of contemporary artists, along with prompts for park visitors to fill in their visit dates, favorite memories, flora and fauna sightings, and more impressions from each of America's national parks. Perusing this pretty little hardcover journal is a great way to get excited about park-visit planning, as each park entry has a checklist for "Attractions Visited" (think Cholla Cactus garden at Joshua Tree and Wizard Island at Crater Lake).
Whether used as a companion to your next national park trip or as a nostalgic reminder of parks you've visited in the past, this journal offers a sweet connection to American's greatest idea. Click through the above slideshow to check out some of its arty highlights.