America the Beautiful: A Story in Photographs

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America the Beautiful showcases the stunning spaces closest to our nation’s heart–from the woods in the Great Appalachian Valley that Davy Crockett once called home to the breathtaking sweep of California’s Big Sur coast to the wilds of Alaska. It also celebrates the people who have made this country what it is, featuring a wide range of images including the Arikara Nation in the early 1900s and scientists preparing for travel to Mars on a Hawaiian island. Culled from National Geographic’s vaunted photo archives, spanning a period of more than 130 years, this provocative collection depicts the splendor of this great nation as only National Geographic can, with a dramatic combination of modern and historical imagery–from the creation of architectural icons like the Golden Gate Bridge and Lady Liberty to the last of the country’s wild places preserved in our national parks.
With a structure inspired by the original song “America the Beautiful,” this book recognizes what makes our nation great, region by region. And all 50 states and six territories of the U.S. are honored with 50 words from celebrities, historians, activists, conservationists, and politicians who call America home. Profound and inspiring, this is a book for everyone who has ever marveled at the beauty of the United States.


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UTAH Vistas of hoodoos are seen along the Queens Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park. Richard Maschmeyer, 2016

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NEW YORK As part of JR’s Inside Out project, New Yorkers and visitors were asked to take self-portraits in Times Square at the site of the first-ever photo booth almost 100 years ago. The resulting 6,000 images were pasted on Duffy Square. Stephen Alvarez, 2013

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ROBIN ROBERTS In Mississippi, the Gulf Coast is majestic and serene, the food is fried, and warmth is everywhere. I don’t mean just the weather but there’s warmth in the music of the blues, in the soul service gospel I heard at my church as a child, and in the people. When you see someone in Pass Christian, the quintessential small town where I grew up, you stop and wave. New to town? A neighbor will bring a Bundt cake. That’s just what you do.

We were a military family and I grew up moving all the time. But when it came time for my father to retire from the U.S. Air Force, the Roberts family got to decide where we would put down our roots. I am proud to say, we chose Mississippi. It is home.

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MICHIGAN The ice caves of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on Lake Superior are usually not accessible until February or March when temperatures warm. Susan Dykstra, 2016

America the Beautiful: A Story in Photographs
America the Beautiful: A Story in Photographs
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