Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia-To-Zion Journey Through Every National Park

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "A delightful sampler plate of our national parks, written with charisma and erudition."--Nick Offerman, author of Paddle Your Own Canoe

From CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Conor Knighton, a behind-the-scenery look at his year traveling to each of America's National Parks, discovering the most beautiful places and most interesting people our country has to offer

When Conor Knighton set off to explore America's "best idea," he worried the whole thing could end up being his worst idea. A broken engagement and a broken heart had left him longing for a change of scenery, but the plan he'd cooked up in response had gone a bit overboard in that department: Over the course of a single year, Knighton would visit every national park in the country, from Acadia to Zion.

In Leave Only Footprints, Knighton shares informative and entertaining dispatches from what turned out to be the road trip of a lifetime. Whether he's waking up early for a naked scrub in a historic bathhouse in Arkansas or staying up late to stargaze along our loneliest highway in Nevada, Knighton weaves together the type of stories you're not likely to find in any guidebook. Through his unique lens, America the Beautiful becomes America the Captivating, the Hilarious, and the Inspiring. Along the way, he identifies the threads that tie these wildly different places together--and that tie us to nature--and reveals how his trip ended up changing his views on everything from God and love to politics and technology.

Filled with fascinating tidbits about our parks' past and reflections on their fragile future, this book is both a celebration of and a passionate case for the natural wonders that all Americans share.

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Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia-To-Zion Journey Through America's National Parks

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In this lackluster memoir, Knighton, a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning’s “On the Trail” segment, tells of his mission to visit all 59 National Parks in the U.S. in 2016. Post-breakup with his ... Read full review


Prologue Badlands
Sunrise Acadia
Water Hot Springs Biscayne
Animals Everglades Channel Islands Pinnacles
God Yosemite Capitol Reef Lake Clark
Sound Great Sand Dunes Katmai
Ice Glacier Bay Glacier Kenai Fjords
People Arches Bryce Canyon Zion
Light Great Basin Saguaro
Travelers Theodore Roosevelt Voyageurs Denali
Love Canyonlands North Cascades
Food Gates of the Arctic Kobuk Valley Cuyahoga Valley
Mountains Guadalupe Mountains Rocky Mountain
Diversity Mount Rainier Shenandoah
Disconnecting Isle Royale Olympic Virgin Islands
Sunset Grand Teton Yellowstone

Home Mesa Verde Great Smoky Mountains
Canyons Grand Canyon Black Canyon of the Gunnison 1 59
Forgiveness Dry Tortugas Petrified Forest
Caves Wind Cave Carlsbad Caverns Mammoth Cave
Epilogue Gateway Arch Indiana Dunes White Sands

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About the author (2020)

Conor Knighton is an Emmy-winning correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, America's #1 Sunday morning news program. Depending on your cable package, you may have also seen him hosting shows on Current TV, AMC, and The Biography Channel or providing commentary for the likes of MTV, E!, and CNN. He has been to all of America's national parks and what feels like 40 percent of its Hampton Inns.

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