America the Beautiful in National Geographic Photos: An Exclusive Book Excerpt
Fall in love with the U.S.A. all over again with America the Beautiful: A Story in Photographs, a patriotic collection of National Geographic's images. The publication includes more than 250 photos of all 50 states and 6 territories of the United States of America, organized by region and inspired by the lyrics of "America the Beautiful."
In addition to the elite imagery that National Geographic is famous for, the book features a foreword by best-selling historian Jill Lepore. Inside, a selection of notable Americans share their connections to places they cherish: Barack Obama on Hawaii, Jimmy Buffett on Florida, Mary Steenburgen on Arkansas, John Mellencamp on Indiana, Ronda Rousey on North Dakota, and more.
This excerpt, which is exclusive to Frommer's, samples a few of the best photographs and provides a taste of some of the more unexpected celebrity reminiscences.
Pictured above: Puerto Rico: Cueva Ventana sits on top of a limestone cliff in Arecibo and overlooks the Rio Grande de Arecibo and valley below. (Stephen Alvarez, 2014)
The moon and the aurora borealis shine over a snow-covered Richardson Highway just south of Alaska's Delta Junction. (Steven Miley, 2017)
Jewel, singer-songwriter: "Alaska is one of the last truly wild places, a treasure. A teacher of scale and proportion. Here you remember you are not bigger than nature. You do not control nature. Here you learn the exhale of receding tides and autumn days. The exuberant inhale of salmon rushing rivers. You learn to respect and care for Mother, and in turn you learn what it is to be cared for."