National Geographic defines geotourism as “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place — its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents.”
This new map goes beyond the parks’ borders, highlighting the region’s treasures and celebrating the natural and cultural heritage of the area. The new Geotourism MapGuide and its companion website share locals’ knowledge on “everything from where to find the best huckleberry milkshake and great community events to where to watch rescued grizzlies and wolves in their daily activities.”
The large-format, two-sided map straddles the states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, including 20 million acres of rugged mountains, scenic river valleys, high desert plains, small towns and historic districts.
The lands and waters in the Greater Yellowstone region are a refuge for hundreds of wildlife species, including rare trumpeter swans, bighorn sheep, herds of elk, roaming bison, wolves, grizzly bears and native fish.
Says James Dion, spokesperson, National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations :
“The MapGuide showcases what makes the Greater Yellowstone Region distinct from any other place on Earth, and underscores the importance of conserving its tremendous scenic and historical assets for future generations.”
The MapGuide is a collaboration of National Geographic Maps, the Center for Sustainable Destinations, Wyoming Travel & Tourism, Idaho Division of Tourism Development, Travel Montana and its region and community tourism partners, Greater Yellowstone Coalition and Yellowstone Business Partnership and organizations and individuals serving as the Greater Yellowstone Geotourism Council.
MapGuides can be ordered on the Greater Yellowstone Region Geotourism website, which also features extensive information on this three-state region.
For more information, visit National Geographic online.
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