America's National Historic Trails

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Karen Berger's America's National Historic Trails: Walking the Trails of History takes readers from the battlefields of the American Revolution to the trails blazed by the pioneers, lands explored by Lewis and Clark and covered by the Pony Express, to the civil-rights marches of Selma and Montgomery. This is the official book of the country's 19 National Historic Trails that range from 54 miles to more than 5,000 and feature historic and interpretive sites to be explored on foot and sometimes by paddle, sail, bicycle, horse, or by car on backcountry roads. Totaling 37,000 miles through 41 states, our entire national experience comes to life on these trails—from Native American history to the settlement of the colonies, westward expansion, and civil rights—and they are beautifully depicted in this large-format volume.

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The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Behring Center, is responsible for the collection, care, and preservation of more than three million objects.


  • 320 pages, 200 color photographs
  • 10.3" x 10.4"
  • Written by Karen Berger
  • Photographs by Bart Smith
  • Foreword by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan