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Excited about spring? 5 top ideas for fun new adventures

(BPT) - If visions of sunny days, blooming flowers, and warm breezes get you excited to go to new places and do fun things, you may want to shake off the winter blahs by planning a spring getaway or event with family and friends. To help with your spring vacation planning, National Geographic offers books with something for everyone.

Here's a look at the vacation inspiration you'll find inside these fun books.

1. Visit a national park

Did you know April 20-28 is National Park Week? To celebrate the occasion, entrance fees to National Parks are waived on April 20, so plan ahead to take advantage of the free admission.

National Parks are an American treasure that could take a lifetime to fully explore. Why not start now? Three helpful books, Complete National Parks, Atlas of the National Parks, and Yellowstone National Park Trail Map, provide valuable information about parks near you and throughout the country-just waiting for you to visit.

2. Plan a unique vacation

A vacation along the road less traveled may be just what you need this spring. If you're the type of person who doesn't want to go to the same places that every other tourist visits, and you love uncovering hidden gems in the U.S. and around the world, Here Not There is the ideal book for you.

You'll appreciate travel guidance that finds you lesser known locales to discover-which can also help you avoid excessive crowds and costs. For example, you may choose to visit San Antonio, Texas, instead of Venice, Italy, for a city full of colonnades, canals, and carnivals. You could discover that Cleveland, Ohio, offers theater performances rivaling what you can find on Broadway, or that a water-filled excursion through New York's Thousand Islands offers beauty to match Germany's Rhine River.

3. Get your pedals turning with ultimate cycling experiences

Geared for everyone from casual enthusiasts to expert riders, this vibrant book offers a wide variety of routes that are suitable for every type of cyclist. In 100 Bike Rides of a Lifetime you'll discover quick jaunts in your own neighborhood, challenges that belong on every cyclist's bucket list and more.

This handy guide also provides essential information such as the best times to ride, great spots to refuel, cultural highlights along each route, where to stay, and how to relax post-ride.

4. Try a tasty new treat in every state

Ever wanted to eat your way across the country? Now you can, with help from 50 States 1,000 Eats. You'll find must-have diner breakfasts and food trucks to can't-miss farm-to-table dinners and apple farms with the best cider-with flavors and food experiences for every type of traveler.

Whether you just love going on road trips or you're an avid foodie, you can explore the best dishes in every state, check out expert advice on where to find top meals at local eateries, learn how to schedule your trips around popular food festivals and read about inspiring activities to pair with your favorite dishes.

5. Optimize your staycation with incredible barbecue

Staying at home for your next vacation? Gather friends and family for some good eats with the help of Big Moe's Big Book of BBQ. Learn about the best kinds of wood, premium grills, and how to concoct the tastiest rubs and sauces. Pitmaster Moe Cason, winner of over 250 barbecue competitions, shares 75 family-favorite recipes for perfect barbecue classics.

Ready to make your spring plans? Find all these books and more at

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