'A Hole. A Very Large Hole' — New Book Highlights National Park Visitors' Bad Reviews

By Mark Brodie
Published: Friday, September 10, 2021 - 12:23pm

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Amber Share, author of "Subpar Parks: America's Most Extraordinary National Parks and Their Least Impressed Visitors."

More than 235 million people visited America’s national parks in 2020, despite temporary closures due to the pandemic.

Grand Canyon National Park saw nearly three million visitors, making it the sixth most visited national park.

But not all of those visitors were impressed by what they saw at those parks.

And some of them were not shy about saying so, especially online, leaving comments about the mountains not being tall enough, there being too many rocks, it just looking like your standard forest, or it being the ugliest place someone’s ever seen.

That’s where Amber Share comes in.

Share is an illustrator based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and author of the book "Subpar Parks: America’s Most Extraordinary National Parks and Their Least Impressed Visitors." 

The Show spoke with her and asked what her thinking was behind putting this book together.

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