From Sea to Shining Sea & Everywhere In-Between

The National Geographic Book That Showcases the Splendor of the American Landscape


Travel through time and across the country with this state-by-state tour of the United States over the past 100 years.

A giant new book, National Geographic: The United States of America, is a massive compilation of roughly 700 of the most intriguing and beautiful images from the magazine’s illustrious archives to chart a century of change and growth from Alabama to Wyoming.

State by state, the photographs bring a vivid account of a vast, evolving, and diverse country, from breathtaking landscapes to advancing industry, evocative rural life to burgeoning towns and cities.

The tour takes in the gamut of photographic evolution, shifting from early black-and-white and autochrome images of the 1920s and 1930s into midcentury Kodachrome, then the harder-edged reportage of the 1970s and 1980s, and finally the digital images of the 1990s through to the present.

This book celebrates not only the world’s greatest photography magazine but also the people, history, and beauty of the United States in all its kaleidoscopic glory. Enjoy a sampling of the collection on the following pages.

Bob Krist, 1995

Divers find another use for Newport, Rhode Island’s Cliff Walk, an activity that has nothing to do with extravagant mansions.

William Albert Allard, 1974

“If there is an image of mine that captures the wide-open West that has so enraptured me,” Allard wrote in the October 2010 Geographic, “it is this one of a West Texas cowboy at full gallop.”

B. Anthony Stewart, 1953

Azaleas burgeon in full bloom at Magnolia Gardens in South Carolina. The Charleston arboretum was opened to the public in 1870, on the grounds of a plantation founded in 1676.

David S. Boyer, 1964

A National Parks Service guide addresses visitors to Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave, the world’s longest cave system at 390 miles of known passageway. Standing on the same rock in 1876, actor Edwin Booth delivered Hamlet’s soliloquy, giving the chamber its name: Booth’s Amphitheater.

Michael Melford, 2006

A speedboat follows a snaking route through Reflection Canyon, Utah, a journey made possible by the damming of the Colorado River in 1963.

Ralph E. Gray, 1952

Monumental reminder of a simple childhood, the courtyard at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial near Lincoln City, Indiana, marks the place where the future 16th president grew from a 7-year-old boy to a 21-year-old man.