Whether you are an avid globetrotter or an armchair adventurer, these outdoorsy coffee table books are sure to get your adventure stoke up! Here in the RLT office we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites:
Overflowing with hand-drawn maps and lavish illustrations, this coffee table masterpiece is the perfect addition for illustrators, cartographers, and adventure enthusiasts alike. Explore cities, borders, rivers, mountains, and cultural events across the world within the bounds of this intricate work of art.
From Acadia to Zion, Lonely Planet packs the pages of this stunning coffee table book with landscape photography, wildlife illustrations, and trail suggestions. Explore all 59 of North America’s National Parks from your couch, while making plans to visit your favorites.
This photo-collection showcases the work of the world’s leading environmental and outdoor photographers and celebrates the 1% for the Planet Initiative. Including shots from Chris Burkard, Becca Skinner, Sam Horine, Jeff Johnson, James Joiner, and many others, Going Out is Going In, encourages finding quiet moments in the natural world and inspires us to escape technology and give back to the natural world.
This award-winning 160-page illustrated book honors our nation’s beautiful landscapes, rich national park history, and poster artists. Including illustrations and oil paintings from the Anderson Design group, this coffee table book is a must read for road-trip enthusiasts and those with creative outdoor interests.
This whimsical page-turner takes viewers on an imaginative journey around the world. From skiing in the Bavarian Alps to riding the metro in Moscow, this book will challenge and inspire travelers of all ages. Sink into the spectacular illustrations and learn new facts along the way!
From family-friendly bikepacking in Ecuador to biking epic routes along Italy’s scenic coastline, this well-organized and fun-loving book highlights the world’s best 200 rides and is sure to inspire you to get on your wheels.
A must-have for any aspiring photographer, this collection of Ansel Adams photographs celebrates the history of Adam’s visionary landscape photography. This collection includes his early pieces from Yosemite and the High Sierras (1916) up through his work in the 1960s.
This powerful photo-narrative celebrates National Geographic’s talented female photographers and follows their journeys as they capture the stories of women across the globe. From describing how they got their start to displaying their incredible work, this book is a must for all aspiring photographers.
Over the past 70 years, Fred Beckey has completed more North American ascents than any other North American climber. Including enchanting topographic maps and delicious narratives, this guide-book and coffee-table favorite is a must have for climbers and armchair adventurers alike.
We could seriously spend hours enjoying this campfire favorite. Categorized by adventure type (best deserts, windsurfing, trekking), etc. this epic collection of experiences is sure to inspire your next adventure. Seriously don’t miss out.
In a world inundated by technology, business, and the stressors of everyday life, The Outsiders explores the lives and livelihoods of thriving creative entrepreneurs in the outdoor world. From interviews with globetrotting entrepreneurs to successful strategies to merge design and the environment, this incredible collaboration is sure to liven any living room.
Funded by Kickstarter, this 80,000 mile, 3-year project follows the story of Foster-Huntington who left his job in New York City, bought a van and hit the road. This book showcases his journey as well as the other #vanlife hippies he met along the way. Each page showcases a different van home and way of living on the road.
For anyone who has ever gotten lost in a photograph, this coffee table book is for you. This enchanting photo-collection features the Patagonia’s best shots over the years and the stories behind them. Winner of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, this wacky collection of stories and photos will keep you smiling.
Feeling inspired to plan your next journey? Whether you want to trek across the mountains in Norway, dive deep beneath the waves in Bonaire, or bike in Yosemite National Park, we are there for you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how your high school or middle school student can join us outdoors this summer.