Forces us to consider how profoundly tourism changed Colorado and America and to grapple with both the potential and the problems of our familiar ways of relating to environment, nature, and place
List of Illustrations Foreword: At Home and at Play in the High Country by William Cronon Introduction: Seeing Like a Tourist 1. Selling the Scene 2. The Roads Nature Made? 3. Our Big Backyard 4. Blueprints for Action 5. The John Denver Tenor Conclusion: How Tourism Took Place Notes Bibliography Acknowledgments Index
William Philpott teaches history at the University of Denver.
"This history of the Colorado high country and the I-70 corridor will be indispensable in understanding how consumer culture and tourism shaped environmental politics and postwar landscapes. Vacationland is a smart analysis that's thoroughly researched and also fun to read." Annie Gilbert Coleman, author of Ski Style: Sport and Culture in the Rockies "Written in a lively style and peopled by characters like balladeer John Denver and gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, Vacationland is a must-read for those interested in the environmental movement, modern tourism, and the power of the state in building the twentieth-century West." Susan S. Rugh, author of Are We There Yet? The Golden Age of American Family Vacations "Vacationland is a wonderfully written book that brings new insights to environmental and Western history by emphasizing how modern tourism redefined Americans' sense of place. 'Vacationland' is more than the resorts to which we travel; it is also the place we call home." John M. Findlay, co-author of Atomic Frontier Days: Hanford and the American West