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Abrams' colorful series of useful, charming books celebrates the essence of each of the 50 United States. Each delightful book pictures and describes what is exceptional about a state -- its natural wonders, historical and cultural milestones, and industrial innovations -- and profiles the explorers, artists, writers, and personalities who shaped each state's distinctive heritage. Illustrated with fine and folk art, architecture, maps, memorabilia, and photographs of people and places, every book presents: -- Official state symbols -- Native American arts -- Musical traditions -- Roadside attractions -- Indigenous recipes -- Perennial calendar of statewide events -- List of museums and historical societies -- List of important tourist destinations