This App Gives You the Rich Feeling of Being There
Get acquainted with U.S National Parks through National Geographic’s free, award-winning National Parks App for the iPhone.
Upon opening the app, you can choose from one of two navigation options: “Parks”, which immediately captures you through stunning, HD-quality photos accompanying each individual National Park selection, or “Map”, which pins your specific location along with all the National Parks on a full map of the U.S.
All of the pictures in the “Parks” tab are incredibly beautiful, so your first selection may just have to be randomly chosen with a simple touch (I picked Mount Rainier in Washington). Mount Rainier’s photo, a majestic display of beautiful foothills covered in abundant wildflowers, expanded upon my selection and two more photos of the park become available for me to glide through. In a small side box, the current weather at that park was displayed along with stats like park size, local time and annual visitors. I scrolled down a bit to find more detailed “Park Info” like contact information, entrance fees and pet regulations. I also came across “Camping and Lodging” options, which conveniently listed and mapped nearby campgrounds, as well as a link to the park’s official Twitter feed for the absolute latest on news and events. If you happen to be traveling to one of these parks or you’d simply like to learn even more, click on “Get the Guide”, a button that’s easy to see on every park’s main page. These free, comprehensive downloadable guides share photo tips, park “secrets’ like unique facts and cool stats as well as things to see and do on your visit.