September 19, 2017

National Park Week: 5 Must-Have iPhone Apps

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National Park Week is just a few weeks away (April 21-29), meaning free admission to our national parks all week long. It’s such a great opportunity to get outside, take the kids hiking, enjoy the Junior Ranger programs, and explore nature after being cooped up all winter long. Before you head out, make sure to grab one or more of these must-have iPhone apps to make your next visit to a national park even more of an adventure.

National Parks Companion ($.99): This fabulous app provides details on more than 500 parks, monuments and historic sites that fall under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. You’ll find photos, fees and phone numbers, as well as links to the official park websites. Use the “My Visited Parks” section to keep track of every park you visit.

National Park Maps HD ($3.99): Plan your next trip to a national park by browsing the maps and marking your favorite places. You can then use your iPhone to help you navigate around the park. You’ll find maps for 15 popular national parks, including Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon and Mount Ranier. The app also features detailed trail maps, campground lists and offline access (maps work without a cell or wi-fi connection, which is a bonus).

National Parks USA (free): This is a great app to have on your iPhone if you want to see the parks before you see the parks. You can view caves, fields, mountains and lakes, but you won’t find any specifics on any of the national parks. It’s nice eye candy if you just want to get your national parks fix when you can’t break away to experience the national parks yourself.

Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder (free): Download this free app to your iPhone to be able to find the nearest parks with the activities you want to do anytime from wherever you are. More than national parks, this app includes state parks, national forests and wildlife refuges. Choose from 20 different activity categories, like hunting, fishing and boating. You can also get directions, phone numbers and websites right from the app.

Passport to Your National Parks (free): I wrote about the fantastic Passport to Your National Parks program last summer as a great way to extend your national parks experience by collecting stamps in a passport book. Well, now a free companion iPhone app is available to help you find passport stamp cancellations stations, as well as mark parks you’d like to visit, add photos and captions, and view park maps and websites.

Do you have any favorite national parks that you like to visit as a family? Let me know in the comments. I can’t wait to take the kids out hiking this year now that all of them are big enough for a family hike!

Photo Credit: Al_HikesAZ

Comments

  1. Great resources here — I just pinned this to my Pinterest “travel apps” board! I’m the new travel app reviewer for appSmitten.com, so I’m always on the look-out for good ones.

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