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National Geographic Celebrates National Parks Week With Five New Park Guides

You probably already know that today is Earth Day. In honor of the environmentally conscience holiday, we recently updated our Green Apps and Earth Day Apps lists. But, did you also know that this is National Parks Week? To celebrate, National Geographic has added five new park guides to its National Parks app. National Parks by National Geographic is an interactive guide to the top 25 U.S. national parks. It includes photo galleries, visitor information, maps, and more. You can even collect virtual national park stamps for your park passport. National Geographic recently updated their app to include five new national parks, including Big Bend in Texas, Denali in Alaska, Canyonlands in Utah, Badlands in South Dakota, and Hot Springs in Arkansas. Each park guide includes:
  • Global and interactive map views with filtering by activity and seasonality
  • Personalized user space to track your favorite parks, activities, itineraries, photos, and more
  • Thousands of points of interest, all tagged with GPS coordinates for easy planning and locating
  • The top must-sees and must-dos for each park, curated by National Geographic editors
  • Stunning photo galleries for each park, plus rare vintage images from the National Geographic Archive
  • Photo tips from National Geographic photographers
  • Sharing through Facebook, email, and Twitter
  • Collectible park stamps
You can explore parks near you, read about the best hikes from the Editor’s Pick, add favorites, mark which parks you’ve been to, and add which ones you plan to visit. When you find a park you are interested in, you can find out about their hours of operation, including seasonal closures, and book a camping spot, or just call for more information. To celebrate National Parks Week, we’ve tracked down a couple of additional apps that will help you plan your next trip to your favorite park.

Chimani offers a selection of apps dedicated to individual national parks. The developers recently launched six new apps and have added an augmented reality feature called “Viewport” that can be added for $1.99 through an in-app purchase. All of Chimani’s apps feature beautiful photos and information on camping, weather, maps, and more. You can also download the Chimani National Parks app to see a list of all of the 401 national parks in the United States.

Of course, if you can’t travel to your favorite national parks this week, you can bring them to you with Fotopedia National Parks. This app offers 3,000 photographs from renowned wildlife photographer QT Luong. You can immerse yourself in the app’s rich scenery, point-of-interest descriptions, and interactive slideshows. Be sure to check out these great apps and plan your next visit to one of America’s national parks this week.
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