While there may not be many people going out right now in the midst of a pandemic, there is still a need to safely go to the parks from time to time. We still need fresh air and maybe a little outdoor exercise and if we practice basic health protocols, parks are a good place to visit. If you are not familiar with which ones are in your area, there is now an app for that. The National Park Service has released a unified app for all national parks and landmarks in the US.
Of course, many of the national parks already have their own individual apps, but having a single app where you can get all the information you need is probably for the best. The application called National Park Service will allow you to access all the details of each of the properties managed by the organization. Right now there are more than 420 national parks that they are managing.
Within the app, you’ll be able to view detailed interactive maps, tours of the parks in case you can’t go in person, things to do there, as well as general information including things like hours of operation, accessibility, food, restrooms. , shopping, etc. You can also download the content of the specific parks you frequent so that you can access them online. There is also a way to create and share virtual postcards with your loved ones.
The Park Tours feature will guide you to some of the most interesting parts of the park, including popular destinations and those that are off the beaten path (maybe literally). You also get the latest news, alerts, and events that are happening in specific parks. There may not be a lot going on now, but hopefully when things open up again we will be able to attend the events in the national parks.
You can download the National Park Service app from the Google Play Store free. Some of the parks you’ll find in the app include Acadia, Arches, Big Bend, Bryce Canyon, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Everglades, Glacier, Golden Gate, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Great Smokies, Joshua Tree, Mammoth Cave, Mount Rainier , Mount Rushmore, Olympic, Redwoods, Rocky Mountain, Sequoia and King Canyon, Shenandoah, Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Zion.