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The National Park Service has a new app that simplifies trip planning for travelers. Previously, there were individual downloads for 31 of the park locations. The new app includes all 423 destinations. Park enthusiasts can view nearby parks based on their location or search by site and state.

Based on current reviews users are impressed with the current features and functionality. The app was created by Park Service staff. Content and park details are provided by Park rangers ensuring that information will be accurate and relevant.

One of the key features of the app is the ability to download maps for any of the 420+ locations. The maps include points of interest and information to help users plan their routes and make the most of their trip. They can also be accessed offline which is a game-changer when exploring areas with no cell reception.

The app is filled with useful and fun features that inform as well as entertain. When the app is initially opened it allows the option of location sharing. Once confirmed, it opens up with a listing of the closest National Parks to your location. This page also features favorites, my lists, visited, news, events, and webcams.

Scrolling down on the main page it shows recently viewed locations, featured locations, today’s news, and today’s events. This initial view is well-designed and practical. It is also fully customizable so users can create a page that is unique to their needs.

The Audio description feature is a great accessibility inclusion. Audio description assists the blind and visually impaired with points of interest and interpretive exhibits at the parks. Places that utilize the accessibility function are included in the maps and other location highlights. This feature will enrich the experience of the vision impaired with the ability to plan specifically to their needs.

Some other cool features are audio tours, virtual postcards, and passport stamps. The webcam has live views of various parks. It gives information on current weather, air quality, and mapping capability. There are currently 137 webcam locations available to view.

Overall, the National Park Service app is the perfect tool for park enthusiasts. Users can download the free beta version from iTunes or Google Play