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The best apps for visiting national parks

These three apps will help you get the most out of your trip to Yellowstone, Yosemite, or hundreds of other parks.


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Posted on Jun 29, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 1:20 am CDT


It wasn’t long ago that a trip to a national park meant packing books, paper maps, a guide to help identify plants and wildlife, and tools like a compass. Now apps can help with all these things. 

Perhaps the best national parks app for the United States is the free National Parks by National Geographic guide, which has the high production values we have come to expect from National Geographic. It has lush photography, well-written text and is easy to use, thanks to well-designed menus. 

Read the full story in the New York Times

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*First Published: Jun 29, 2014, 11:29 am CDT