National Geographic National Parks App for iOS


Today is Earth Day. A day when we’re supposed to turn off our electronic devices, and get outside and enjoy our planet. I know a lot of you iPhone users are probably saying, “Yeah, right!”. Well, at least take a look at this new app called National Parks, from National Geographic.

This new app is a great way to explore the US national parks, if you can’t get there yourself. Coming from National Geographic, you know it’s going to have some great photography to show off. All the parks featured have GPS coordinates, so you know exactly where you’re going, if you’re planning a trip. The app lists some of the popular activities for each park, and also lists some little known things to do, if you want veer off the mainstream.

National Geographic presents a new, beautiful, and interactive guide to the national parks with a new app for iPhone. Whether you are seeking inspiration and planning your next trip or you’re looking for the ultimate in utility, National Geographic has everything you need to explore the U.S. national parks at your fingertips.

– 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
– And much, much more!

Each park guide has all the information you’ll need to know before you go (or get while you’re there!): local time, weather, how to get there, when to go, where to camp or stay, what to do, what to see, and so much more. Plus, each park guide comes with a custom-designed stamp—collect one at each park you visit.

National Geographic is known for its photography, and this app is no different. Explore the parks—from Joshua Tree to the Everglades, from Acadia to Zion—through spectacular images and never-before-seen vintage shots. Plus, learn how to re-create the best photos from the experts: National Geographic photographers.


This app is gorgeous to look at, but I did have a couple of things that put me off. The app itself is free and you can download one park guide for free, but additional park guides will cost you $1.99, via in-app purchase. If you plan to visit all the parks, it’s going to cost you quite a bit. Also, no Canadian National Parks are featured. Maybe this will be coming in a future update, but I wish this initial release featured at least some Canadian parks.

The National Geographic National Parks app is available for free in the App Store, now.

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