Free Mobile Apps Offer Travel Guides To America’s National Parks

Free Mobile Apps Offer Travel Guides To America’s National Parks


In case you hadn’t heard yet, 2016 marks the centennial year for America’s National Park Service. To celebrate, there a number of significant events scheduled to take place throughout the year, and a concerted effort is being made to get more people to visit these historical, and often naturally beautiful, places.

To help visitors get the most out of the parks this summer, app-maker Chimani has partnered with car-manufacturer Subaru to create a grand total of 59 new apps – one for each of the national parks. These new applications can help smartphone users plan their trips, discover things to do in the parks, check out photos of the landscapes that can be found there, share their adventures on social media, and even navigate even when they don’t have a cell signal.


Additionally, the new national park apps also serve as an impressive repository for information about each destination. For instance, the app dedicated to Yellowstone also offers written details on more than 500 points of interest, while the one for Yosemite comes with a 45-minute guided audio-tour by car. All of the apps allow the users to earn badges for visiting unique places throughout the park they are visiting as well, while also providing a list of ranger-led activities too. 

“As we enter the one hundredth year of the national parks, Subaru remains as committed as ever to help park visitors make the most of their trips to our national treasures, while also educating them on the need to keep them clean and beautiful for the next generation,” said Alan Bethke, senior vice president of marketing at Subaru of America. “Chimani is a terrific partner that offers Subaru the opportunity to do both through their new national park apps.”

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Each of the apps is available now on the AppStore, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore. You can find the one that corresponds to a specific park by simply searching by name. And the best part of all? Not only have these apps arrived just in time for summer, they’re also completely free.