Rand McNally Releases Significant Enhancement to RV GPS App

Rand McNally released a significant update to its highly rated RV GPS app, the first such iOS application for iPad designed for navigating recreational vehicles.

rvgps_ipad_splashThe RV GPS app routing considers road, bridge, and tunnel restrictions for propane -on –board, as well as RV-prohibited roads.

In the release, available to all current users, Rand McNally has included significant new features that allow drivers to choose between a primary and alternate route, manage and track fuel costs, and easily search for local information, according to a company news release.

Following is a rundown of the new features:

Real-time fuel prices and logs: With market-leading fuel price data, this feature provides diesel and gas prices at stops along a route or near any location. Fuel prices and fuel stop icons can be shown on the map and in list format, viewable by brand, price, or distance to location. Additionally, the feature includes fuel logs that automatically calculate fuel economy for a route, and can be viewed by month and by quarter.

Integrated local search: This feature expands the ability to find points of interest on the device, using a keyword search, such as ‘burger’ or a category or business name. Once a location is found the app shows a description, address, and phone number. With one tap, an RV-specific route to that location is generated.

Compare Routes: It’s great to have options. Compare Routes provides a primary route and a reasonable alternate, allowing the driver to choose. Both routes are presented on a map for quick review.

In addition to new features, the release includes a full road map update for the U.S. and Canada.

rvgps_app_4_lgThe update includes:

52,000 changes that impact RV routing, including enhancements to parkways, weight restriction and vertical clearance updates.

Significantly enhanced speed limit information.

Updates and additions to numerous points of interest important to RVers such as commercial campgrounds and ratings; overnight parking information; dealer and repair locations; rest areas with RV-friendly parking; dump stations and RV-friendly travel centers.

17,000 new roadside attractions and Rand McNally’s Best of the Road finalist towns.

An updated Road Atlas e-book, as part of the app.

The RV GPS App is rated more than four stars on the iTunes store, and is compatible with iOS 4.0 and higher.

Turn-by-turn navigation is enabled for iPad cellular models, but requires a GPS accessory for Wi-Fi only models.


Rand McNally

Rand McNally is the most trusted source for maps, directions, and travel content.

rvgps_app_5_lgRand McNally’s products and services include road travel review site (bestoftheroad),  interactive travel referral service (tripology), America’s #1 Road Atlas, TripMaker RVND GPS for RVers, IntelliRoute truck routing software and mobile communication solutions for the transportation industry, and the leading geography-based educational resources for the classroom.

Consumers, businesses, truckers, and educators depend upon Rand McNally to help navigate today’s world.

Address: 9855 Woods Drive Skokie, IL 60077

Phone: (800) 333-0136

Website: randmcnally.com

Best of RVing website: bestoftheroad.com/rv

Best of the Road websitebestoftheroad.com

Tripology website: tripology.com/

Lifetime Maps program websiterandmcnally.com/lifetimemaps

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I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.

—Daniel Boone

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Forest Service Now Offers Digital Maps for Mobile Devices

The U.S. Forest Service now offers access to a variety of visitor maps for people using Android and iOS devices.

download (1)“This mobile app makes it easier than ever to plan your visit to a national forest or grassland,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, in a news release.

“By putting important forest information right at your fingertips, it will encourage more Americans to get outside and explore their forests.”

The digital maps are part of USDA’s work toward reaching President Obama’s initiative to create a paperless government that also provides the American public with better, more accessible information.

Online customer surveys also indicated a desire for more online products and information, such as maps.

The Forest Service is currently working on the first phase of a website redesign, expected to debut early in 2014, which centers on a map-based tool for planning trips onto our nation’s forests, grasslands, and other special places.

The PDF Maps Mobile App, developed by Avenza Systems Inc., is available as a free download from iTunes and the Android Play Store. The app provides access to Forest Service maps, such as motor-vehicle-use maps, which are free while pages from national forest atlases are 99 cents and forest visitor maps are $4.99. Prices are pending for other agency maps.

pdfmaps-header-gwf2The maps are geo-referenced with the user’s location appearing as a blue dot. The app works on iPhones (3GS or newer) and iPads with WiFi+3G. It also works with Android 4 or newer operating systems on devices with at least 1 gigabyte of memory.

Through the app, users can purchase and download professionally created maps that are stored on their devices. They can use the maps based on their location when GPS is available. The maps also will allow users to measure distance and area, find coordinates, open a current view in Google maps, plot place marks, add notes, enter their own data, and add photos as attributes. Almost 700 Forest Service maps are available through the app.

In areas of national forests and grasslands where Internet connections are unavailable, the app and static maps work well if users download the maps prior to their visit. The apps and maps also will be useful for wildland firefighters.

In geographic areas with Internet availability users will be able to use the products with live data. The interactive map is expected to be available on a limited basis starting in March 2014.

Forest Service Now Offers Digital Maps for Mobile Devices
Forest Service Now Offers Digital Maps for Mobile Devices

Paper maps are still available for purchase online at the National Forest Store.

The Forest Service differs from other federal government agencies in how the Forest Visitor map is funded. The Agriculture Adjustment Act of 1938 calls for the sale of maps as the funding mechanism to revise and produce maps for the public. In 1999 the Act was amended to include products available through the web as “geo-referenced data.”

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.

Forest Service Now Offers Digital Maps for Mobile Devices
Forest Service Now Offers Digital Maps for Mobile Devices


US Forest Service

Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands.

Address: 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-0003

Phone: (800) 832-1355 (toll free)

Website: fs.fed.us

Worth Pondering…

Millions of Americans each year use our national forests to go hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, swimming, horseback riding, and canoeing.
—Ric Keller

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3 Guidelines in Preparing Your RV for a Natural Disaster

A sudden storm or other natural disaster can turn an enjoyable RV adventure into a nightmare.

3 Guidelines in Preparing Your RV for a Natural Disaster
3 Guidelines in Preparing Your RV for a Natural Disaster

While you can’t control the weather, there are a couple of easy things you can do ensure you and your RV are ready for almost anything Mother Nature throws at you, according to a Blue Sky Energy news release.

By following these three guidelines RVers can rest easier whatever the weather may be:

1. Download a mobile app for disaster alert notifications

The best preparation for a disaster is to have as much pre-warning as possible. Sometimes an alert just a few minutes before disaster hits can be the difference between safely riding out a storm and being stranded in the middle of it.

While nearly every RV comes equipped with an AM/FM radio and many of us have smart phones with Internet access, these tools are only useful if you are actively using them to tune into emergency alert systems. By downloading apps like CodeRED you can get up-to-the-minute alerts about impending disasters sent to your phone.

There are two main features to look for when choosing a mobile app for disaster alerts. First, make sure it can easily update which alerts you receive based on your location. The other key feature is the app’s ability to turn on your phone to push out an alert in the case of severe or sudden disaster.

2. Maintain a fully stocked survival kit in your RV

3 Guidelines in Preparing Your RV for a Natural Disaster
3 Guidelines in Preparing Your RV for a Natural Disaster

Sometimes you just can’t avoid a crisis which is why you should always have a survival kit packed with basic supplies. There are hundreds of survival kit lists out there which outline everything you could possibly need, but the essentials to keep on hand in case of emergencies include: a minimum of one gallon of water per person per day; food packets that don’t require water, heat, or refrigeration; water filter; first aid kit; lighter or matches; whistle; high-visibility vest; and lanterns or flashlights.

The good news about being in your RV when a disaster strikes is you probably have most of the essentials already with you like a basic tool kit, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, traction aids, and road flares.

3. Equip your RV with multiple forms of power generation

Ensure you have multiple ways to power your RV. Having your own power source is mission critical when you cannot access a campground electrical pedestal. A gas or diesel generator can be a good solution and comes standard in many RVs.

Solar panels have dropped significantly in cost over the past few years while their efficiency and reliability have improved, making them a safe and affordable way to obtain off-grid power.

There are two keys to receiving the maximum solar power from your limited roof space. It is important to install the highest efficiency panels you can; they tend to have a slight price premium, but in the end you’ll be happy you made the right call when you’re stuck somewhere. To ensure your battery system gets all the power that your panels can produce, you need a maximum power point tracking (MPPT) charge controller.

Since solar panels produce power at a higher voltage than batteries can handle, batteries simply don’t harvest all the power produced. In fact, your solar system can lose up to 30 percent of the power output from panels since the panels are operating at a different voltage than that of your batteries. An MPPT charge controller ensures your battery harvests all the power from your panels by correcting for this voltage difference.

3 Guidelines in Preparing Your RV for a Natural Disaster
3 Guidelines in Preparing Your RV for a Natural Disaster

These steps take a little bit of planning upfront, but if you start preparing now you’ll be safe and comfortable in your RV regardless of the weather.


Blue Sky Energy

Blue Sky Energy is an off-grid solar solutions provider. It offers the largest collection of small, military standard-certified MPPT charge controllers, pairing dynamic solutions with unsurpassed quality and reliability.

Fifteen years after introducing the first MPPT product to the clean energy community, Blue Sky Energy maintains its commitment to excellence in personalized customer service, philanthropy, and international relations with distribution to over 33 countries worldwide.

Address: 2598 Fortune Way, Suite K, Vista, CA 92081

Phone: (760) 597-1642 or (800) 493-7877 (toll free)

Website: blueskyenergyinc.com

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Chimani Announces 5 New National Parks Mobile Apps

Chimani announces a range of products and new features to enhance national park visitors experiences while in the parks.

ChimaniLogo_tagline1The announcement coincides with the celebration of this year’s National Park Week, which runs from April 22-26.

In honor of each of the five days of National Park Week a new park app will be released for each day. The new Chimani mobile apps include Grand Teton National Park, Glacier National Park, Olympic National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, and Bryce Canyon National Park.

These, as well as all other Chimani apps, will be available for free on Apple iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon AppStore starting Monday, April 22—the first day of National Park Week.

Each app delivers constantly updated content, detailed maps, ranger-led event schedules, auto touring points of interest, hiking details, restroom locations, free shuttle bus schedules, and breaking news alerts.

Users can also view sunset and sunrise times for the most memorable scenic overlooks, access tide schedules along the coast, review lodging options, and more. Each Chimani app is designed to work without a cell phone signal.

Chimani’s Viewport Augmented Reality Tool
Chimani’s new Viewport tool—a augmented reality viewer available as a $1.99 in-app purchase—allows users to access an entirely new layer of information as part of their park experience.

Chamani_GoogleMkt“Whether it’s the South Rim of the Grand Canyon or Glacier Point in Yosemite, visitors often overlook the richness that surrounds these dramatic viewpoints,” says Kerry Gallivan, CEO/co-founder of Chimani.

“Using Chimani’s Viewport tool, visitors can pan around the scenic outlook and identify points of interest which are often left undiscovered. It is yet another Chimani tool that allows visitors to get the most of their park experience,” says Gallivan.

Cell phone signals are poor and non-existent in most national parks therefore Chimani apps are designed to function without any type of data connection. This ability also applies to the new Chimani augmented reality viewer—visitors can be in the most remote corners of a park and still discover new points of interest.

Crowd-sourced Topographic Maps
Chimani continues its innovation in mobile mapping technology for the outdoors by introducing topographic maps based on data from Openstreetmaps.org—the largest online mapping project in the world. Chimani is now able to produce rich topographic maps which are updated monthly with the most recent data available for park visitors.

“Chimani users are now able to actively contribute to the national park community and help build better geo-spatial data for each of the parks,” says Gallivan.

“A great example of this is Openstreetmaps.org’s user Tomthepom who spent the winter meticulously editing the park data within Grand Canyon. Thanks to Tom, the data found within the Chimani maps is the most detailed and up-to-date available anywhere—digital or print.”

Many visitors don’t realize how often trail data changes so having access to the latest details helps enhance the park experience.

Social-sharing using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology
For the Android versions of the apps, Chimani has introduced a beta feature of a social-sharing tool that uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to connect with other Chimani users and share contact information.

chimani1“We modeled this feature after the tradition on the Appalachian Trail of exchanging something with people that you meet on the trail,” says Gallivan.

By touching two Android phones together, the users profile is exchanged using NFC. No cell phone signal is required and when the exchange occurs within a particular park, a unique badge is unlocked between users as a bonus.

Chimani Suite of National Park Apps
The Chimani suite of national park apps include 14 of the most visited national parks in the United States. These include Acadia National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Olympic National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park, and the National Parks app—which is a virtual passport tool for all the National Park Service units.

Each of the national park apps delivers constantly updated content, ranger-led event schedules, auto touring points of interest, hiking details, restroom locations, free shuttle bus schedules, and breaking news alerts. Users can also view sunset and sunrise times for the most memorable scenic overlooks, access tide schedules along the coast, review lodging options, and much, much more.

The Chimani apps are available for the iPhone, iPad, Amazon Kindle, and Android devices. They can be downloaded directly from Apple’s iTunes App Store, Google Play, and Amazon AppStore (keyword: “chimani”).


Chimani, LLC
Located along the rocky coast of Maine, Chimani has become a leading developer of mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android. Chimani is comprised of a small group of developers who are passionate about helping people get the most out their outdoor adventures. Founded by Kerry Gallivan in January 2010, Chimani apps have totaled over 450,000 downloads and rank No. 1 in each of the major app marketplaces for individual parks.

Chimani home_iphones_natlparks2012Chimani is short for the Chimanimani Mountains National Park in Zimbabwe.

Phone: (207) 221-0266

Website: chimani.com

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Rand McNally Release RV Dealer & Service Locator App for RVers

Rand McNally and the National RV Dealers Association (RVDA) announces the release of the “RVDA Dealer Locator” app, providing RVers a simple way to find RV dealers and service providers across a variety of platforms.

The information, available for Android and iOS platforms, also is available via Rand McNally’s online maps and directions, as well as on board Rand McNally’s RVND GPS, the first GPS designed specifically for RVers, according to a news release.

The app, powered by Rand McNally’s Best of the Road online platform, enables RVers to quickly access a listing of nearby RVDA member dealers across the U.S. and Canada. Each listing includes critical information such as location, contact information, and RVDA service certifications.

In the future, the app also will provide up-to-the-minute deals and specials available at dealer and service locations.

The information will be available on Rand McNally’s RVND GPS units shipping next month and as a download for current owners of the product.

RVDA member dealers will be able to easily update their entries via a password-protected online administrative tool specifically designed for the program. Updates flow on a regular basis to all products and applications.

“This app will be extremely beneficial to our members and allow RVers to quickly find a quality dealership and service provider at the touch of their fingertips on their smart phone, Rand McNally RV GPS device, or online,” stated RVDA Chairman of the Board Andy Heck of Alpin Haus, in Amsterdam, New York.

Rand McNally RVND-7720

“Our members will find it easy to update information about their dealerships by using a new password-protected online portal.”

In addition, RVDA dealer information will be integrated into Rand McNally’s Best of the Road “Best of RVing” microsite, and into maps and directions on randmcnally.com.

Best of RVing launched in May, provides content designed to engage and inspire RVers, offering a variety of information for the experienced and novice RVers.

“Now RVers will have quick access to RVDA members’ top-tier service locations whether they are planning their trip or on the road in an emergency situation,” said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally.

“Our Rand McNally RV GPS users as well as RVers using the mobile app or online maps will be able to access dealer data easily.”

The new app was showcased last week at RVDA’s Convention/Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 1-4, 2012.


Rand McNally

Rand McNally is the most trusted source for maps, directions, and travel content.

Rand McNally’s products and services include road travel review site (bestoftheroad),  interactive travel referral service (tripology), America’s #1 Road Atlas, TripMaker RVND GPS for RVers, IntelliRoute truck routing software and mobile communication solutions for the transportation industry, and the leading geography-based educational resources for the classroom.

Consumers, businesses, truckers, and educators depend upon Rand McNally to help navigate today’s world.

Address: 9855 Woods Drive Skokie, Illinois 60077

Phone: (800) 333-0136

Website: randmcnally.com

Best of RVing website: bestoftheroad.com/rv

Best of the Road website: bestoftheroad.com

Tripology website: tripology.com

National RV Dealers Association (RVDA)

RVDA is the national association representing RV retailers. The association’s members include RV dealers, RV rental operators, and RV AfterMarket sales and service locations.

Address: 3930 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030-2515

Phone: (703) 591-7130

Website: www.rvda.org

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Every exit is an entry somewhere else.
—Tom Stoppard

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MapMuse Announces 2012 Update to State Parks Locator

MapMuse announces a 2012 data update to its State Parks Locator, a popular app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that connects outdoor enthusiasts with state parks across America.

The app now features nearly 3,200 parks that users can locate, learn about, and contact.

“Over 700 million people in the U.S. visit state parks every year,” says MapMuse owner Mike Pilon.

“We’re hoping the State Parks Locator increases that number.”

Built on an interactive map populated with icons representing each park, the app allows user to browse parks near their hometown or search for ones far and wide.

Tapping a park’s icon loads its profile page, which is packed with helpful visitor’s information such as headquarter contact details, history, main attractions, web links, Wikipedia links, and photos.

Once a user finds a park they’d like to visit, they can get instant in-app driving directions there via Google Maps, or call the visitor’s hotline via one-touch dialing for more information.

MapMuse Web Site State Parks Locator

“The goal of the app is to make it as easy as possible for users to get to these parks,” says Pilon.

Customer feedback to the State Parks Locator has been overwhelmingly positive so far, with over half of the submitted reviews on iTunes awarding it a perfect five-star rating. An increase in downloads is anticipated by MapMuse in the coming months as the weather warms and park explorers look for new places to visit.

Certain interactive features have been included in the app to engage the user base, including the abilities to suggest edits to the map (e.g. park openings and closures), and submit photos and reviews of locations visited.

“State Parks Locator is so much more than just a travel guide or a directory,” says Pilon.

“It’s a park review and photo sharing platform too.”

The State Parks Locator is available for download on the iTunes app store for $2.99.

A Droid version is currently in development, with a projected release coming later this summer.

Park explorers without mobile devices can access a free web version of the app on MapMuse’s website, which contains the same parks and data, but with less functionality (e.g. no mobile driving directions, dialing, etc.).



MapMuse Web Site State Parks Locator

Reston, Virginia-based MapMuse, an internet and app development company, is an experienced player in the outdoor resource locator market.

MapMuse has been creating leading edge mapping applications for major corporations since 2004, and also operates MapMuse.com which helps more than 1,000,000 visitors a month find places to live, work, learn, and play.

With the incredible growth of mobile internet services, MapMuse is now an iPhone developer offering extremely easy to use mapping applications on Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch devices.

In addition to the State Parks Locator, they’ve developed web maps and mobile apps for National Parks, National Recreation Sites, and National Historic and Nature Areas.

All of these topics can be added to the State Parks Locator map via in-app purchases.

Website: find.mapmuse.com

MapMuse State Parks Locator: find.mapmuse.com/state-parks

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I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.
—Susan Sontag

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ShopSmart Highlights Best Online Road-Trip Planners & Travel Apps

There are tons of online sites to help you plan your summer getaways this season, and the June 2012 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, highlights some of the best.

There are great road-trip planning websites and must-see travel apps that can help you plot your route, find fun adventures—even on a moment’s notice—and save you money.

“With the right websites and apps, this summer’s vacation planning can be a cinch!” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart.

“These tools can help you do everything from plan the perfect road-trip filled with attractions to nab a deal on a hotel room at the last minute.”

Road-Trip Planners

Best for mapping your route: AAA.com

You don’t have to be a member of the travel club to use this site’s helpful trip-planning tools (and TripTik app). Click on the travel tab to get started, then use the TripTiks to plan your adventure, including points of interest, with round-trip directions.

Cool tool: Look under “Member discounts” for hotel and meal deals.

Best for finding attractions: RoadTripAmerica.com

The site is loaded with tips on how to plan a great road trip, find roadside attractions, and budget fuel costs. The map-based trip planner has nine categories of attractions, including natural wonders, parks and recreation, and events, and it can tell you a little about each of them.

Cool tool: The Road Trip Compatibility Quiz analyzes how compatible you are with your trip mates.

Best for locating national parks and scenic byways: US-Parks.com

This site lists all the parks, including scenic, wide-open spaces in the West and historical East Coast attractions. It will alert you if a site has specific restrictions (no campfires, for example), and it will pinpoint nearby hotels and campgrounds.

Cool tool: The road-trip planner offers predetermined routes that allow you to take in several parks and monuments in one trip, depending on the time you have available.

Must-See Travel Apps

Best for helpful features: Booking.com

Prices are fairly standard on this app, but last-minute travelers will appreciate that you can filter results to see, for example, only pet-friendly hotels or those with free parking or an airport shuttle service.

Best for same-day hotel deals: Hotel Tonight

This easy-to-navigate app has lots of same-day hotel deals, and you can’t beat the prices. Deals show up at noon local time for each city on the app. Hotel Tonight categorizes hotels using its own labels: Luxe, Hip, Solid, Basic, and Charming.

Best for researching deals: Kayak

The app, like the website, allows you to search for days and months ahead of your trip. It shows you prices on hotels, flights, cars, tours, and other services all in one place; just be sure to compare prices with those at Hotels.com, Hotwire, and Orbitz. Kayak’s app generally offers the same deals as its site, but the other apps often beat its prices.


Consumers Digest Communications, LLC
Consumer Reports is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization.

Using more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center; the nonprofit organization rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website, and other publications.

Address: 520 Lake Cook Road, Suite 500, Deerfield, IL 60015

Website: consumersdigest.com

ShopSmart magazine

Launched by Consumer Reports in 2006, ShopSmart draws upon the publication’s tradition of accepting no advertisements and providing unbiased product reviews. ShopSmart features product reviews, shopping tips on how to get the most out of products, and “best of the best” lists. It’s ideal for busy shoppers who place a premium on time. ShopSmart has a newsstand price of $4.99 and is available nationwide at major retailers and through subscription.

Website: shopsmartmag.org

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The world is controlled by those who show up.

—George Allen

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Chimani Celebrates National Park Week with Free Apps

Chimani, LLC announced all iOS and Android national park apps will be free in celebration of National Park Week, which runs from April 21-29.

In order to reach its goal of one million downloads the apps will be free starting immediately—plenty of time to download the apps before next week’s celebration.

The Chimani national park apps normally sell for between $4.99-$9.99 each and have an average rating of 4½ stars.

“Last year we gave away over 100,000 apps during National Park Week—it was a huge success and we had less than a quarter of the apps we have today,” says Chimani President, Kerry Gallivan.

“Our goal to reach a million downloads and to encourage just as many people, especially children, to visit our national parks. Download them today, and visit the parks next week!”
The Chimani suite of national park apps include:

  • Acadia National Park
  • Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • National Parks app (a virtual passport tool for all the National Park Service units)

Chimani apps are your travel guide, map, audio tour and a whole lot more thrown into a single app.

Each of the national park apps are an indispensable resource for anyone exploring some of the nation’s most treasured national parks.

Each delivers constantly updated content, ranger led event schedules, auto touring points of interest, hiking details, restroom locations, free shuttle bus schedules, and breaking news alerts.

Users can also view sunset and sunrise times for the most memorable scenic overlooks, access tide schedules along the coast, review lodging options, and much, much more.

The Chimani iOS and Android apps can be downloaded directly from Apple’s iTunes App Store and the Android versions from Google Play (keyword: “chimani”).

National Parks app—a virtual passport for all National Parks
Create a virtual passport of your trip and access all the latest news on national parks.

The Chimani National Parks app allows users to create a virtual passport of their visits to any one of the 394 National Park System locations.

The app also features the option of accessing news provided by National Park Traveler and the National Park Service on a daily basis.

Whether it’s backcountry hiking in the Grand Tetons, rock climbing in Yosemite, or bicycling the carriage roads of Acadia—these apps are made from personal experience.

They are travel guides for starters, but you’ll find a lot more than that:

  • Sunrise/set data for a year
  • Tidal data for a year
  • Ranger-led Events for the entire season
  • Audio tour by a professional voiceover artist
  • Photos by a professional photographer


Chimani, LLC
Chimani, LLC was founded by Kerry Gallivan, in January 2010.

Chimani is short for the Chimanimani Mountains National Park in Zimbabwe.

Chimani is the leading developer of mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android designed to help visitors explore our national parks.

Website: chimani.com

Worth Pondering…
We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know that place for the first time.

— T. S. Eliot, Little Gidding

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