Recreation.gov, the interagency website that guides visitors to 90,000 sites on federal lands such as national parks, wildlife refuges, waterways, forests, and recreation areas, has a new look with expanded content and improved navigation tools.
The redesign is an initial step in a multi-year strategy to engage visitors with enhanced interactive content and more multimedia, mobile, trip-planning tools, according to a doi.gov news release.
The seven million visitors who use the web site every year will be able to make reservations, see ready-made itineraries for destination cities, and search for activities on an interactive map.
“Tourism and outdoor recreation are powerful economic engines in communities across the country,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said.
“With the redesign of Recreation.gov, we are making it easier for people to plan trips, find outdoor adventures, and explore activities at our public lands across the country.”
“Outdoor activities contribute an estimated $646 billion to the U.S. economy, according to independent estimates, and this enhanced website will provide a gateway for Americans to enjoy their great outdoors,” Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
“If we can provide visitors both here and abroad easily accessible information and itineraries at the click of a mouse, we will increase the number of people who choose to vacation and travel in the United States,” Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank said.
“From hotels to restaurants to taxis, small businesses across the nation stand to benefit from this new website.”
“Recreation.gov is a ‘one-stop’ website to find places that close to home for a day’s fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, and much more. There are so many sites within a short drive of urban areas that people don’t know about,” Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said.
“At Recreation.gov people can find parks, swimming beaches, boat ramps, and other places to get away to for a few hours, days, or weeks.”
Highlights of the updated site include:
Branding and Navigation: An updated logo and new look and feel have been created to reflect the evolution and future vision for Recreation.gov. Navigation links from the home page and throughout the content have been added to make it easier to find activities and places of interest.
Explore Trip Ideas: Recreation.gov now features Explore Trip Ideas with interactive maps to help visitors discover points-of-interest on public lands when planning trips to popular destination cities like Atlanta, Miami, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and more.
Go Lists: Created to encourage more people to get active outdoors, Go Lists provide highlights of places to go, events, and activities at federal sites across the country with topics including “Day Hikes for Weekend Warriors” and “Civil War 150th Anniversary: Places and Events that Shaped Our Nation.”
Discover Great American Adventures: More in-depth articles and destination spotlights can be found in Discover Great American Adventures which feature a wide variety of experiences and adventures found only in America.
This new evolution of Recreation.gov is just the beginning of a multi-year strategy aimed at delivering an enriched customer experience by engaging visitors with enhanced interactive content, more multimedia, mobile, and a variety of helpful trip-planning tools.
The Recreation.gov website update is a joint initiative between federal agency partners that include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, National Archives and Records Administration, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Recreation.gov is your gateway to discover America’s Outdoors and more!
Recreation.gov is your one-stop shop for trip planning, information sharing, and reservations brought to you by 12 federal Participating Partners. Seven of these partner agencies including the Army Corps of Engineers, Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Archives, offer advance reservations at 2,500 federal areas for over 60,000 facilities and activities.
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There is something very special about the natural world, and each trip outdoors is like an unfinished book just waiting for you to write your own chapter.