Best Apps for Visiting National Parks in US or Canada

Explore your wonderful National Parks with some help from your smartphone

Travel Tech expert

Let’s take a look at some of the best National Park apps that can help you make the most of your visit to a US or Canadian National Park.

National Parks by National Geographic

National Parks by National Geographic Screenshots — Photo courtesy of National Parks by National Geographic

This fantastic, interactive guide covers 20 of the most popular National Parks in the US, including Yellowstone, Shenandoah, and Yosemite. National Geographic is well-known for quality photos and a high standard or professionalism and that really comes across in this app. You’ll find interactive maps, GPS-tagged points of interest, suggestions about must-sees and must-dos, and a whole lot more. The basic app is free but individual guides for each park cost $1.99 as in-app purchases. This app is only available for the iPhone and iPad.

Download for iOS

Chimani National Parks

Chimani National Parks Screenshots — Photo courtesy of Chimani National Parks

You’ll find individual add-ons for 383 US National Parks in this app. You can download maps with unique points of interest, you can access audio tours, and you can find great photos. There are also handy descriptions of the best hiking trails and locations for all the restrooms, other facilities, and attractions on offer. Make sure you download the specific unit for the park you are interested in before you go.

Download for Android

Download for iOS

Parks Canada Learn to Camp

Parks Canada Learn to Camp Screenshots — Photo courtesy of Parks Canada Learn to Camp

If you plan on visiting a Canadian National Park, from Banff to Elk Island, then you’ll find this a useful app. It’s really a guide for newbie campers and it includes a checklist and tips on camping out and cooking in the great outdoors. You’ll also find photos and information on Canada’s 42 National Parks along with tips from experienced campers and people who work there.

Download for Android

Download for iOS

About Simon Hill

Simon Hill is a smartphone expert, as well as the Edinburgh Local Expert for 10Best. He covers apps and mobile technology for a number of websites and magazines. 

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