Grand Canyon Walking Tour App
Geographic West, an online magazine dedicated to presenting the beauty of the western United States, announced that it has released its first apps for Apple and Android smartphones at their respective app stores. The Grand Canyon Walking Tour app is a point-by-point descriptive and photo tour of the Grand Canyon South Rim. It highlights the popular South Rim Trail, including some of the best sites for taking photographs; dining; accommodations; and shop locations.
Grand Canyon National Park is visited by more than 5 million people from around the world each year.
Included will be regular “push” updates from the ever-changing calendar of events, and listings of each of the shuttle bus stops and access points, as well as easy-to-read graphics and smooth navigation.
The Grand Canyon Walking Tour app is part of the expanding services from Geographic West. Similar apps for Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks and Lake Tahoe are under development and are expected to be available in late summer or early fall.
For more information, visit www.geographicwest.com.
RV Safety & Education Foundation Launches New Web Site
The RV Safety & Education Foundation (RVSEF) recently launched its new and improved Web site, which can be found at www.rvsafety.com. According to executive director Walter Cannon, the redesigned site is easier to navigate for quicker access to RVSEF’s entire library of articles, tips, videos, and other safety-related RV information.
Numerous pages dedicated to the annual RVSEF Lifestyle Education & Safety Conference provide details about the classes offered, the schedule, the faculty members who will be attending, and more. Other safety programs offered by RVSEF and presented at various venues across the country, including FMCA Family Reunions, are also listed.
RVers looking for accurate tire inflation information can find quick links to all inflation charts and tables for Michelin, Goodyear, and Bridgestone/Firestone tires.
RVSEF is dedicated to providing professional and objective RV education with a focus on consumer safety and lifestyle enhancement. This foundation is supported solely by corporate sponsorships and individual donors who are interested in the safety and welfare of the RVing public, as well as the health of the RV industry.
Wildflower Map Available From U.S. Forest Service
The U.S. Forest Service has released an updated online wildflower map with hundreds of locations in national forests for prime wildflower viewing, making it easier than ever to enjoy America’s great outdoors. The map is part of the agency’s Celebrating Wildflowers Web site (www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/index.shtml), which includes more than 10,000 plant images and information about the aesthetic, recreational, biological, medicinal, and economic values of native plants. Feature sections focus on the role of pollinators, overviews of flower types, and spotlights on rare and interesting plant communities.
The wildflower map includes 317 wildflower-viewing areas on National Forest System lands and can be referenced by specific states, individual national forests, and geographic regions.
A narrative for each location describes the viewing area’s botanical habitat, the types of wildflowers that can be found by season, and recommendations for the best time of year to visit. Information about animal habitats, insect or plant cautions, clothing recommendations, and traffic and parking tips are included. Directions to the site, the closest town, and contacts for more information also are offered.
In addition, the Web site includes a Just For Kids section with wildlife-related activities; a link that features coloring pages to print out; a vocabulary list to help kids learn more about nature; and a series of word search games.
Web Site Helps Travelers Save At America’s Attractions
With summer travel season well under way, RVers have plenty of opportunities to visit attractions at various destinations. To save a little money along the way, visit Couponsforfun.com.
Printable coupons are available for theme parks and water parks, cave adventures, and outdoor activities, as well as fine arts, science, technology, railway, sports, Western, or other museums. There are savings at historic homes, presidential libraries, state parks, dinner theaters, riverboat cruises, zoos, sky decks and aerial tramways. Sports lovers can save with coupons for surf lessons, whitewater rafting trips, whale watching, and sport fishing excursions. For film fans, there are Hollywood theme parks, studio tours, and star-themed museums.
Couponsforfun.com offers more than 200 savings coupons for attractions in 19 states and Washington, D.C. No registration or prepayment is required. Simply choose by destination or theme, and then print out the coupons. The participating attractions do not pay to participate but are encouraged to supply good offers.
Visit www.couponsforfun.com to find descriptions and offers from participating attractions, and check back often, as attractions continue to be added.