You can join the action and the fun by staying active during your next vacation. The following five walking tour apps for active travelers can help.
1. Digital Ranger App
The red rocks of southern Utah provide exceptional hiking opportunities for those who wish to experience raw, breathtaking nature in its purest form.
Digital Ranger helps you explore the exciting southern regions of Utah. Regardless of whether you live in the area or visit as a tourist, you’ll use Digital Ranger on your iPhone or Android smartphone to make the region safe and accessible as you tour.
Developers addressed a frequent concern that tourists have by designing Digital Ranger to run without an Internet connection. As a result, you can use the app to navigate wherever you go. Proprietary information, as well as data from U.S. Government sources, reside on your phone, so you can navigate with confidence, even when you’re miles away from the nearest wireless signal.
The free app comes with sample data, so you can learn how to use it. You can also buy packages for attractions such as Yosemite, Yellowstone and Bryce Canyon for $1.99. Developers continue to create modules, so check the application’s website to see if you can use Digital Ranger on your next trip.
2. Scenic Map Alaska
With millions of lakes, thousands of rivers and a hundred thousand glaciers, Alaskan nature is both beautiful and wild. Alaska’s majestic mountains and large forests provide a perfect hiking destination for adventure-hungry travelers.
Scenic Map Alaska is an iOS app that will help you discover the beauties of Alaskan landscape. You can use Scenic Map anywhere in the world, but you’ll especially enjoy the app’s 3D coverage of the versatile state of Alaska.
For $4.99, you can download the app from the Apple App Store. Scroll, rotate and zoom in smoothly to see every incredible detail of your hiking trail.
The app uses information stored on your mobile device to give you topographical maps as you drive, hike or boat, so you don’t need to worry if you lose your Internet connection. You can also customize your maps to make sure you always have the information that you need on hand as you travel.
3. Honolulu Map and Walks
Best known for its sandy beaches and crystal clear water, Honolulu offers a number of walking tours ranging from adventurous volcano sightings to Pearl Harbor tours. The city combines Hawaii’s natural wonders with all the perks of modern living.
When you travel to Hawaii, you should have the Honolulu Map and Walks app installed on your smartphone or tablet. The app is compatible for both Android and iOS.
Take self-guided walking tours to enjoy the best of all that Honolulu offers. You don’t need to join tour groups and wait for the next bus in order to explore the city’s architecture or tour Diamond Head Volcano, Waikiki Beach and Pearl Harbor. Honolulu Map and Walks will provide you with more than fifty tours and sights for an adventurous holiday on one of the world’s most beautiful islands.
You can depend on the Honolulu Map and Walks application to give you better coverage than paid tour guides do as you take walking tours. The app also works offline and it can be downloaded for free. As you use Honolulu Map and Walks, you will have a chance to make in-app purchases that make your Honolulu experience even better.
4. The Colorado Trail Hiker
Whether you’re interested in exploring the Rocky Mountains, lush green forests or deserts with huge sand dunes, Colorado has plenty of opportunities for an adventurous vacation. You can install the Colorado Trail Hiker app on either your Apple or Android device to get the best experience in Colorado as you enjoy the state’s most famous family of hiking and mountain biking trails.
The free app will work even when your device loses contact with the Internet, so you can navigate the most remote parts of Colorado. As you bike or hike, you get to stop at well-defined waypoints and access customized relevant information.
The app shows the Colorado Trail as a bright red line and it shows in blue the alternate route for mountain bikes. As you move, the app calculates your elevation and plots it versus your position. The app’s guidebook shows you the location of every waypoint and supplies details on dedicated waypoint pages. Colorado Trail Hiker will provide you with sufficient information for a safe and active vacation.
5. Sedona Hiking
Surrounded by a unique geological wonderland, Sedona is a city in Arizona abundant with red sandstone formations. The city provides many opportunities for spiritual pursuits and hiking activities.
When you vacation in Sedona, Arizona, you should download the Sedona Hiking app to guide you. It is the only app that gives you real-time location information, even when your device has no Internet connection. With the app installed on your mobile device, you get access to more than 100 of the trails that span forests, streams and rock formations without having to pay for a tour guide.
Download Sedona Hiking from either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store for $4.99 and then select the trails that you plan on hiking. The app guides you to trail heads and then charts your progress. You’ll see alerts for trail markers and intersections as well as photos that give you advance knowledge of what lies ahead.
In conclusion, mobile technology gives you a chance to join the growing numbers of travelers who take active vacations. The apps work by downloading the data you need to your mobile device, so you can enjoy remote areas and still use your device to supply you with vital information. Unlike tour guides, these apps will give you real-time information so you can safely enjoy your next active vacation.
Guest article written by: John Porter is a Southampton-based freelance writer and a tech head, so he enjoys writing about new technology and is particularly interested in all types of gadgets and apps.
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