Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Blue Ridge Parkway Association Offers Travel Planner App

Just in time for the fall leaf season, visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway will have a new mobile tool to help them plan a trip along the Parkway and surrounding regions. In cooperation with the National Park Service, the Blue Ridge Parkway Association announced last week the launch of its mobile app the “Blue Ridge Parkway – Travel Planner.”

The free app includes GPS mapping capabilities for hundreds of points of interest along the Parkway, historical information, lodging and camping options, major hiking trail descriptions, and visitor services on the Parkway and in nearby communities. Notably, dozens of adjacent communities are included in this app - giving visitors a full picture of the importance of this historic byway to surrounding regions.

Parkway Superintendent Phil Francis encouraged developing this technology to address some of the feedback received as part of the Parkway’s 75th anniversary in 2010. Visitors desire real time information for navigating through the region. Adjacent communities want to make sure Parkway visitors know what’s available in their communities. New mobile technologies provide the perfect solution for meeting these needs. Francis states "As an official partner organization of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Parkway Association is uniquely qualified to bring the navigation of the Parkway and surrounding region to a mobile platform. We’re excited to explore all the possibilities this new technology provides.”

Features include:
• Maps and navigation guides
• Parkway visitor centers
• On and off-Parkway campgrounds and lodging
• Interpretive stops on the Parkway
• Gas availability and travel information
• More than 50 popular hiking trails
• Suggested itineraries
• Major access points for the Parkway
• Adjacent Parkway communities and services
• Wildlife information
• Save places to your Favorites list
• Use your GPS signal to explore nearby points of interest

There is no charge to download the “Blue Ridge Parkway – Travel Planner” and it’s available on both Android™ and iPhone® platforms. Download links are available by clicking here.

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