Since we live in such a tech-centric world, getting out and exploring nature is one of the best things you can do for your mental and physical well-being. Not only are you getting that depression-fighting vitamin D from the sun, but you also have a chance to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of our beautiful country.
That said, there are a few ways to integrate technology into our outdoor activities that can benefit us -- such as finding the best places to visit outdoors. There's a whole lot of wilderness out there, so how do we know the best place to hike, bike and run?
This handy, free app is a great companion to your adventures and can help you locate the most beautiful trails, routes, and roads for whatever journey you want to take. Ready to hit the road?
AllTrails is your perfect outdoor companion
The AllTrails app is designed to help anyone going outdoors find the best locations for trails, and hikes, and roads for biking and running.
It takes a unique, community-building approach to the outdoors by combining mapping software with social media to create a network for explorers and trailblazers to meet like-minded friends and companions. You can even follow other users to see what trails they've hiked, and let your friends know what you're up to and where you're headed in the wild.
Even if socializing with other hikers isn't your thing, the program still boasts an impressive array of features. You can search for trails by location, get recommendations, and even see map data for your surrounding area. The app also provides driving directions, so you can get to your perfect vantage point with ease.
The app is available on both iOS and Android as a free download with advertisements, but you can upgrade to the Pro version of the app for $30.
The Pro edition takes the features of the free app and expands upon them -- with options like offline mapping (perfect for when you're out of cellular range), printable maps, and a handy feature called "Lifeline." Lifeline automatically updates your loved ones about your location and start time. It is able to map out the route you've traveled so far, which can help quell fears about getting lost or stranded on your adventures.
Give it a download and enjoy the wonderful gifts that Mother Nature has in store for you. You won't regret it.
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