NPS National Mall
By National Park Service
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This is the official National Park Service app for the National Mall and Memorial Parks. On your next visit to Washington, D.C., use it to explore many of the most cherished cultural and historical sites in the United States—from the Lincoln Memorial to the White House. The app includes a total of 70 sites.
Map – Official National Park Service map of the central tourist area in Washington, D.C. Easy to use while outdoors, the map features large font sizes, walkways that are easily distinguishable from roads, and three zoom levels. By tapping the “Locate me” icon you will always know where you are.
Park Lens – Find out what is around you with augmented reality. Just hold up your device and look through the camera. Labels will appear identifying all sites on the National Mall.
Walking directions – Get from one place to another by following a line on the map or a list of directions. Estimated walking times are given.
Sites – Learn more about points of interest with lively text, professional photographs, and engaging podcasts under the “Album” button. The “Info” button includes the site’s location, hours of operation, nearest Metro station, and other essential information.
Tours – Follow a recommended tour depending on how much time you have or your special interest—from memorials to presidents to military monuments to destinations off the beaten path. You can even create personal tours with the “My Tour” feature—just tap the “+” at the bottom right of a site page. The app maps the route for you.
Events and News – Get up-to-date information from the National Park Service about what is happening at the National Mall and Memorial Parks.
Postcard – Send a digital postcard to friends and family from the National Mall with the tap of a button.
Accessibility – Audio described images combined with the built-in iOS accessibility features will let all people enjoy the National Mall and Memorial Parks.
Park Partner – The Trust for the National Mall strives to make the National Mall the best park in the world. Learn more about the essential assistance this organization provides.
Small size – Weighing in at 13.7MB, the app will download relatively quickly via a 3G cellular connection or the free Wi-Fi available on the east end the National Mall.
What's New in Version 1.2
- Optimized for iOS 7
- Bug fixes
Useful, but needs tweaks
This app does take a little on the longer side to start up, and the map is a little clunky. On my iPhone 6S that has a 4.7 inch screen, I don't get many pins on the map the way it comes up every time I open the app, and when I zoom in just a little bit, pins come up like mad! Also, the pins are a little annoying to tap on since you have to look where your finger is right before you tap one, as it's way to easy to tap another pin if your finger is just a centimeter away from the exact location of the pin you intended to tap. The app is a complement of our government, but I'm sure they'll do something to make this app easier to use, especially by giving it a more intuitive interface. After all, you have to keep people on the payroll!
Easy map with built in short tours
I look the tours that they have built in. And the way to build your own tour.
My one complaint is that there are a number of monuments that are not listed. For example the Temperance Fountain is not listed; nor the statues in and around Lafayette Park. I was there was a way to add or provide recommendations for missed monuments. I understand that these are just the monuments that are on or near the Mall, like the Nathan Hale or the Lock Keeper's house.
Made the trip so much better
I read the reviews and still found this ap better than expected. I was in DC for 4 days and this ap was perfect for my trip. I knew a little more about where i was when site seeing and was able to find other non National Mall / Smithsonian landmarks. The postcard photos are perfect and I shared them with everyone. I would definitely recommend this ap. It made my trip so much better.
- Category: Travel
- Updated: Mar 15, 2014
- Version: 1.2
- Size: 17.1 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: National Park Service
- © National Park Service
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.