Ryan Gruss

#7 – A Beautiful iOS App – National Parks of the USA

I have to admit, I’m not the world’s biggest Apple fan but I still enjoy downloading and playing around with different iOS apps.

Of all the apps I’ve downloaded, the National Geographic’s National Parks app is by far the most beautifully crafted and designed.

A screenshot of the app's interface

A screenshot of the app’s interface

For me, it’s stunningly visual and effortlessly simple, something which all UI & UX designers should strive for.

As I’ve spent a lot of time on this app, I’ve decided to share some of my newfound knowledge of US National Parks with you in this post!!

Here are a handful of lesser known, but nonetheless awe-inspiring national parks in the USA:

Arches, Utah

Arches is the world's largest concentration of rock arches

Arches is the world’s largest concentration of rock arches

Arches National Park is perched high above the Colorado River, deep in Utah’s canyon country. With over 2,000 natural arches in this park, each carved over centuries by weathering and erosion, it’s hard to deny its grandeur.

2012 Visitors – 1.07 million                    Park Size – 0.08 Million Acres

Glacier, Montana

Glacier National Park is home of some of North America's most dramatic terrain

Glacier National Park is home of some of North America’s most dramatic terrain

Glacier National Park is described by National Geographic as ‘a wonderland of treeless mountain summits, alpine meadows, coniferous forests and dozens of waterfalls’. Plus, there are over 650 lakes making his a truly magical landscape.

2012 Visitors – 2.16 million                    Park Size – 1.01 Million Acres

Grand Teton, Wyoming

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park rise up from the sagebrush valley

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park rise up from the sagebrush valley

Of all the mountains in North America, some would argue that none are more dramatic and rugged than the Teton Range. These peaks rise over 7,000ft above the ground, creating rich valleys of wildlife, rivers and forests.

2012 Visitors – 2.71 million                    Park Size – 0.31 Million Acres

Mount Rainier, Washington

Mount Rainier was carved by fire and ice

Mount Rainier was carved by fire and ice

Mount Rainier is one of the world’s largest volcanoes at nearly 3 miles in height and dwarfing the summits around it. Whilst the volcano is clearly the centrepiece of this national park, the wildflower meadows and glaciers are just a few of other treasures to be found here!

2012 Visitors – 1.05 million                    Park Size – 0.24 Million Acres

Zion, Utah

The Virgin River has carved deep gorges throughout Zion National Park

The Virgin River has carved deep gorges throughout Zion National Park

Set in Utah’s high plateau country, Zion National park is a sweeping array of multicolored cliffs (some dropping 2,200 feet) and deep alcoves. Visitors typically follow the Virgin River through this dramatic landscape.

2012 Visitors – 2.97 million                    Park Size – 0.15 Million Acres

Thanks for reading today’s blog post!! If you’ve got an Apple device, then give this National Geographic app a try, and let me know what you think below!

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This entry was published on October 23, 2013 at 6:16 pm. It’s filed under Technology, Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “#7 – A Beautiful iOS App – National Parks of the USA

  1. Wow. These photos are truly stunning. I’m gobsmacked.

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