Summer is upon us. So now where to go? What to do? How about exploring a Park? No, not just your neighborhood park, but a Park. A National Park. Or perhaps a National Monument, a National Forest, or a public wildlife refuge. The U.S. public lands system is a treasure trove of vacation opportunities just waiting for you to enjoy.
Huh? U.S. Public Lands as a vacation destination? Absolutely! They make awesome destinations for practically anyone! Did you know that one out of every three acres in the U.S. is public land? Or that the U.S. National Park Services comprises of 397 areas covering over 83 million acres, and has over 280 million visitors a year? And that they are the most frequented recreation destination in the U.S?
What’s Oh, Ranger! Park Finder? Oh, Ranger! Park Finder is an App and a website designed to get you outside, enjoying America’s vast network of National Parks and public lands. Oh, Ranger! enables you to search through thousands of Parks and public lands for everything from a Saturday outing to next weekend’s escape to that week long summer vacation. Locate parks near you or parks far away, identify parks that have the activities you want – all with just a few entries into the app, or a few clicks of the keyboard at the website. Oh Ranger’s comprehensive database of every federal and state park in America is sure to have something for you.
So what’s included in the database? How about thousands of national and state parks as well as public lands across the U.S. This vast database includes lands from:
- National Parks
- National Forests
- Wildlfe Refuges
- State Parks
- US Army Corps Recreation Areas
- And many other public Lands
Search Oh, Ranger! Park Finder for exactly what you want to do, and where you want to do it. Here’s just a sampling of how you can use Oh, Ranger! to find a Park or public land that best fits your vacation plans.
- Want to bird watch? Search parks for the best bird viewing in your area.
- Canoeing on the agenda? Got a recommendation for you!
- Best swimmable beaches in Maine? Yep, find them here.
- Campground recommendations for Ohio? Lots of options to explore.
- Hunting and fishing calling your name? Answer the call with Oh, Ranger!
- Educational experience on the mind? Search the History & Culture category for ideas.
You can even get directions to the park, weather forecasts, lodging options, and park maps complete with all the necessary details. Then share your plans with friends so they can enjoy right along with you! Oh, Ranger!’s Share feature makes it easy to keep everyone on the same agenda.
All you need to access this incredible treasure trove of Park and public land information is a smartphone or a computer.
With the powerful Apps designed for both the iPhone and the Android phone, Oh, Ranger! is always at your side. Search by city, state, or zip code, as well as by activities and things to do. Input your data, and out pops a list of possibilities based upon your search criteria. How easy is that!
No smartphone? The same database can be accessed at OhRanger.com. You just won’t have it in your back pocket for the on the go access. But hey, it’s still a great website to set things up before you go! The website works basically the same way as the App – it just provided the information in a different format. Search by state, zip code, or map, include your preferred activities, and shazaam! Out comes a list of Parks. Now just print it out and you are good to go.
Check out this Acadia National Park information that resulted from a search for Parks in Maine that offer hiking and biking. All the information you need to plan your trip to Acadia National Park is right here at your fingertips, thanks to Oh, Ranger!
And stay tuned for the follow-up to this blog – Our National Parks – and get out this summer! Visit America’s treasures.