August 22, 2012 at 16:15 PM EDT
Recreation.gov Redesign: Engaging Visitors with the Great Outdoors
With a few weeks of summer weather left, there is still plenty of time to explore the great outdoors. There are few better places to do that than in America’s national parks, wildlife refuges, waterways, and forests. A new and improved Recreation.gov website is the perfect tool to plan your family’s next adventure. With improved navigation tools and more in-depth content, Recreation.gov showcases 90,000 federal sites and healthy outdoor spaces to consider. The new website makes it easy to make reservations, see ready-made itineraries for destination cities, and search for activities on an interactive map. “Tourism and outdoor recreation are powerful economic engines in communities across the country,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said. “With the redesign of Recreation.gov, we are making it easier for people to plan trips, find outdoor adventures, and explore activities at our public lands across the country.” Some important new features include: Explore Trip Ideas: Explore Trip Ideas  helps you discover points-of-interest on public lands when planning trips to popular destination cities like Atlanta, Miami, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and more. Go Lists: Go Lists  highlight places to go, events, and activities at federal sites across the country with topics including “ Day Hikes for Weekend Warriors ” and “ Civil War 150th Anniversary: Places and Events that Shaped Our Nation .” Discover Great American Adventures: Discover Great American Adventures  offers more in-depth articles and destination spotlights, featuring a wide variety of experiences and adventures found only in America. Some destination spotlights include “ Best Places to Star Gaze ,” “ Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming ,” and many more. Supporting President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, Recreation.gov encourages people to be active outdoors and offers suggestions on hiking, climbing, biking and more. Check out the new Recreation.gov  website to learn more.
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