Need Trip Planning Help? Use Recreation.gov

As part of President Obama’s executive order to significantly increase travel and tourism in and to the United States,  the Administration launched a newly revamped Recreation.gov web portal.  Recreation.gov is envisioned as the premier online tourism tool for exploring America and as a trip planning tool for international visitors.

 

If You Build It

Recreation.gov, also known as Recreation One Stop, began as a Forest Service campground reservation system.  It has grown and evolved into a highly visible part of the President’s America’s Great Outdoors program involving a partnership between 12 Federal agencies, and it is highlighted in the National Travel and Tourism Strategy.  The site encourages people to travel and re-connect with their National Forests and Grasslands.

The redesign of Recreation.gov is a first step in a multi-year strategy to engage visitors with enhanced interactive content and more multimedia, mobile, trip-planning tools. The seven million visitors using the site every year can make reservations, see ready-made itineraries for destination cities, and search for activities on an interactive map.

 

What’s New

Highlights of the updated site include:

Explore Trip Ideas is a tool using interactive maps to assist travelers in finding historical sites and public lands at popular destinations such as Denver, Atlanta, Miami and others.

Go Lists highlight a wide variety of locations, activities and events to get more people active on Federal lands.  Adventures include “Car Camping for Beginners” and “Water Sports that Make a Splash”.

Discover Great American Adventures uses articles and destination reviews to offer a close-up look at various experiences and adventures unique to the United States.

 

My Review

Recreation.gov is a super useful site for folks who need ideas and planning help for their next getaway.  It’s easy to use and full of unique ideas and activities for all travelers.  The site is a one-stop place for getting permits and making reservations to your favorite recreation areas, which makes the process a whole lot easier.  It even links to volunteer information.

I’m excited to use this site as a foundation to plan my next camping trip.  In a Country of obesity and nature deficit disorder, it’s nice to see a change towards getting more folks outdoors.