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National Geographic offers geotourism mobil app Sierra MapGuide

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Travelers and visitors of all ages who are preparing to venture into the Sierra Nevada for the Labor Day weekend are invited to enjoy free downloads of a new mobile phone andamp;#8220;appandamp;#8221; for the National Geographic Sierra MapGuide. Sierra Nevada travel tips, restaurants, tourist information and more are now as close as your andamp;#8220;smart phoneandamp;#8221; thanks to these new apps available for iPhone and Droid devices. The MapGuide features more than 1,500 destinations provided by local residents and Sierra insiders, for everything from iconic Sierra experiences, to wine tasting venues, funky cafes, and off-the-beaten-path adventures. The Sierra Nevada Geotourism MapGuide web site is http://www.SierraNevadaGeotourism.org.What it doesBy searching for the andamp;#8220;Sierra MapGuideandamp;#8221; app on an iPhone or Droid device, travelers will be able to combine GPS technology and the mobile phone app to display nearby attractions, giving them the ability to not only plan their route ahead of time, but to also enjoy the fun of spontaneous discoveries. The Sierra Nevada Geotourism MapGuide, sponsored by the Sierra Business Council (SBC) and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC), working with National Geographic, highlights unique, authentic experiences recommended by local Sierra residents from the Oregon border to south of Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.andamp;#8220;The Sierra Nevada Geotourism MapGuide is a resource travelers can use to find unique places, events and activities throughout the Sierra andamp;#8211; and now you can access these highlights from your smart phone,andamp;#8221; said SBC Senior Program Director Nicole DeJonghe. andamp;#8220;It is a way to direct visitors to local attractions that keep tourism dollars within the community. The MapGuide has been built by Sierra residents nominating what they would like to see on the map, contributing their local wisdom and vision.andamp;#8221;It brings together a compelling combination of both the Sierraandamp;#8217;s little-known and famous sites, as well as volunteer opportunities, small businesses, hiking trails and more. Highlights range from the Shasta Land Trust, an organization known for conserving natural areas and getting people andamp;#8220;out on the landandamp;#8221; in the Northern Sierra, to the andamp;#8220;Cannell Plunge,andamp;#8221; a popular mountain bike ride near Kernville, east of Bakersfield. The MapGuide not only helps travelers explore the Sierra, it links those experiences to the opportunity to have a deeper connection to the land and culture.Examples of unique attractions: andamp;#8226; The Foresthill Divide (Placer County) Heritage Festival featuring National Gold Panning Championships, International Chili Society andamp; Community Chili Cook-offs, California State Lumber Jack and Jill Championships, Sierra Sixguns and Sidekicks, and more!andamp;#8226; The Inter-Mountain Fairandamp;#8230;an andamp;#8216;old-fashioned country fairandamp;#8217; held every Labor Day weekend in McArthur (Shasta County). A local tradition since 1918, the fair features arts and crafts, exhibits, carnival, a parade, livestock, and much more. The hometown and friendly atmosphere makes the Inter-Mountain Fair a perfect outing for families.andamp;#8226; First Saturday in Three Rivers (Tulare County) offers food, fun and fabulous art. On the first Saturday of every month, artists, restaurants, and merchants of Three Rivers open their doors and invite you to join in a town-wide celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.