Posted in Blogging Marin on Thursday, August 21, 2014 by MCVB Staff
A cool way to plan a trip to Marin can start right from your smartphone or tablet computer. From hiking trails to artisan cheese excursions, there are a growing number of apps that provide a wealth of details and insights into Marin’s many attractions. Here are some of the best Marin-based apps available for the iPhone, iPad and Android platforms. Best of all—they’re free!
Discover Marin’s top trails, track & navigate offline and share adventures with friends with this popular hiking and biking app. Here are some sample trail descriptions from the app: “The Marin Headlands is a 24 mile loop trail located near Mill Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.” “The Cross Marin Trail is a 3.5 mile point-to-point trail located near Point Reyes Station, California. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, road biking, trail running & walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.”
Marin-Sonoma Cheese Trail
It’s all cheese all the time with this clever app. Plan a visit to artisanal Marin cheesemakers and others in the region by first making virtual tour their farms. You can plan a personal driving tour or follow a suggested itinerary, get the inside scoop on where to taste free cheese, learn about over 150 California cheeses, find answers to those puzzling questions about cheese, find out where to buy those obscure cheeses, and read fascinating cheesemaker stories.
The Marin IJ app is the leading source of news and event information for Marin County, including local news for the cities of Novato, San Rafael, Mill Valley, Marin County, Larkspur, Corte Madera, San Anselmo, West Marin, Fairfax, Ross, Kentfield, and Greenbrae.
Marin History Museum
Travel through the history of Marin County, California with access to the largest collection of Marin County historical content anywhere. Whether you're a Bay Area resident, visiting from out of town or a history buff, the Marin History Museum app has something for everyone. Explore ‘virtual exhibition’ of more than 250 Historical sites throughout Marin with new locations added monthly. Visit hundreds of points of interest including National & State Historic landmarks, ancient Coast Miwok sites, movie locations and more than 75 historical shipwrecks dating back to 1595.
Users can click each icon to gain access to virtual exhibitions of audio, video, and licensable photographs from the vast Marin History Museum archives. Of the 250 historic locations marked on the map, there are ancient Miwok Indian sites, historic residences, regional & local historical societies, movie filming locations, state and national historic landmarks and more than 75 historic shipwrecks off the Marin Coast dating back to 1595. Each mapped site includes an image and text describing its historic significance.
Marin County Free Library
Marin has a number of wonderful libraries, from Mill Valley’s lovely redwood-shaded branch to the one perched in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Civic Center in San Rafael. Whether you’re a visitor or resident, these are wonderful places to hang out and read. Using the library app, you can find the nearest branch, search the catalog and browse for books, CDs and DVDs while on the go.