Your go-to spot for American recreation is getting a make-over. In August, the Obama Administration announced significant expansions of Recreation.gov, part of a long-term plan to offer enhanced interactive, multimedia and mobile content to the site's seven million annual visitors.
Those who enjoy recreation on public lands can use the site to search for places, plan activities and make reservations, now with greater ease and convenience. You can also get ideas on adventures near several of America's major cities, including Atlanta, Miami, Washington D.C., Denver and Las Vegas.
"Recreation.gov is a 'one-stop' website to find places that are close to home for a day's fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, and much more. There are so many sites within a short drive of urban areas that people don't know about," Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said. "At Recreation.gov people can find parks, swimming beaches, boat ramps, and other places to get away to for a few hours, days, or weeks."
The update to Recreation.gov is part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative and is a joint effort between many federal agency partners. These agencies hope to boost domestic and international tourism to these treasured lands. International spending on U.S. tourism set a record of $153 billion in 2011, an 8.1 percent increase from 2010, according to the USDA.
"Outdoor activities contribute an estimated $646 billion to the U.S. economy, according to independent estimates, and this enhanced website will provide a gateway for Americans to enjoy their great outdoors," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.