Get outside and enjoy nature with these websites, apps

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The first day of meteorological summer is Saturday, so that means it’s time to get outside! But don’t worry — you can bring your smartphone or tablet with you.

Here are some websites and apps to help you enjoy the outdoors:
Just this week, Chicagoans started signing up for the city’s new bike sharing system Divvy Bikes. Riders can purchase annual memberships priced at $75 or $125, but you don’t have to be a member when the program officially launches in June. About 75 Divvy docks will be installed that month — you can check on the website where those docks will be located.

MotionX GPS
99 cents for iPhone; $1.99 for the iPad HD version

MotionX GPS tracks your location no matter what outdoor activity you’re up to. Whether you’re hiking or sailing, this app will track your distance and speed. You can also download various maps before your trip in case you lose your cellphone signal during your


Screen shot from app Peaks

$2.99 for iOs

OK – this app is for you serious mountain hikers out there! Peaks uses augmented reality to teach you about the landscape. Just hold up your camera to the mountains, and the app will tell you a little bit about them.

Charity Miles
Free for iOs and Android

If you’re running or biking with your smartphone, why not use it to earn money for a charity? Choose a charity within Charity Miles, and one of the apps corporate partners sponsors you: 10 cents per mile for bikers and 25 cents per mile for walkers and runners.

For more outdoors apps, check out’s article.

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