jordanpondHughMillwardChicago Tribune contributor Terry Gardner writes about travel, technology, the environment, and consumer issues — in other words, a bunch of Chimani’s sweet spots. So we’re thrilled that Gardner tabbed Chimani’s Acadia National Park app as one of “3 Cool Apps to Travel With” in her latest column for Tribune Newspapers.

Gardner highlighted the fact that the app works on or offline, has detailed maps and descriptions of hiking trails, and its trip-planning and “favorites” functionality. “This app keeps its info onboard, so a data connection isn’t necessary,” writes Gardner. “The Hiking section not only describes the area, it details trail type (easy, moderate, etc.), distance and estimated time.

“The My Trip tool rocks,” she continues. “I built a trip as a solo traveler with an interest in history, hiking, biking, horseback riding and boating, and I received more than 20 possibilities. At Jordan Pond House, for example, I could boat, hike and/or have afternoon tea.”

Gardner also had praise for two other apps, the astronomy-oriented Star Walk Kids and Earthquake, the Red Cross’ free emergency planning app.

(Photo of Jordan Pond, Arcadia National Park © Hugh Millward/CC by 2.0)