New app ideal for Virginia explorers and history-lovers

App is free for both Android and Apple users

VIRGINIA BEACH — There’s an exciting new app out for both Android and Apple users, and one that history lovers and explorers alike might want to try.

The Virginia History Trails App has just been released and makes exploring Virginia and visiting history a breeze.

Simply go to the app store on your cellphone and search for it by name. The app downloads in seconds and you can quickly create an account using an existing social media or email account.

The app features more than 400 of the state’s “most impactful” places, people, and events, including 200-plus actual locations.

“Virginia history is the beginning of the American story,” reads the app’s description.

Once an account is created, you can log in and earn badges when “checking-in” at the various locations.

Another especially useful feature is the “near me” option. Travel to a part of the state you’re not overly familiar with, tap the near me tab, and your location is found via your phone’s GPS system.

You can also tap on the location and get expanded information about the point of interest (Rami Yoakum/Southside Daily)
You can also tap on the location and get expanded information about the point of interest (Rami Yoakum/Southside Daily)

Then you’re shown nearby points of interest. The app will also allow you to tap on the locations for more information about that site. Notifications of upcoming events and festivals can also be received.

The app is downloaded free of charge.

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