Creole Nature Trail Launches
Free Multimedia Tour and Smartphone App for Visitors
GPS RangerTM uses cutting edge technology to enhance visitors' Creole Nature Trail All-American Road experience like never before!
LAKE CHARLES, La. (May 4, 2011) - The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, also known as Louisiana's Outback, has now been brought to life with the GPS RangerTM Handheld Video Solution and Smartphone application for visitors. The free app can currently be downloaded at the iTunes App Store or Android Market, and the GPS RangerTM Handheld Unit can be rented at the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau free of charge beginning May 7 at the start of National Tourism Week.
The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road is a 180-mile driving tour through fertile marshlands, several wildlife refuges and along Louisiana's Gulf Coast. Here outdoor adventure and abundant wildlife are waiting for you in their natural habitat. Using cutting-edge technology, the multi-media self-paced tour guide system delivers content based on where you are located on the trail.
The history, culture, industry and abundant wildlife of the area come alive right before your eyes...it's like having your own personal tour guide of the Creole Nature Trail right in the palm of your hand! Some highlights of the tour include nature walks, Gulf beaches and shelling, recreational crabbing and birding opportunities at every turn.
As soon as you step outside, the Ranger begins using the Global Positioning System (GPS) to determine your location. Once you get on the road, GPS detects which direction you are traveling. Whenever you enter the satellite radius of a point of interest along the Creole Nature Trail, video about what you are viewing automatically plays, providing information in an entertaining manner.
The Ranger unit is light weight, rugged, water resistant and features a sunlight viewable screen, perfect for your adventure into Louisiana's Outback.
The Creole Nature Trail Ranger tour is available in multiple languages including English, French, Spanish, German and even closed-captioned (in English) for those who are hearing challenged.
"This innovative, user-friendly tool really takes the experience of Louisiana's Outback to the next level of interactivity," said Shelley Johnson, executive director of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Visitors gain a deeper understanding of the area through being fully exposed to all the treasures found along the trail."
"We are proud to help tell the story of the Creole Nature Trail with the GPS Ranger and the GoExplore Smartphone app platform. The Creole Nature Trail is an American treasure; it has spectacular wildlife and rich wetlands that everyone should experience. Both the GPS Ranger and the GoExplore Smartphone app tours connect the visitor with this wonderful area in a fun and engaging manner while being environmentally sensitive," said Wm. Lee Little, founder and CEO of BarZ Adventures Inc.
The sleek device features a four-inch LCD touch screen and can be enjoyed by several visitors at once with its dual-speaker stereo system. Devices can be checked out at the Lake Charles visitors' center, located at 1205 N. Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles, La. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Units may be dropped off at the center during office hours or in a drop box, located in front of the center, after hours.
For more information, please contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at 337-436-9588 or log onto www.visitlakecharles.org.
ABOUT THE CREOLE NATURE TRAIL ALL-AMERICAN ROAD
The more than 180-mile Creole Nature Trail was one of the first National Scenic Byways designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation in the Gulf South, and in 2002 that designation was upgraded to the highest category, an All-American Road. Along this distinctive natural corridor through Louisiana's Outback - one of America's "Last Great Wildernesses" - you have the opportunity to experience world-famous wildlife habitats and estuaries. The Creole Nature Trail is a journey through a wild and rugged terrain unique to Louisiana, America and the world . . . Louisiana's Outback. Find out more about the Creole Nature Trail at www.creolenaturetrail.org.
ABOUT BARZ ADVENTURES INC
BarZ Adventures Inc, founded in 2005, is an Austin, TX based company combining experts in fields of computer delivery systems and interpretive content development. For more information about the BarZ product line of GPS-based tourism technology, visit www.barzadventures.com or call 512-732-0135.
Creole Nature Trail - GPS Ranger Tour Launches
Creole Nature Trail Launches