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Washington Post Releases App Showcasing Yellowstone and Monticello

Do you want a Yellowstone bison in your living room? The Washington Post has a new app for that.

According to the Post, the paper has released a new “augmented reality experience” built around two United States’ UNESCO World Heritage sites: Yellowstone National Park and Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

You can see a demonstration of the app below, courtesy of the Post.

The release comes as part of a larger celebration of UNESCO sites in the United States. Currently, the U.S. has 23 sites, including other national parks (the Everglades, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains) and historic monuments (Independence Hall in Pennsylvania, San Antonio Missions, the Statue of Liberty).

According to the Post, both the Yellowstone and Monticello experiences feature 3D visuals and narration about each site by Post travel writer Andrea Sachs. As mentioned, the featured Yellowstone item is a bison; the featured items for Monticello are Jefferson’s telescope, globe, and polygraph.

To use, just download the Post’s mobile app (available for iOS and Android). Then, swipe right for the “Augmented Reality” tab.

It’s not the same thing as visiting the park, of course, but it’s a comforting reminder of Yellowstone’s importance in the world. And it’s a better alternative than trying to get a real bison in your home!

About Sean Reichard

Sean Reichard is the editor of Yellowstone Insider and author of Yellowstone Insider For Families 2017.

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