City Guides by National Geographic

LQ: 8.5


Brain grade: 8.5
Fun score: 8.5

Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 6+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

City Guides by National Geographic is a mobile app for iOS where users can learn about four major cities of the western world: London, Paris, Rome, and New York City. The app provides users with 50 facts for each city, as well as  travel information. Users will learn the best times to go to each city, what the climate is like, how to get around the city, where to stay, and practical advice. It can be a great tool to accompany a trip to an unfamiliar city. The full guide (paid version) includes walking routes, where to get food and drinks, city secrets, and a detailed “what to do” section. The free version is fairly limited if users are using the app to plan a trip. City Guides by National Geographic can be a learning experience, as it inspiringly depicts each city. It will be hard not to get the travel bug. The app features no inappropriate content and is recommended for children ages 6 and older.

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Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

City Guides by National Geographic is exceptionally helpful for planning a vacation. The app's features four free city guides with additional destinations available for purchase. Users can create and share customized, detailed itineraries for specific day trips. They can create favorite lists so they don't forget landmarks, events, and restaurants to tour. A series of quality photographs come will inspire a deeper thirst for travel. The National Geographic editor hand picks specific walking routes for travelers, as well as a do-not-miss list of places to visit, things to see, and experiences to have. When users are in the city, they can plan their daily activities based on the suggestions of the weather specific daily guides. Once the developers add a few more cities, City Guides by National Geographic will be the one stop app for all travelers trying to get a head start on their vacation plans.

Working Memory

Recalling and retaining information in her mind while working.

City Guides by National Geographic is more than just a useful planning app. With over 50 flashcards of trivia and fun facts, the app is also highly educational. The "did you know" section includes anecdotes like "it takes 18 months to repaint the Eiffel Tower every seven years. By hand." These are important facts for users to keep in mind when the do eventually get to the city. Remembering the trivia enhances the overall travel experience, as users are able to make real-life assumptions and associations based on what they learned in City Guides by National Geographic. Users should be sure to read the "practical advice" as well. They will be reminded of local customs, eccentricities, holidays, and general things to remember about the city and culture. Even perusing this section will ensure that users will be spared the embarrassment that accompanies cultural ignorance.


While City Guides by National Geographic not a reading app in the traditional sense, it does feature short paragraphs of informative and interesting writing. Whether they are the quirky trivia quips or more informational musings, users will find the brevity highly satisfying and easy to sift through. Maybe users will even pick up a foreign word or phrase which they can incorporate into their vocabulary. Also available are new stories curated by National Geographic that are specific to each location.

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