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The TripAdvisor Offline City Guides are a must for navigating major cities worldwide.  Install the free app on your phone and you’ll have the world (pardon the irresistibly appropriate cliché) at your fingertips. Check out the available city list here and that list continues to grow.  By using your phone’s GPS/compass you will be guided to destinations like restaurants, hotels, and attractions.

Wondering where the nearest restaurants are and how they are ranked in popularity?  Use the Near Me Now and then the Point Me There features and the compass will not only direct you but will also give you a running display of the distance to your destination!

Download the guides when you are online and then use the app offline as you explore your destination. It can take awhile to download so you might want to plan ahead and do that before you leave.  You can also take self-guided tours.

The last time I used the app was in Amsterdam when we wanted to get to the Artis Royal Zoo Amsterdam.  The compass guided us there as we walked the city streets.  Check it out if you haven’t already; it’s very cool!

Artis Royal Zoo Amsterdam

Artis Royal Zoo Amsterdam

Artis Royal Zoo Amsterdam

Artis Royal Zoo Amsterdam

For more information read this description on TripAdvisor http://www.tripadvisor.ca/apps-icityguides

Here’s a little video of the giraffes (awww, look at the sweet baby giraffe) at the Artis Royal Zoo Amsterdam. http://youtu.be/-DI_Ye3nfoY