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Bring National Geographic on your park visit

Heading to a national park this summer, sequester or not? Be your own park ranger with the new free app for iPhone and iPad called "National Parks by National Geographic." It offers up photo galleries (stunning, of course), visitor information and maps for 25 of the country's most visited national parks, such as Glacier, Yosemite and Hawai'i Volcanoes. Minnesotans, take note: You will not find Voyageurs here. Also out, parks in the Dakotas. What you will find for highlighted parks: interactive maps, lists of must-sees, GPS coordinates for points of interest, local weather and tips for taking photos.

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Get a break on self-driving tour of Ireland

Brendan Vacations is offering special rates on trips to Ireland. For example, the Captivating Southern Ireland: Dublin to Shannon Self-Drive Tour now starts at $1,864 per person double and includes round-trip airfare on Aer Lingus from New York's JFK to Dublin, with return from Dublin or Shannon; six nights in luxury hotels, including a night at Dromoland Castle or Adare Manor; daily breakfast; airport transfer; four-day car rental; sightseeing excursions, and taxes. Book by July 17 and travel Sept. 1-Oct. 31. For cheapest prices, fly Monday through Thursday (1-800-421-8446;

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