March 3, 2015
Now you can turn your smart phone into a hands-free audio tour guide to America’s National Parks. Check out this new National Parks Travel App from Just Ahead that works even where cell phones, Internet, and Wi-Fi won’t. You can even get national park driving directions, hands-free.
The audio tours provide an informed travel experience while you drive. Using GPS technology to know exactly where drivers are on the road, Just Ahead delivers stories and maps relevant to their location. They also provide suggested directions and, if available, multiple route options.
Recently recognized as Best Travel App by the North American Travel Journalists Association, Just Ahead’s Death Valley National Park audio guide includes stories about the park by content writer and editor Bob Howells, two-time winner of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Lowell Thomas Gold Award for adventure travel writing.
“Our aim is to give travelers and their families an entertaining and educational travel experience,” says Just Ahead founder Gregory Morse. “We think the Just Ahead app and audio guides encourage exploring and getting off the beaten track. You’re engaged at the same time you’re learning.”
Just Ahead is creating apps for the following parks: Yosemite, Zion and Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon, Joshua Tree, and Death Valley. And 12 more national park guides are in production including Grand Canyon, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Petrified Forrest, Canyon De Chelly, Monument Valley, and Mesa Verde.
US national parks are just the start. In the future, Just Ahead plans to offer guides for other major road trip destinations including California Highway 1, Route 66, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Hawaiian Islands.
The Just Ahead app is a free download and each destination guide is available as an in-app purchase. Guides range from $7.99 – $9.99 and include a free trial and free guide updates.
Photos provided by Just Ahead.