in time to take advantage of the May 15 annual re-opening of the Grand Canyon’s North Rim facilities (the South Rim is open year-round), Just Ahead (http://www.justahead.com/) has released its newest audio travel guide app for smartphones that makes road-tripping vacationers feel like they have a national park ranger along for the ride.
Just Ahead’s narrated audio tour guides visitors to and through the park, with narration pointing out not-to-miss features and local history based on their exact location without the need for an Internet or mobile phone connection. The result is a richer, more fulfilling experience of the park than visitors would otherwise have on their own.
The groundbreaking app also provides background stories on history, wildlife, and the park’s dramatic geology. Drivers and passengers hear stories about the area’s earliest inhabitants, the Ancient Puebloans…the one-armed Civil War Major who literally put the Grand Canyon on the map…and about the forces of nature that created the breathtaking chasm.
Just Ahead utilizes GPS technology to pinpoint where drivers are on the road, and delivers stories and maps relevant to their location. Just Ahead also helps drivers avoid getting lost by providing helpful suggested directions. Just Ahead tells drivers why they should turn or not, what they should do after a turn, and the best direction to take if there are multiple route options.
The new Just Ahead Grand Canyon National Park tour guide entertains while educating and encourages exploration of hundreds of sites found along the South Rim and the North Rim. The guide even covers the 220-mile drive between the two rims, plus all of the major approaches to the park. The narrative was written by Alan Rider, an author for, among others, National Geographic and AAA. The National Park Service also provided helpful input for the guide.
Tumbling throughout the app narrative are recommendations on the best scenic approaches, historic landmarks and geology; locations of historic trading posts; stories of American Indians, early miners and pioneers; and the lore of Old Route 66. The app also provides insider tips on day hikes, side trips, and the park’s historic lodges; information on where to stay, camp and hike; and the canyon’s best photo opportunities for sunrise and sunset.
For more information and to download a free trial please see: http://www.justahead.com/tours/grand-canyon-national-park.
“We seek to make the world a better place by educating and entertaining visitors to the most beautiful and amazing places the world has to offer,” said Just Ahead founder Gregory Morse. “We believe that people who are informed are more likely to value, preserve, and support these special places.”
As of spring 2015, Just Ahead guides are available for the following parks and monuments: Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Zion and Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Additional park guides are in production and are expected to roll out in time for the busy summer travel season. They include Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Petrified Forest, Canyon De Chelly, Monument Valley, and Mesa Verde.
The Just Ahead app is a free download available through the Apple App Store, and each destination guide is available as an in-app purchase. Guides range from $4.99 to $9.99 and include free trial and free guide updates. An Android version is launching this month.
About Just Ahead
The Just Ahead mobile app turns your smartphone into a hands-free audio guide to the most beautiful places on earth by delivering professionally written and narrated audio tours to vacationers who want an informed travel experience as they drive.
Just Ahead’s award-winning audio guides work without an Internet connection or phone service and use a smartphone’s GPS to deliver hands-free, customized audio tours based on a vehicle’s location. The guides and built-in maps also provide helpful suggested directions, and offer more points of interest and stories than any other GPS audio travel apps. Ideal for families, Just Ahead’s audio guides help create shared experiences, conversations, and memories that will last a lifetime. The Just Ahead app is a free download, and each destination guide is available as an in-app purchase that includes free guide updates.
For more information, please visit: http://www.justahead.com.