Just Ahead, creator of the award-winning smartphone app for road tripping through national parks, announces Utah’s “Mighty Five” are now covered with GPS-prompted audio tour guides that make vacationers feel like they have a park ranger along for the ride. The Mighty Five parks join Just Ahead’s growing portfolio of audio guides for US national parks.
“No other state in the nation boasts a more spectacular or concentrated collection of national park treasures than Utah. Dubbed the ‘Mighty Five,’ each has a wealth of tales and facts to tell, and Just Ahead’s app for mobile phones delivers the narrated story,” said Just Ahead founder Gregory Morse.
With four audio guides that can be purchased within the mobile app, Just Ahead covers all five of Utah’s national parks, among many other western national parks. Just Ahead’s Mighty Five guides provide an in-depth dive into some of the most spectacular driving experiences in America—the roads that lead to and through the red-rock scenery and dramatic geology of southern Utah. All of these national parks are linked by short drives from one another, so visitors can enjoy a narrated guided tour of all five parks and the roads that link them. A traveler’s smartphone becomes a private tour guide—knowledgeable, engaging, accurate, and entertaining.
Here are some of the things users will learn about the Mighty Five…
- Zion National Park (including Cedar Breaks National Monument) features four scenic drives; Zion Canyon, Zion–Mt. Carmel Highway, Kolob Terrace Road, and Kolob Canyons Road, accessing such landmarks as the Court of the Patriarchs, the Grotto, Weeping Rock, Angels Landing, Great White Throne, Temple of Sinawava, Zion Narrows, Checkerboard Mesa, the Subway, and Lava Point.
- Bryce Canyon National Park is a fantasyland of eroded stone where vast “cities” of red-pink-orange limestone pinnacles pop into view around every bend. Stories here talk about pinnacles, hoodoos, mazes, Thor’s Hammer, grottoes, and domes, along with American Indian history, early pioneers, California condors, and bristlecone pines (the world’s oldest living organisms).
- Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are combined in one guide. Arches boasts a maze of 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including Delicate Arch—the formation that graces every Utah license plate. A trip through Arches features such natural wonders as Park Avenue, Courthouse Towers, Petrified Dunes, Balanced Rock, The Windows, and the Fiery Furnace. Canyonlands National Park is best known for its vast spaces highlighted by the Needles and Island in the Sky and defined by dramatic views of the Colorado and Green Rivers. There are stunning petroglyphs to discover, a historic cowboy camp, a 700-year-old stone granary, and a giant arch that looks like a wooden shoe.
- Capitol Reef National Park, remote in location and feel, offers sweeping vistas of geological features such as the Waterpocket Fold—a giant wrinkle in the earth’s crust. Stories cover such wonders as Capitol Dome, Golden Throne, Capitol Gorge, Pioneer Register (140 years of rock-carved names), and Natural Bridges. Just Ahead guides visitors to all of the major sights in the park, and those along Utah Scenic Byway 12—truly one of the country’s most stunning drives, linking Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks.
Equipped with a Just Ahead guide, listeners will hear behind-the-scenery stories of the geological forces that carved the landscape, as well as narratives about the wildlife, American Indian and pioneer histories, and the lore behind Hollywood movies shot in these wild landscapes.
As with all Just Ahead guides, they work without an Internet connection or cell phone service. Drivers or passengers simply download it, turn it on, and enjoy a richly narrated tour.
Just Ahead utilizes GPS technology to know exactly where drivers are on the road, and delivers stories and maps relevant to their exact location. The groundbreaking app points out not-to-miss features while also helping drivers avoid getting lost by providing suggested directions and telling 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.
Just Ahead guides are currently available for the following National Parks: Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Zion and Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands and Arches. 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, Badlands, Black Hills, Petrified Forest, Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley, and Mesa Verde.
The Just Ahead app is a free download available either through the Apple App Store (iPhone) or via Google Play (Android), and each destination guide is available as an in-app purchase. Guides range from $4.99 to $9.99 and include a free trial and free guide updates.
About Just Ahead
Recently named Best Travel App by the North American Travel Journalists Association and Best App by the editors of Sunset magazine, the Just Ahead mobile app turns a 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.