Celebrating America’s National Parks with a Small Ship Cruise

Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) in the spirit of 2016’s National Park Centennial Celebration offers the most unique way to experience our National Parks: cruise a park.

While Alaska has the whale’s share of cruises in National Parks, and thus choices of ship size and amenities, the San Juan Islands and Oregon’s Columbia River are key players as well.

ALASKA
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve covers over three million acres with open ocean and fjord coastlines spanning most of its perimeter. This means that the small vessels that AdventureSmith Explorations employs access many of the coves and landings around hundreds of miles. Examples of itineraries here are three eight-day programs: Exploring Muir’s Wilderness on the 84-guest Safari Endeavor; Northern Passages & Glacier Bay on the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer, 74-guest Wilderness Explorer or 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer; and Discoverers Glacier Country on the 22-guest Safari Quest, the 36-guest Safari Explorer, the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer or the 84-guest Safari Endeavour. Itineraries have themed departures the week of Aug. 25, 2016 celebrating the Centennial, with commemoration gifts, guest speakers, evening onboard presentations focused on the history of the National Parks, surprise birthday celebrations and special presentations by Park Rangers on board while in Glacier Bay.

For those that want to see as much of Glacier Bay National Park as possible on a cruise, the six-day Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise is the only Inside Passage small ship cruise that spends most of its itinerary inside the park. The itinerary travels from waterfall-laden Geike Inlet to the barren mountain faces of the East and West arms of Glacier Bay National Park, then routes outside the park to Point Adolphus for whale watching. Hundreds of miles of glacial fjords are here for kayaking, hiking and small ship cruising. The base of exploration is the historic 12-passenger small ship M/V Sea Wolf, owned and operated by Alaskans.

Kenai Fjords National Park, on the edge of the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage, covers an area of nearly 670,000 acres, 51 percent of which is ice. A number of lodge-based itineraries allow guests to spend ample time on the water boating through Kenai Fjords. To access most of these remote lodges, guests embark by boat from Seward on a five-hour wildlife and tidewater glacier journey. Kenai Fjords Backcountry Explorer over seven days reveals by raft and boat and on shore the many of the activities and animals on the Native-owned, 1,700-acre Pedersen Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary. The eight-day Ultimate Alaska Adventure pairs backcountry adventure and wild Alaska by sea kayaking in Kenai Fjords National Park, a helicopter landing onto a glacial snowpack, a floatplane journey to a remote mountain lake and more.

LOWER 48
Olympic National Park, at nearly 1 million acres along Washington’s coast, is famed for its diversity of ecosystems and rich cultural history. Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands is an eight-day-expedition along this coastline from the comfort of the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer or the 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer. Kayaks and paddleboards sail aboard, allowing guests to actively explore the park’s coves and canals.

Lewis & Clark National Historical Park at Fort Clatsop in Astoria, Oregon, is a hub focusing on the lore of early explorers. Two small ship itineraries visiting here herald the legacy of two great western rivers: the Columbia and the Snake. Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey over seven days embraces culture and history with food and wine bounties of the Pacific Northwest. This trip recently acquired Food Alliance affiliation ensuring that local and sustainable are prominent in in every culinary presentation. Guests will be on board either 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Bird or 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Lion. Over eight days on Legacy of Discovery guests aboard the 88-guest S.S. Legacy that emulates a turn-of-century steamer traverse the nearly 1,000 miles of history on the Columbia River Gorge.

ARRIVE BY TRAIN OR PLANE
Some of AdventureSmith Explorations’ itineraries define remote to its core, with guests going beyond the boat, being transported to a National Park by small plane or train. There are fly-to itineraries accessing Katmai National Park including Brown Bears of Katmai, a five-day program recommended as a cruise extension. On Denali Backcountry Explorer guests explore the wilderness from a lodge deep in Denali National Park and Preserve with access that may include a bus or train from Anchorage.

Alaska Coast to Denali is a cruise-a-park highlight, visiting two national parks over seven days via boat and train. The itinerary starts with a small boat cruise into a Kenai Fjords National Park lodge, travels overland to Denali National Park and Preserve and then concludes with a scenic train ride on the Alaska Railroad to Anchorage.

See this blog post for a comprehensive list of 18 ways to “Cruise a Park”:
http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/cruise-a-park-national-centennial-small-ship. Learn more unique ways to travel our National Parks by following AdventureSmith’s #cruiseapark hashtag.

For current cruise specials and early-booking offers worldwide see: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/special-offers. For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and 2015-2016 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

About AdventureSmith Explorations – Think Outside the Boat!
Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. A recognized leader in small ship cruising, in 2012 owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler‘s prestigious Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions.

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Harry Potter Film Stars Rupert Grint, Matthew Lewis, Katie Leung, Bonnie Wright and Evanna Lynch to Appear at “A Celebration of Harry Potter”

Harry Potter film stars Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch and Katie Leung will appear at “A Celebration of Harry Potter” – a special event hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Creative talent also set to appear includes Pierre Bohanna, head prop maker for the Harry Potter film franchise, Paul Harris, the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer, and designers Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima, who established the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter films.

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“A Celebration of Harry Potter” will take place from January 29 – 31, 2016 at Universal Orlando, allowing fans to celebrate all of Harry’s adventures, from the beloved books to the feature films and more. Guests will enjoy three days of incredible experiences, including Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent, special panels and demonstrations with creative talent, and access to the Harry Potter Expo – where fans can enjoy the Sorting Hat experience, an interactive mini tour from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and more.

Guests can also experience Harry Potter’s world for themselves by visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Vacation Package guests and those with a park-to-park ticket will also be able to board the iconic Hogwarts Express and enjoy a unique journey as they travel between King’s Cross Station and Hogsmeade Station. 

Access to “A Celebration of Harry Potter” is included with regular theme park admission or with an annual pass, with admission to certain activities being granted on a first-come, first-served basis. While most of the activities for “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will be open to all Universal Orlando park guests and will take place at both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida theme parks, guests who purchase the exclusive event vacation package will enjoy certain special benefits and reserved sections for the panels and demonstrations.


Event details are below:

HARRY POTTER EXPO (Universal Studios Florida theme park)
The Harry Potter Expo will be held inside a Universal Orlando soundstage and will be open to guests throughout the weekend.  The expo will include the following booths and exhibits that will give guests deeper insight into the global phenomenon that is Harry Potter:

 

  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London offers visitors the chance to relive the magic through the eyes of the filmmakers who brought the Harry Potter film series to life. Visitors can step on to authentic sets and admire the real props and costumes used during filming at the series’ production home in England, UK.

The Studio Tour is bringing an interactive taste of the experience to ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ 2016, giving you the chance to see the incredible behind-the-scenes talent that went into creating the iconic film series.

 

 

  • Harry Potter: The Exhibition

Sorting Hat Experience

Are you a Gryffindor or a Slytherin? A Hufflepuff or perhaps a Ravenclaw? At the beginning of each school year the Sorting Hat places new Hogwarts students into a house, and now you too have the opportunity to get sorted in a Great Hall setting inspired by the blockbuster films.

 

Step inside the Expo and the red carpet is rolled out welcoming you to an area celebrating the global impact Harry Potter: The Exhibition has had during its 7-year, 13-city tour, including an exclusive Quidditch inspired photo opportunity.

 

  • MinaLima

Graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima worked for ten years on the Harry Potter films, creating countless unforgettable graphic props, some of which will be on display including iconic pieces such as The Marauder’s Map, Daily Prophet and Hogwarts school books. Since working on the films, they created the MinaLima Store selling authentic reproductions of the film artwork with limited edition art prints and stationery. They are currently in production on the new feature film from Warner Bros. Pictures, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

 

  • Pottermore from J.K. Rowling

Pottermore is the digital heart of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World and if discovering more about her magical universe excites you, Pottermore has a surprise in store for fans attending this year’s Celebration of Harry Potter. And keep your eyes peeled for their new Pottermore Correspondent (Rita Skeeter she certainly isn’t), who’ll be there hunting out exclusive scoops and bringing you updates on pottermore.com from the weekend’s activities.

 

  • Scholastic

Celebrate Harry Potter at Scholastic’s booth by sharing a message about what Harry Potter means to you. Color in a magical page from our brand-new Harry Potter coloring book. Be sure to enter daily raffles for a chance to win a copy of the new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, a box set of all seven Harry Potter books, or a Harry Potter coloring book. Collectible giveaways are available for Harry Potter fans of all ages.

To join the conversation, use #HPCelebration. For more information about the event, tickets and available exclusive event vacation packages, visit
www.universalorlando.com/celebration.

 

“A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER” PANELS AND DEMONSTRATIONS (Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida theme parks)

Demonstrations and Q&A sessions will be available featuring Harry Potter film talent and crew, with special panels and demonstrations for kids. Admission into panels and demonstrations will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Specific times will be released at a later date.

 

  • Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter Film Talent Discussion

Enjoy a fascinating and interactive Q&A session featuring some of your favorite actors from the Harry Potter films. Discover what it was like to work on the most successful film franchise in history.    

 

·         Behind-the-scenes of the Harry Potter props with Pierre Bohanna

Ever wondered how long it takes to make a wand? Or where the inspiration for the hundreds of wand designs in the Harry Potter film series came from? Warner Bros. Studio Tour London presents head prop maker for the films, Pierre Bohanna, who will answer these questions and more. Once you’ve discovered how they were made, raise your own wand as Death Eaters invade the stage to demonstrate how battle scenes were brought to life.

 

  • The Global Impact of Harry Potter: The Exhibition

Join us in celebrating the touring attraction that’s visited 13 cities in 9 countries and hosted almost 4 million guests. Harry Potter: The Exhibition is in a unique position to reflect on the global impact of the franchise. Get an exclusive look at the exhibition’s creation and the excitement it continues to deliver to fans around the world. Panel will include exhibition creators, film producers, and film actors who have participated in the openings.

 

  • Graphic Design for the Harry Potter Films with MinaLima

Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, from the graphic design studio MinaLima, will share insights into their role as graphic prop designers, and how their paths crossed at the WB film studios while working for 10 years on the Harry Potter movies. They will discuss and show some of the iconic props they created for the Harry Potter films, including The Marauder’s Map, the Daily Prophet, and The Quibbler, amongst others.  Still immersed in all things Harry Potter, they will also talk about their  involvement in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, for which they designed all the street and store graphics. During the panel they will welcome questions from the audience.

 

This year’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will also include kids’ demonstrations and interactive experiences such as a ‘Dance Like a Beauxbatons and Battle Like a Durmstrang’ experience, as well as Harry Potter film trivia.

 

Soulshine Music Presents Get The Led Out Live at Tampa theatre

Get The Led Out – dubbed by media as “The American Led Zeppelin” – is returning to Tampa for another live performance on the Theatre’s historic stage at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2016 presented by Soulshine Music.

Tickets are $43 and $38 (plus applicable service fees) and will go on sale at noon Friday, Nov. 20 at the Tampa Theatre Box Office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, and online at www.TampaTheatre.org

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From the bombastic and epic to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) captures the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brings it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. With the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-creates the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. Without wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants: a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity.

 

The 2+ hour set spans the career of the legendary British super group, with a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever, heard in concert and include a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites such as “Tangerine” and “Battle of Evermore” performed in their original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis. Their approach to performing this hallowed catalogue is not unlike a classical performance. “Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock era,” says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. “I believe that 100 years from now, they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliché as it sounds, their music is timeless.”

Florida Residents who Act Now can Save on Multi-Day Tickets and Vacation Packages to Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando Resort has launched a new Hero ticket just for Florida residents – designed to give them huge savings on multi-day ticket options to Universal’s award-winning theme parks.  Offers are available for a limited time and include:

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Three-Day Ticket – can be used for THREE DAYS between now and Jan. 31, 2016. Blockout dates apply.

·         3-day base ticket (access to one theme park per day) for $129.99 plus tax, per person

·         3-day park-to-park ticket (access to both theme parks on each day) for $163.99 plus tax, per person

 

Two-Day Ticket – can be used for TWO DAYS between now and Jan. 31, 2016. Blockout dates apply.

·         2-day base ticket (access to one theme park per day) for $119.99 plus tax, per person

·         2-day park-to-park ticket (access to both theme parks on each day) for $153.99 plus tax, per person

 

Florida residents can also save $50 on a two-night getaway that includes hotel accommodations for two nights, a 2-day park-to-park ticket and early theme park admission.

 

In addition to access to the thrills and excitement of Universal Orlando’s incredible theme parks, this new offer also gives Florida residents the chance to enjoy special events that are included with park admission, including the 25th Anniversary Concert Series this November and Universal’s beloved Holidays celebration in December.

 

The Hero ticket and vacation package offers are available for purchase online now through December 14, 2015 and are valid for use now through January 31, 2016 (blockout dates and restrictions apply).  For more information and to purchase tickets or packages, visit www.universalorlando.com.

This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Travel

Winter is the season of gift giving, but if you’ve exhausted the jewelry section and bought more than enough pairs of fine leather gloves, it’s time to think out of the box—and to the east. Asia Transpacific Journeys is renowned for creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences for travelers to taste, see, and discover the many wonders of Asia and the Pacific. Give the gift of travel to your loved ones this year and rest assured that with its many festivals and abundant opportunities for adventure, their holidays will be anything but ordinary. Whether relaxing on Thailand’s white, sandy beaches or experiencing a boisterous Indian festival, Asia Transpacific Journeys seamlessly handles all of your logistics, providing the peace of mind that your holiday travels will be a treat, not a chore.

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The holiday season is a perfect time to utilize Asia Transpacific Journeys’ expertise to craft an ideal wintertime Journey Beyond the Ordinary™ to Asia, based around your unique travel style and preferences. Whether you’d like to celebrate your favorite holiday with an Asian twist or immerse yourself in a vibrant, local Asian festival, Asia Transpacific Journeys has a team of experts to make your custom trip to Asia the experience of a lifetime.

 

For those interested in discovering the Buddhist tradition, lush landscapes, and welcoming locals, Laos paves the way for an awe-inspiring winter getaway. Bun Pha Wet is a month-long annual Buddhist holiday celebrating the incarnation of the Buddha as Prince Vessantara, an embodiment of perfect charity and compassion. In temples, monks recite the story of the Prince from palm-leaf books accompanied by traditional rituals, dances, and dramatic performances. It is also a particularly auspicious time to be ordained as a monk. All Buddhist men are expected to live as monks sometime throughout their lives, and this rite of passage is celebrated with vibrant enthusiasm during the Bun Pha Wet holiday. The people of Laos are warm and receptive, eager to share their traditions with visitors. This experience pairs perfectly with an excursion elsewhere in Southeast Asia, from the ruins of Angkor Wat to a secluded island retreat off the coast of Thailand.

 

If the vibrant colors and exotic luxuries of India fit you and your loved ones’ travel fancies, perhaps a visit to Nagaland, a remote corner of northeastern India is in order. Attend the Hornbill Festival (early December) to experience exuberant displays of song, dance, food and customs from the area’s astounding variety of traditional tribal groups. Even seasoned travelers to India have never seen anything like this—we promise! Despite the remote location, guests can relax in comfort at an ultra-luxurious, safari-style camp erected near the festival grounds. Perhaps end the experience with a cruise on the sacred Brahmaputra River through the misty hills and tea plantations of Assam. Or dive headfirst into the colorful chaos of India with a few days in Kolkata, the original capital of the British Raj and a hub of Indian intellectual and artistic culture.

 

To make giving the gift of travel even easier, Asia Transpacific Journeys now offers gift cards so you can present your loved ones with a customized voucher to use during their overseas adventure. Gift cards are a valid for either a monetary contribution towards their trip or for a custom experience, suited to their travel style. For example, you can present your loved one with a $200 credit toward their travels, to be redeemed according to their whims, or an expert Asia Transpacific Journeys Travel Specialist can help you select a special experience (like a hands-on private cooking class, a day at an elephant camp or a leisurely guided bicycle tour) to surprise and delight your globe-trotting recipient.

 

Whatever your winter travel plans, make Asia Transpacific Journeys a part of your holiday season by contacting a Travel Specialist to begin planning your next Journey Beyond the Ordinary ™ at www.AsiaTranspacific.com or call (toll-free) 800-642-2742.

New ‘Passport to US West’ Self-Drive & Hiking Tours Announced

Pioneers of self-guided cycling vacations, Pure Adventures (http://pure-adventures.com/), announces a new high-end offering, Passport to the American West, one or two-week, self-drive and hike vacations focused on the 2016 Centennial Celebration of the US National Park Service.

These vacations that include a National Park pass, award-winning audio tour guides of visited parks, premier accommodation selections, a detailed road book and suggestions on the best hikes can also be customized to a client’s budget and interests.

With suggested travel during the best times to see the West, Pure Adventures recommends warm season tours from March through November. The deserts are very hot in high summer, but the mountains and canyons are cool. Peak visitors are expected in June-September. Ideal travel months are April, May, June and October.

Passport to the American West: Phoenix to Las Vegas starts in the Valley of the Sun and ends in Las Vegas, with the marvels of Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce National Parks explored on the one-week, seven-night program. Guests hike from two to four hours each day. The per person double rate from $1,285 includes seven nights lodging, arrival orientation with route book briefing and hiking suggestions and adaptations, detailed hiking and driving route book for the entire tour with notes about what to see and do along the way. Pre trip materials also include maps and necessary info for finding trailheads and enjoying the suggested hikes, driving routes included as well as sites, restaurants, and things to do. Pure Adventures offers limited support by phone with problems during travels, a National Park Pass, some meals and pre-travel documentation and options for additional services. See: http://pure-adventures.com/show-tour/72/US+Passport+to+the+American+West

Passport to the American West – Las Vegas to San Francisco is a seven day, six night program with inclusions similar to the Phoenix to Las Vegas tour. It continues the journey from Las Vegas and incorporates Death Valley, Yosemite, and Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks for six nights before concluding in San Francisco. The per person double rate starts at $1,125.  For itinerary and details see:
http://pure-adventures.com/show-tour/93/US+Passport+to+the+American+West+Las+Vegas+To+San+Francisco

For security and enlightenment while on the highway and inside each national park visited, travelers will be outfitted with the newest GPS-driven road trip technology by Just Ahead, producer of hands-free audio guides for smartphones. Recently named Best Travel App by the editors of Sunset magazine, this technology utilizes GPS to know precisely where drivers are on the road, and delivers stories and maps relevant to their exact location. The 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.

Car rentals are not included in the above programs but can be arranged when booking these vacations. Lodging upgrades can also be secured.

In addition to self-guided programs, Pure Adventures offers other ways to organize domestic and international bicycling and hiking vacations: Guided vs Self-Guided vs Supported, Self-Directed, See: http://pure-adventures.com/blog/2014/06/23/how-to-choose-the-perfect-bicycle-vacation/#.VUk4UvlVhHw

For more information on all of Pure Adventures guided, self-guided and supported, self-directed tours, call: 800-960-2221 or 480-905-1235, Email: info@pure-adventures.com, or visit online: http://pure-adventures.com.

About Pure Adventures
Pure Adventures was created to meet North America’s growing demand for high-quality, self-guided cycling tours. Pure Adventures leverages and utilizes local expertise for route development, sites to see, people to meet, where to eat, and shop and experience life as a local would. Pure Adventures award-winning tours are competitively priced and meticulously planned with substantial behind-the-scene support creating a unique combination that makes a bicycle adventure more easily accessible to today’s active traveler.

This company pioneered self-guided tours in Europe in 1994 and recently launched its first itineraries in North America. Tours span Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and now the United States with the introduction of 20 programs in the West.

Pure Adventures was recently recognized with a Best of Travel 2015 award by OUTSIDE Magazine for their California tours that elevated that state to the top destination in the category of Best Road Biking.

Newest Audio Guide from Just Ahead Explores Rocky Mountain NP

Just Ahead (http://www.justahead.com/), synonymous with award-winning smartphone apps for road tripping through national parks, now offers its GPS-guided smartphone audio tour of Rocky Mountain National Park—a narrated guide to the most dramatic and unspoiled mountain landscape in the United States. It is Just Ahead’s first guide in Colorado.

The audio tour of this park — 265,600 acres of mountain splendor and dramatic roads –includes all of the park’s major paved routes and east and west approaches. The act of driving triggers this GPS-guided tour narration. After download from the Apple App Store or Google Play, this app requires no Internet connection or mobile-phone signal. Just turn it on, drive, and enjoy.

Author Mel White, highly respected author of National Geographic’s Complete National Parks of the United States, tells stories of the park’s scenic highlights, including Bear Lake, Wild Basin, the Continental Divide, the Kawaneechee Valley, and Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuously paved road in the United States (Trail Ridge is closed during the snowy months of the year, but most other roads in the park remain open). The app reveals transitions from the montane ecosystem to subalpine terrain to dramatic alpine tundra above tree line. It calls out trailheads for some of the greatest mountain hikes in the country: hikes to the Twin Sisters Peaks, the great hikes that emanate from Bear Lake, and the trail to Chasm Lake at the base of the sheer north face of Longs Peak, the park’s highest mountain at 14,259 feet.

Between jaw-dropping sights are interspersed stories about the park’s wildlife — elk, bighorn sheep, moose, black bear, coyote, mule deer, mountain lion, yellow-bellied marmot — and the best places for spotting them. The park’s history, geology and geography — think Continental Divide — neighboring towns, and cool places to camp and stay are folded into the narrative, along with pointers on best hikes, trout fishing, birding, and photo opps.

As visitors climb through ponderosa pine forests to the montane ecosystem to subalpine terrain and finally up to dramatic alpine tundra above tree line Just Ahead shares stories of the American Indians, early settlers, the Civilian Conservation Corps and the park’s famous aspen groves. See: http://www.justahead.com/tours/rocky-mountain-national-park/

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. It suggests directions and 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.

A satisfied user had this to say about the app and tour guide, “LOVE this idea! It’s like you went into my brain and pulled out something I never even knew that I wanted but now can’t think to live without.”

Just Ahead guides are currently available for the following National Parks: Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Zion & Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands & Arches, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and now Rocky Mountain. Many additional park guides including are in production including Great Smoky Mountains, Petrified Forest, and more.

The Just Ahead app is a free download available either through the Apple App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android), and each destination guide is available as an in-app purchase. Guides range from $7.99 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 app. 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.