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, visit: http://www.justahead.com.