Word of Just Ahead’s revolutionary smartphone audio guides is really starting to spread. We caught the attention of the New York Times with the release of our newest guides, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, and the Times writes about them in today’s In Transit blog.
This feature article in the Los Angeles Daily News tells the story behind Just Ahead, the smartphone app that delivers narrated audio tours of national parks and scenic highways. Click on the excerpt below to read the full article.
Grand Teton National Park is Just Ahead’s newest smartphone audio tour, joining its fabled neighbor, Yellowstone National Park, in our growing collection of narrated guides to America’s most gorgeous destinations.
It’s hard to beat Grand Teton for scenic driving. The park has 152 miles of paved roads that deliver views of the majestic Teton Range, follow the course of the winding Snake River, and bisect the vast, sagebrush-dotted valley known as Jackson Hole. Just Ahead guides you along all of the most scenic routes, pointing out the marvels as they appear. And in between, you get tales of the park’s human history, dramatic geology, and abundant wildlife.
Just Ahead has added Yellowstone National Park to its collection of smartphone audio tours, just in time for the peak travel season to America’s original national park.
Yellowstone is the ideal setting for a Just Ahead tour, with more than 300 miles of incredibly scenic roads fashioning a giant figure-eight loop through a landscape of mountains, meadows, and thermal marvels.
Old Faithful…Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone…Artist Paint Pots…Norris Geyser Basin…Yellowstone Lake… are all among the 600-plus narrated stories in the most extensive guide we’ve ever produced.
As you drive through the park, you hear stories about these and hundreds of other remarkable sights, plus tales of the park’s charismatic mammals and birds. And the best places to see them—bison, elk, grizzly bears, moose, wolves, pronghorn, beavers, trumpeter swans, and giant lake trout.
Our newest smartphone audio guide is also our most unique tour—it’s a guide to Interstate 15 from Los Angeles to St. George, Utah, by way of Las Vegas and Hoover Dam.
In other words, Just Ahead is now developing audio tours of great American roadways to go with our highly popular national park tours. Of course, in the case of Interstate 15, the route happens to link up with a couple of Just Ahead’s terrific national park tours—Death Valley and Zion—which in turn lead neatly into Just Ahead’s many other California and Utah national park guides.
For many travelers, I-15 is known simply as “the way to Vegas,” and if that’s your destination, fine. You’ll learn a great deal on the way. As you cruise along the interstate, we spin yarns about the old Spanish history of the route…its bizarre geographical highlights, including cinder cones and the San Andreas Fault…and the plant life and wildlife that flourish just outside your windows, from Joshua trees to creosote to rattlesnakes.
Naturally, this being the way to Vegas, we cover the quirky history of that one-of-a-kind city.
|July 14, 2015
From the desk of Gregory Morse, Founder of Just Ahead www.justahead.com, the app that turns your smartphone into a road trip audio guide.Gratifying feedback and unsolicited accolades have been pouring in from Just Ahead users!
Who are we? We’re the entrepreneurs and adventurers at Just Ahead who remove boredom, anxiety and worry from road trips by creating entertaining, informative smartphone audio guides that keep eyes and ears—young and old—glued to stories and landmarks while driving through our national parks and scenic highways. 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 glowing reviews for Just Ahead are largely due to the creative team responsible for the fascinating stories told along the open road. They include:
Already available are audio guides for 11 national parks—and in time for summer vacation we will launch several more including Just Ahead’s first highway guide: Interstate 15 (Los Angeles to St. George, Utah, via Las Vegas and Hoover Dam). We also recently released a much-anticipated Android version of Just Ahead.
The Just Ahead app is a free download available either through the Apple App Store or Google Play. Each destination guide is available as an in-app purchase and includes a free trial and free guide updates. Prices range from $7.99 to $9.99.
Please let us know if you are headed to a destination covered by one of our guides, and we can send you a complimentary code for a test drive. We’d love for you to help sing the praises for what we think will change and enhance the way folks enjoy an American road trip.
The best of the summer to you!
SmarterTravel.com, a great travel website that touts itself as the largest online travel resource for unbiased travel news, deals, and timely expert advice, has included Just Ahead in its list of 10 road-trip essentials.
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The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest professional employee organization, calls Just Ahead a smart tool for “banishing travel woes” on your next road trip. The story appears on the association’s NEA Member Benefits website.
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Spend more time enjoying your vacation with these new gadgets and apps.
Get a customized guided road trip: Your next road trip just got a whole lot more interesting thanks to a new app called Just Ahead—simply download the app to your smartphone and listen as it’s transformed into a hands-free, professionally-led audio tour at six national parks, including Yosemite, Zion and Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon, Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon and Death Valley (nearly a dozen more guides will launch this summer). You don’t even need cell coverage or an Internet connection—the app uses GPS to determine where you are on the road and delivers relevant stories and maps right to you. Just Ahead also helps drivers avoid getting lost by providing helpful suggested directions. The app is free, but guides start at $7.99.
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