Christine Ryan

Next stop, the Grand Canyon. Photograph by Thomas J. Story

As amazing as the scenery is in our national parks and monuments, sometimes you need more than sheer beauty to keep everyone engaged while you’re driving along. That’s where Just Ahead comes in.

The app turns your smartphone into an audio tour guide, which chimes in with stories and directions cued by your GPS location. (It even works when there’s no cell service.) So far, the Long Beach, California–based company, which is working with Sunset contributor Bob Howells, offers guides for Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Zion, Cedar Breaks, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Bryce Canyon, plus more Western parks on the way. Now, stop fighting with your sister and look out the window already. From $4.99; justahead.com.

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