My family and I just got back from Yellowstone and Grand Teton NPs yesterday. I have been to both national parks about 5 or 6 times. This app guided us and explained in detail several neat features of the park that I have not know about before. The previous times I have driven through Yellowstone, I didn’t know I was driving past some interesting sights, till this app. I will honestly say, this is a great/must have app. It is worth the $5. It was like having our very own tour guide in the vehicle with us. We nicknamed him Ranger Rick for obvious reasons. =-)
My 2 complaints were:
First - While using the app on our iPhones, it kept wanting to play my music playlist even if the music app was not launched (like when you plug your iPhone into the car’s USB and it automatically starts playing your music). So, we reluctantly let it play the music. Then, the tour guide would come on but his voice was low. So, we would turn the volume up to hear him. Then he would stop talking and it would revert back to BLARING music from the playlist. Then, my wife and I would both dive to the volume control to turn it down. This would happen EVERY TIME the tour guide would come on and go off. I finally started playing soft music from the music app which, would make it bare-able. I recommend having a dedicated playlist of soft music, soft classical, etc.. just for this reason. It was VERY annoying. My family following behind us in a separate car experienced the same issue, they could not play it through their car speakers for the same reasons above. They opted to use the iPhone speaker without the phone being plugged into the cars USB. Instead, they plugged directly into the 12volt socket and it seemed to work fine without trying to launch music. However, they said it sounded soooo much better coming out of the car speakers.
Second - I agree with a previous reviewer that it would be nice to have an option to have the map “Track-Up” orientation instead of being stuck in "North-Up" orientation. We kept rotating the phone so the map arrows would point in the direction of our travel. I only gave it 4 stars for the reasons stated above.
Overall….this is a great app! My family and myself still enjoyed the app and we were thankful for it. I would buy it again and I plan on buying the Canadian Banff NP guided tour for my upcoming trip in a couple months.