GyPSy Guide’s narrated driving tour for the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park is an excellent way to enjoy all the benefits of a guided tour while you explore at your own pace.
There are 105+ audio points that play automatically along a tour route, featuring the best things to see and do, stories, tips and driving directions.
Professional tour guides share advice on how to prioritize your time at recommended “not to be missed” viewpoints, suggested side-trips and places of interest.
Tours work offline, using free GPS signal and location services, so no data roaming, network, or wifi is required while touring.
It’s Just Like Having a Tour Guide in Your Car™
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Glacier National Park in Montana protects some of the most visually stunning mountain terrain anywhere, with giant mountain peaks, above tree-line alpine terrain and glacier fed lakes feeding alpine to valley length waterfalls.
The earliest National Park managers felt it was important to create a driving route that would cross the Park between West and East and climb over the Continental Divide. The road they created would be purely for sightseeing. Then starts the story about stubborn engineers, hard working labourers and many skeptics.
Though the drive is only 50 miles, expect to spend most of a full day taking in the mountain views, alpine flower filled meadows and waterfalls. While the views are numerous, the pullouts aren’t. We’ll give you plenty of notice so both the driver and passengers can relax and feel comfortable about what’s ahead.
And we climb, in many places the road is carved right out of the mountain side. But there is only one switchback located at “The Loop“. You’ll find out why.
The engineering marvels along the drive like Triple Arches and the Tunnels are visually impressive. So are the stories of the “powder monkeys” tasked with hanging off the cliffs by rope, drilling holes and stuffing them with dynamite.
If you are touring early in the season, you might get a free car wash at the Weeping Wall, as the snow melt showers over the road. Have your camera ready, you’re going to be taking a lot of photos today.
Most will want to capture the milestone of the highest point along the route, and perhaps warm up inside at the Logan Pass Visitor Centre.
The valleys and alpine terrain are also ideal environments for a variety of wildlife and animals sightings are common.
The tour can be driven in either direction, between West Glacier and St Mary, with different commentary, while still pointing out the major sites.
WHAT YOU’LL SEE:
Highlights along the tour route include
• West Glacier
• Lake McDonald Lodge
• The Loop
• Weeping Wall
• Triple Arches
• Oberlin Bend
• Logan Pass
• Big Bend
• Wild Goose Island
• Lunch Creek
• Haystack Falls
• Bird Woman Falls
• Siyeh Bend
• St Mary
++ Continued use of GPS/Location Services in the background increases battery usage. We strongly recommend taking a cigarette style (DC outlet) car charger. Avoid using a direct connection to the USB port of a rental vehicle.
** iPad models must include a GPS chip. Please note that Apple only install these on the iPad Wifi + Cellular models. Wifi only iPad models have limited location service capabilities and are unable to play commentary automatically.
The apps are larger in size in order to work offline. You must be on wifi to download as the store may block the download over cellular networks.
GyPSy Guide™ produce award winning narrated audio tours along scenic drives and road trips around the world.
Enjoyed by travelers who prefer to set their own pace and itinerary on vacation, but enjoy a fun, informative and educational guided experience while driving themselves.
Our goal is to provide a great introduction to the region and inspire you to learn more and return.
None of our apps include paid advertising or placements for benefit.
We are constantly making improvements, both large and small, so you have an even better sightseeing experience for your road trip adventures.
Major updates we've made for this and previous versions include:
* Modifications made for iOS13 release
* Tour keeps delivering audio narration even when in background mode, Eg while you listen to music.
* Easy-to-follow tour route line added
* Content updates
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
This is the BEST series of APP’s!
I highly recommend this series of APPs of you are planning on visiting these parks! This was a marriage saver!! If you ever struggle on what and when to see sites, while planning multiple National Park visits during peak seasons, then this is the APP for you! It takes planning to the next level! I purchased The Yellowstone/Teton and after purchased Glacier as a separate APP. It will sync to your radio so that all can hear and includes a map. The narrator was amazing, he did not talk too much and the signal was NEVER lost even though our navigation and phone signals were weak. He provided interesting commentary on the National Parks, land marks and geography. You will not be disappointed and will not need to hire a tour guide!
Indispensable for auto touring
Wow!! This is the second year we have used GypsyGuide, throughout the Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park’s GoingToTheSun Highway. It worked flawlessly with smartphone connected by Bluetooth to car’s speaker system. Just like going on a guided tour in your private vehicle. It’s display on your phone gives your exact location and where the next audio point of interest is located. I highly recommend all versions that we used.
Liked but didn’t love
Tone of narrators voice
Length of talks for each area of interest
Automatic start at each point of interest
Tracking the car along the route
Topics chosen (I’d prefer more talks about nature, the discussion was mostly about building the road, number of cars which came the first year, after the narrator said he wasn’t going into the details of the lake length, depth, etc. If you’re going to say you don’t like numbers, then don’t tell me about numbers: how much the workers were paid, # of years it took to build the road, how many cars visited the first year)
Hokey tone the narrator took at times, self-deprecating has a time and place, but not on my audio tour. Just the facts ma’am.
No info given on parking tips/tricks when that’s the worst part of the park, the Logan’s Pass parking lot was full so we missed it completely.
Fact that he also narrates other tours. If this is the tone for all of the tours can I switch the voice like on my Garmin? 😂 English lady or Australian guy please.
Tips/tricks on how to get a hotel room last-minute, where to go swimming, best food in the park, etc.
- GPS Tour Guide Inc
- 230.6 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.