Santa Clara, CA, November 09, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Known for its great beaches, laid-back attitude, and dazzling sunsets, Santa Cruz is a classic destination for travelers and has been added to Geogad's collection of professional tours. As with all of Geogad's Mobile Tours, this new audio- and image-based tour of Santa Cruz is entirely free for viewing via download or streaming over the Internet or directly to travelers' phones.
The tour explores Santa Cruz's must-see coastline attractions. These stops include the ever popular Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Wharf and also less well known stops, such as the mansion that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. All of these tour stops are linked along an easy walk that spans the coastline from Steamer Lane, a favorite surf location, to Santa Cruz's Harbor, a perfect place to catch sailing races or a whale-watching tour. The tour guides travelers from stop to stop either with the spoken audio directions in its downloaded format or with the dynamic maps and built-in GPS system in Geogad's free application for Google's Android-powered smartphones.
Travelers have a variety of ways that they can take Geogad's Mobile Tour of Santa Cruz. Armchair travelers and travelers researching possible trips to Santa Cruz in advance can stream the tour content to their Internet browser from the main Geogad web site at http://www.geogad.com. Travelers who actually plan to walk the tour route while listening to Geogad's tour narration can download the complete tour in a single zip file that can be unzipped and uploaded to the mobile media players that they already own, such as an iPod. Other travelers that decide on the spur of the moment to walk the tour route, which can take about 2 to 3 hours, assuming no long stops, can stream the tour content to the mobile web browser on their mobile phones from the Geogad mobile web site at http://m.geogad.com. Travelers that have the latest smartphones with built-in GPS powered by Google's Android operating system can download Geogad's free Android application from the Google Android Market. With this application, they can explore the tour stops in the order that makes the most sense for them. For example, travelers can take the 1-hour long tour in its standard west-to-east order, or they can hop from tour stop to tour stop using the smartphone's built-in GPS to dynamically update the maps from with their current location to all nearby tour stops. Regardless of which way travelers access this free tour of Santa Cruz, they will get a great introduction to this charming beach town that has been a vacation destination for over a century. The tour covers great moments in Santa Cruz history that formed the town that we see today. Santa Cruz has been attracting travelers since it was discovered by wealthy San Francisco millionaires, who built grand mansions overlooking the wharf. It was through the efforts of local business people and the money of these San Francisco millionaires that the Santa Cruz Boardwalk came into being at the turn of the 20th century. The tour explains more recent trends to life in Santa Cruz including the narrow escape that Lighthouse Field State Beach had in almost becoming home to a convention center and shopping mall and the bizarre behavior witnessed in the area's bird and fish populations, which inspired Hollywood horror movies. The stories told in this tour make it a great introduction to Santa Cruz for first-time visitors and a great reintroduction for long-time lovers of Santa Cruz.
Pricing And Availability
The Geogad Mobile Tour for Santa Cruz, California with sponsored advertisements is available for free at the Geogad website. Geogad Mobile Tours are also available without advertisements at a list price of US$9.99 each. The tours can be downloaded and purchased directly from the Geogad website at http://www.geogad.com.