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Will I use cell service for this app?
We suggest you download the app while connected to wifi. You may as well do it at home so you can use the app to help plan your trip, but if not you can do it while connected to your hotel wifi or even a McDonalds. After it is downloaded you will not use any cellular service to run the app. The app works through your GPS chip in your phone and satellites.
Bring along a car charger
You will not use cellular service as you drive, but you will use GPS which can wear down the battery quickly. It is best to bring along a car charger so you do not run out of battery. If you don’t have a charger, make sure you power down when you make stops. Just remember to restart the GPS tour when you get back in the car.
You may even want to bring a jack to plug into your car speakers
I don’t know about you, but my kids are noisy. It is nice to have the audio run through your speakers to ensure everyone in the car can hear.
What is the Best Route For the GPS Tour?
I would recommend starting in Independence, hit Liberty, go towards Richmond and then up to Far West, Adam-ondi-Ahman, and then over to Carthage and Nauvoo. This has you traveling the route in a more chronological order, which is helpful when trying to understand the events.
The other reason I like going from Independence to Nauvoo, is that Nauvoo is the climax. In Nauvoo, you will find hands-on things to do, missionaries to explain everything, dancing, singing, performances, and the temple. If you do this first, the rest of your trip will not be as exciting in comparison. That being said, if you go from Nauvoo to Independence, I will first cover the Illinois events, and then as we get into Missouri I will back up and discuss the events that led up to the Extermination Order. Either way will work, just choose the direction you are headed when you start your tour. If you want to change the direction go into reset from the home screen.
Sometimes you will not follow the route I have laid out. You may have a hotel in Quincy, IL, or need to see Aunt Susy in Kirksville, MO. The audio tracks are set to play automatically only if you follow the route. If you take a detour from the route, just tap on the stops you missed and you can listen to them manually.
How Do I Use This App With My iPod Touch (Or iPad without GPS)?
You will still be able to use this app with your iPod (or iPads without GPS) you will just need to play the stops manually. Go to the map and as you travel tap on the red markers which are audio telling you the church history. As you get close to the attractions (you can follow along on the map) tap on the green pinpoints, their title, and then just play the audio.
Where Should I Fly Into?
The ideal airport would be the Kansas City, Missouri (MCI) airport. Independence is just a suburb of Kansas City and is about 30 minutes from the airport. It is another 272 miles to Nauvoo. That being said if the price is right, you can also fly into STL-St. Louis (185 miles from Nauvoo or 241 miles to Independence), or ORD-Chicago (267 miles to Nauvoo and 520 miles to Independence). If you are only going to Nauvoo, Chicago or St. Louis may be a better option.
What is the Best Time of Year to Go?
The advantages to going off-season
Tell Me About the 2014 Performances
All of the performances are free, but some of the performances will need a ticket and you can reserve them by calling ahead of time 217-453-2237 ext 122. You will want to call a couple of weeks ahead of time to make sure you get the dates and times you want.
What Can I Watch or Read to Prepare For This Trip?
There are a few videos, which can acquaint your family with the church history. You may be able to borrow them from your ward library. If you are traveling by car across country to the sites, these are great to watch on a portable DVD player to pass the time. Or you can watch them as part of your FHE for the months leading up to your trip.
Another thing you may want to do is look to see if you have any pioneer relatives and read their history. When you get to Nauvoo, you will be able to look up your relatives at the Land and Records Office.
Always use common sense when visiting the area. Lock your doors and don't leave valuables (including your phone) out for others to see. Although theft isn't a regular occurance you don't want to be a victim.
Be cautious while driving. It is the driver’s sole responsibility to obey all the laws, and remain undistracted while driving. If the driver needs to look at the app, pull off at the next safe location, but please, be safe and do not check it while driving. It is assumed that you will use reasonable judgment as you travel the road, but sometimes accidents happen. GuideMe Travel assumes no responsibility or liability for injuries or death while traveling or visiting the stop locations. Have a fun and safe trip!