If you heard that Kevin Costner was involved in an iPhone app, you might think it had something to do with baseball. It’s not baseball, but it’s something equally as American — road trips.
The unfortunate reality of a cross-country road trip is that we often fly through points of interest without actually learning much about them. A new iPhone app co-founded by actor Kevin Costner is designed specifically for road-trippers looking to learn more about their various stops.
The HearHere app gives travelers short audio facts about local history, art, culinary tradition, and points of interest while you drive across America, narrated by Costner, former basketball coach Phil Jackson, and others.
According to Costner, “I am in love with history. I am in love with Country. I am in love with all the edges, all the disappointments, all the progress — all worth knowing. […] The most important thing to me, and why I chose to be a part of this idea, is that we agreed as a group that no matter the region, we would always start with the history of the first people and the stories of first contact. It’s not only our responsibility, it’s our obligation to understand and to pass on faithfully the stories of the people who flourished here for thousands of years.”
Although only a few states are included in the app right now (California, Oregon, and Washington), the app will be quickly rolling out more destinations across the country in the coming months.
The app is available for a free trial and a yearly subscription of $49.99.