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Named by Apple in "10 Best Apps of the Year" 2016

Introducing Detour 4.0, our biggest update ever just in time for summer travel - featuring new 75+ new tours, 12 new cities, video previews, in-app camera, a design refresh, and a lot more!

Immersive audio walks that guide you through the world's most interesting places with the people that know them best. Whether exploring solo or with friends, Detour will change the way you experience places. Available in 17 cities around the world.


Location-Aware: Detour uses GPS to keep the narrator in sync with your location so you can stare at the sights instead of your screen.

Social: The world's first social audio tour, sync Detour with friends for a shared experience.

Cinematic Production: Each Detour lets you walk in the shoes of a narrator with a special connection to the place, giving you access to voices and experiences you couldn't otherwise have. Join Ken Burns, Radiolab, Errol Morris, Philip Petit and more as they guide you through some of the world's most iconic locations.


Detour is currently available in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, New Orleans, Boston, Portland, Savannah, Charleston, Austin, London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Barcelona, and Marrakech.


"The world's coolest audio guides" - Conde Nast Traveler
"Detour will undoubtedly change the way we look at cities" - Wanderlust Duo
"Like walking around in a movie" - WIRED

What's New

Version 4.5.4

• Fixes an issue that could cause the volume to jump when seeking or pausing and resuming a tour.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
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Editors’ Notes

What we love most about making friends in new cities is the amazing stories they share about local landmarks and out-of-the-way neighborhoods. Detour’s self-guided audio tours are like those friends—giving us narrated, behind-the-scenes insight into some terrific places. It’s augmented reality for the savvy traveler, truly plugging us into the areas we visit.

travelintracy ,

Need more cities!

I travel in Latin America. There’s a lot of history, interesting architecture & current events that could - & SHOULD - be covered! I have service/signal unless in the jungle areas. I’d really like to have these guided tours in Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, and on into South America!
Since most of my travel is not covered, it’s difficult for me to give this app more stairs until it is more inclusive.
The tours for the US cities are good. How about Kansas City (jazz, the 18th & Vine area, etc), Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs, Salt Lake City???? There are plenty of US cities with many interesting stories, history, architecture and such.
If Latin American & more IS cities are added & well done, I’d be happy to change my rating.
Great start. Now let’s see what is added for those of us not as interested in European (a large portion - though lacking (Edinburgh, Dublin, Wales, Canterbury, etc) - of the app) travel.

AKGold11 ,

Great way to learn about the less touristy side of Rome!

On my recent trip to Rome, I completed three of the Detour walking tours - on the Jewish Resistance during Nazi Occupation, Modern Italian Politics, and The Fall of Rome. I enjoyed each of these immensely, and appreciated how they showed a side of Rome, it's ancient and contemporary history, that I wouldn't otherwise get to experience and learn about as a tourist. I love how the tours are narrated by a person who was present and significant for the period (even if played by an actor), the sound design and how immersive it made the walks, and how the walks took me to places, and made me notice things I would have missed otherwise. Looking forward to checking out some others of these tours closer to home.

In-App Purchases

San Francisco: The Mission
A Chicano 'hood in the midst of change.
San Francisco: Cool Gray City
25,000 years of history in 25 (or so) blocks.
NYC: Central Park
An audacious democratic experiment.
NYC: Brooklyn Bridge
Ken Burns reveals secrets of the bridge.
Chicago: Riverwalk
The turbulent times of the Chicago River.
Chicago: Architecture
The magic past of downtown architecture.


73.2 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
© 2015 Detour.com, Inc.
In-App Purchases
  1. San Francisco Guide Free
  2. San Francisco: Cool Gray City Free
  3. San Francisco Essentials Free


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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