Going on a road trip? There’s an app for that!
Planning a road trip can be stressful because there are so many moving parts, but we’ve collected the 11 most helpful road trip apps that address all aspects of hitting the open road.
Whether you’re looking to book a campsite or trying to find the cheapest gas or picking out the perfect mid-drive hike, these apps have got you covered. These apps will even help you find offbeat attractions on the road. If you’re looking to plan out a family road trip, or just looking to explore with friends, here are 11 road trip apps that will make road tripping a lot easier.
Waze is a must-have for any road trip. It’s a navigation app that’s known for its live traffic updates. One if its best features is that it shows where cops are hiding, so you can avoid getting a speeding ticket. Nothing kills the mood of a road trip more than a speeding ticket!
Waze is powered by Google Maps, and is far superior to its owner Google as well as Apple Maps. It show you your current speed, as well as alert you of other possible dangers on the road. Treat it like a game and report things along the way, such as wildlife and road hazards like cars parked on the shoulder.
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GasBuddy compares gas prices for you, so you don’t fill up your tank only to pass a cheaper gas station a couple miles down the road. You can add your destination and GasBuddy will show you all the gas stations on your route as well as their prices and distance out of your way.
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Speaking of gas prices, Venmo is the perfect app for splitting the price of gas and other expenses on your road trip. The free app allows you to transfer money to and from your fellow roadtrippers.
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No road trip is complete without the perfect soundtrack, or podcast if that’s more your speed. Spotify is a music streaming platform that has it all, it even has a “Classic Road Trip Songs” playlist.
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5. Guides by Lonely Planet
If you’re planning on hitting multiple cities on your road trip Guides by Lonely Planet is for you. Rather than buying a guide book for every city you’re going to, you can pay $4.99 for one month of the app which saves time and space. The app has curated collections like top experiences, free stuff, and museums for over 8,000 cities across the world. You can also search for things like food and coffee in a city on the app for recommendations.
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AllTrails will address all your leg stretching needs. AllTrails shows all the nearby hiking trails with detailed ratings, descriptions, and directions.
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7. National Park Service
No road trip is complete without a stop at a National Park. The National Park Service App allows you to search any National Park and tells you the basic information of the park as well as what to see, things to do, where to stay, and where visitor centers are. There are also self guided tours on the app.
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8. Roadside America
Roadside America is an app that costs $2.99 and shows offbeat attractions like the Bolo Tie Museum in Arizona. Just enter your route into the app and it will show you all the weirdest attractions along the way. The attractions are ranked from the best to mildly interesting and you can choose which rankings appear on your map.
Roadside America is only available on iPhone, and you can download it for iOS in the Apple App Store.
9. The Dyrt
Doing a bit of camping on your road trip? The Dyrt shows you all the campgrounds and RV parks in an area and streamlines the booking process. It’s perfect for planning your accommodations on your road trip. The pro version costs $2.99 a month.
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Roadtrippers is an all in one road trip app. You enter your route and can see hotels, attractions, recreation, places to camp, landmarks, and more on your route and create an itinerary. You can also access pre-made road trip guides. The pro version costs $29.99 annually.
11. AAA Mobile
The final app is perhaps the most useful for your road trip, AAA Mobile. AAA members can book roadside assistance and accommodations that have a discount for members through the app. It also shows nearby gas stations.
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