In 1996 my sister and I spent 6 months working our way around the country (the picture is from Ames, Iowa in May 1996 or thereabouts). Armed with a Rand McNally Road Atlas and a Let’s Go USA travel guide, we visited 26 states without strangling each other.
We mapped our route with a highlighter and just crossed our fingers that we’d run across cool things to see. Now it’s soooo much easier to plan the road trip of a lifetime (or even a Sunday drive).
Road Trip Planner
Roadtrippers lets you make your plan to get from A to B, whether you want the most direct route to save money or the drive that brings you past the best taco stands in Southern California. You can use the app or the site to plot start and end points, then have fun with all the possibilities in between. Share your trips with friends to make sure everyone sees what she wants to see.
A side note about Roadtrippers… it’s addictive. I stopped by the site to check it out for this post, and before I knew it, I was planning a vacation and a drive from San Diego to Portland. Poof – two hours disappeared.
App to Discover an Area’s History
I live less than 2 miles from the first Franciscan mission in what was once known as The Californians, a province of New Spain. HISTORY Here helped me discover the mission as well as other historical sites in my area. This app by the HISTORY Channel will delight history buffs who love to discover fun facts about the places they visit.
Travel Organization for the Adventurous Tourist
When you throw the family in the car for the best summer road trip ever, Google Trips is the perfect travel organizer. Google Trips grabs all the travel confirmations from your Gmail account and organizes them into a TripIt-style itinerary. Then the fun begins. The app helps you plan your trip, revealing sights and events along your way, ensuring you’ll never miss the World’s Largest Holstein Cow (the Salem Sue statue in New Salem, North Dakota, stands 38 feet tall) or the best fish and chips in the UK (Simpsons Fish and Chips, Cheltenham, won the 2016 Award).