If you're embarking on a road trip across the United States, preparation is key. From mapping your route and finding cheap gas stations, to discovering offbeat attractions, technology has made this process much more seamless. Here are the top 10 apps that will turn your journey from a mere drive to an unforgettable adventure – and no, we didn't include the basics in this list like Google Maps, Spotify, Waze etc – we wanted to stick to some lesser known but extremely useful road trip specific apps.
Roadtrip provides a super clever way to budget for the fuel costs for your journey from point A to point B.
The app uses the make and model of your exact car to estimate the fuel cost! Perfect for deciding which car to take or splitting the costs with friends. It also has helpful links to find accomodation at your destination, all in one place.
The perfect companion app to Roadtrip, GasBuddy helps you locate the cheapest gas prices along your route, potentially saving you a significant chunk of your travel budget. Plus you can unlock rewards and discounts!
Having a typical weather app is great, but it can be really hard to plan what the weather will be like when driving across country. That's where Weather on the way comes in. It cleverly shows you the weather in every town you pass through on your road trip.
This awesome apps uses the GPS on your phone to guide you through different scenic locations across the USA, Canada, Australia, and Hawaii. You can individually buy each tour, and the app will intelligently tell see you are along the route and point out popular sights – just like a real tour guide!
Alltrails is an awesome app that caters specifically to those who like to go off the beaten track, with millions of trails all around the world, you can see ratings and reviews from other travellers who have done the walk. It's super useful for seeing the true time to explore some of the great walks across the country!
We all know and love Google maps, but Roadtrippers takes things to the next level for road trips! It shows you all the exciting places you might want to stop and see on a road trip, including offline maps.
We love this lesser-known app because it's super well designed. It's especially perfect for budgeting and packing for a longer road trip. Used in conjunction with apps like Roadtrip for fuel budgeting you can get a great estimate for the trip costs.
While apps like Roadtrip are great for splitting the cost of fuel, often there are other expenses like accomodation or dinner that you want to easily split with friends or family. That's where Splitwise comes in – everyone in the group can add expenses and the app with automatically figure out how much everyone owes. Genuis!
A successful road trip is often the result of thorough planning and these apps can be instrumental in that process. However, it's wise to remember that in areas with poor cellular reception, these apps may not be available. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to have backup plans in place in case technology fails. With these tools in your digital toolbox, you’re set to embark on an unforgettable USA road trip.