I downloaded the app RoadTrippers on my Android in March, and I quickly became obsessed. After entering my starting and ending road trip destinations, I could easily find a plethora of restaurants, lodging accommodations, sightseeing activities, and outdoor areas begging to be explored along my way.
My first experience with RoadTrippers was for my Spring Break trip to Killington Ski Resort in Vermont. I stopped at my at-the-time boyfriend’s parent’s place along the way, and I was even able to add their address as one of my stops. With that information, RoadTrippers could tell me all of the cool things to do on my new route through Pennsylvania as well. Okay okay, I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let me tell you how it works (these instructions were created using the online version of RoadTrippers).
- Create a new trip.
- Enter your starting and ending destinations along with the dates of departure/arrival.
- From there, RoadTrippers tells you how long your drive will take, how much money you should spend on gas, and how many total miles you are travelling.
- If you have any extra stops that you are making along the way, type those in the “Add a New Place” box on the left.
- At the bottom left of the screen, there is a slide bar that you can use to set your radius. Your radius is how far off of your original route you’d like to go for food, lodging, sightseeing, or whatever else you filter for.
- From there, you can use the buttons at the top left to filter what the map shows you. RoadTrippers has suggestions in the following categories:
- Attractions and Culture
- Food & Drink
- Outdoors & Recreation
- Points of Interest
- Camping and RV
- Entertainment and Nightlife
- And within each of those categories, there are more specifc tags you can search for! It’s wonderful.
- Once you find a place you would like to stop at along your road trip, select the “Add to Trip” button and RoadTrippers will recalculate your route, time, gas, etc. with this stop taken into account.
- Next, spend hours on hours looking at all of the wonderful places you could see.
If you are trying to follow along, here is a screen shot so you know you are looking at the correct app (also so you can see how awesome this is).
Some other wonderful aspects about RoadTrippers:
- Each place has a rating, a description, the address, amenities, reviews, and sometimes even links to websites that will help you book a tour or a night in a hotel or whatever it is you are looking at.
- You can invite friends to edit one of your saved trips! So if you are not making your trek alone, why not have some collaboration on all of the stops you plan to make??
- There is also something on RoadTrippers called “Collections.” You can save places to your default “My Saved Places” Collection, or you can create new Collections such as the “Bucket List” Collection I have on my account. These Collections are not Trips so you do not have to specify a date or a route or anything. You can simply save the place into one of your Collections and come back to it later.
The one and only thing I do not like about the RoadTrippers app:
- From what I have seen, you cannot add a place to RoadTrippers’ database. For example, there was a wonderful restaurant that I went to and I wanted to add it to one of my saved trips as a stop. However, RoadTrippers did not have this restaurant saved so I couldn’t add it. A bit disappointing, but obviously not hindering my enjoyment of the app. I emailed the RoadTrippers’ help desk and they responded saying that they are hoping to implement this feature soon. If anyone knows when that is or how to use it, please let me know!
Photo Credit: Sébastien Marchand