The 8 Best Road Trip Planner Apps for 2018

Wherever you're headed, there's an app for it

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Planning a road trip can be fun, but also stressful. Road trip planner apps can take some of that stress away by helping you plan, organize, and manage it all both before and during your trip.

Forget about stashing bulky maps in your glove compartment, trying to decide where to stop, or just winging it. Instead, download these apps to give you peace of mind so you can spend more time enjoying your trip and less time fretting about being disorganized.

Two screenshots of the Roadtrippers app for Android.
The Roadtrippers app for Android.

Built for travelers, Roadtrippers helps you create your route while allowing you to discover great places as you plan it out. Just add a new place to your itinerary to work it right into your trip.

The app features an easy-to-use interface and in addition to covering the U.S., it also covers Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

What We Like:

  • Access to free and convenient travel guides.
  • Share-ability so friends can join in on the planning process and suggest places to visit.

What We Don't Like:

  • The app can suck the battery life out of your device pretty quickly. (Make sure you have a USB car charger with you!)

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Two screenshots of the Google Trips app for Android.
The Google Trips app for Android.

You can count on Google to make your trip planning a breeze. Pre-constructed day plans are available for hundreds of the world's most popular destinations, which you can customize to your liking.

It's one of the most versatile travel apps out there, giving you one convenient place to see all your hotel, rental car and restaurant bookings in one place.

What We Like:

  • Automatic trip organization via Gmail integration. 
  • Offline access so you can always see your trip information even when you don't have an internet connection.

What We Don't Like:

  • Limitations with customizing some day trips exactly the way you want.

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iExit Interstate Exit Guide: Know Exactly When and Where to Make a Pit Stop

Two screenshots of the i-Exit app for Android.
The i-Exit app for Android.

Making pit stops for food, gas, bathroom breaks and more is easy when you've got the iExit app. Using your device's GPS, the app offers helpful suggestions for where to stop based on where you are along the highway.

Whether you're looking for well-known franchises like Starbucks and Walmart, to convenient amenities like free Wi-Fi and truck/trailer parking, this app has you covered.

What We Like:

  • Access to detailed summaries of what's at the next exit (including gas prices at nearby gas stations).
  • The ability to search for the next 100 exits from your location.

What We Don't Like:

  • The app can only be used on major U.S. exit-based highways.
  • No offline access, so you'll have to use your data plan while you're on the road.

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Two screenshots of the GasBuddy app for Android.
The GasBuddy app for Android.

GasBuddy is an app specifically designed for finding nearby gas stations and saving money on gas. Use it to find the cheapest gas in your area and even filter gas stations by amenities like car washes, restaurants, and bathrooms.

This is really the app you want to have if you're serious about finding the cheapest gas around. Information is sourced from users just like you, so you have the most up-to-date prices!

What We Like:

  • An in-app gas payment feature.
  • The opportunity to save 10 cents per gallon on your first fill-up and five cents per gallon on every fill-up after.

What We Don't Like:

  • The app can take up a lot of data and battery life as it runs in the background.

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Two screenshots of the PackPoint app for Android.
The PackPoint app for Android.

PackPoint is an app that helps you make sure you have everything you need based on where you're going and what you're doing. The app even takes into consideration the length of your trip and the expected weather conditions.

Perhaps best of all, when you use this app you get to turn a mundane chore into something that's actually quite fun! 

What We Like:

  • Access to a built-in library of items to pack with the ability to easily add or remove items as needed. 
  • An elegant, intuitive app interface.

What We Don't Like:

  • You can't input multiple destinations for a single trip.
  • The app costs $2.99 for iOS and $3.89 for Android, however, there's a more basic version for iOS and Android that's free to download.

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Two screenshots of the ParkMe app for Android.
The ParkMe app for Android.

ParkMe claims to be the world's largest and most accurate parking database. It allows you to purchase your parking spot directly through the app and comparing prices across parking providers to help you save more money.

If you're road tripping around major cities in the U.S., Canada or Europe, this app can be a huge help. You can even compare parking options and prices so you always get the best deal.

What We Like:

  • ParkMe is the only app that also includes street parking/parking meter rates where available, in addition to parking lots.
  • Real-time updates on available parking spots.

What We Don't Like:

  • Rates and hours may be inaccurate in some areas.

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Two screenshots of the OpenTable app for Android.
The OpenTable app for Android.

Deciding on a place to eat in a new area is quick and hassle-free with OpenTable. See exactly what's nearby, filter restaurants by cuisine, see photos of what's on the menu, make reservations and even get personalized recommendations based on your preferences.

OpenTable is known to be one of the top location-based food apps available, so you know you can trust its information when you're dying for something eat!

What We Like:

  • Lots of great filter options and suggestions.
  • Access to gorgeous, high-quality images of menu items and informative reviews from other users.

What We Don't Like:

  • Reported problems and inconveniences with their built-in reward system.
  • Searching for specific restaurants is more difficult than simply looking at what's around in the area.

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Two screenshots of the Hotels.com app for Android.
The Hotels.com app for Android.

Whether your road trip itinerary changed or you simply haven't decided on a place to stay yet, Hotels.com can help you find a place and book it when you're on the go, even when it's super last-minute. You can sort and filter hotels, see the amenities they have to offer, compare prices and even catch a glimpse of how many rooms are available.

This is the app you'll want to have handy if you want to see in-depth hotel details at a glance and need to find a place ASAP to crash—without breaking the bank.

What We Like:

  • A fast, easy-to-use booking feature.
  • For every 10 nights you book through Hotels.com, you get one night free, provided it's the average daily rate of those 10 nights.

What We Don't Like:

  • No option to easily cancel if you change your mind.

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