Road trip planning made easy.
Here on Adventure Road, we love finding unique attractions and destinations for you to explore. Through our collection of destinations and ready-made Adventures, it’s our goal to make planning road trips fun and easy. To further uphold that promise, we’d like to point you in the direction of a few useful resources that could help set your journey up for success. From packing and weather tracking to navigation and finding the perfect campground, here are a few apps to consider downloading before your getaway.
PackPoint is a smart packing list app that will organize the items you’ll need on your getaway based on the length of your trip, the weather at your destinations and the activities you have planned. The user-friendly interface allows you to craft a custom checklist and easily share it with your fellow travelers. Check out this example of what a packing list website would look like. PackPoint has been featured in the LA Times, The Washington Post, The Next Web and was named Fodor’s “Best Travel App” in 2014. It’s available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for $2.99.
Browse through more than 100,000 hand-curated trail maps to find the perfect spot for your next hike, bike ride or trail run. On AllTrails, you can filter by length, rating, difficulty level and dog and kid accessibility. You also have the option to turn your phone into a GPS tracker so can record your pace, distance and elevation (and avoid getting lost). All your recordings and completed trips can be found in your History for you to refer back to. The AllTrails app is free to download or use the web version. Check out the trail at Martin Park Nature Center here.
Finding the perfect spot to set up camp is easy and trustworthy with Hipcamp. You can discover and book tent camping, RV parks, cabins, treehouses and glamping everywhere from national parks to private land. With a mission to connect good-natured people with the land and each other, the site is passionate about providing resources for unique outdoor stays and embracing adventure. Joining the online community is free, and the app is available for iOS and Android devices. To start you off, check out the Rock Creek Group Campground located inside the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.
Many of us use the built-in GPS functions on our phones but adding this app might be a life saver when it comes to avoiding traffic and construction. Waze not only navigates your trip, but it also gives you real-time updates from other users that help prevent unexpected setbacks. It’s somewhat of a community where users can report accidents, construction, hazards and more for other drivers. It’s great for deciding the best time to leave and shaving off a few minutes when you’re in a time crunch. The best part? It’s also free in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store!
Named Tripsavvy’s “Best Free Weather App for Travelers,” WeatherBug is a great resource to have on your phone, especially if outdoor activities are on your itinerary. In addition to current weather conditions and extended forecasts, the app includes air quality, pollen count and lightning detection. The web version is also free, but by downloading the app, you’re able to get severe weather alerts on your phone. It’s available for free for iOS and Android devices.
When hunger begins to strike, it’s handy to have Yelp there to uncover local gems from the road. The app is free to download and features reviews from 178 million users to help you find the perfect meal. A number of Adventure Road restaurants have been rated the top eatery in town by Yelp reviewers such as Ardmore’s Café Alley, Sulphur’s Springs at The Artesian and Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Ranch in Davis.
We hope using some of these apps alongside AdventureRoad.com sets you up for a successful road trip! What other apps do you enjoy using while traveling? Let us know in the comments below.