Heading on a road trip? If you’re checking out the cities we recommend, or any other destination this summer, don’t forget to pack these terrific road trip apps. And check out our tips to plan the perfect summer road trip. We tried to keep the list to ten…but we couldn’t cut one of these. They’re all just too useful!
What’s the point in a road trip if you don’t make a few stops along the way? This app will show you all the roadside attractions on your journey. You’ll never miss “the world’s largest anything” ever again.
In a city and don’t know where to eat? Foodspotting allows you to find restaurants based on location, category, rank, or neighborhood. Users are able to upload pictures and write reviews, so you’re always getting the honest truth.
This app version of the website is a great way to see reviews of hotels and book last minute rooms. Results can be filtered a number of different ways allowing you to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Even the best music collection can get boring after listening to it for a few hours. When you want to mix things up, try listening to Pandora. Type in the name of a musician you like, and a radio station is created featuring music of similar artists. To spice up your collection before traveling, check out our summer playlist.
The constant guessing game of what’s going to be at the next exit is gone with this app. This guide will let you know if there is a Dunkin’ Donuts ahead or if you’re going to have to settle for something else. It will also tell you about gas stations, stores, bathrooms, etc.
Having to be offline for extended periods of time can be stressful for us busy co-eds, but this app lets you find Wi-Fi in your area. The database can also be downloaded so searching can happen without a Wi-Fi/phone connection.
Road Trip Weather
It’s easy to get a weather report, but hard to figure out the weather when you’re crossing state lines every few hours. Road Trip Weather maps out your route and keeps you updated on the weather every step of the way. It can help you decide what time to leave and let you know of any hazardous conditions on the road.
A GPS system is a must, and this app puts it right on your phone! It has turn-by-turn directions and off-line maps for when you lose cell service. CoPilot is an affordable substitute to a standalone GPS system- prices range from $3.99 to $24.99.
There is nothing worse then sailing along down the road when all of a sudden you’re sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. This app shows you where the congestion so you can reroute or at least prepare yourself.
Save the headache (and the trees) of carrying around all your confirmations. Just forward all flight, hotel, etc. reservation emails to your TripIt account and it will be turned into an itinerary with all details available through the app.
With gas prices skyrocketing, this app is a must-have. Gas Buddy finds the closest gas stations using your current location, and it tells you which station has the lowest prices.
Sarah Albert is a lifestyles writer for College Lifestyles. A senior journalism major at the University of Maryland, you can often find her franticly searching through her bag for her iPhone. Can’t live without those apps!