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10 Best Road Trip Planner Apps/Websites (Recommended by Avid Travelers)

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There are tons of road trip planner websites and apps these days.

But finding the best ones that meet your travel needs is hard. It is like searching for a needle in a haystack. 

This article will cover some of the best road trip planner apps for any type of travel

Data from an online survey showed that most travelers preferred the following road trip planner apps/websites based on their features and benefits:

(This information is based on our experiences and reviews, data, and information obtained from other travelers)

Roadtrip PlannerMost Recommended Benefits
AAA Triptik40%Great features and user-friendly
Has the best road trip features for the different types of travelers.
Roadtrippers 40%Convenient 
Best for anyone who wants to have fun and enjoy a road trip.
Wanderlog 20%It is a collaborative trip planner 
Best for group, family, and friends road trips.
Furkot 15%Best road trip planner alternative
Others1%Personal Preferences
Best road trip apps/website

1. AAA Triptik

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Travel like the pros- Tripversed

I have used AAA Triptik and can’t imagine a road trip without it. It’s fun planning your road trips with this route planner because, first of all, it is very user-friendly, and has a variety of great features to help you plan your trip effectively.

AAA Triptik
Image Credit: triptik.aaa.com

Some of the best features and benefits of the AAA Triptik route planner include:

  • It gives you easy access to maps and directions for your road trip.
  • You can plan your future trips and save them for later use.
  • It allows you to select restaurants, events, attractions, and book hotels on your route by just clicking on the icons.
  • The route planner also has a gas station icon that lets you know where you can stop and fill up along your route, as well as, the latest gas price per gallon.
  • My favorite: If you are going on a road trip with your pet, AAA Triptik lets you know the pet-friendly hotels and restaurants along your route. 
  • You also get to explore existing campgrounds on your route through the AAA Triptik road trip planner.
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2. Roadtrippers 

Roadtrippers is a great app/website when you want to find suggestions of fun things to do along the road, know your gas cost estimations, restaurants, and off-the-beaten-path camping grounds. 

Additionally, it is easy to map out routes and find great routes through their website/app compared to most road trip planner apps.

Other additional great features of this route planner app:

  • With Roadtrippers Plus, you can build epically long trips, collaborate with friends, and get exclusive deals and savings on your next adventure.
  • It offers pre-planned road trips and travel guides.
  • It is easy to use. You just input your starting point and destination then add and edit your itinerary.
  • It provides live route updates that notify you about the traffic or any road closure due to construction e.t.c

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3. Wanderlog

Wanderlog is not only a great road trip planner but also one of the best travel itinerary planners.

When mapping your route, Wanderlog is able to show you the distances and directions. Additionally, it gives you the driving times between different attractions on your mapped route.

Wanderlog
Image Credit: Wanderlog.com

Reasons why most road trippers recommend Wanderlog

  • It is great for planning group trips/family/ friends road trips.
  • It gives you a list of ideas of places to visit/explore. 
  • It is great for creating a travel itinerary.
  • You can add your trip budget/expenses to help you plan your trip effectively.
  • It also helps you find places to stay along your route.

See also: How To Plan A Solo Road Trip (Solo Road Trip Tips).

4. Furkot 

Furkot is yet another great road trip planner website recommended by travelers and featured in our list of the best road trip apps and websites. 

Furkot
Image Credit: Furkot.com

Though quite similar to the other route planner apps that we have covered above, here are some of its major advantages:

  • It helps you calculate the time it will take you to complete your road trip. This is by allowing you to set your travel time and daily limits, and by being precise about how long you would want to drive each day during your road trip.
  • It gives you suggestions of where to stop for the night based on your preferences, schedule, and mapped route. You have the option to choose; from campgrounds, apartments, hotels e.t.c.
  • Furkot will give you the total prices of where you want to stay for the night, including the service fees and the taxes

For more info, check them out on their official website.

5. Gaia GPS

Gaia GPS is great if you are planning to go on an off-road trip/dirt road trip. It is also one of the best if you plan to go hiking or outdoor camping.

Gaia GPS
Image Credit: www.gaiagps.com

Related: How To Use Gaia GPS (A Complete Guide).

6. inRoute planner

inRoute planner is an Apple product. This means that the app is not available to android users. 

Here are some of the best features and benefits of the inRoute trip planner app:

  • It gives you the fastest route to your destination. This is great for those people who don’t want to spend so much time on the road.
  • It lets users create custom routes based on their preferences, which may include elevation, curviness, and weather conditions. 
  • Has a great user interface with interactive charts that show users the expected temperature, humidity, wind e.t.c.
  • It allows users to search for routes while traveling.
  • Has voice-guided navigation. You don’t need to touch your phone to check the routes while driving. The voice navigation will guide you.
  • You can find restaurants, hotels, and gas stops with the inRoute road trip planner app.

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7. Viamichelin

Viamichelin is yet another great road trip planner app, especially if you plan to go on a Europe road tour. Personally, I have used it a couple of times and loved it. 

Viamichelin
Image Credit: viamichelin.com

Here are some of Viamichelin best features and benefits:

  • It gives users real-time traffic information.
  • Allows you to explore major tourist attractions on your planned route.
  • You are able to choose where to stay and eat when planning your route.
  • It gives you multiple routes based on gas costs, tolls e.t.c.

It also gives you different route planning options, which include:

– The quickest route.

– The shortest route.

– Economic route – this route mainly focuses on saving you money on your road trip by avoiding toll roads, and fuel efficiency.

  • This route planner also gives you the total cost of your trip throughout Europe.

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8. Google Maps

Google Maps is a free road trip planner app that helps save on travel and provides you with a bigger view of the area where you will be going. 

Additionally, with the help of Google street view, you familiarize yourself with some of the places that you plan to visit or stay during your road trip.

Google Maps comes in handy, especially if you plan to drive a long distance. I remember one time driving for about 8,000 miles from Michigan to Wisconsin, passing through Grand Canyon, San Francisco, Seattle, and Yellow Stone. Google maps really came in handy and were also quite accurate.

9. Dark Sky

Dark Sky has in the past helped me get real-time weather updates and plan my road trips.

Dark Sky
Image Credit: darksky.net

10. GasBuddy

This app will help you find the cheapest gas stations along your route if you are traveling on a budget.

Hey, I’m Rose. I’m passionate about electric cars and clean energy. My adventurous spirit and journalistic pursuits make each day fascinating and far greater. I consider traveling not just about the grandeur moments, but the little elements that transform the whole experience.