Have you always wanted to take a road trip across the country? Hop on Route 66 and drive to California? Or drive up the Atlantic Coast? Or locate every restaurant that has been on the Food Network between Ohio and Florida?
Here are 4 websites for ideas, maps, and road trip plans to get you and your dreams on the road.
Roadtrippers is an online app that helps plan road trips. On your computer or your phone, you can use the app to calculate trip mileage, travel time, and food cost- and show you great roadside attractions along the way. They also have specific guides for trips they’ve already planned ahead of time, complete with roadside attractions. Interested in a Boozin’ USA or Fall Foliage Road Trip? Let Roadtrippers show you the way!
When you aren’t planning a specific trip, check out Roadtripper’s Facebook page for great, mostly-local content to find new places to put on your travel bucket list. Roadtrippers specializes in eccentric roadside attractions, breathtaking natural wonders, and mouthwatering foodie feasts.
Road Trip USA
Road Trip USA has 11 of the best US road trip routes, covering 35,000 miles. Looking for a map for a trip from Canada to Mexico or down the Appalachian Trial? Road Trip USA provides maps, places to stop along the way, and interesting descriptions of each place. This website is great if you want a road trip without the stress of planning your own!
TV Food Maps
Are you a Food Network fan or a foodie? TV Food Maps shows you a map of all of the restaurants that have been on 38 shows on Food Network, Travel Channel, and more. While you can sort them by state (and check out what’s around you- did you know Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives has been in your town?), try the TV Food Maps Road Trip Planner. They only have a few road trip ideas like an 1-95 Food Road Trip or the Texas BBQ Tour, but they have a great list to share with you if you have an idea of where you want to go. The website is even updated regularly, so recently featured restaurants will show up quickly after you’ve seen them on TV.
The Bathroom Diaries
I know several people who wish they’d known about this website before heading on a road trip (looking at you, Mom!). Looking for a clean restroom, changing table, or gas station with clean facilities? The Bathroom Diaries has a list of over 12,000 public restroom facilities in over 100 countries. They even feature toilet ratings, special amenities like wheelchair access, and comments about security and cleanliness.
Think there should be an app for that? If you have an iPhone, check out Toiletocity. I’m still looking for an Android app, so if anyone knows one, let me know!
What websites do you use when you’re planning a road trip? Do you think any of these websites will help you plan your future road trip?
Are you ready for a road trip? Where are you heading next?