Summer is the season of road trips, and what’s better than making your travels as smooth as possible? Ditch the usual Instagram+Google Maps app combination and try some new ones. Whether you’re a traditional tourist or more of a random wanderer, these five apps are sure to help make your next journey a cinch.
If you like to plan out your perfect route ahead of time, consider Roadtrippers. Whether you’re just looking for the most efficient routes, searching for hotels along the way, or want to find scenic attractions, this miniature Triptik-like app also allows you to save your favorite routes for future use. (Available for free on the Apple and Google Play stores)
For those of you searching for quirky offbeat attractions, try Roadside America. The easy-to-use app makes it easy to break up the monotony of a long drive by finding kitschy tourist attractions and landmarks nearby. Whether you’re looking for something specific or prefer to be surprised, this app is sure to give you some great photo opportunities. (Available for $2.99 on the Apple store)
Love to jam out while you’re driving? Tune In allows you to listen to more than 100,000 live radio stations and 5.7 million podcasts right off your phone. The premium version increases this by providing access to NFL and MLB play-by-plays, audiobooks, commercial-free music, and more. Our recommendation? Hook your phone up to a Bluetooth speaker, crank up the volume, and go nuts. (Available for free on the Apple and Google Play stores. Premium version $7.99 per month.)
Bringing your kids with you? Prevent backseat boredom and keep them entertained with their very own miniature road trip app. Sago Mini Road Trip follows the travels of Jinja the cat, allowing kids to choose a destination, select a vehicle, and hit the road. Perfect for ages 2-5, this app has hours of playability. (Available for $2.99 on the Apple store)
If your precious pets take precedence, be sure to download BringFido before hitting the road. This handy app helps you find pet-friendly places to stay as well as dog parks, trails, beaches, and even groomers. Whether you’re traveling with a large dog, a small dog, or multiple ones of all shapes and sizes, BringFido helps you find the perfect place to stay. (Available for free on the Apple store)