If you’re on Pinterest any length of time planning your trip, you’ve likely seen the pins that show epic routs across the US. Some just show routes within a particular state. I’ve definitely pinned a few myself. (Check out my Road Trips Board here.) Most of those pins will lead you to blogs, which are great, but sometimes you need more information, more details, and more than one opinion. The following road trip websites will give you just that, more. I use them not only to plan road trips but even day to day itineraries on city breaks.
Google Maps may be a bit cliche for road trip websites. But if you know where you’re going, it’s the gold standard, right? A few things I like about Google Maps:
- Plan multiple stops.
- Check transit times – Did you know you can see times based on when you want to leave, rather than real time?
- Add Favorites – When you’re researching and know you want to come back to a place, add it as a favorite.
- Check Reviews.
- Save routes
- Send routes to your phone
If you’re an Apple user (and I am) you can do all this with your build in maps. However, I also use a PC and like to do my planning ahead of time. Since I can’t access Apple Maps on a PC, Google works better to sync between devices.
Google My Maps
Google My Maps is a little different than Google Maps. here you can segment locations by type through layers. I use it more for organizing and sharing. However, it does show up on my Google Maps app.
For instance, I am planning a trip to Boston. While it’s not a road trip, I am sorting things by attractions and dining destinations. We may not have a set itinerary, but I can easily find the places I’ve saved, click on it and get directions. I like this a little bit better than favorites in Google Maps simply because I can sort and organize even more.
Google My Maps acts a little like Google Drive if you’re familiar with that. I can share my map with family members or the public. I can even pop a link in here.
As you can see, I created a red star for the attractions we wish to see and a purple dining icon for the food we want to eat. I picked colors to code the food and attractions that stand out from the other points of interest on the map.
Roadtrippers is the quintessential king of the road trip websites. This is the site to visit when you want to find off the beaten path roadside attractions, places of interest, and more. Roadtrippers also has an app, so planning syncs between web and phone.
In addition to planning your own route, Roadtrippers is great for inspiration. Here you’ll find interstate guides, National Park Trips, Classic USA Road Trips, Scenic Drives and so much more. The website has greatly improved over the years, so if you haven’t visited in a while, it’s time to do so.
Road Trip America
Road Trip America is another site for roadside attractions and diners. They offer trip guides and an interactive map, but also a ton of advice. Check out the forums on this website too.
Diners, Drive-ins & Dives
Yep, I use this to plan our food along the road. True, often I’m looking to save money on a road trip, and that often extends to finding ways to eat better on the road. However, if we plan to eat out and want something authentic, I look to Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. The website lists the states along the left for each state, and then further segments it by city. If you know your route and want something tasty, plan here. The site does have a lot of ads, so be careful what you click on. It also doesn’t link directly to the diner, but a quick search and you’ll find more info. It’s a great starting ground.
Detail Oriented Traveler
Yes, it’s a bit self-serving, but my own site offers a collection of road trip advice. Here are a few more articles I think you might like.
- 16 Ways to Save Money on a Road Trip
- What to pack in your Road Trip First Aid Kit
- How to have a Successful Family Road Trip
- The Ultimate Road Trip Playlist
- 4 Other Things that Make you a Distracted Driver
- How to Eat Healthy on a Road Trip
- How to Create an Awesome Road Trip Binder for Kids
- Reasons I love the Interstate
Do you have favorite road trip websites? I’d love to hear about it. Drop me a message in the comments below.