8 Best Travel Apps for a Great American Road Trip

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Whether you're planning a coast-to-coast adventure or a multi-state road trip, there are a lot of ​smartphone apps that will help you with your travels. Consider downloading a few of these to get the most out of your USA road trip.

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Hotels.com App

When fatigue sets in on a road trip, you often just want to drive as far as you can to get to the next town and call it a night so you can start fresh the next day. The free Hotels.com app lets you look up and reserve hotels. For last-minute reservations, you can save up to 50 percent with their "Deals for Tonight" feature. Hotels.com has listings for more than 100,000 properties and the app lets you store reservations, track rewards points, and save hotels in a favorites list for later browsing. When you book ten nights, you even get one night free.

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Looking for a good deal on a great restaurant or some coupons for when you go shopping? DealNews organizes all the local coupons and deals that are available and each deal is vetted by experts so you don’t have to worry about getting scammed or encountering any fake deals. It is handy when you’re looking for a great restaurant that isn’t too expensive and the app is free.

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Tripit is a free easy-to-use travel planning and itinerary organizing app typically used more by frequent fliers. But road trippers can use the Tripit app or website to plan a trip, complete with hotel, dining, and shopping stops. Tripit lets you share your travel agenda to Facebook or with other friends on Tripit. And, of course, you can save your trips in the Tripit app for future browsing.

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Google Maps

A GPS is a must for drivers, especially for road trips and the Google Maps app lets you filter your directions by the fastest route or whether or not you want tolls. You can also download a pre-determined area and use it offline on your phone if you don't want to burn through your data or if the Wi-Fi is slow. This free app also offers real-time traffic updates and faster alternative routes.

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A road trip across the USA sometimes involves countless hours of driving at night in the middle of nowhere. Or, it could mean a camping trip under the stars. Either way, you're going to need to make a night-time pit stop, so why not use the break to take in those twinkling stars? The GoSkyWatch Planetarium app is an easy-to-use astronomy app that lets you point your phone at the sky and discover which stars, planets, and constellations are above you.

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Roadside America

What's a road trip without stops at the quirky attractions along the way? Roadside America's app uses your phone's GPS to locate nearby oddities, statues, and museums, but also lets you search and plan your visit to other ones. There are field reports for hundreds of attractions, organized by state, city, and category. Perhaps one of the coolest extras in the app is the "Sunset Alert," which alerts travelers to the last daytime photo opportunity on their chosen route.

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Gas Buddy

As this gas price heat map from GasBuddy.com indicates, gas prices across the United States fluctuate by as much as a $1 per gallon. The free Gas Buddy app lets you use the knowledge of the heat map and GasBuddy.com volunteers to find the cheapest gas while on the go.

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Some of the best road trip memories likely involve turning the music up and rocking out to your favorite music with the open road in front of you. Rather than getting stuck with what's playing on the radio, download the Spotify app to find your favorite artists or music genre, and create playlists with the tap of your finger.

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