Planning a road trip usually starts with a starting location and a destination, but the real work starts when it comes to figuring out where to stop, what to see, and how to get there. Your favorite GPS application might show you the quickest route from point A to point B, but that isn't necessarily the best route. Thankfully, several different websites and apps are out there to help you design your perfect road trip.
Some of them are best for finding the halfway point between two places so you can split up the trip, while others focus on highlighting the most interesting or unique points of interest. After all, a road trip is all about the journey, and you'll find so many places to stop with these resources that you won't want the journey to end.
Whatshalfway.com is a website that will give you not only your route's halfway point but also suggestions for places to stay, restaurants, and things to do near that spot. Whatshalfway.com includes maps and data for more than 45 countries, making it a great resource for international travelers. Once you've found a halfway point, you can look for all points of interest or filter for lodging, dining, cultural attractions, shopping, and more. You can also add more people to the halfway point search so that you can find a meetup spot that works best for all of you, or create a trip plan with Whatshalfway.com's journey planner.
You can use MeetWays to find the halfway point between two addresses, which is perfect for meeting up with friends or finding a place to rest during a long road trip. It's available in over 30 countries and also includes reviews of local restaurants and attractions, which is great for finding the best local hotspots when arriving in a town or neighborhood you're not familiar with. It also works not just with driving directions, but for finding the best halfway point if you're walking, biking, or taking public transit. If you want to take the scenic route, you can easily change the settings to not include highways or toll roads.
GeoMidpoint will calculate the midpoint between two places for you, which is convenient for finding the halfway point to a destination if you want to split up the drive evenly into two days. You can also use it to meet up with friends who are coming from another city using the "Let's Meet in the Middle" tool, which finds the geographic midpoint (as the crow flies) or the route midpoint (using driving distances) between two or more addresses. GeoMidpoint also connects to Google Maps and its abundance of restaurant reviews, so you can choose to meet up somewhere tasty instead of in the middle of nowhere. To find a midpoint, you do have to enter the latitude and longitude of each location, but the site makes it easy to find by just typing in an address.
Travelmath will appeal to travelers who like to plan all aspects of their trips, and is most effective for finding stopping points on long, multiday road trips. Plug in your two departure cities and Travelmath will tell you the biggest cities or most popular destinations to stop in along the way, along with distance and time between each one. If you aren't sure if taking a car is the right option for your trip, it will also give you a side-by-side comparison of flights and driving to help you chose the best method.
If you care less about the halfway point and more about the best places to stop, then Roadtrippers is what you're looking for. It's available as a website and mobile app, so you can easily plan from home or while on the road. Just punch in Point A and Point B into the application and Roadtrippers will show you what routes are available plus highly rated points of interest, restaurants, cafes, and hotels along the way. The site and app are both free to use, but you can pay for a premium version to unlock even more features such as offline use, adding more stops, and collaborating with friends.