While planning a road trip usually begins with a starting location and a destination, 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. Luckily, several different websites and apps can 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 adventure to end.
Whatshalfway.com is a website that will give you not only your route's midway 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 avoid highways or toll roads.
Sometimes you just need to find the nearest pitstop that has gas, a bathroom, a decent place to eat, or some combination of the above. The website iExit is perfect for all of that and more, and shines best when you use the mobile app while already on the road. Easy-to-read images show you what's offered at each exit off of the interstate, so you can plan out your pitstops before pulling off the highway. See gas prices, accommodation options, Wi-Fi availability, and restaurants all conveniently compiled on one page. You can either type in your starting point and destination to see pitstops along the route or use the GPS feature on your phone to find the nearest exits to your current location.
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.