August 31, 2012

Roadtrippers – Plan Your Trek

Ask anyone about his or her favorite road trip experience, and you’re likely to hear about good times, hearty laughs, and rockin’ music. Road trips are an American pastime, and now Roadtrippers is a tool that can make the experience even better. The web-application helps people plan their road trips from A to Z, and includes recommended pit stops at famous diners and roadside attractions along the way.

Start planning your next big adventure by heading to the Roadtrippers website and entering a beginning point and destination. Roadtrippers uses Google Maps to pull all the most recent directional data, so you don’t need to worry about getting lost along the way. If you need to make a few stops on your trip, just add those as “waypoints” and Roadtrippers will figure those points into your driving directions. You can also tell the web-application whether you’d prefer to use highways or more rural roads. Next, it’s time to find some fun things to do on your drive. Hit the “Find Places” button on the left-hand side of the screen and choose the types of attractions you’d like to see—including entertainment, food and drink, history, nature, shopping, and sports, to name a few. Roadtrippers will show you all the spots along your route where those attractions exist, and you can zoom in to add particular attractions to your official trip map.

In addition to helping you find fun things to do on your upcoming road trip, Roadtrippers can also help estimate how much money you’ll need to get there. The web-application automatically calculates trip time, length, and fuel costs based on the destinations you’ve entered.

Practical Uses:

  • Learn which nature reserves are located along the route you’re planning to take
  • Find a vintage diner to visit on your trip across the country
  • Create a road trip map for your upcoming adventure
  • Get an estimate of how much it’ll cost you to drive to a bordering state

Insider Tips:

  • Roadtrippers is powered by Google Maps
  • Users can create “bucket lists” with saved trip information
  • Roadtrippers currently features more than 20,000 roadside attractions
  • Individual trip plans can be shared on Facebook and Twitter

What we liked:

  • Families can find attractions that their kids will enjoy when going on long car trips
  • People can save their unfinished trips to edit later
  • Users can select how far they’re willing to go off the beaten path to get to a particular attraction
  • Groups of friends can find attractions to suit everyone’s tastes and interests

What we didn’t like:

  • Nothing


Company Info:

  • Launched: June 2012 (Public Beta)
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Founded by: Tatiana Parent and James Fisher
  • Web site:


  • Free

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