THESE ARE THE 7 BEST APPS TO DOWNLOAD BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT ON YOUR NEXT ROAD TRIP ADVENTURE. THEY INCLUDE EVERYTHING FROM HOW TO PLAN THE PERFECT ADVENTURE TO HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON THE ROAD.
There are very few things more exciting than hitting the open road. The possibilities, adventures and destinations are truly endless. But, while road trips are by far one of our favorite ways to explore a new place, we also understand that they can be stressful - especially when it comes to planning.
Luckily, nowadays, there are tons of services and apps out there to help you plan the perfect road trip; including, apps to help you find awesome spots to stay, places to adventure and even where to find the cheapest gas along your road trip route.
Below are 7 of the best road trip apps to download before you hit the open road on your next grand adventure.
THE 7 BEST APPS FOR ROAD TRIP ADVENTURES
1 | iOverlander
This is definitely one of our go-to road trip apps since it is super easy to use and has a ton of awesome information on finding free campsites across the USA (and even some international sites).
In fact, many of our favorite campsites we have stayed at while road tripping have come from scouring iOverlander (which though basic, has a lot to offer). We suggest downloading this app before setting out on your road trip and then searching for a couple of sites (and maybe saving their location) while you have good service. This is especially useful if you know you are going to be road tripping in more remote location (i.e. southwest Utah).
You can search the iOverlander app here.
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2 | FreeRoam
This camping app, though very similar to iOverlander, is definitely geared more towards people who need to know specific things about the free campsites they are looking to stay at; including, information on cell services, the upcoming weather forecast (something that is definitely useful to know when road tripping), and seasonal info (like average level of fullness - i.e. how many people will likely be there).
This road trip app also shows useful information on things like the amount of noise, overall safety, and even how clean the sites usually are. Finally, like iOverlander, FreeRoam has an interactive map with info on the closest services like where to find potable water, where to refill your propane containers and even where to dump stations (perfect for if you are road tripping in an RV).
You can check out FreeRoam - and find your own free campsite - here.
3 | Hipcamp
While iOverlander and FreeRoam definitely focus more on showing free camping spots, Hipcamp focuses more on offering unique and fun stays. From desert safari tents to high mountain tiny homes, you can find pretty much any type of lodging on their easy-to-use website. Plus, they showcase a ton of really cool sites near many national parks (including popular parks like Yosemite and Rocky Mountain National Park).
One of the key things to know about using Hipcamp while road tripping is that you do likely need to book a stay ahead of time (meaning some pre-planning is necessary). This is because all of the sites are located on private land and therefore the owners (hosts) need to make sure the spot is available and ready to go for when you drive up. We recommend searching their catalogue a couple of weeks (maybe even months during the busy season) ahead of your road trip departure date and booking a night or two. This will not only give you the opportunity to stay in some super cool spots, but it will also give you the chance to talk to some locals who know the area like the back of their hand (this is the best way to find those awesome hidden gems while road tripping).
Free to use the app, but many of the Hipcamp sites cost $20+ per night.
Search the entire Hipcamp catalogue here.