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8 Apps You Need To Download Before Planning Your Next Road Trip

Hitting the open road for your end of summer vacation this year? Whether you’re driving down California’s Pacific Coast Highway or taking in the views of the Grand Canyon, there are so many adventures to be had on America’s highways. So fill up your tank, roll down the windows, put your favorite playlist on and download these must have road trip apps. From fun to essential, these apps will have you cruising with ease.

Roadside America (iOS) – $2.99

A guide to the quirkiest attractions in North America. With more 10,000 destinations, Roadside America recommends the strangest sights to see on the road according to your location from California’s Salvation Mountain to the World’s Biggest Beagle in Idaho.

Waze (iOS & Android) – Free

Traffic is always unpredictable and when you’re spending so much time on the road, it’s nice to have a little help from your friends. Waze is a community-based navigation app that will select the fastest route to your destination, while taking into consideration any bumps that have been reported by your fellow drivers along the way.

Snapseed (iOS & Android) – Free

Don’t have a professional camera for your trip? No problem. Snapseed brings professional photo editing to your smartphone, allowing you to retouch, edit and add details to your memories with the touch of a finger.

Yelp (iOS & Android) – Free

Anytime you’re in a new place, it can be tough deciding where to eat or grab a little R&R. Based on your location, Yelp lists community reviews for nearby businesses to help you make the best decision on where to grab some grub.

TripDoc 2: Travel Planner and Organizer (iOS) – Free

Create itineraries, save locations and create notes for your destinations with this super useful app. TripDoc2 makes it easy to store and highlight the places you want to check off your during your road trip. Roadside Assistance and Towing Services (iOS & Android) – Free

While we hope it never happens to us, getting stuck on the side of the road with a car malfunction sucks. If you’re in need of some roadside assistance, make sure to have downloaded on your phone.

Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder (iOS & Android) – Free

America’s parks are some of the country’s greatest treasures and with nearly 7,000 national and state parks to visit, chances are there’s more than one worth stopping for during your trip. Oh, Ranger! shows the parks closest to your location so you always have access to history and nature.

Pokémon Go! (iOS & Android) – Free

Let’s face it! Time on the road can get a little boring. Why not trade in your game of “I Spy” for some Pokémon hunting? Pokémon are known to be located in areas prone to their natural habitats, so each stop on your trip will reveal new and potentially rare sightings… Go take in the sites and catch ‘em all!