Summer is not over and there is still time to plan your next road trip! Our family is gearing up for a crazy 40-day trip to over 20 states. We are filled with equal amounts of excited anticipation and total fear. Seriously? Six kids. One pop-up. 40 Days. I am pretty sure we are crazy. But crazy is good and I can’t wait to show my kids around this beautiful country of ours!
One of the sites I have been spending a lot of time on lately is Roadtrippers. It’s a fun site I discovered via Pinterest and it has been great in helping me find things to see and do along the way, especially in areas I am not familiar with.
On the main page, you type in your start and end locations. In this example, I am using Colorado Springs as my starting point and Northwest Arkansas as my ending point. This is a two-three day leg of our trip that we have nothing planned for. I wanted to see if there were things to do along the way. Once I plugged in my info, a map of my route showed up.
In the upper left part of the screen, there is a menu box where you can input what you would like the site to find for you. You can choose a number of options including food, attractions, nature, and shopping. You can also choose how many miles off your course you are willing to go.
I chose nature since that is what we are most interested in. It then gave me options for what kinds of nature I was interested in.
I chose “view all” and then it plotted points along my way. On the bottom of the screen, thumbnail images of the various points pop up and I can click on each of them to learn more about them.
The site seems to be entirely user-built. This means that the information on the site is from other site users. As people add information, more is available. I love the community approach to finding the best places to visit!
If you look at the individual screens, you realize you can do a few things.
- You can get contact information
- You can see prices
- You can add the place to your trip
- You can write a review if you’ve been there
- You can pin it to your trip or to your bucket list
- You can upload a photo for others to see
In addition to planning that is specific to your trip, the site also has fun guides to help you explore more.
I haven’t had a lot of time to learn the ins and outs of this site, but I think that it is a great resource for trip planning and also for memory keeping. I love doing things like saving screen shots of maps so we can see exactly where we are going and where we have been.
An added bonus? We’re doing a shorter camping trip this weekend and I found a place to see along the way. How cool is this?