It’s always fun to head out on a road trip, and these days road trips are better than ever with helpful apps on your iPhone (not to mention the awesome ability to map and google and yelp as you go!).
When I think back to road-tripping in the pre-smartphone days, I remember lots of stabs-in-the-dark. Should we stop at this exit to eat? What if the next one has something better? And, as luck would have it, the next exit usually did have the place we should-have would-have loved. 😦
While I was missing-in-action here in the blogosphere, I was on the road, iPhone in hand. Maneuvering unfamiliar streets was never easier. A quick look at a google map shows you exactly where you are without trying to get coordinates via street signs and/or landmarks. Should we eat at this unknown-to-us neighborhood restaurant? A quick look at the reviews on Yelp has never let me down.
And as for zipping down the highways I used two apps and they both made the experience so much better than the ‘blind drive’ of years ago.
I-95 Exit Guide:
This is a marvelous road app. I-95 is the main corridor up and down the east coast of the USA, and anyone who has traveled in this half of the country has spent time on 95. This app is set up beautifully. When you first tap on the app, you see a grouping of icons for each state that 95 passes through.
Tap on the state you need, and you will see listed (for every exit) all of the gas stations, restaurants, hotels and more. This is priceless! As we were zipping along, we could plan to stop in, say, a half hour, and I could look ahead in this app to decide which exit would be best for our needs. And in my experience, (although this app has not been updated in a while) it never let us down.
This app is helpful for all the US interstates in general. It is very different from the I-95 app. The I-95 app is like looking at a paper book, because the information is all contained there regardless of whether you are on the internet or not. This app, iExit, is locating data as you go. It determines your location, and gathers information to tell you what is up ahead. This app is not as accurate as I-95, but I found it extremely helpful for the times we were on various interstate highways. It will be a keeper on my iPhone. (I apologize for the screenshot of their screenshot, but since I am not on an interstate at the moment, the app will not (obviously) show me a screen.)
I-95 is 99¢ in the iTunes store and a must-have if you are driving 95.
iExit is currently 99¢ in the iTunes store and I wouldn’t take a long drive without it.