Complete Roadtrippers App Review: How We Use It

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Are you a fan of epic road trips? Do you love discovering hidden gems and amazing places on the road? If that’s you, you’ve gotta try the Roadtrippers app! 

Our in-depth Roadtrippers app review

Screenshot of route from Oregon to Alabama in the Roadtrippers app
Here’s our itinerary for the trip Back East in the summer of 2021

How long would it take you to plan and prepare for a month-long road trip for a family of 8 people?  Book lodging, figure out routes, decide what to see, budget, find someone to housesit 4 pets, pack …  3 months? 6 months? A year maybe? I had to unexpectedly plan our trip in less than 6 weeks! 

In June 2021 I had to unexpectedly plan our next road trip (across the United States from Oregon to Georgia and back) in under 6 weeks. I knew I needed the right road trip planning tools to make it happen. A search for “best road trip apps” led me to the Roadtrippers app.

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The Roadtrippers Plus app was a game-changer. It’s designed for long road trips and frequent travelers. I’m already planning my next road trip with it for fun because it’s such a great app!

Why Choose the Roadtrippers App?

1. Categorized listings

I used this especially when I was trying to decide the most convenient place for an overnight stay. I would use the “Lodging” category in the search bar to show hotels along our route, then decide how far to drive based on where we could book a reasonable hotel.

Other categories that were helpful were “outdoors“, “entertainment”, “dining” and “attractions and experiences”. 

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Unlike Google Maps, the Roadtrippers app only shows businesses that will be relevant to these categories for a traveler. In that way, I found it simpler than doing a similar search on Google maps.

Roadtrippers makes the planning process easy by cutting out heaps of irrelevant information. It operates like a digital travel guide. I didn’t have the time and energy to research and chase down the best option, but it was right there in the app.

2. Try the free version of the app first

The Roadtrippers app is highly rated, and you can test out the features for planning a trip with less than 5 stops. I used the free version of the app to begin planning our trip. As soon as I realized how helpful the features were, I didn’t hesitate to pay for the premium version (Roadtrippers Plus – $5 off with code BTR5QTP).

3. Automatic driving statistics

Trip title as seen in the Roadtrippers travel planning app.
Gray bar shows number of stops, hours driving, mileage, and estimated gas total.

With the Roadtrippers Plus membership, the app calculates mileage, drive time, and estimates gas costs between stops, and as a trip total. The approximate gas cost and drive time adjusts as you add and remove stops. 

You can even toggle stops on or off to adjust your best route based on last-minute itinerary changes. For example, we ended up cutting out our NE Oregon Trail route after getting sick in Rawlins, WY. We were able to shorten our day’s drive and still see some fun things along the way.

Screenshot close up of stops in Missouri on the Roadtrippers app
Kansas City is toggled off because it wasn’t an actual stop for us (that’s where I noted our AirBnB information). The 59 mi shows the distance between the Holiday Inn and Oceans of Fun.

4. Localized points of interest 

When you use the “Load trip onto map” feature, it shows top points of interest within a range (0-50 miles) of your route. This helped us find interesting places that wouldn’t add too much drive time. We usually kept the range within 30 miles of the highway but we could increase the range if/when we felt like we had more leeway.

Screenshot of map from app showing route through Idaho and Utah
The light purple shading on the map shows a range of 30 miles around the route (blue line). The map icons show the types of stops available in that selected range. The squares on the left are the individual stop photos and listings.

Note: this distance-from-route feature is only available on the Roadtrippers website, not on the mobile app version.

Screenshot from Oregon to Georgia summer trip as seen in the Roadtrippers app
Some of the stops we made in Nebraska. I would not have known about any of them without the Roadtrippers app.

It also meant that we found lots of quirky roadside attractions we wouldn’t have known about. The Nashville Parthenon, Old Stone Fort SP in Tennessee, and the National Quilt Museum were a few of the gems we discovered from Roadtrippers Plus.

5. Details, details, details!

Detail photo of Roadtrippers app screenshot for Pony Express Station in Gothenburg.
Details window for a specific stop.

Each stop has photos submitted by other road-trippers, Yelp reviews, as well as the official information available online for each stop. You can add your own review and photos too. 

I found this to be particularly rewarding when we would find a place off the beaten path, that had very little information or photos. I often added my own review and photos. It was a fun way to help other travelers, as well as the small business I was reviewing.

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6. The Roadtrippers app makes planning as fun as the actual trip

Roadtrippers provides an easier way to plan trips, and have a ton of fun doing it! Studies have shown that looking forward to something in the future increases your enjoyment of the actual event. That certainly was the case for our family.

We started with a list of “bucket list” places between the starting point and the endpoint. Then we filled in additional stops based on popular destinations, the amount of time we had in each location, and so on. 

Screenshot of Pony Express reviews in the Roadtrippers app
More details and 2 reviews

The crowd-sourced reviews often gave travel information that was more useful than the official listing. We discovered so many places that I never would have considered without seeing another family’s review. 

We also used it as a kind of travel guide as we drove along. The kids would get excited about what we were seeing. I would look up the sights and explain them to the family as we drove past, such as the historic Anaconda smoke stack or the Lady of the Rockies in Western Montana.

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7. Real-time adjustments and pre-planning

As we traveled, I could easily pull up the information for our stops the next day and make plans. Similar to Google maps, each stop has direct links to the website (or a phone number). That saved me the trouble of hunting around for the official website. 

I could also add in new places that we decided to go last-minute, and they were recorded in my trip itinerary. As a record of our trip, it has everything I might want to remember about the place later on for our family scrapbooks.

8. Pre-printed Itinerary

My kids used the Roadtrippers site (in a web browser) before the trip to print out the travel itinerary and preview places we were going to visit. One of my daughters pre-printed activity pages from several tourist attractions so that her younger brothers could work on them during long drives. 

Screenshot of destinations on the Roadtrippers app
The original plan was to do the National WWI Museum on our return trip, but our planned activity was closed. We were able to change plans instantaneously because all the information was at our fingertips.

Another daughter checked ahead to find out expenses and operating hours so that we wouldn’t mistakenly plan to do some activity on a day it wasn’t open. That still happened once, but it wouldn’t have if Mom had paid attention!

9. Roadtrippers App Favorites

One of the things I love is that the app allows you to save places as favorites. This was great as we were researching and planning, because often we found too many interesting things to do on this trip. We could “favorite” the spot, and if our plans changed I could easily pull up one of the favorites nearby to add instead.

Screenshot of Favorites in the Roadtrippers App
Some places we favorited.

You can also plan your next trip just around the great places you missed on the current trip—super handy if you will pass that way again, or several times.

10. Travel guides

One of the features that I really like is that there are dozens of pre-made trip guides. So if you’re thinking about doing a particular national parks trip, or going on a historic trail, or maybe finding all the best local diners, you can check in the app and see if anyone else has done a similar trip you might want to copy.

Screenshot of an Extraterrestrial ROad trip.
This looks like such a fun trip!

You can also submit your own road trip as a travel guide for others to use.

11. Other handy features

Roadtrippers Plus makes planning a trip so easy and fun! Even while we were still on our trip, I started planning several other trips that we want to do in the future. 

I was also able to share the itinerary with anyone I wanted by email. You can easily share your trip with any other travel companions or or even on social media. It’s also great for family or friends who aren’t coming with you but want to know your itinerary in case of an unexpected emergency. 

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Homepage for Roadtrippers

I don’t use travel guides anymore because the Roadtrippers app provides even more information and applications than a guidebook can, but at the same price as a guidebook.

Better yet, while guidebooks are limited to specific regions, the Roadtrippers app is nationwide. So my Roadtrippers app gives me better information for less cost!

The paid version is an annual membership for $29.99, but with our link and code (BTR5QTP) you can get $5 off. The Roadtrippers app is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Too Much?

Screenshot of favorites
More places from our Favorites

I remember spending a similar amount on the Lonely Planet book for Spain when I spent a summer there in 2004 (before iPhones!). I wore that book to pieces- it showed me so many extraordinary places! The Roadtrippers app is like your own personal tour book. 

In fact, Roadtrippers has more travel potential than a printed, location-focused travel book. $29.99 per year has been a bargain in light of the time saved and trouble avoided over the course of our family travels.

I don’t flinch at the $29.99 price because the financial savings alone is a bargain. When added to the time and energy saved, it’s no wonder that this is such a popular product.

Best Overall Roadtrip Planner App

The Roadtripper app is simply the best road trip app I have ever used, and I LOVE it. It’s one of the only apps that I return to regularly now that I’m home because it’s so much fun to plan a trip and dream about when we’ll be able to go on a longer  trip again.

-Jenn WaRREN

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Is the Roadtrippers app worth it?

Absolutely! Sure, there are many features that you can do in Google Maps or another mapping program. However, the difference is that this app is specifically designed for people who are taking a road trip— for travelers and explorers, not commuters and locals. 

For planning a road trip it was much more convenient than Google maps. We still used Google maps for our turn-by-turn navigation, and the Roadtrippers app will take you right into Google maps for directions. 

Is the Roadtrippers app free?

California Central Coast trip guide.
Another trip guide

You can use Roadtrippers in a web browser, or the Roadtrippers app for free, to look up locations in to plan a small trip up to five stops. However, if you want to have a trip with more stops, or if you want to save multiple trips, you’ll need to pay the subscription fee. Get $5 off with our link and code: BTR5QTP

How does Roadtrippers app work?

Simply put, you enter a starting point and an endpoint, and the app will calculate the best route for you. Then you can adjust that route by adding stops along the way. 

In which countries can I use the Roadtrippers app?

The Roadtrippers app currently covers the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. 

Screenshot of Travel guide for NSW top beaches and places to swim.
Travel guide for NSW top beaches and places to swim.

Are there any other amazing travel apps we should know about? Tell us in the comments!

© Copyright September 10, 2021 Jennifer D. Warren. Updated: February 1, 2023.

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About the author

I’m Jenn Warren, Co-Founder and Content Creator for Dinkum Tribe. I'm a Third Culture Kid (TCK) from Jamaica and California, married to my college sweetheart. I've been a missionary kid, pastor’s kid and (former) pastor’s wife. My husband and I traveled as pastors for 12 years throughout the United States and Canada before becoming travel content creators.

I love living in Oregon and exploring new places with my family. We’ve road tripped over 30,000 miles across the United States and Western Canada with our six children since their infancy. Prior to our marriage, I also lived in Spain for a summer and spent another summer in Mexico.

I’ve homeschooled our six children for over 10 years, and served on the board of a homeschool co-op for 4 years. Several members of our family are neurodivergent (gifted, ADHD, cPTSD), and I’ve spent 5+ years learning how to accommodate neurodivergent needs as well as supporting the resultant mental health challenges (anxiety, depression).

I’ve also served as a support group leader and co-director of Pure Life Alliance, a nonprofit organization that supports families struggling with sexual addiction.

I write about family travel and road trips, millennial marriage, general parenting, homeschooling, parenting neurodivergent children, grief, and abuse recovery.


  1. This is quite a comprehensive review! Well done! I leave this stuff to my husband so I will definitely pass this incredible info along!

  2. Wow I never knew that there was an app for this. Then again there is an app for will def have to try it out for our next trip. Thanks for the review!

    1. You’re welcome! We truly loved using it for our trip, and are planning several others with it now.

  3. I love it that it suggests fun stops for you to do! So many times you have no idea what’s around, so it’s like your own personal tour guide!

    1. Absolutely one of our favorite features! We discovered so many new and interesting places that were not on our original itinerary using this app!

  4. I totally agree! Roadtrippers is the best app to plan road travel! You did a great job at explaining all of its benefits… thank you for putting this together! – Linzey @thefamilyfuntour

  5. I’m curious if there are ways to enter lodging details such as an AirB&B or a friend’s address – ie, can you copy the details from another site into the app to retrieve on the way?

    1. Yes, great question! There is a notes section for destinations where you can enter those kinds of details. We stayed in an AirBNB a couple of times and I did exactly that.

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