USA Road Trip Planning Resources
When I see Alan sitting at the kitchen table with maps spread out in front of him (yes, we still use paper maps), I know there’s a potential road trip in the works. Me? I prefer the visual stimulation of our Pinterest Road Trips board. While Alan plans the route, I arrange the accommodations.
If possible, we like to stay in bed and breakfasts for their intimacy and connection to the local scene, as well as the opportunity to meet other travelers. I start my research by consulting Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America. So far, we haven’t been disappointed in their lodging selection.
With all the sitting that a road trip requires, you’ll want to read our tips for staying healthy on the road. And then there’s the matter of getting along with your travel partner. We have advice for that too in surviving a road trip. And for some cold weather road travel, you won’t want to miss Alan’s tips for making a do it yourself winter driving kit.
No matter what type of road trip you’re considering, take a look at some more USA Road Trip Planning Resources below to help plan the best way to fully experience all that the American roadways have to offer.
Online USA Road Trip Resources
Alan and I always start the travel planning process by researching online. These are our go-to sites for USA Road Trip Travel Resources:
Roadtrippers: Our favorite new online resource. What we like: a free trip planner that syncs with our smartphone, interesting guides and the smartphone app is free, too.
America’s Byways: We could get lost in the scenic drives and destination ideas suggested by the Federal Highway Administration.
Hotels Combined for searching hotels in the United States.
RoadTrip America: You’ll find planning tools like a fuel calculator and a map wizard. There’s also an active forum. Registration is required to use most of the resources.
National Traffic and Road Closure Information: Be in the know by checking U.S. Department of Transportation’s website before you go.
National Register of Historic Places: Once you plan your itinerary, use the National Registry to find interesting historical sites to visit along the way.
Photo Gallery of U.S. Road Trips: When we want to do some online road trip dreaming, we click on over to the road trip photos from National Geographic.
Our Tips for Planning a Fall Road Trip will help you prepare for a glorious, leaf-peeping road adventure!
Don’t forget to check out more of our tips at our Road Trip Travel Planning Guide!
USA Road Trip Books and Guides
Although we do most of our research online, Alan and I still enjoy holding an atlas or photo book in our hands. And we’re big believers in taking an atlas on our road trips. After all, we don’t always find internet in those remote two-lane roads or off-the-beaten-path destinations.
Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America’s Two-Lane Highways: Want to travel off-the-beaten-path along two-lane highways in the U.S.? This book is for you.
Benchmark Atlas: When we’re traveling the western U.S., Benchmark is the atlas for us. This comprehensive reference includes highways, roads, forest roads, hiking trails and more. Available for Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Rand McNally Road Atlas: If we’re not traveling in the western U.S., Rand McNally is our go-to atlas.
The Most Scenic Drives in America: Daydream about your next road trip with the 120 suggestions in this book.
Off the Beaten Path: A Travel Guide to More Than 1000 Scenic and Interesting Places Still Uncrowded and Inviting: In our opinion, road trips and off-the-beaten-path destinations go together. Read our review of Off the Beaten Path to see if this book fits your road trip travel plans.
The Milepost: Driving the Alaska Highway is the ultimate U.S. road trip. But don’t leave home without The Milepost. This well-rounded publication gives locals and visitors a lot of insight into driving Alaska and the Far North. A great resource!
Gear for USA Road Trip Travel
TechMatte ProGrip Universal Windshield Car Mount Holder/Cradle (Black) for Smart Phones: Works for Apple iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4, Samsung Galaxy S5/S4/S3/S2, HTC One, Nokia Lumia 920 and Note 3.0. Comes with a free 360-Degree Rotating Car Mount Dashboard Disk.
Driving gloves: Keeps hands from slipping on the steering wheel. Great for summer driving in hot regions of the U.S.
AAA 65-Piece Winter Severe Weather Travel Kit: Although it’s designed for cold weather, many of the items in this auto travel kit can be used year round, especially the emergency first aid kit. If you think this is overkill, go for the regular AAA Emergency Road Assistance Kit.
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