Here’s where things get fun. First, and most important, make sure your map app is up-to-date. Next, since there are an endless number of travel-oriented apps, we’ve narrowed down a few of the best to preload onto your phone.
Along the Way: This app is a catchall, offering information about featured spots along your route. As a bonus, it’s linked up to Foursquare.
Roadside America: Make sure you don’t miss any of this fine country’s most useless—er, unique—attractions with this app, which maps out all the offbeat tourist spots for you.
iExit: You’ll never be left wondering what you may miss if you pass up the next exit with this handy guide, which shows exactly what’s at the end of that stretch of road.
TVFoodMaps: This app finds all the spots along your route that have been featured on various culinary TV programs.
GasBuddy: Running on empty? GasBuddy locates the cheapest and closest gas station so that you never find yourself sputtering onto the shoulder of the road in need of a lift.
AAA: Any experienced road trippers know not to hit the road without travel insurance lest they get distracted by a Disney sing-along and end up gasless and stranded on a desolate stretch of Interstate 10 between Texas and Louisiana (yes, this actually happened to one Daily Beast staff member).