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8 Awesome Apps for Your Next Road Trip

Planning a road trip this spring? Let Siri ride shotgun.

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Think of it as: The kind of passenger-seat driver you actually want. Refer to the app when you need turn-by-turn directions and info on offbeat roadside attractions.
Best for: Enthusiasts of the Great American Road Trip


Think of it as: Radio stations without static. When you’re in the middle of nowhere, this app can pick up music live streams from 100,000 other stations from around the world. Hello, kick-ass road-trip playlist.
Best for: DJ drivers

Parking Panda

Think of it as: The end of pricey parking fees. This handy app scans your immediate area to find cheap parking in real-time. No more circling for a spot!
Best for: Budget-savvy travelers


Think of it as: Tool to dream, plan and go. This new app by Jetsetter allows you to browse thousands of glossy travel pictures, create travel wish-lists and book your stay.
Best for: Obsessive trip planners


Think of it as: Your highway crystal ball. This real-time community-based traffic app alerts drivers about accidents, roadwork and police traps via voice navigation.
Best for: Road rage? This one’s for you.


Think of it as: The idiot’s guide to automobiles. Plug Automatic’s small adapter into your dash and sync it with the app to get stats on your driving, find your car in a parking lot and learn why your check engine light is on. Bonus: It tracks your gas usage too.
Best for: New drivers


Think of it as: Your SOS signal in times of car trouble. When you’re on the side of the road with no help in sight, this app will find a nearby mechanic (at a good price).
Best for: Damsels in distress

Trip Tips

Think of it as: Best friend meets tour guide. Foursquare’s latest free feature, Trip Tips, allows you to create an itinerary and share it via social media to get your friends’ recommendations. There’s also an in-app map with your finalized picks.
Best for: The social butterfly

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