ROAD TO JOY
A new way to plan a car trip
The wind in your hair, a mixtape on the stereo, the sign for your favorite service plaza in the distance… What’s not to love about a summer road trip?
But if you’ve ever wanted help figuring out what to do along the way, we suggest Roadtrippers.com, a free new website for finding relevant stops amidst your travels.
Kind of like a Google Maps for adventurous spirits, Roadtrippers plots a direct route between two places (replete with directions, mileage and projected fuel costs) and then offers personalized roadside recommendations via dropped pins on a map. Think camera-ready vistas, quirky diners and the world’s largest ball of twine.
For our upcoming Colorado drive from Vail to Boulder, for instance, we said we were interested in offbeat attractions, local history, family adventures and fine dining and we didn’t want to veer more than 10 miles off our route. The site then suggested some 20 stops, including the Buffalo Bill Museum, a white water rafting outfitter and a high-end mountain restaurant that you can get to on horseback.
Users can add the stops they plan to make to a printable driving itinerary and save others to an ongoing “bucket list.”
It just might be the best road-trip enhancer since E-ZPass.