July 1, 2010 12:26 PM Subscribe
I'm not new to road trips, but I am new to iPhone apps. Which apps have you found helpful when traveling by car in the US?
posted by DestinationUnknown to travel & transportation (22 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
So, I got my iPhone for possibly the lamest reason ever: it was the only phone I could switch to on my AT&T plan that didn't have little bits of nickel, which I'm allergic to, on the front. I've had it since last fall, and I'm very happy that I no longer have a nickel-induced rash on my ear, but I haven't really gotten into all the nifty iPhone features. I'm going to be on the road for a few weeks this month, so I figure this is a good time to go crazy in the app store. But the sheer amount of choices is overwhelming and the reviews for everything seem very mixed. So I would like to hear from all of you, which apps have helped you on your US travels?
I'm specifically thinking of:
-Finding gas stations and rest stops on major highways and smaller roads
-Locating and booking hotel rooms
-Getting traffic and road construction info
-I don't have - or want - a GPS, and I do have paper maps, but apps with maps (heh) might be good too, if any of them are particularly useful. (Despite my username I don't actually want to get lost!)
-I have a AAA membership; do their apps do anything worthwhile?
-I know my car insurance co (Geico) has one, is that something I should get?
I'm not really looking for ones that suggest places to go - I have that part down. But if there's anything else I'm forgetting, I'd like to hear about those too.
Free or cheap apps are preferable. So far I just have Yelp, Kayak, Travelocity, and Expedia. The phone is a 3G, if that matters.