Essential Apps for When You’re on the Road

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The following apps will help you make the most of your travels, even if you need to make last minute arrangements.

Save on gas

GasBuddy’s Trip Cost Calculator pinpoints the cheapest gas stations on your route.

(iPhone, Android, Windows, Blackberry – Free)

Connect with friends and family while on your adventure

Postman helps you create and send a postcard from wherever you are.

(iPhone/iPad — $2.99)

Find a hotel quick

With Hotel Tonight, you can find a last-minute place to stay in 16 major cities across the country, and book your room right from your phone.

(iPhone/iPad – Free)

Got time to kill but not sure what to do?

Viator Tours & Activities lets you look up great tours and happenings wherever you are. Plus, you can view photos and read reviews by previous tourgoers.

(iPhone/iPad – Free)

Craving the outdoors?

Oh, Ranger! Parkfinder is “a comprehensive database of every national park, state park and federal public land in America.” You can look up activities, lodging info, and get maps and directions.

(iPhone/iPad – Free)

Looking for somewhere to pitch a tent?

Camp & RV’s database of 20,000-plus campgrounds in the U.S. and Canada contains vital information about campground amenities, and a cool map function that lets you see the camping spots closest to your current location.

(iPhone/iPad $5.99, Android $4.99)

Avoid speeding tickets

Trapster alerts you of upcoming speed traps, speed cameras, and other “wallet hazards.”

(iPhone, Android, Blackberry – Free)

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