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August 24, 2012

Roadtrippers Helps You Discover America and Beyond

By Amanda Ciccatelli, TMCnet Web Editor

Road trips are the perfect way to get an up close and personal tour of America’s beautiful landscapes. Whether it’s by car, truck, bus or motorcycle, people love to take road trips. Since the United States Highway System was developed in 1926, this country has enjoyed traveling across the many routes it has to offer.

Now with Roadtrippers, an intuitive road trip planner that helps you discover, plan and book places to stay and see along the way, Americans have help in planning their next trip. Roadtrippers gives its users the ability to search for entertainment, food, attractions and accommodations – all while making a personalized trip based on their findings.

And once a road trip is created, users can print out their itinerary to bring along.

Roadtrippers allows users put in their start and end points, as well as places they want to travel. Users can even turn on categories to see what attractions are along their route. Categories include offbeat attractions, Bars & Pubs, Bed & Breakfasts, Museums, State & National Parks, etc. 

Tatiana Parent, co-founder of Roadtrippers, and her partner James Fisher created the road trip planning tool. These two travel fanatics met in Berlin, Germany many years ago, and whenever they would travel to the U.S. to visit friends and family they’d find themselves becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of good road trip planning tools.

“We're quite ‘gadgety’ ourselves, so it didn't make any sense why there were no apps to help you find a good diner along your route or a charming B&B,” Parent told TMCnet in an interview. 



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In addition, Parent and Fisher were sick of the endless highway chains and franchises, so they decided to build a tool that they could use to make road trips more enjoyable.

“We figured out this was probably a tool other travelers would want to use,” she said.

Roadtrippers is all about simplicity, according to Parent. When a user visits the site all they have to do is type in their start and destination points. From there, a route is automatically mapped.

“Then the fun starts!” said Parent. “Users can click on ‘Find Places’ and start exploring our categories such as Food & Drink, Attractions, History, Shopping, and more.”

Roadtrippers will even show places that are along your route or you can expand to show everything regardless of distance from your route. With Roadtrippers, you can even add places to your trip.

“If you see a place you want to visit on a future trip you can just save it to a Bucket List. When you've finished mapping out your journey you can save and name your trip, share it with your friends on facebook or twitter, and print the directions,” she said.

Later this year, Roadtrippers will be expanding its road trip planning tool internationally, starting with Canada and Australia. In the future, Roadtrippers plans to have a mobile app in development and will also be rolling out additional features including hotel, B&B bookings, and events bookings.


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Edited by Braden Becker
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