Today’s Killer Startup: Roadtrippers
Roadtrippers will help you plan the best road trip ever.
Why It’s A Killer Startup:
When I was 12, my family went cross-country in a 1969 UltraVan. The experience was even more ridiculous than that road trip classic, Little Miss Sunshine, if you can believe that. We lost reverse somewhere in the South; the van broke down five miles from the Grand Canyon (still haven’t seen it), in a hail storm; a tire popped off on the highway outside of Buffalo; and my dad’s appendix burst on the wrong side of the mountains around Bakersfield.
Despite that trauma, I’m dying to take a cross-country trip as an adult. I feel like there’s just something so American about a summer road trip, as very few places in the world have a country as big as ours and the resources to traverse it. Once my wanderlust for the rest of the world subsides a bit, a US car trip (with my British boyfriend) is definitely on the schedule.
And when that day finally comes, I’ll turn to Roadtrippers for help figuring out where to go. While my family was consigned to guide books, the wonderful world of smartphones and the internet means that it’s all digital now, baby. To see what they offer, I put in a starting point of my hometown of Burlington, VT, with the trip ending in San Francisco. Roadtrippers mapped out the most direct route and offered up everything from places to stay to restaurants to attractions I can’t miss. For the restaurants, you can even filter based on “Local” or “Chain.” Pretty badass.
The site also works for places outside the US. I’ve wanted to take a road trip through Peru ever since I visited there on a visa run back in 2013, so I plugged in a couple of towns and found that they even had recommendations for that hardscrabble South American country!
Ready for a road trip this summer? Don’t miss out on the recommendations from Roadtrippers.
Ready for a ROAD TRIP this #summer? Let @Roadtrippers guide the way!