Looks like AAA is still focussed on paper maps.).

If you found this page helpful we would really appreciate it if you could like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Hotel accommodations and details are automatically added to your itinerary. Likewise, their Best of the Road website hasn’t been updated in a few years but could still worth looking at. We still think that these tools are worth checking out as often –especially the government websites — offer up to date closure/construction information that is worth reviewing. Find the shortest routes between multiple stops and get times and distances for your work or a road trip. That said, Furkot at times presents too much data and the interface can be a real beast to control. Note, too, that simply Googling for a state or region + “scenic byways” can bring you to some choice regional websites detailing scenic routes that are only familiar to locals. For example, Adirondack Scenic Byways brings you to this website with great local maps and routes.

We try to use all the tools available when coming up with a plan. There are many websites that say they’ll help you track down scenic routes and incorporate them into your route. It marks certain routes as “Best of the Road” which is their in-house way of noting scenic routes. Legal. Road Trips aren’t about getting from point A to B the fastest. Spending some time sketching out our trip around these backroads always makes for a better journey. The website is far more user-friendly for planning your trips than the iPhone application. When our family plans a trip, we usually start with paper maps from our local AAA office. We try to piece together a route that includes as many of these dotted line routes — though depending on the scale of the map we’re using, those scenic routes can be pretty sparse. In the former case, furkot doesn’t add enough of the scenic route to your trip, in the latter, it adds too much of the scenic route to your trip. It offers an itinerary/trip and route planning tool as well if you’re willing to set up an account. For example, in New York, there are only three nationally-recognized scenic byways but the state recognizes dozens more and lists a few proposed routes that haven’t been fully recognized by the state DOT yet. Send us an e-mail if you have any questions and get inspired by one of our scenic drives. Get Directions, nicely divided into manageable driving days. Save gas and time on your next trip.

and also has a database of scenic routes for a given area. If you want to get your Furkot route/plans onto your iPhone, see below about its compatibility with the app Scenic. Share your road trips with family and friends.

Since our last look at apps though, we’ve come across these two new ones that we’re going to put to use this summer: This iPhone application is a new one for us. The solution they suggested was to  just manually drag points from the planned route onto the scenic byways by clicking and dragging. 3046_9803. I haven’t done this yet to test it but plan on using it for an upcoming trip. The book documents the author’s road trip around America following just the “blue highways.” If you’ve never read it, it’s definitely worth a read if you’re planning a road trip of any length! In the settings I’ve told Furkot to use 85% as my travel speed. There were no routes listed in our immediate area but it did have a few of the scenic roads we’ve used in previous trips through CT and NY listed. Divide multi-day trip into manageable days automatically. When we first looked at Roadtrippers we declared it the best of the iOS apps because it let you find things along your route. It won’t necessarily help you find the most remote scenic routes, but it is invaluable when trying to plan a big trip hitting as many scenic routes and byways as possible. I highly recommend this (always get the latest edition): We also always keep one of these Road Atlases on hand in the Vanagon to sanity check and cross reference our plans when we’re out exploring. I’ve tried the planning tool but while it was useable on my computer, it was too cumbersome to use easily on my iPhone. After a few false starts trying to get a good route from NJ to Burlington, VT using as many backroads as possible, we can offer these tips to get you up to speed: Adding Scenic Routes to your trip in Furkot. The great and powerful Google Maps excels at getting you from point A to B as quickly as possible. This list of more than 150 Scenic Byways and All-American Roads is our first step when piecing together a route. A car whipped past, the driver eating and a passenger clicking a camera. Finding the best roads to drive can mean ditching your GPS and unfolding a few paper maps. Search through thousands of myscenicdrives.com Scenic Drives and Recommended Stops. I’ll put together a basic plan for getting from point A to B hitting as many scenic routes as possible but will also note faster routes in case the kids start to melt down and we need to get to our destination sooner. More Sleep May Not Be The Answer. Another big plus here is that you can synchronize your Furkot route onto the Scenic application. Driving our old Vanagon, we try to stay off the major highways as much as possible: it is easier on the old, tired engine, it is arguably safer to drive back roads and it is absolutely more enjoyable. Print your road trip with turn-by-turn maps and full directions, divided into your day-by-day itinerary. Unlimited stops, edit, share, find recommended places of interest and campgrounds, manage budgets, print or export directions and more. Adding the route would add all of the stops along the route both before and after our destination, again what should happen is that only the sections of the route along your route should be included. Furkot offers a huge array of features and we highly recommend spending some time with their documentation to get a better idea of all you can do with this tool. I laughed at the absurdity of the photographs and then realized I, too, was rolling effortlessly along, turning the windshield into a movie screen in which I, the viewer, did the moving while the subject held still. Locate some scenic routes by going to the “Find” tab and select the Scenic Routes icon. The first iPhone app I played around with was the AAA mobile application. Facebook. Home » Scenic Conservation Issues » Scenic Byways » Scenic Byway Maps by State. Configure the driving times per day and your route preferences for the trip, each day, or leg. (update: I’ve gone back to look at this again and it is still very buggy. Our free road trip planner is easy to use. Before using Furkot we would piece together scenic routes from a variety of other websites. Nowadays though it can be a bit trickier to pick out the back roads worth following on a paper map. Scenic is a GPS app for motorcyclists (who, like vanagon drivers, prefer the scenic routes!) If you’ve ever used Google Maps in a Vanagon and chuckle at the optimism of the ETA arrival time you will totally appreciate this setting. ― William Least Heat-Moon, Blue Highways: A Journey into America.

We had very inconsistent results with both of these option and neither seemed to really do what we wanted. Plan your next road trip route with Roadtrippers. It would be more useful if the America’s Byways website offered a map interface to finding scenic byways instead of a textual listing. Perfect for all your trip planning, including motorcycle routes, RV trips, EV touring, weekend getaways, etc. Export your trip to a number of GPS devices, including Garmin and TomTom and software including Google Earth and Microsoft Streets and Trips. Finding these back roads — these scenic byways — is where we put most of our effort when planning a trip. Why visit just one place, when you could take the scenic route? These maps still denote scenic routes with a dotted-line (green for AAA, small green dots underscored with a pink line the Rand McNally road atlases we also use).

We updated the information below to reflect the latest versions of the apps, tools and books and to report on several new resources including Furkot, a trip planning website with a ton of potential for incorporating scenic routes on your drive. Should Billboards be Subject to Road User Fees?

This Rand Mcnally Large Scale Atlas is usually the best seller on Amazon so it’s the one we go with. The map applications on our iPhones are built around stripping wandering and wondering from the route and that may be fine for some families, but that’s not how our family rolls. If you are at a point A (let's say Sol, home of Earth) and you plan to visit point B (let's say the far-flung Colonia settlement), you might pass by many other interesting places en route without even knowing.