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I am planning a trip next year to the South-West of the US (starting and ending in SF, with a road tour across the major attractions).

There are several sites to help with the planning (notably Roadtrippers which is horribly slow and the addresses matching is horrendous -- but has quite a lot of information). All the ones I had a look at are missing one key feature: breaking the route into daily chunks.

All of them give an overall driving time which does not make much sense. It would be better, when planning to start at at 8:00, to know that one is likely to be here and here at 19:00. This would allow, taking into account the time spent on visiting, eating, stopping 73 times for the children to pee - to plan for a motel on the way.

This becomes particularly important when the type of the road is taken into account: 100 km on a highway is different from 100 km in the mountains.

Is such functionality available somewhere?

  • that's a good idea. – Fattie Oct 12 '18 at 13:22
  • I programmed that myself years ago because I had the need. I doubt there is anything out there. – Aganju Oct 12 '18 at 13:50
  • @Aganju: did you use something like Google Directions API for that? Or just manually stretching the route? – WoJ Oct 16 '18 at 14:16
  • @Aganju: did you use something like Google Directions API for that? Or just manually stretching the route? – WoJ Oct 16 '18 at 14:16
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    Probably is a dupe of my question Road trip distance/driving time planning. Oops mine was the dupe lol – Peter M Aug 1 at 18:24
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As it is hard to proof a negative, I can only say that there most likely is not website that combines all you want in one.

A map based website that combines routes, travel information and touristic information will do part of what you want. But as you found non of them will cut the route into day sized parts.

That is likely as there are too many options to spend time, it is likely also impossible to work out how fast or slow you will go through traffic. The sites can do an average, but they can not do real time speeds while you are planning ahead of time.

The best alternative for now seems to be to use one of the map sites and work it into daily chunks yourself.
That way you can adjust it for your preferences, allowing you to plan in as much or as little as you like. It is more work for you, as you do not get a ready made list, but it will also allow you to know much better what you are going to do.

You can plan in as many activities as you want or as few or even non at all, every day adjusted to what is available around where you will be that day.

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I used https://trips.furkot.com/ to plan my last roadtrip, because it has exactly the feature to break a tour into daily parts. It also has some other features, like to search for and directly book hotels etc. Not sure, what other features you require, it might not have all of them.

Basically, you specify a daily departure time in the morning, and then a time when you want to end the day, and the tool will then show a small hotel icon at around the place where you would then need to stay to finish the tour on time.

  • Wow that's really nice. They really only get money from affiliate links? That surely can't last. – AakashM Aug 2 at 12:08
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    No, you can also buy the premium version (called Furkot Pass), which allows you to have offline maps and a few other things (like also planning fuel stops, having other map types, like satellites). You can get the premium version also if you just book a hotel through them, but usually this is only enabled after the stay is completed, so in my case i just bought the pass itself. – dunni Aug 2 at 14:06

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