Best roadtrip planning/route finding software or website?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: May 21, 2013 7:17 PM Last Post By: michaelstewart074
Feb 8, 2013 5:45 PM
Best roadtrip planning/route finding software or website?Hi all.
I'm in the early stages of planning a long US based road trip. The general idea for the trip is to hit all 398 National Park service locations. (Parks, Monuments, battlegrounds, historic sites, everything).
I'm looking for a trip planning software that will allow me to enter ~400 addresses and find the most efficient way to hit every single one. The sites I've found seem to support <20, which just isn't going to cut it for this trip.
Anyone have any suggestions? I have Windows, Mac, and *nix computers easily accessible, so any platform is ok with me. Free is always preferred, but if there's a service that will do it well for a price I'd consider it.
Feb 8, 2013 7:23 PM
Feb 8, 2013 9:30 PM
Feb 9, 2013 3:16 AM
Feb 9, 2013 8:40 AM
4Seems to me like you've described the traveling sales man problem. To find the most efficient route requires quite a bit of computing power.
I know logistics companies have this kind of routing software - with considerable cost of ownership.
Your 400 point route crashes any on-board navigator. A problem known among truckers who cover huge
distances - uncomputable with small navigators. For instance with truckers gear like the Garmin Dezl or the Snooper.
For large / huge distances I use paper maps - (ie: a 30,000 Km route) and plot my route by oversight.
On the go I use sectioned routes by country / region - and on micro level i use day routes using a GPS or
In reality - the route changes on the go - stuff happens and the actual route driven is never the one planned.
Feb 9, 2013 11:21 AM
Feb 14, 2013 9:36 AM
I'm not aware of any software solution that could accomplish it on a Smartphone at the moment, but if you have access to a Windows PC laptop, this task could be very easily accomplished in Microsoft Streets & Trips. It's a trips planning software that has been around for about 15 years now, and it has been designed to do exactly what you are looking to do. When the trip has been planned, you have three choices, 1. you could attach an optional USB GPS dongle and navigate the trip on your laptop, or 2. export the trip to a compatible self contained GPS navigator, or 3. use the Streets & Trips' printing features to print the route the way you want it.
The current version is Streets & Trips 2013, and they have a free 14 day period. Buy in a store near you or download from microsoft.com/streets
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May 21, 2013 7:17 PM
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