Hey Roadtrip America people,
I'm trying to find a replacement for planning my road trips - Google Earth is the best I've found, but it's not designed for it, and it's buggy. :/
Here's the story:
My wife and I have been going on two or three road trips a year for a few years now. We pick out a state (or theoretically country), then we go to all the road trip sites, buy/check out books from the library, etc, and come up with a list of all the fun looking activities in the state. Then we go through that list and organize/prioritize/etc. This is the hard part. We often try to organize by day, but sometimes things take too long. Sometimes we organize by activity type, but often that isn't a useful sort.
What I'd like to find is a program that does basic map things (search for company names or addresses and have it put a temporary icon on a map, with some basic info about the thing) as well as the following:
Good "My Places" type information handling: Saving search result icons, adding custom icons, saving notes about the places, allowing a "directions to/from here" interface. A key here (which is the part I rarely see) would be sorting/labeling my places, so I can hide/show certain groups. Labels would be best, so I could have a restaurant as "wed" and "thu" - then while I am in the area for two days, I can easily check both days. But old school sorting would be okay too. This aspect is 95% of what I'm interested in, and what seems to be least well developed in most of today's road trip tools (they focus on planning routes, which my GPS does for me already, and pre-planning every road you're going to take, which never works out 'cause some things take longer than others, or maybe it rains on the day you planned to walk around outside...) -- trips are much too dynamic to plan fully ahead of time, I just want to plan my options ahead of time then make decisions on the trip!
If at all possible, an iphone or android app to view the data while traveling, 'cause bringing out a laptop is always extra cumbersome. :)
Anyone have any ideas for this? I saw the RTA map tool, and it looks like it might, but it also seems very focused on routes and paths, and I didn't see much emphasis on data manipulation/storage/etc... I plan to give it a try, though -- but figured I'd post as well, 'cause in the past, I usually find I have 500 things to try out, none of them are what I want, then I finally post, and a week later someone responds with the perfect tool that I want and somehow never found. :)