“It’s been a long haul,” RoadTrip America founder Mark Sedenquist said. “Automated road trip planning may sound simple, but for such an application to work effectively, several complex components must be in place. None of them could be developed overnight, but it’s great for road trippers everywhere that the wait is over.”
RoadTrip America’s Map Wizard combines the power of Google Maps with RTA’s database of RoadTrip Attractions. On the Map Wizard page, users enter beginning and ending points for a trip (a city name or airport is enough), and then add attractions to the route with the click of a button. Users can decide how far away from their route the attractions lie – 1, 5, 10, 50, or 100 miles. Flag icons in colors indicating categories appear on the map. When clicked, each one expands to provide an image, description, and visitor information for the attraction. A user can decide which attractions to keep on a map.
“Map Wizard is hands down the easiest and quickest custom road trip planning tool available on the Web right now, and it’s free,” Sedenquist said. “It was our goal to create fun, user-friendly planning tools for our road-tripping community, and it’s a wonderful feeling to know that we’ve finally done it. The response has been overwhelmingly positive.”
While Map Wizard is a quick-and-easy road trip planning solution, RoadTrip America has also released Map Center (http://www.roadtripamerica.com/
Online since early 1996, RoadTripAmerica.com (http://www.roadtripamerica.com) has been offering online road trip planning advice and inspiration longer than any other site on the Web. Featured in People magazine and media across the country, RoadTrip America provides tips, suggestions and advice to over half a million visitors from around the globe each month. In addition to the new mapping tools, the site provides free expert advice through its active community of road trip enthusiasts and advisors. RTA also publishes a wide range of articles about routes, attractions, planning, books, road trip vehicles, and equipment. Other popular features include a fuel cost calculator and an ever-expanding gallery of funny road signs.