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Old 06-22-2019, 05:44 PM   #1
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Question Trip planning for "Things to see" rather than "places to stay"

My wife and I are in our 80s and like to travel. Does anyone know of a trip planner that lists “places to see” along a route? I envision something with activity check-boxes to select or de-select things like walking trails, golf, fishing, etc. I know there are planners like “reserveamerica” but it seems most of them are just for booking camp sites. We are not interested in just camping in one spot for days at a time, but rather keep moving while we still can! I can only drive about 4 hours which limits us to about 250 miles at a time. Rather than just drive straight to a camp site and sit there for the rest of the day, we would like to drive a little at a time and see points of interest along the way. I think most states have tourism sites that list everything in their state but I would like to be able to input just starting and ending locations and see what is available within say 20 or 25 miles of that particular route. Any ideas anyone?
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The Milepost list everything on the trip to Alaska and back and they upgrade it yearly. That is the one I know of that fits your request.
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There are no spectacularly good instances of what you are looking for, but a couple of pretty good ones are:

https://roadtrippers.com

https://triptik.aaa.com/

Although not actual trip-planners, the following are good if your tastes run toward the quirky:

https://www.atlasobscura.com

https://www.roadsideamerica.com

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Thanks so much Davydd and avanti. We will check them out.
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Another AAA resource is their state-by-state "Tour Book's". These list most of the cities, towns, and villages, and what attractions they have. As we roll along the road (generally back roads), Marti looks ahead on the map or GPS to see where we'll be (or be near) in the next hour or so, and then looks up those places in the Tour Book. Admittedly a lot of work, but we have found a lot of serendipity and interesting detours along the way.
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Thanks dicktill. We are already AAA members so we will check that out too.
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Another AAA resource is their state-by-state "Tour Book's". These list most of the cities, towns, and villages, and what attractions they have. As we roll along the road (generally back roads), Marti looks ahead on the map or GPS to see where we'll be (or be near) in the next hour or so, and then looks up those places in the Tour Book. Admittedly a lot of work, but we have found a lot of serendipity and interesting detours along the way.
We use the AAA books also. I scanned the maps and the "Gems" page, increased the size and printed them out so they are easier to see and mark, and look up in the book instead of flipping back and forth. The online Triptik works OK but a little clunky at times. I also use paper maps as well as google maps, Allstays, roadtrippers, freecampsites, etc. So a mix of old and new tech works well for us.
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My wife and I are in our 80s and like to travel. Does anyone know of a trip planner that lists “places to see” along a route? I envision something with activity check-boxes to select or de-select things like walking trails, golf, fishing, etc. I know there are planners like “reserveamerica” but it seems most of them are just for booking camp sites. We are not interested in just camping in one spot for days at a time, but rather keep moving while we still can! I can only drive about 4 hours which limits us to about 250 miles at a time. Rather than just drive straight to a camp site and sit there for the rest of the day, we would like to drive a little at a time and see points of interest along the way. I think most states have tourism sites that list everything in their state but I would like to be able to input just starting and ending locations and see what is available within say 20 or 25 miles of that particular route. Any ideas anyone?
We travel like you do and drive across the USA every year.... this has been a good resource for us.....

Like others said... the AAA is also good....

We keep this in the vehicle when we travel.

Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America's Two-Lane Highways https://g.co/kgs/z6xNmi

Good luck.... there's a lot of adventures out there....

We travel by car and our Class B... but, not together... it's either one or the other.....

Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America's Two-Lane Highways https://www.amazon.com/dp/1598809253..._8wxvDbQ32FEVV
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