Road Trip Planner

Developer: William Modesitt

Current Version: 4.5.5

Last Updated: 2 months ago

Download Size: 4.2 MB - Download


Place pins on a worldwide map for each location you want to visit, then see your route. Enter trip details for each location and create a complete trip itinerary.

You can DEMO this app with Road Trip Planner LITE also available at the Mac App Store.

Unlike other trip planning apps, this app has NO SUBSCRIPTION FEES.


- arrival date & time
- departure date & time
- travel time to this location
- time spent at this location
- name of pin (such as John’s house)
- address of pin
- notes and images
- custom pin color and icon (choose from over 90 designs or import your own)
- URL for related information
- URL for related images
- weather reports from NOAA and Wunderground
- nearby web cams
- Flickr photo search
- elevation
- transport type (driving or walking)
- satellite view
- Internet Search results
- list of activities (lodging, sights to see, etc.)
- choose between multiple routes (if available)
- set the route color between pins
- between pins view driving distance, driving time, fuel cost, travel advisories, turn-by-turn driving directions
- import pins from your Contacts (select as many at once as you like)

EACH PIN CAN HAVE MANY ACTIVITIES. For each activity you can record:

- name of activity
- activity date, time and duration
- cost
- phone
- address
- email address
- confirmation number
- notes
- picture

There are two types of pins. Route Pins are used to create the route. POI Pins mark points of interest on the map.

Choose between Apple Maps, OpenStreet Maps or various other maps.

Choose between driving and walking for each pin. For air and rail routes a straight line can be displayed between pins.

Add, remove or rearrange the pins in any order you wish. Search for places such as restaurants or hotels near each pin. Routes and pins can be sent to Apple Maps.

Each trip can be saved as a separate document. Perfect for anyone who wants to maintain a record of past trips.

PUT YOUR TRIP IN YOUR GPS device. Route pins and routes can be exported as GPX files that can be imported by many Global Positioning System devices.

VIEW YOUR TRIP ON YOUR IPHONE OR IPAD with our Road Trip Planner app for iOS, or use our FREE Road Trip Planner Viewer app. Or use apps that import GPX data, such as our GPX-Viewer app. Multiple sample files are available as well, including an informative Route 66 sample file.

THE ITINERARY HOLDS ALL OF THE DETAILS. Share it and take it with you.
- display the itinerary in a separate window
- save the itinerary to disk or share it easily
- optionally include a map image with pins and routes, activities for each Route Pin, costs for each activity, total fuel cost, total trip cost, information for Points of Interest Pins, and driving instructions

USE THE TO-DO CHECKLIST. Make sure you don’t forget anything.

Import location data from our other map-related apps. For a complete list visit website below.

Development is very active and we have many more features planned. We respond quickly to suggestions and questions in our forum.
PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION OR AN ISSUE. We promise we'll respond as quickly as we can.

For more info, screenshots, videos, and support questions click on the Road Trip Planner support button or visit

The mapping and routing functionality Road Trip Planner uses is based upon Apple’s maps technology. If Apple Maps cannot find a route between map pins, then neither can Road Trip Planner. Please test the area you wish to travel using Apple’s Maps app to ensure that the area can be routed. If it cannot be routed, please submit the issue to Apple at If Apple Maps cannot perform routing in the area you wish to travel then neither can Road Trip Planner.


Release Notes:

Added the ability to export track data when exporting the file as a GPX file. This will make it easier to import the data into Garmin and other GPS devices.
Plus the usual bug fixes and performance enhancements.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 2.0
Review by HandyHank41

Road Trip Planning - I picked up RTP (2.0) 3 days ago. My wife & I are full time travelers in a Airstream trailer. We’ve been to 49 of the 50 states more than once. RTP seems unbelievably well written for a relatively new app. The developer answers each of the comments sent to the SUPPORT pages. That is unusual and it will eventually lead to a terrific app even though it’s probably 75% of the way to terrific as it stands. RTP already is better than Microsoft’s Streets & Trips that I used for the past 5-8 years. There really needs to be rating stars beyond 5 for apps this good.

Found helpful by 17 out of 18 people
Version 2.0
Review by Mike Chillit

Not Ready For Prime Time - This software may have potential, but is pretty dysfunctional for my needs. Gives you the option of enabling or not enabling location tracking. I prefer not to have it enabled for my purposes because it adds nothing to the effort to find vactions locations. However, by NOT enabling location tracking, the stupid thing gives you a pop-up every few seconds telling you tracking is not enabled. You obviously already know that, and I’ve found no way to disable the pop-ups. So, you have the choice to be tracked or to uninstall the software. Moreover, the support website is totally Google. I trust Apple long before I trust Google. Just don’t by this software.

Found helpful by 8 out of 16 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 4.5.5
Review by Jackson125z

Frustrating (updated) - "This is the most frustrating, non-intuitive app I’ve seen with a help file so cryptic it adds to the frustration. Sorry I wasted my money.” That’s what I wrote before. Then I received a reply from the developer which led me to the real help file which is extensive and helpful but only available by going to the app in the App Store. The brief tutorial really needs to be enhanced. I will continue to use the app with the benefit of the help file and might update my rating with more experience. Thank you developer.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 4.5.5
Review by Slorandy

Uber Complicated - I think in trying to put near limitless possibilities into this application they came up with an application that is extremely difficult to learn and use. You can expect to spend hours getting the hang of using. Putting down a few points of interest and getting a route between them took quite some time. I’ve spent probably 5 hours with the program and am getting more comfortable on routing, points of interest, and the editing of such. Some features are really cool like being able to put in the mpg of your vehicle and an assumed cost for gas to get an idea of the overall fuel cost between locations. I was only looking for a program like the good ole Streets and Trips from Microsoft and came across this. The developer must have put in a ton of time building this program, which I acknowledge. Now I’ll be trying to export my trip from my Macbook to the iPad. WIsh me luck.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 4.5.5
Review by Pablo_Vilas

At last, an integratred tool for planning a road trip - I’ve developed a technique for planning road trips that involves a lot of pieces working together. A stack of numbered index cards, each describing a point of interest. A set of paper maps with stickers numbered as are the index cards to locate the POIs, eventually to have a route amidst the stickers marked with a highlighter. A spreadsheet with a set of rows for each day of the trip and entries for the destinations, driving distances and times, things to do and places to stay, along with their costs and confirmation numbers. Now I’ve discovered RTP that has all these tools built-in and integrated. Plus an on-board web browser and community forum, and the promise (which I’ll shortly pursue) of syncing to my iPad so I can take the plan with me for further adjustments and learned info as I go. In fact, RTP has the potential to go way beyond anything I’ve ever attempted in planning detail. And from what I read, the developer is actively working on it as of August 2017. In general, I’ve found that my familiarity with typical interface conventions and a willingness to experiment is usually all I need to figure out how to do something. Annoyed by the random ordering of POI pins, I wonder if I could sort them by clicking on a column title. Yes, I can! So far, the only feature that seems truly counter-intuitive is the Web tab. I expect the browser pane to feed bookmarks to the saved websites pane, but no; it’s the other way around. I have to use an external browser to find a web site, and copy and paste the URL into the saved websites pane; then I can look at it with the browser pane. How about a Save button in the browser pane? Also, a custom pin icon for “Museum" would be nice; for now I’m scraping by with “Casino.” But these are really just quibbles over what is clearly developing into a masterpiece. And OMG it’s only $15. And built to run native on MacOS. I’m blown away. Get it!

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people