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Road Trip Planner

myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner

myscenicdrives.com's Road Trip Planner allows you to plan your entire road trip quickly and easily.

Overview

myscenicdrives.com provides detailed descriptions of scenic routes across the United States. Now our latest feature, the Road Trip Planner, makes travel even simpler with the ability to create personalized and detailed travel itineraries. Some of the highlights are:

Best of all, it’s free with unlimited use for anyone with an account.

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Note

The myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner is in beta testing and fully functional. We look forward to your comments and suggestions. The myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner is presently free. Create your free account now to plan, save, print and share your itineraries.

Getting Started

Once you are logged in, select Road Trip Planner from the toolbar and you are ready to plan your road trip.

Prefer video? Check out our Getting Started Video for an overview of how to use the planner.

We designed the Road Trip Planner to be simple to use. Not sure what one of our features will do? Just let your mouse hover over it and an explanation will pop up.

Our Road Trip Planner is a web browser-based application, so while you may want to hit back to return to a previous screen, it may not bring you to where you were. If you do not see your Road Trip, don’t worry — you did not lose it! Simply open the copy we automatically saved for you.

Lastly, if you have any questions, problems or feedback, just send us an e-mail or select Help and then Contact Us. We respond to all e-mails.

Simple A to B Routes

Easily plan your trips from one location to another by interacting with our map.

From the Road Trip Planner, simply enter your start and end points on the left hand side of the screen. You can enter this in any of these forms:

Or you can select your location from the map. Click on the map and then a selection will appear. Select one of the addresses or zoom into the area to get more specific.

If you are using a web browser released within the last year, you may also see a button that says Use GPS. This button will use your computer’s IP address and your ISP information to guess where you are located. Click and your web browser will ask you if it is OK to share the information with us, and if you choose to, a geocode for your location will appear.

All details previously entered can be changed anytime. If you’re not sure exactly where you want to go, that’s not a problem either — just choose your first idea and make changes once inspired. But keep in mind, the more precise the information, the better our estimates and directions will be.

Once you have filled in these values, click Plan and your road trip will be generated.

Note

The default starting location is the Default Location stored in your profile, if supplied. You can easily change this by re-entering it.

Return Directions

If you want return directions, select the Round Trip option. For example, if you are planning a road trip from Los Angeles to Sacramento and back, you can enter in Los Angeles, CA as your From address, Sacramento, CA as your destination address, and by selecting the Round Trip checkbox, we will automatically generate the directions from Los Angeles, to Sacramento, and back to Los Angeles.

Advanced Road Trips

You can create a Road Trip without the wizard by selecting the File menu above the map and selecting New Blank Trip.

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Build a Drive

Plan your road trips by customizing hundreds of myscenicdrives.com Scenic Drives and Points of Interest.

Start planning a trip from one of our Scenic Drives or Places of Interest, or add them to your existing route. Simply click Add to Road Trip.

If you are not already logged in, you will be prompted to login and will have to click Add to Road Trip again.

A list of road trips previously saved with myscenicdrives.com will appear. Choose from any of these routes or select Create New Road Trip and the Scenic Drive or Place of Interest will be automatically added to that road trip.

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Opening Stored Road Trips

The File menu provides easy access to open existing trips.

Previously created road trips or trips someone has shared with you can be opened by clicking Open on the first page or by selecting File in the top-left corner of the map and selecting Open Trip from the menu.

A dialog box will appear with a list of your road trips, the most-recently-updated at the top. By default, the road trips are named with the towns you entered when you first created your road trip (you may change this under the Trip Settings). Simply select the one you want and it will load.

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Importing Road Trips

Importing your trip from other applications is easy as we support a variety of file formats.

If you have created a route in another application, you can import it into the myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner. We support:

To import files, simply click the Import button on the first page or select File in the top-left corner of the map and select Import Route. Once selected, a dialog box will open and ask you for the file type, which file, and if you have a trip open, whether you would like to import the file into the current trip or as a new trip. After entering in this information, click Import and the file will be processed.

If the selected file is a trace of a trip you have taken, the imported route may have too many points to be practically usable. You can use the Path Adjustments to automatically remove stops at preset distances. By default though, we do not alter your imported trip.

The file formats are usually standard, but glitches may happen. Should this occur, please e-mail us the file and we will look into it.

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Importing myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Plans

If you have planned a previous trip using our Road Trip Planner, you can import that entire trip into your new trip. You can use this feature for collaborating your trip planning with friends, fine tuning specific days, or alternate plans.

To use this feature, simply click the Import Road Trip from the File menu above the map. Here you will be able to select the trip you wish to import. After selecting your trip, myscenicdrives.com will proceed to import all the stops from that trip into your current trip, except for those which already exist in your current trip.

If you wish to append the trips together, be sure to check the “Do not optimize” option. By default, we will attempt to optimize the best routes for the two trips, but when this option is checked, we will simply append the stops.

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Importing Comma and Tab Separated Files

Since Comma Separated Files are less defined, the myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner workflow for Comma Separated Files (CSV) and Tab Separated Files (TSV) is a little different.

If you are starting from Excel, you first need to save your document as a CSV. To do this, select File, Save As, and change the Save as Type to CSV (Comma delimited).

In the myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner, select the Import menu option from the File menu. After you have selected your file and have clicked upload, you will be redirected to a new page that allows you to see the data you have uploaded.

On this page, you will need to indicate which columns have which type of information. To be used, we require a minimum of a Latitude and Longitude or the components of an address to that we can geocode the information. The column types are as follows. Unless otherwise specified, if you set two columns to be the same type, they will be appended together.

Label
When imported, this will become the title of the destination.
Description
When imported, this will become the description/notes of the destination.
Address, City, State, ZIP/Postal, and Country
In order to provide directions, we need to figure out the coordinates. You can either specify them via the Latitude and Longitude fields, or make an address via these fields.
Latitude and Longitude
These are the floating point-based Latitude and Longitude coordinates. If more than one is specified, the last one which is parsable will be used.

We will attempt to auto-detect these fields from the first row. If we are able to determine any matches, the first row will be assumed to be headers and will not be imported.

The table on the page contains all the items which will be imported. If you do not want to import all of the stops, you can uncheck the box to the left of the row that reads “Import?”.

If you wish to change the value of a field in the table, you can click on the field and edit it inline.

Once complete, select the “Import” button at the bottom of the page and it will proceed to validate and geocode the values as required. In the event that any of the data is invalid, you will be informed of these and the rows will turn pink. Depending on the number of errors, you will either be able to proceed with the import or return to the editor to make adjustments.

As the CSV and TSV file-formats for GPS use is varied, if you experience any issues with the important, please e-mail us so that we can address them.

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Road Trip Planner

Our trip planner has four sections that work together to help you plan the perfect road trip.

Road Trip Plan

Control your entire itinerary from the Road Trip Plan portion of the myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner.

The Road Trip Planner outlines the places and attractions you want to visit, where to spend the night, etc. in a simple list. Use these tools to organize your trip:

Up (↑) and Down (↓)
Allows you to change the order of items within the list. You may click on the stop and drag it to where you’d like it to be or type in the number you wish the stop to be in the plan.
Edit
Each stop has settings and preferences which you can edit, including the number of hours or nights you wish to stay at a stop, notes, and other settings. You can read about them in the Destination Settings.
Remove
If you no longer want to stop at this location, simply click Remove.
Zoom
Zoom to this location on the map
Details
For stops with more information, the details button will provide more information about the destination.
Activities
Manages the Activities for this stop. For more information, see Activities.

Below the last item in your road trip plan are some frequently used functions, such as the Add Destination and Directions.

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The Finder

Quickly find new destinations using the myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner.

One of the best parts of the myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner is that you can search through our extensive database for stops using the Finder Search Box.

If you aren’t sure what to search for, consider using our Nearby Route Finder or clicking on the map in an area of interest and selecting the Find Nearby Places of Interest. If you are using Distance Circle, you can override the default range.

After typing something in and press your Enter key, Search Results will pop-up, separated into Destinations, Scenic Drives and Places of Interest and the map will display black markers matching the corresponding numbers.

Then choose:

On most browsers, you can also click on the stop and drag it to your Road Trip Plan or Activities.

On the map, you can also click the black markers to add them to your itinerary.

Some searches may have more results which you can access by clicking the More Results below the search results.

To hide the Search Results, click the brown arrow (►) next to the Search box.

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Directions

The myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner quickly divides miles of road trips into manageable days, provides an estimate of fuel costs, and provides full directions.

Once you have created your basic plan, check the Directions. You can find Directions above the Road Trip Plan or by clicking Map and selecting Directions.

Whenever you change your road trip plan, you will need to update your itinerary by clicking Update Directions. This process takes a few moments.

Directions are divided into Overview and Segments.

The Overview summarizes the number of miles, approximate travel time, notes about time zone changes, and approximate fuel consumption (based on the parameters in the Trip Settings) and related costs (See Managing a Budget).

The Overview section also contains buttons to:

Show/Hide Day Markers
For multi-day trips, this will display an icon on the map at the end location of the day’s drive. Hover your mouse above the icons for specific details. You can also display the day markers via the Layers Menu.
Toggle Days
This will collapse or expand all of the day menus, allowing you to quickly locate a particular day.
Toggle Directions
This will minimize all the directions. For trips longer than a day of driving, this will allow you to see the overview and a quick summary of the stops at a glance.

Segments separate driving days. For road trips less than 1 day of driving, the directions follow from each stop to the next. For longer trips, the plan will be divided into days (based on your Trip Settings). For each day, if you have not pre-scheduled an overnight stop, the Road Trip Planner will automatically recommend towns where you can find Hotels.

Not satisfied with the route? Add a waypoint to make the Road Trip Planner use another route. The easiest way to do that is to zoom in on the map, click a road, and select Add Waypoint (Routing). For best results, avoid placing waypoints at intersections and on the opposite direction of traffic flow.

The more information that you provide, the more accurate your road trip plan will be. For each stop which you plan to spend time at, enter that information into the Schedule by clicking the Edit button either within the Road Trip Plan or on the Map. The goal of the road trip is clearly to unwind and to enjoy, so leave a little breathing room in your plan.

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Map

Our interactive map makes it easy to add or find new stops for your road trips.

Visualize and plan your road trip directly on the map. We use a standard Google Map layout so you will feel right at home with the panning and zooming tools.

Each stop appears as a yellow, numbered box. Hover over the box and you will see the stop details, have the ability to Edit the destination’s settings, Zoom, Remove the destination, or Close the box.

Click on the map to add new stops, find destinations, or change the map’s location. The listed streets, towns, and cities are based on the location you have selected.

Add a waypoint to make our directions pass a particular stop. This is a useful way to encourage the Road Trip Planner to take a particular road.

If you are looking for things to do in a particular area, select the Find Nearby Places of Interest, which searches the thousands of recommended stops on myscenicdrives.com.

To find the local National Parks, select the Find Nearby National Parks option.

If you are looking for accommodations, select the Find Nearby Hotels or Find Nearby Campgrounds, or if you are looking for perhaps a larger city or a different area, consider using our Find Nearby Cities and Towns feature which will list all cities and towns which are in the area, usually sorted by population.

if you are flying to the area, you can find airports by selecting Find Nearby Airports. This will find airports and give you an idea of how fair they are to the point on the map. This also includes the airport code and name to make it easy to find great deals.

Center Map Here will recenter the map at the location you have indicated, maintaining the current zoom parameter. Select Zoom In To Here to zoom right into the selected location, or zoom out to show the entire drive by clicking Show the Entire Drive. The Directions option will bring you to the directions quickly.

You can change the style of the map under the Trip Settings.

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Features

Activities

Activities allow you to roughly plan what you are doing on the way to a destination or at a destination.

The myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner allows you to list activities for each of your stops. Activities are similar to your regular stops, except they are not scheduled and directions are not provided to them. Activities can be useful for:

To use Activities, first click Activities under a stop. Once expanded, you can either click on the Add Destination or you can drag any stop from your Road Trip Plan onto it and release your mouse when the list expands. You can also drag any of the search results from the Finder.

Activities are exported to GPS Directions as Activities for file formats that support them, and Activities are displayed along your route in the Printed Directions.

If you need directions to these activities, we recommend creating a new Road Trip for the stop.

Destination Settings

Destination Settings allow you to make overnights stays, add notes, and more.

You can customize each stop in the Destination Settings. Most stops include a Schedule Tab allowing you to set the length of time at a stop, whether the time is part of your driving time or not, and whether you’d like to drive non-stop to that destination. Other tabs are dependent on the type of stop:

Destinations and Activities
Destinations are the towns and cities you will be visiting. In the General Tab, you will have a Label (a brief description of the stop), Address (which will be geocoded), and Notes (any information you’d like to include).
Drives
Drives are any myscenicdrives.com Scenic Drives added to your route. In the General Tab, you will have a link to learn more about the drive and an area for notes.
Waypoint
Waypoints are points you create to make the Road Trip Planner use another route. In the General Tab, you will be able to add notes regarding the waypoint.
Place of Interest
A Place of Interest is a stop added from the myscenicdrives.com Recommended Stops Database. In the General Tab, most of these will include a link and an area for notes.
Itinerary
If you have booked your hotel on-line on myscenicdrives.com, you can add your itinerary directly into your road trip. The Summary tab will state the hotel information and the details of your reservation.

If the Destination Settings has a General Tab, you can enter in specific costs associated with the stop in the Cost field. For more information on budgeting, see Managing your Budget.

Scheduling Stops

The myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner provides a number of scheduling options to allow you to better plan your trip.

To indicate that you want to stop at a particular stop, you can check off the “Stop for” check box under the Schedule tab of any of the Desitnations and indicate how long you will be at that stop. If you are stopping there for a couple hours, you will also have the option of selecting whether or not to subtract the stopped time from the driving time.

If you have configured Start Times under Trip Settings, you will also be able to schedule when you wish to arrive at a particular stop or depart from that stop. Our Road Trip Planner will use your configured properties to adapt the time to the best options for your settings. Should we not be able to accommodate, a note will be added to your Directions and the To Do List indicating that.

If you have disabled the ability to divide your trip into days, the scheduling piece of our Road Trip Planner will also be disabled.

Note

While the scheduling does permit you the ability to ensure that you have time for every moment, please keep in mind that travel times are estimated and that you should have extra time for unexpected delays.

Trip Settings

Control your road trip by setting the properites for your trip with the Daily Driving Time, Fuel Settings, Map Type, Permissions, Road Preferences, and more.

Customize your Road Trip by clicking on Settings in the lower left hand corner or by selecting File on the top right-hand corner of the map and choose Trip Settings.

Once in the Road Trip Settings window, the General tab allows you to:

General Tab

Change the name of your Road Trip
This name is displayed when you open your road trip, so make it descriptive so that it makes sense to you.
Set the Vehicle Type
Indicating the type of vehicle that you will be using to take this road trip will help us toggle particular features and prioritize future features. Your selection includes Car, Electric Car, Motorcycle, RV (Class A, B, or C), Vehicle with trailer, SUV, Truck, and Van.
Set Start Date
Select a Trip Start Date so your itinerary keeps track of calendar dates. You can also use this feature to export your trip to your calendar.
Add notes.

Directions Tab

In the Directions Tab, you can customize the Maps and Direction Features.

Change the map style.
Choose between Road Map, Satellite, Hybrid or Terrain.
Change the Distance Units
You can change the Distance Units between Miles and Kilometers. Note: Currently our fuel calculations are based on a Miles per Gallon regardless of this setting.
Change the Time Format
This defines the time format for things like Start Times.
Change the Fuel Efficiency and the Cost of Fuel.
The Directions will use these numbers to calculate the cost of your trip. If you leave the Cost of Fuel empty, the Road Trip Planner will use a default amount which is automatically updated weekly. You can see the current estimate on our Gas Calculator. If your distance units is in Miles, the fuel efficiency is measured in Miles per Gallon and the Price is in Gallons. If your distance units is in Kilometers, the fuel efficiency is measured in Liters per 100 Kilometers and the Price is in Liters. For electric vehicles, see Electric Vehicles.
Adjust the Vehicle Speed
If you are traveling in an RV or pulling a trailer, you may prefer to take a little more time and get there safely. Under the Directions tab, you can adjust the travel speed by a percentage by changing the Vehicle Speed. The default is the Speed Limit.

Days Tab

In the Days tab, you can change the way that myscenicdrives.com divides your trips into days. Begin by selecting the default parameters.

Define how trips are divided into days.
You can define how you want to divide your trip into days by selecting Time (Default), Distance, or Disable this feature. If you choose Distance or Disable, some features may be disabled.
Change the Default Daily Driving Time.
Our Directions will optimize each day by the time or distance set here. Be conservative as you want to enjoy the scenery and take breaks, keeping in mind physical limits. If you have never driven more than 6 hours in a day, don’t try to plan a 12 hour driving day. While some days can incorporate more driving time leaving other days for exploring, we don’t recommend you plan your entire trip with long days of driving. If you update the directions first, you can also click the Advanced button and override this value for specific days if you wish.
Change the Daily Driving Flexibility
Flexibility allows you to set how much more driving per day would you be willing to do if you are close to the next destination.
Automatic Day Per Stop
You can automatically make a day of driving per stop by checking the “Day Per Stop” checkbox. When selected, unless you have manually configured the stop’s stop time, it will automatically become a day. If the driving time between the stops is longer than your driving preferences, it will still be divided over as many days as required of driving.
Use Start Times
You can have your directions have the approximate time that they will occur based on your start time. This time will be displayed in your directions so that you can have a better notion of when you will arrive and where to plan certain activities. This also enables scheduling stops to depart or arrive at particular times. Note that this is not currently compatible with Distance-based Day Splitting.
Manage your Daily Budget
When you configure a daily budget, the myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner will provide you an estimate of your total trip. For more information, see Managing your Budget. If you have updated your directions, you will also be able to update your budget per day by clicking the Advanced button.

Should you want to drive longer or shorter on a particular day, you can change the parameters here after updating the directions by selecting the Advanced button. For each day of your trip, you will be able to override the daily default for time or distance, start times, and budget.

Legs Tab

Under the Legs Tab, you can set the road preferences. You can change the default road preferences by checking the Avoid Highways or Avoid Tolls checkboxes.

To change roads for specific sections of the road trip plan, press the Advanced button (if present) then navigate to the leg of the trip you wish to change. To change the leg, uncheck the Use Default and then you can change the defaults for this particular segment.

Permissions Tab

In the Permissions Tab, you can give people permission to see and/or update your itinerary.

To Add Permission, type in the e-mail address, select whether you are granting them Read or Read and Modify Permission, and click Add. Or, use the Share Trip feature.

To Remove Permission, select the e-mail address from the appropriate list and click Remove under it.

Our permissions model is as follows:

Note

If you share your road trip with others, please keep in mind that information regarding your hotel reservations and other personal information could be exposed, so use this feature sparingly. Also, it is not recommended that two people modify a road trip at the same time as this may result in corruption of your file.

Saving Global Preferences

You may create several trips on myscenicdrives.com and some of your preferences will be similar from trip to trip. In addition to simply saving your preferences, you can also click the Save and Make Default button to make these preferences the default for future new trips you create on myscenicdrives.com. Certain fields, such as names, dates, permissions, and specific overrides will not be stored.

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Export to GPS

Export your directions straight to your GPS quickly with the myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner.

Have a GPS or want to import your road trip into another tool? Simply export and load it in moments. We support a variety of file formats, including Google Earth (KML), Garmin Communicator, BaseCamp and MapSource (GPX), Co-Pilot Live (TRP), Microsoft Streets and Trips, TomTom itineraries (ITN), TomTom Places of Interest (OV2), Comma Separated Files (CSV), and Tab Separated Files (TSV).

There are a few options on downloading files for multi-day trips. You can either download one file with the entire route or have it divided into per day itineraries. Per day itineraries allow you to load your GPS with your trip for each day. Or you can have all per day files downloaded in a ZIP file format, which will include an Activities and Stops file for your trip.

If you are using a program which needs access to a link, you can enable the Direct Link option. To use this, you will need to enable “Offsite GPS Support”. You will be prompted to enable it if you do not have it enabled or you can change it in the Permissions Tab of the Trip Settings. Once enabled, you will have the link to the raw data which can then be copied and pasted into the application.

Specific instructions for how to use the file format is available in the Export Maps Help Section. Of particular note is the Garmin Communicator Plugin for exporting to your GPS. If you choose the One File Per Day option, it will automatically load all the files onto your device. This feature may not be compatible with all devices.

For CSV and TSV files, you can configure which columns are displayed. You can select from latitude, longitude, name, and description. You can change the order of the columns and add new columns as you need.

Note

While we strive to make our maps and directions as accurate as possible, it is possible that there are flaws in the data or that road conditions, traffic, weather, and other events may result in changes to the planned route. Please use our GPS directions with common sense, obey the law, and please keep your eyes on the road.

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Path Compression

Simplify the routes that are exported to your GPS. This feature delegates more of the routing to your GPS device which sometimes provides a smoother GPS experience. Note that it does not always provide the same directions designated by your myscenicdrives.com’s Road Trip Plan, but it does bring you to the same final destination. You have the following options:

If you are not sure which to pick, start with normal and then experiment with the other options to find the one that suits you best.

Note

While we strive to make our maps and directions as accurate as possible, it is possible that there are flaws in the data or that road conditions, traffic, weather, and other events may result in changes to the planned route. Please use our GPS directions with common sense, obey the law, and please keep your eyes on the road.

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Export to your Calendar

If you have configured your trip with a Start Date in the Trip Settings, you can export your trip to your calendar, allowing you to know where your trip is taking you via your regular calendar interaction.

Once the Start Date is specified, select the File menu above the map and select the Export to Calendar option. This will generate an iCalendar file format which is usable by most popular calendaring applications.

When your web browser prompts you, you can either open it with your calendar on your desktop or you can save it. If you are using Google Calendar, you can use the iCalendar file using these instructions.

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Duplicating a Road Trip

The File menu provides easy access to open existing trips.

Sometimes when planning a road trip, it is useful to try out different variations.

Creating variations in separate Road Trip files allows you to keep all the detail and information safe while exploring other options. Duplicate your trip by selecting File from the top-left corner of the map and select Save As to create a new road trip with the same information. You will be prompted for a new trip name.

To return to the original Road Trip, select File from the top-left corner of the map and Open Trip.

Another use of the Save As is to refine sections of your trip or collaborating with others. Once you are complete with a section of your trip, you can also merge your changes back in via our Import Road Trip feature.

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Deleting a Road Trip

The File menu provides easy access to open existing trips.

Save space and remove clutter when you Open Trips by deleting old trips. To do so, select File from the top-left corner of the map and choose Delete Trip. The application will then ask you to confirm.

Note

This results in all data being deleted and non-recoverable. Please double check that you are on the right road trip before deleting.

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Sharing Road Trips

Share your trips via e-mail or social networks with your family and friends quickly and easily.

Sharing your Road Trip with family and friends is safe and easy. Send them a link using the Trip Sharer.

From the File menu on the top-left corner of the map, select Share Trip.

You can choose to either E-mail specific people or post the trip on Facebook, Twitter, or other Social Networks by selecting the appropriate tab.

To e-mail the itinerary, add the desired e-mail address(es), and if you like, customize the subject and message. If the email recipients do not already have access to your road trip, you will be asked to give them permission when adding their e-mail address.

To share on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, your trip must be publicly readable, meaning that anyone who has the link can see your full itinerary. Keeping your security in mind, we recommend removing specific addresses and reservations to ensure that your privacy is maintained. You will be asked to check the checkbox acknowledging this. When you accept, for either Facebook or Twitter, the appropriate window will open with the link to your trip. For other Social Networks, such as blogs or forums, a link will appear that you must copy and paste into your message.

You can change the permissions anytime in the Trip Settings.

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Printing

Print a step by step itinerary of your road trip with all the information you need.

Even with the best technology, there’s nothing like a printed copy of your directions. Even if you elect not to print them, it’s a convenient way to share your road trip plan with friends and family.

To print the road trip plan, select Print from the lower-left corner of the screen or from the File menu in the upper-left hand corner of the map, select Print.

Printed directions are similar to the Directions in the Road Trip Planner. An overview of the drive indicates all of the stops, mileage, approximate driving time and approximate fuel costs. These values are determined by your Trip Settings. Below the overview is a large map and the directions divided by day, along with any notes that you have for each stop.

Above the Overview is the Print Options menu. From here, you can select which items to print:

Drive Overview
The Drive Overview indicates all of the stops (divided by day), mileage, approximate driving time and approximate fuel costs. You may choose to save a tree and not print this.
Large Overview Map
Toggles whether you will print the Map or not.
Include Map Labels
On the map, you will find the number location for each stop along the way. If this option is not checked, these will not be displayed.
Include Day Markers
If selected, this will display a small black house on the map where you will be spending the night.
Include Daily Maps
If selected, this will include a map for each day of your trip. This option is only available for multiple day trips.
Include Notes
If you have included any notes, they will be displayed by default. Notes are useful for important phone numbers, people to see, restaurant ideas, or other information.
Directions
If you do not need printed directions, toggle this checkbox. This will also remove the notes.
Turn By Turn Maps
The myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner Printable Turn-by-Turn Maps provides you with a concise map so that you know where you are going. Great with or without a GPS.
If you would like to have turn-by-turn maps, toggle this checkbox. In a moment, your directions will change to have a small map per turn and formatted to limit paper waste. Before turning to the Print button though, ensure that all the maps are loaded as it is not instantaneous.
Directions by Day
If this is selected, the directions will be divided by day. If you simply want a continuous list of directions, uncheck this option.
Page per Day
If this is selected, each day will start on a fresh page. This can be convenient for long trips, but please consider the environment before selecting this option.
Font Size
Change the font size used in the printed directions to make it easier for you to read while on the go.
Note

While we strive to make our maps and directions as accurate as possible, it is possible that there are flaws in the data or that road conditions, traffic, weather, and other events may result in changes to the planned route.

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Route Optimizer

The Map menu gives you access to Zoom, Optimize, Reverse, and Get Directions.

Choosing the right path from place to place can save time and money. Our Route Optimizer will try to order all of your stops to minimize mileage for your entire trip.

When you plan your trip, myscenicdrives.com will automatically try to add new stop where it will likely be best fit. For many trips, this will be sufficient but as we do not reorder the other stops, you sometimes may need to optimize the trip.

To optimize the stops, choose the Map menu above the map and select Optimize Stops for Distance to minimize the distance traveled or select Optimize Stops for Time for the least time. Depending on how many stops and how complicated your trip is, this may take a few moments to calculate. Once calculated, the new order of the trip will be shown.

The Route Optimizer will find the most efficient route between the first stop and your last stop based on distance.

Note

While we make all efforts to organize the stops as best as we can, we cannot guarantee that the order selected is the best. If you notice anything odd in your results, please let us know so that we can look into it.

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Reversing Directions

The Map menu gives you access to Zoom, Optimize, Reverse, and Get Directions.

If you want to return using the same path, select File from the top-left corner of the map and then select Save As. On the newly created file, select Map above the map, and choose Reverse.

Selecting Reverse without creating a new file will undo your original plan.

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Distance Circle

The Distance Circle surrounds the mouse pointer with circle of the specified distance, great for finding nearby activities.

Our Distance Circle feature surrounds your mouse pointer with a circle whose radius is a configured distance. This is especially handy for planning trips in which a certain distance must be covered per day and for finding activities nearby your route.

To configure the Distance Circle, select the Map menu above the map and choose Distance Circle. In the upper right corner of the map, a dialog will appear where you can enter the distance and click Add. You can change the distance again by updating the value and clicking Update.

To remove the Distance Circle, simply click Remove in that dialog box. If you have closed the dialog box, simply select the Map menu above the map and choose the Distance Circle option again to see it.

While the feature is enabled, the myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner will use the distance information in the Nearby Route Finder and the Find Nearby Activities functionality.

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Adding Destinations

Add a Destination quickly either by an address, find by place of interest, etc.

Use Add Destination to type in an address, find places of interests or nearby stops, or add custom activities. You can access this from the Add menu above the map or below the Road Trip Plan or Activities.

Under the Address Editor, enter as much of the address as you can. Once entered, the Finder will open where you can confirm the address and add it to your trip.

Under the places of interests tab, you can enter in queries to search through our database or find nearby stops along your selected route.

And if you have selected the Add Destination from the Activities menu, you can also enter in custom activities under the Activities tab.

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Adding Flights, Trains, Ferries, Cruises, and other Travel

Some of your road trips might include segments which you will be riding on something else, such as flights, trains, or ferries. You can add such travel details in the myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner by simply adding a “Non-Driving Destination”.

To do this, select the Add Destination item from the Road Trip Plan or from the Add menu bar above the map and select the “Non-Driving” tab.

If you are adding a flight, check the “Is this a flight” which will do the airport code lookups. Enter in a summary of the flight under the Name field, such as the flight number. Then enter the Starting and Destination Airport codes and enter in an approximate travel time. Once complete, click the “Add Destination” button.

For all other travel, enter in a short summary of the trip under the Name field. For the From and To addresses, enter in the entire address of where you will be leaving and arriving, in the form of Address, City, State. Then enter in the approximate travel time, and click the “Add Destination” button.

Once the stop is added to the trip, consider editing the stop and adding in further details of the travel, such as confirmation numbers and seat numbers in the Notes field under the General tab.

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Importing Addresses from VCards

A VCard is a popular Address Book file format which many e-mail clients and tools support. With a VCard in hand, you can quickly add the address as a destination.

To do so, click on the “File” menu above the map and select “Import Address from VCard”. A dialog box will appear allowing you to select a VCard on your computer and once selected, click on the “Import” button.

We will then attempt to extract as many addresses as we can from that file and a second tab will appear in the Dialog box with all the addresses we found. If we found more than one, arrows to the top right of the box will indicate how many we found and allow you to navigate from address to address. Once you have found the address you would like to import, click the “Add Address” below the address which will then locate the address and click “Add” again to add it to your Road Trip.

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Adding Your Location

If your browser supports it, add your location from your GPS!

Most modern web browsers have the ability to detect your location based on your IP address. Results will vary, but you can try it by selecting Add from the menu bar above the map and choose Add Browser GPS Location. Your web browser will ask you if it is OK to share the information with us, and if you choose to, your location will be added to your plan.

If you are on the road with mobile browser or a computer with a hardware GPS and are using a browser that supports it, you can also use enable the Follow Me feature by selecting Map above the map and choosing Follow Me. This will add a blue indicator on the map that will follow all updates that your GPS provides.

To stop following, select the Map menu above the map and select Stop Following.

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Adding Hotel Reservations

Adding hotels booked on myscenicdrives.com is just a click away.

If you have booked your hotel on myscenicdrives, you can add it to your road trip by selecting Add from the menu bar above the map and choosing Add Travel Accommodations.

This will show you a list of reservations booked on myscenicdrives.com. Once loaded, select the reservation(s) for this trip and they will be added to your itinerary. Your Road Trip Plan will include directions to the hotel, address, phone, and booking confirmation number.

If you do not see your reservation within the list, use the Look Up tab to enter in your confirmation number and e-mail address to add the reservation(s) to your trip.

Note

This feature is only available for reservations booked on myscenicdrives.com.

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Adding Campgrounds

Search for campgrounds along your route either by clicking on “Find Nearby Campgrounds” near your directions or by clicking on the map and selecting “Find Nearby Campgrounds“. Campgrounds and their basic information will be highlighted and a simple click adds them to your road trip. Most campgrounds recommend reservations. Contact the individual campgrounds via phone or their website. You can note the reservation information in the notes of the campground’s settings.

To change the To Do List to use Campgrounds instead of Hotels, on the General Tab of the Trip Settings, check the “Use Campgrounds for To Do”.

Note

Please note that our Campgrounds are presently being tested, developed, and expanded. Please let us know if you notice any glitches or have suggestions to improve your experience.

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Finding Nearby Scenic Drives and Activities

Find Scenic Drives, Outdoor Recreation, and Activities along your route from myscenicdrives.com's database.

Quickly find scenic drives, outdoor recreation, and activities that are near your route from myscenicdrives.com’s growing database. While the Finder searches everywhere, this feature will highlight only the stops within 60 miles along your route.

From the Add menu above the map, select the type of stops you would like shown. Once loaded, myscenicdrives.com will show you all the routes along the way.

This can produce a lot of information, but we will only list 100 items at a time. You can get more results by selecting the More Results button under the search results. To help filter the information especially for cross country road trips, you might consider outlining your basic route with waypoints or ensuring the Directions are up-to-date.

There are three categories to choose from:

Since myscenicdrives.com is always adding new scenic drives and content, if we are light in content in one area, be sure to check back before hitting the road. And if you know of some great spots, please let us know so that we can add it.

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Electric Vehicles

The myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner has full support for electric vehicles, providing the location of charging stations and reminders to recharge your vehicle. Begin under the Trip Settings and change your vehicle type to an Electric Car, and then on the Directions tab, enter the average distance on a full charge, the average cost for a charge, and the amount of time that a charge typically takes. This will enable all of our Electric Vehicle features.

We assume that you are starting off each day with a fully-charged vehicle. Using the above information, we will add a To Do reminder for recharging your vehicle based on the settings you have configured. By clicking on the To Do reminder, nearby charging stations will be located on the map. Note that the nearest charging station depends on availability. When you add the charging station to your road trip, we will automatically schedule the stop based on your charging time. In addition to using our To Do list, you can also click on the Map to find nearby charging stations.

You can also mark stops as a Charging Station under the Schedule Tab. While the default assumes a full charge, you can override the new available distance for your vehicle after the charge.

To aid in planning, you may also use the Charging Ranges from the Layers menu. This will show an icon on the map where your vehicle will require recharging.

Note

The estimates are provided for informational purposes based on your entered information and may not account for delays, weather, and other conditions beyond our control. While we do make all efforts to provide accurate information regarding Charging Stations, some details may change beyond our control.

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Managing a Budget

The myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner provides a number of features to help estimate and plan your budget. In addition to providing an estimated fuel cost automatically, you can also configure the Road Trip Planner to provide you with per-stop costs and daily costs.

To configure a per stop cost, click on the Settings link for the stop and select the General tab where you will be able to enter in the cost associated with that stop. For example, if you are visiting an aquarium that charges an entrance fee, you can enter the entrance fee here.

In addition, you can also enter in a daily budget amount under the Trip Settings’s Day tab. The default budget per day is the amount of money that will be spent for each day on the trip for things such as meals, lodging, entertainment, etc. You can enter in different amounts for specific days simply by placing another number in the day’s budget.

Once this information is provided, your directions will provide you with a breakdown and approximate total costs of the trip.

Note

The budget and fuel cost is provided simply for informational purposes to help you estimate your trip.

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Working with Days

myscenicdrives.com automatically divides your trip into manageable days. Quickly expand and shorten your days with nearby cities and towns.

One of the nice features of the myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner is its ability to seamlessly divide your trip into manageable days, allowing you to plan where you might spend the night and estimating how long it will take to get to wherever you are heading.

Before getting started in planning your days and scheduling your stops, start by updating the directions for your trip. You can do this simply by clicking the Update Directions from the To Do List.

Next, we recommend that you configure your driving time parameters. In the Day tab of the Trip Settings, you can start by configuring your average daily driving time. The default is 8 hours of driving per day, which does not account for stops for breaks, meals, and fueling. When planning your trip, think of some of your previous driving experiences and choose a reasonable amount of time here that allows you ample time to reach your destinations but also reach it safely. In order to make the planning easier, you may also wish to enter a Start Date on the General tab so that the directions say a specific date instead of “Day 3.”

Also in this tab, you can provide specific driving times for a particular day. For example, say that you are leaving on Wednesday after work for your trip, so instead of driving a full 8 hours that day, you may only be able to accomplish 4 hours.

For any stop which you know you will want to stay there for a couple days, you can schedule it. To plan your days that you are there, we recommend the use of Activities or using another Road Trip Plan to get directions for your activities there..

In the Directions Pane, your information will be updated on any change. There are a few ways to plan your days using the information presented here. We usually recommend that you click the Toggle Directions link so that you can quickly see where you will be for each of your days. In the Day Overview section, you will see how many miles and hours you will be driving for that day, and it will estimate where you will be spending the night. By using the Day Markers feature, you can also have an icon displayed on the map.

If we have selected a stop which is not exactly where you would like to spend the night, there are a few ways to address this:

To choose hotels near your chosen location, the easiest way to selecting one is to select the Zoom button near the stop, and then on the map, click near the middle and select Find Nearby Hotels. You can then browser through our selection of hotels and book directly on our site. Hotels booked on our site can be seamlessly added to your trip by Adding your Itinerary. If you are not yet sure where you want to stay, you can always add a Potential Hotel to your Road Trip Plan. If you have a couple hotels which you are interested in for a particular area, we recommend that you add have your list of Potential Hotels as Activities so that you can continue to plan your trip.

Be sure to recheck your information after each change. Should the change have had some unintended consequences, you can simply Undo that change.

Note

Our estimates for where you will be at the end of the day may be different based on driving conditions, weather, errors, and other things beyond our control.

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Working with the To Do List

The myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner includes a To Do List to help plan your trip

The myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner includes a To Do List in the lower right corner of the Map which will help guide you through the planning process and to help you not forget anything.

To assist, the myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner will automatically notice and mention certain things throughout your planning process.

Update Directions
If you have made a change to your itinerary, you may need to update your directions. Clicking this button will automatically update the directions and the map for your trip.
Short Driving Days
You may end up having some days with very little driving time. Changing your trip’s flexibility or driving time under the Trip Settings the driving time between other days can improve your trip.
Spend the Night
The To Do List will include any nights and the location that does not have a hotel reservation. Of course, you can always play it by ear and reserve on the road using our mobile website or by calling 1-866-358-9134.
Add your own To Do Items
If you have your own To Do Items, you can edit click on the “Edit To Do List” at the end of the To Do List or from the Map menu. You can add new to do items, enter your own description, mark them as complete, or delete them as you wish. The To Do items created by myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner cannot be editted.

In addition, you can also add your own items to the To Do List by either selecting the Map menu and selecting the Edit To Do List. Here you can add, remove, and complete your personally selected items. System generated items cannot be changed in any way.

You may hide or display the To Do list by clicking on the Map menu, and selecting Show To Do List or Hide To Do List.

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Layers

Add layers to your map, day markers, and other trips.

Adding Day Markers

For multi-day trips, Day Markers will display an icon on the map at the end location of the day’s drive. Hover your mouse above the icons for specific details.

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Adding Charging Ranges

For Electric Vehicles, selecting the Charging Ranges will show an icon on the map where your vehicle may need to be recharged based on your Trip Settings. For more information, see the Electric Vehicle section.

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Adding Trips as Layers

You can display other trips created within the myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner as layers on your map. You can use the layers feature to avoid traveling the same roads as a previous road trip, planning different routes in the case of weather changes, or just visualizing all of your trips on one map.

To do so, select the Layers menu above the map and select the Add Trip as Layer. When the dialog opens, select the Add Layer button, select a trip and a color, then select Apply. The directions will be displayed on the map.

To hide the directions, select the Layers menu and select the checkbox near the trip you are no longer interested in seeing, or select the Edit Trip Layers and remove the trip by clicking the X to the right of the item.

Experience in RoadPreview

Experience your Road Trip as never before with myscenicdrives.com’s RoadPreview. RoadPreview drives your selected route in Google Earth using satelite imagery, allowing you to feel like you are already there. To enjoy, select the Experience in RoadPreview from the File menu.

This feature is a great way to share your road trip experience with your family and friends. To do this, please first grant permissions to your family and friends under the Trip Settings and then send them the link.

Note

RoadPreview requires the Google Earth Plugin which can be downloaded from here for free. The plug-in is available for desktop machines and is not currently available on mobile or tablet devices.

Undo and Redo

myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner allows you to undo updates to your plans with a click of a mousse.

The myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner allows you to quickly undo up to the last 5 updates to your itinerary. If you want to change something back, just select redo. The Undo and Redo menus are located under the Edit menu.

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Hot Keys

If you are a keyboard user, you may appreciate these hotkeys from within the Road Trip Planner. Please note that some browsers may not support all of them as gracefully.

KeyFunction
Control-F
Command-F
Find a Place of Interest or Address
Control-O
Command-O
Open a Road Trip
Control-P
Command-P
Print the Road Trip
Control-Y
Command-Y
Redo
Control-Z
Command-Z
Undo
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My Places of Interest

My Places of Interest allows you to create a searchable database of your own locations within our Road Trip Planner simply by uploading a CSV file. Route planning is easy and efficient with the ability to add your addresses to any trip, search your secure locations by name, city, or state, or simply click on the map to find your nearby locations.

My Places of Interest is a paid feature.

Mobile Access

myscenicdrives.com Road Trip Planner is mobile-friendly. Visit it from your IPhone, IPod Touch, Android, or Windows Phone smartphone.

Create, update, and track your road trip on the go, using your smartphone’s web browser. Our mobile-friendly website offers a single, full-screen, touch-friendly interface that requires no software installation or updates.

Similar to our desktop version, you can start by entering your start and ending locations, or by opening an existing road trip. Once in the editor, choose from four sections at the bottom of the screen: Road Trip Plan, The Finder, Directions, and Map.

To access items within the File, Map, Add, or Help menus, simply click the handle button on the right of the screen which will highlight the list of available options. To return, simply click it again or click Cancel.

We have worked hard to make the mobile version of the Road Trip Planner friendly and easy to use. Please let us know if you need any assistance.

Note

The Mobile Road Trip Planner is currently only supported on IPhone, IPod Touch, Android, and Windows Phone devices. Please contact us for support on other phones.

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Installing to your Home Screen on IPhone, IPod Touch, and IPad

To install to your IPhone, IPod Touch, or IPad Home Screen, tap the IPhone, IPod Touch, and IPad Add To Home Screen Icon icon and then tap the Add to Home Screen.

Installing to your Home Screen on Android

To add myscenicdrives.com to your Home Screen on an Android device, it depends on which version of Android you have.

If you have an older device, then:

  1. In the browser, add a bookmark for the current page:
    1. Tap the menu button.
    2. Select “Bookmarks.”
    3. Select the location and the “Add” button
    4. Tap OK
  2. Tap the “Home” button.
  3. On the home screen:
    1. Tap the menu button.
    2. Select “Add”
    3. Select “Shortcut”
    4. Select “Bookmark”
    5. Select the myscenicdrives.com bookmark.

Installing to your Start Screen on Windows 8 and Windows Phone

In Internet Explorer, select the Settings Menu and select the Pin to Start to automatically add myscenicdrives.com to your Start screen.

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Attributions

myscenicdrives.com is built using a variety of sources, including some information from OpenStreetMap contributors and some services by GraphHopper.

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