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Headed Out for Memorial Day? Pack These Apps



Headed out for a Memorial Day weekend road trip? Before you hit the road, take a few minutes to check out the places you’ll be going. Really check them out, like right down to whether there’s street parking and how close you can park to the historical site you’re visiting.

Google Maps is a free app you likely already have on your mobile phone. What you may not know is that in addition to getting you to your destination, it will zoom you right down to street level. Street View lets you take a 360-degree spin of the places you’re thinking of visiting, so you can see what restaurants are nearby and how far a walk you might be signing up for.

But don’t stop with just Google Maps. For restaurants, make sure to have Yelp loaded on your phone. Using your phone’s GPS, it searches for places to eat, and offers up user-generated recommendations and directions. You can even make a reservation on Open Table right from within the app.

Many cities offer subway and bus map apps so be sure to download those if you plan on leaving the car at the hotel, or are flying to your destination. A transit app, combined with Google Maps means you’ll never have to ask for directions again.

If you’ll be needing a last-minute hotel reservation, check out HotelTonight. It offers great deals for those searching for a room after noon that day. While we hope those of you traveling with small kids don’t need this, it’s nice to know the option is there.

SEE ALSO: 11 Essential Road Trip Apps

And if you want to head off the beaten path for a little, try iExit. It lets you know what’s coming up in real time when you’re driving down the interstate.


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Google Maps Street View lets you take a 360-degree spin of the places you're thinking of visiting

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Via: Mashable » Tech

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