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## Apps You Need for Your Next Road Trip

SitorSquat
If you’ve ever taken a long road trip, you know that finding a clean bathroom can be a herculean task. This app makes it a little easier. Funded by Charmin (the toilet paper brand), SitorSquat gives you a list of nearby public toilets based on your GPS location and rates them by cleanliness (a green toilet icon means it’s clean; red means it’s less than). The app also includes information about cost (if any), whether there are baby-changing tables, and handicap accessibility. There are currently more than 100,000 bathrooms throughout the United States in the app’s database, as well as a growing number of toilets outside the country. iTunes | Google Play




The Outbound app allows road trippers to find outdoor activities along their route.

For endless entertainment

The Outbound
Being cooped up in a car for hours on end can often be the worst part of a road trip. One solution? Consult this GPS-based, crowd-sourced app, which gives local recommendations for nearby outdoorsy activities. The app will point you to national parks, good hiking trails, secret swimming holes, and more—and the user reviews are fact checked by The Outbound Collective staff, so you can trust the advice (which is especially important if you’re hiking in an area you don’t know well). iTunes | Google Play


DayPass
Similar to Outbound, DayPass helps you find activities when you absolutely cannot be in the car for any longer. The app focuses on pools, beach clubs, gyms, and spas at hotels and resorts around the world. Just type in the destination (or let the app pull up a current location based on your GPS), and you can see all of the hotels and gyms that offer day passes to their facilities. Some properties don’t allow booking through the app, so you may have to call instead. iTunes | Google Play


Psych! Outwit Your Friends
Can you even call a road trip a road trip if you don’t spend hours playing pointless games? From the creators of Ellen Degeneres’s popular Heads Up!, this game app tests your ability to pick real answers to trivia questions—and avoid the fake answers made up by the other players. There are four styles of play—the word game “Word Up!” the classic trivia game “Is That a Fact?,” the truth-telling game “And the Truth Comes Out,” and the movie trivia game “Movie Bluff!”

Much like Cards Against Humanity, part of the fun is trying to guess who wrote which answer based on everyone’s sense of humor. There’s even an option to “play with Ellen,” which means an Ellen bot will also contribute hilarious answers. The game requires some screen time, so it’s not driver friendly—but if you read the questions and answers out loud, whoever is behind the wheel can certainly join in on the laughs. (And it’s another reason to regularly rotate drivers, too.) iTunes | Google Play







Magic Hour
One perk of a road trip is that you can pull over somewhere beautiful for Magic Hour—also referred to as Golden Hour—the term professional photographers use to describe the hour after sunrise or before sunset when the light is at its prettiest. This app lets you know exactly when Magic Hour begins and ends each day based on your location, helping you time your stop right. If you pay $0.99, you can add locations, allowing you to plan for future Magic Hours, too. (Magic Hour is only available for Apple Devices, but Google Play offers similar apps for Android users.) iTunes 

For preserving the memories


SoundHound
There so many ways to find and stream new music, but turning on the radio during a road trip adds an element of fun. Not only is it nostalgic, but listening to what the local DJ has to say and play also helps you get a feel for the local culture. When you hear a song you like but don’t know, open up SoundHound, hit the orange circle, and the app will tell you its name. Bonus: The app keeps a dated history of the tunes you identify. If you have Spotify or Apple Music, you can even sync your accounts with SoundHound, and all of your discoveries will automatically show up in a playlist called “SoundHound.” By the end of the trip, you’ll have a curated playlist of your song discoveries that you can play long after you’ve returned home. iTunes | Google Play



Unexpected National Parks

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Unexpected National Parks

Since Pack Up + Go tends to send travelers to more urban areas, we wanted to share some of the National Parks that exist in the cities of our country to continue commemorating National Keep America Beautiful Month.

Written by Amber Quinn

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Travel Preparation Checklist

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Travel Preparation Checklist

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Written by Paige A. Mitchell

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Hotel Partner Interview: Mansion on Forsyth Park

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Hotel Partner Interview: Mansion on Forsyth Park

Soaring above its namesake park in the heart of Savannah's historic district, Mansion on Forsyth Park will take your breath away. Step beyond the lovingly restored Victorian-Romanesque exterior and into a boutique hotel that offers luxury at every turn. A stunningly unique art collection greets visitors and makes it clear that staying in this hotel is anything less than ordinary.

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Hotel Partner Interview: The Rittenhouse

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Hotel Partner Interview: The Rittenhouse

Head back in time as you step into this 1926 stone building, a former bank, and immediately feel transported to another era. This Financial District property features plenty of historical flare with chandeliers, high ceilings, marble staircases, tall windows, and mahogany paneling. Being in the heart of downtown make this a favorite for business or leisure travelers!

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Who Run (and Travel) the World? Girls!

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Who Run (and Travel) the World? Girls!

We should be celebrating women every day for all the things they do (and put up with)! March in particular is Women’s History Month and we would be remiss not to point out awesome women who are changing the travel game.

Written by: Emily Fitzgerald

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