Travel is the spice of life, but it’s always a good idea to know where you’re going. Fifty years ago, you needed a paper map if you wanted to go anywhere you hadn’t traveled to before. Now, you have the power of a map inside the casing of your phone.
But not all navigation apps are created equal. Which ones really stand out? Here are 10 that make the cut.
Available for both iOS and Android, the Waze navigation app is a beautiful little app with big ambitions. Not only do you get the latest traffic information through Waze, but that information gets provided to you by other drivers using the app. It’s a small community of drivers who help each other out, with just about anything. Whether it’s accidents or police traps, you can rest assured Waze has you covered — and it’s free.
This app seems to be one of the more straightforward apps on this list. It doesn’t have a lot of fancy features or any cool voice navigation. However, what it lacks in flashiness, it more than makes up for in content.
Plain and simple, Maps.me is one of the most detail-oriented navigation apps containing highly detailed maps of some of the most isolated and unknown places. And it works offline, which is a significant plus in those remote adventure travel destinations. It’s free for both iOS and Android.
If you need to find your way offline, look no further than OSM. The app delivers offline maps in a big way by hosting automatic rerouting. No Internet? No worries! Along with the use of offline maps, it even houses a speedometer, so the app alerts you when you’re speeding.
It’s available for Android for $5.99 and free for iOS users.
4. MotionX GPS
Although it’s one of the earlier entries in the life of navigational apps, it still packs quite a punch. The MotionX GPS features a slew of abilities that makes it hard to beat. For iOS users, you can also record your speed and even your max speed.
You get live altitude graphs, track personal waypoints, and can even share geotagged photos to make your experience on the road even more memorable. Overall, at $1.99, the MotionX GPS is a great app for the iPhone users of the world.
TomTom once ruled the navigational market, and you couldn’t browse things such as GPS without running into it. While TomTom has faded in recent years, it hasn’t completely gone away. This app is TomTom-powered.
One of this app’s brilliant features is access to speed camera locations. You never want to get busted speeding (and of course, always want to be driving at a safe speed), so using this app helps you both stay safe and avoid tickets. It’s a bit pricey — and the prices vary a bit based on which device you’re using — but for all the information it includes, especially if you’re a frequent traveler, the cost may just be worth it.
For all the Verizon and iOS users out there, this app is probably the one for you. Hosting a slew of features, the Verizon VZ Navigator includes your typical navigation tools as well as some cool new features.
One of these new features integrates one of the most important aspects of people’s lives. Social media is huge these days, and this app integrates Facebook into the app. Not only that, but you can also do things such as gas price searching and voice control. It’s a wonderful app for Verizon that only costs $4.99 a month.
When you go for drives, it’s important to have a solid plan for where you’re going. Even if you don’t have a specific destination in mind, you still need to get back somehow. That’s where the CoPilot shines. Unlike most other navigational apps, the CoPilot lets you add as many as 52 waypoints onto your route, and you can even get updated traffic information if you use it in online mode.
Available for Android, this lovely navigational app is the perfect companion for your road trips. Whether you travel far and wide or just around town, this app will not let you down. It’s non-Google affiliated, so if you want something a bit different than the norm, then this app is for you. There is no online map function since you download all the maps you will be using. There are over 200 maps to choose from, so finding one shouldn’t be a problem — it’s an excellent free app for traveling!
9. Navigon USA
Sporting a different look from the other navigational apps on the market, the Navigon USA sports a load of unique and intriguing features. One of these involves pedestrian and biking navigation if you ever want to venture out of the car. The final price tag for this iOS app is $49.99.
Available for both iOS and Android, this app is most known for its free map packs and offline use. The app gets supported by ads, but you can do away with that for $2. Overall, it’s a fantastic app that gets you to where you need to go.