Hitch Your Wagon to These Starred iPad Navigational Apps

Nothing ruins a road trip like getting lost. Whether you want to catch some beautiful fall foliage, or go farther afield and explore a remote area by car, these five navigational apps will help stay the course.

1. Theodolite HD ($3.99) — Everything old is new and improved with Theodolite HD, an iPad app that is a compass, GPS, map, photo & video camera, rangefinder, and two-axis inclinometer in one. This iPad-only app lets the user do a lot more than just make it to his destination. Theodolite HD’s set up works inherently for teams of hikers, surveyors, and geologists, so it’s definitely up to helping you caravan to the beach with friends. Note: if you want GPS, you’ll need an iPad with a data plan.


2. ìTrack ($1.99) — ìTrack is another must-own app for group outings. This universal app will push a friends location to your iPad, and can offer details such as the traveler’s speed, direction, and even 3 days of location information. A user can follow up to 100 people, which should be more than sufficient for most people’s needs. It’s like Find My Friends on steroids.


3. PocketEarth Maps & Guides ($2.99) — Pocket Earth Maps and guides may be the last map app an iOS user needs to buy. It’s certainly a steal at its current price, which is half-off the usual $5.99. While it only takes up a measly 7.7 MB of device storage, Pocket Earth Maps doesn’t need a data connection, and includes maps of over 100,000 locations around the world. Users can map out routes, check out points of interest, and street address look-up from within the app.


4. City Maps 2Go ($1.99) — Another excellent choice for users looking for a universal app that works offline, City Maps 2Go includes 7,800 maps, Wikipedia, and access to points of interest for a desired location. Need a map that’s not in the app? No problem, just email a request to the developer, and they’ll have it for you in a few days — obviously this won’t help if you’re lost, but it’s great for travel planning.


5. MotionX GPS Drive ($0.99) — MotionX GPS Drive offers users a lot of value for just $0.99. Thanks to a recent update this universal app now offers lane guidance, and speed limit display. Not only does the app offer great iOS integration, but it also offers HD quality spoken word directions through in-app purchase. Additionally, this universal iOS app will check in to Facebook for you when you reach your destination.


Photo courtesy of Flickr user neilspicys.

About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite