I am planning two trips for next year. One is a combination of flights, drives, and boat rides, and the other is a long road trip (5,000+ miles) with some hikes along the way.
What is good mapping software that will let me create and save the trip plans, select checkpoints along the way (stopping points / hotels / sites / airports, etc), give me a routing between those checkpoints, and allow me to enter and later view location-based notes for those checkpoints — e.g., in the town cemetery of Rotan TX is the gravesite of NFL Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh, and I want to write specific notes to read when I get there.
I want to save and then select each trip as I work on its plan. Before the trip I want to show my travelers (wife, family) the entire route as a presentation of the plan. Once underway I want to show the trip to them, showing them here’s where we’ve been so far, here’s where we currently are, and here’s where we’re going — for either the current day’s plan or for the overall trip.
Ideally the SW runs on iPad / iPhone and can work offline on locally pre-loaded data that uses the iDevice’s GPS to locate me. Not as ideal is SW that runs on my Windows laptop, but I’m hoping I don’t have to lug that around with me. Ideally the SW does not require a live connection to the web, or at least I can upload and download wherever I have connectivity and then operate locally on my device when I travel without connectivity.
I don’t need GPS or route optimization. I’ll use Waze for that, or other offline maps like gMaps.
Ideally this SW is free, but I’m willing to buy the app if it is excellent (but free is better, won’t you agree?). But often, you get what you pay for.