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Old 01-08-2021, 01:25 PM   #1
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Nav software to avoid interstates but not US highways

Anyone know of a navigation software/app or tool that gives you control over the types of roads you want to route?

Google Maps "Avoid Highways" does not do what I want.

For example, I want to avoid interstates when practical but not avoid US and state highways.

I'd like the option to plot shortest distance instead of the normal shortest time (ie. fastest route).

And when I'm off exploring in my 4x4 toad there are times I'd like to plot routes with priority given to dirt roads (there are many of these out west).
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And when I'm off exploring in my 4x4 toad there are times I'd like to plot routes with priority given to dirt roads (there are many of these out west).
We're just starting to get into overland exploring with our Jeeps and I've found 2 websites that help a lot with planning off-road driving: first of all I use trailsoffroad to find trails in the area we're in. They have a free version and a paid version - the paid version provides downloadable files for each trail that can be used with another website: gaiagps that is a trip planning website AND a GPS routing app for your phone. Gaiagps also has a free version and a paid version - I'm still trying to figure it out since I only found it a week or so ago, but it looks like it works well for routing onto all the various dirt trails out west.
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That's why I carry a paper atlas with us, and use it for every trip.
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Amen OP! Streets and Trips used to do it because it used a sliding bar to show how much you loved/hated road types. It would use one that you did not prefer too much when it made sense.

Maps, Garmin, etc are binary. Say avoid interstates and you get wild routings. We avoid interstates when there is a good alternative. Only way to do it is pick way points to force it to stay on the US highway.
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Amen OP! Streets and Trips used to do it because it used a sliding bar to show how much you loved/hated road types. It would use one that you did not prefer too much when it made sense.
That capability is just what I want. It can't be that hard to develop since the systems know the road types already. Maybe some developer is reading this!
Combine that capability along with the info on coach size/weight and I'd be a happy (happier) camper.

I do still use paper road atlas books. And I have electronic moving map topo maps with jeep trails for off road, but it does not do routing. I'll check out trailsoffroad

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That capability is just what I want. It can't be that hard to develop since the systems know the road types already. Maybe some developer is reading this!
Combine that capability along with the info on coach size/weight and I'd be a happy (happier) camper.

I do still use paper road atlas books. And I have electronic moving map topo maps with jeep trails for off road, but it does not do routing. I'll check out trailsoffroad

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MS S&T was a great product. Unfortunately it's also a dead one. The cost of the capability integration that was designed into it ultimately made it a product that Microsoft decided could not satisfy it's internal hurdle rates for keeping it. Interestingly, they just pulled the plug on it. And nobody else tried to fill the void and replace it, which also speaks to to it's complexity and cost of entry to that full feature product market. I'm sure there is more to it than just that, but I wouldn't anticipate a product like S&T anytime soon.
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We love using Benchmark series of a road atlas because they don't deal with interstates rather the concentrate on secondary roads and public lands. Easy to read. We also used Delorme's Street Atlas which made planning so easy and did it the way WE wanted to go. We used it on our 4-wheeling trips, also. Even though it's not produced and more we find that roads don't really change that much.
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Base Camp from Garmin lets you determine your route and roads. After creating the route, upload it to your GPS.
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We wandered the lower 48 for six months, avoiding Interstates at all cost. We found that by studying the maps, you can usually find a roughly parallel route on a far more interesting State Highway. The travel time is often only a little slower than the boring and restrictive Interstates. It’s the only way to see America.
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