Wunderground Road Trip Maps The Weather Throughout Your Route [US Only]

Justin Pot 08-01-2011

<firstimage=”//”>road trip weatherGet your directions, with information about the weather on your route. That’s Wunderground’s excellent Road Trip tool, which shows the temperature of the places you’re going at the times you’re going to be there, as well as any extreme weather you might want to be aware of. You can even print it all out!


If you’re about to take a road trip, you’re probably about to fire up Google Maps. That makes sense; the service is just about the best there is when it comes to quickly finding directions, no small part of the reason it’s the default map program on the iPhone.

But good as Google Maps is, it doesn’t do everything. Or, at least, it doesn’t do everything on its own. There are numerous awesome and useful Google Maps mashups 9 Awesome & Useful Google Maps Mashups Read More out there that do just about anything you can imagine. So it should come as no surprise that the best weather site on the web Weather Underground - The Best Weather Site On The Web Read More offers a Maps mashup of it’s own. This is particularly useful in the winter months, when heavy snowfall can make driving dangerous or impede progress.

There’s only one catch: the application is currently US-only, which made it slightly less useful during my recent drive from Colorado to Ontario. Still, the idea is solid enough that it’s worth knowing about if you ever think you’ll be in the States.

Getting Started

Head over to the Wunderground’s roadtrip page to get started. You can enter the various co-ordinates in your trip, as well as the time and date you intend to leave.

road trip weather


Once you’ve entered your co-ordinates and times, you’ll see a map outlining your route. This isn’t that different from your standard Google Map, and even includes the standard turn-by-turn directions. The main difference is that the map also includes weather, showing the temperature and conditions along your route.

weather trip advisor

Other Features

There’s more to this, though. Checkboxes below the input dialogue allow you to display severe weather on your map, and even to highlight areas of heavy traffic. While the traffic is obviously a lot harder to predict than the weather, it’s a great tool to check how conditions are right now.

The severe weather display, on the other hand, is extremely useful if you plan on taking a long trip. Snow storms in Minnesota, for example, probably mean that stopping outside that state rather than driving all night is a good idea.


road trip weather

You can also print your entire route, in a manner similar to Google Maps but with road trip weather information. Nice.

Similar Services

There are other services like this out there, of course. The Weather Channel offers the interstate forecast, which focuses on America’s main routes. WeatherBonk also offers a route weather tool, though I personally find it a great deal less useful than Wunderground’s offering.  I’ve yet to find a tool like this that works outside of the United States, but am very open to suggestions.

Please let me know about any and all similar services in the comments below, because sharing is awesome and so are you.


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  1. Thambu Stone
    August 4, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    I love the "Road Trip" feature. Looks like its gone. Pls bring it back.

  2. C
    January 30, 2017 at 1:30 am

    "Head over to the Wunderground’s roadtrip page to get started" DOES NOT take me to a map where I can type in my start city, end city, or any cities in between.

  3. clayusmcret
    September 21, 2016 at 10:17 am

    WeatherUnderground's road trip map is dead since the latest site upgrade.

    • Shawn
      December 18, 2016 at 3:09 am

      I keep thinking it will show up again. I travel a lot, and counted on it everyday. :-(

  4. Tim S
    February 18, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    How about this trip planning weather site, has most countries:

    • Justin Pot
      February 18, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      That's really interesting, I'm going to try it out.

  5. Aibek
    January 10, 2011 at 7:21 am

    hey mate, that's one awesome app. I wonder if they are going to expand it to Europe.

    • jhpot
      January 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      Yeah, I'm not sure. I think the issues is in America all information can be had from the national weather service, and expanding into different countries means adding more sources of information. Still, it would be great if this worked map looked sad without the weather for the Canadian leg of my recent trip.