US-Canada-FlagSmartphones, iPads, and other smart technological devices are ubiquitous these days and are often part of our travel arsenal.

These apps may be just what you need to help you plan your trip and if you have Internet access when you travel, to help guide your way. To find a quick and easy app-lication for navigating this page, use the Search box on the home page. Well, you could always download this on your Android or iPad and cozy up in chair for some great reading. Other categories are on separate posts. If there are any broken links here, go to the source page here.

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These apps are mostly for American destinations, but some plan to expand further.

Strange Distractions: You know all of those crazy places where weird sites along the highways of America are just waiting to be viewed? The Roadside America app pinpoints strange places to divert your attention, perhaps entertain, but surely give you fodder for a great story later. From sea to shining sea, in six separate regional editions, with real-time GPS suggestions, you will find something for everyone. Buy only the area you need, or upgrade for access to all 6,000-plus oddities. $3 per region ($6 more for all six). Download it: iPhone/iPad.

Gas Problems: Most of us want to avoid gas problems, but if your car's gas tank or wallet is running on M-P-T, the GasBook's service-station directory app is consistently amongst the highest-rated travel apps. Using GPS to map nearby stations it frequently updates standard prices with user-submitted data. You can also search by fuel grade or brand and bookmark your favorite local locations for everyday fill-ups. $1. Download it: iPhone/iPad.

I Hate Waiting: The Magic Kingdom gets even more magical with the Undercover Tourist app, because it provides accurate wait times for every ride in the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. At day's end, a built-in GPS helps you navigate right back to where you parked. $4. Download it: iPhone/iPad.

Ignore the Experts and Ask The Experts: Okay, do we really know who is saying great things on Yelp (see dining for both of these) or UrbanSpoon?  Maybe not, but the LocalEats app relies on (relatively) objective food bloggers, newspaper dining critics, and other food writers compile its top-100 lists in America's 50 largest cities. No national chains are included, which is refreshing in itself. Locally owned spots only. Android, iPhone/iPad, $1; BlackBerry, $3. Download it: Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad.

Visiting family and want to escape to catch a flick? Movies by Flixster is rated as the #1 app for movie reviews, trailers and show times. It provides show times for the top box office movies, views the local theaters offerings, browse 65,000 DVDs, watch 15,000 trailers, read reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, and add and manage your Netflix queue. Free. Android, iPhone/iPad.

Have a drink for me! Never go thirsty again when the Happy Hours app shows all the food & drink specials near you. Find great deals going on at your favorite bars and restaurants. It's powered by and the nation's top print/web papers, like Village Voice and LA Weekly. The app is free, and it's now available in over 100 cities. Hope you find a great happy hour, cheers! See the cities supported on the download page. Free. Download it here for all formats. Android, iPhone/iPad/Blackberry.

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