22
Jul
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Citybot is a brilliant app. I'm always down for a road trip. So is my wife, and so are our closest friends. The problem is that none of us really know what to do when we get there, and getting four indecisive people to stumble across what to do can kill the better part of an afternoon. This is where Citybot comes in. This app turns your Android device into a personal travel agent. It tells you where to go, what to do, and how long that should take. I only wish more cities were supported.

The Premise

Citybot makes planning a trip to a new city nearly painless. You select which city you want to visit and give it a vague idea what you want to do while you're there. It will then spit out a list of places for you to visit, complete with an estimate of how much time it should take to travel between each destination. It integrates with Yelp, TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet, and Instagram, so there's plenty of information provided for each item on your itinerary.

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Supported Cities:
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • New Orleans, LA 
  • Boston, MA
  • New York, NY
  • Austin, TX
  • Washington, D.C.

Create Your Own Trip

The app gives you enough control to pinpoint what date you want to travel on, when to depart, how much time you have, and where you want to end up afterwards. It then gives you the option to pick between driving, riding mass transit, and walking, which is a crucial setting depending on which city you plan to visit. Just getting to Washington, D.C. in a car is difficult enough, let alone cruising around town afterwards.

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Day activities are divided into "Landmark & Attractions," "Museums & Galleries," and "Outdoors." Eating options are more extensive, with the option to pick between drinks, snacks, or full-blown meals. There are nightlife options available, but my internal clock starts winding down soon after the sun, so I largely glossed over them. I'm much more interested in museums, hiking trails, and checking out landmarks. Unlike old college peers or office colleagues, Citybot, thankfully, doesn't judge.

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It's easy to scroll through Citybot's results and determine if you're actually interested in the places it suggests. You can also change the order of destinations, or swap them off of your itinerary entirely. If a place really strikes your fancy, then you're free to favorite it later on.

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Unsurprisingly, dining provides the most extensive options, as restaurants crowd around urban centers and tourist attractions like paparazzis on Kate Middleton. If the provided establishment doesn't meet your dietary needs or otherwise suit your taste, just swap it out for another one.

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Pick A Quickie

Citybot opens with a number of easy trips already available from the beginning, saving you the effort of supplying it with the nitty-gritty details. If you want to visit the National Zoological Park, for example, just tap the icon on the launch screen and watch as a full day's vacation just pops open. My proposed trip to the Zoo was preceded by breakfast and followed by coffee and tea before driving home. I'd say that sounds doable.

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Conclusion

Citybot is a free service and one I'd highly recommend. Your peers may even come to appreciate having a friend around who always has good ideas for what to do around town. That said, there are only nine cities available. Washington, D.C., the nearest city to where I live, is still a five hour drive away. There are also other major cities I'm more interested in visiting that aren't yet available, such as Atlanta and Philadelphia. Still, the consolidated experience is much better than the individual apps that Citybot previously had for each city. Hopefully they add more cities in the future, but for now, it's definitely worth trying out if you plan on visiting any of the nine cities advertised.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • Joshua

    As a resident: LA-come for the tourism, stay because the traffic won't let you leave.

  • John Vines

    How does it compare to Field Trip?

    • Sergey Povzner

      John: one of the main differences is that Citybot helps to plan for the whole day (or half a day), as opposed to just one activity at a time. Pick few interests and get a full-day itinerary, which can easily be adjusted: swipe sideways for alternative places, adjust restaurant price range in Personalize and so on.

      (Sergey from Citybot)

  • Frank

    So Greg Solovyev - CEO, Server Engineer, is the one rating his own apps 5 stars on the market? you gotta be kidding me

    • http://koder.posterous.com/ Greg Solovyev

      Ehm... don't you think I should be the first one to rate and rank it cause I do love it? I get your point though. Hopefully we'll get a ton of 5 star reviews from non founders :) Will take my review out

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    needs more cities

    • Sergey Povzner

      We are of course working on adding support for more cities. Which cities would you be interested in?

      (Sergey from Citybot)

    • Sergey Povzner

      Citybot is now live in 31 US cities in:
      - Atlanta, GA
      - Austin, TX
      - Boston, MA
      - Charlotte, NC
      - Chicago, IL
      - Colorado Springs, CO
      - Dallas, TX
      - Denver, CO
      - Houston, TX
      - Indianapolis, IN
      - Jacksonville, FL
      - Las Vegas, NV
      - Los Angeles, CA
      - Miami, FL
      - Minneapolis, MN
      - New York, NY
      - New Orleans, LA
      - Orlando, FL
      - Philadelphia, PA
      - Phoenix, AZ
      - Pittsburgh, PA
      - Portland, OR
      - Raleigh, NC
      - San Antonio, TX
      - San Diego, CA
      - San Francisco, CA
      - San Jose, CA
      - Seattle, WA
      - Tampa, FL
      - Virginia Beach, VA
      - Washington DC

  • blazerjim

    San Antonio

  • Citybot

    Update: we now support 15 US cities:

    - Washington DC
    - Austin
    - Dallas
    - Houston
    - Boston
    - Chicago
    - Los Angeles
    - Miami
    - New York City
    - New Orleans
    - Philadelphia
    - San Diego
    - San Francisco
    - Portland
    - Seattle

    more cities are on the way