Map it out on Google (33)

May 19, 2008

You may have used Google Maps to get directions from one place to another, but there’s more to online map programs than directions. Say you’re visiting New York City. You could go out and buy a map that lists hundreds of museums, shops, hotels, and restaurants. Or you could make your own map that shows just the attractions, restaurants, and lodging on you’ll be visiting on your trip!

Take a look at this video to see how this aspect of Google Maps works:

Did you miss that last part? Check out this example of a motorcycle trip through Colorado’s Passes to Utah’s Canyons.

To try Google Maps, just sign in to Google.

And click on My Maps.

You can create your own custom map. These would be useful to highlight points of interest in your area or even to highlight points on a walking tour. The options are endless.

Google Maps is swell and all, but sometimes you just need an honest to goodness road map. With the proliferation of mobile devices that offer access to mapping features and GPS, they might not seem useful. But, they’re portable, don’t require batteries or wifi, and several people can look at them at once. If nothing else, using an old-fashioned map on your next trip might make a quaint photo.

Did you know we have road maps for check out at the downtown library? Check them out from the Periodicals desk. Now you can have that map of Montana – and it won’t wind up in your junk drawer.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

1. Take a look at the library’s Branch Map – made using this same technology from Google Maps!
2. Sign in to Google Maps and plot your favorite store, restaurant, or other important location on the map.
3. Take the survey..

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