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How to Find Maps on the Web


Whether you're planning a road trip or just want to practice your geography skills, there are plenty of great online maps on the Web. Here's a few that I've found:

Online Maps - Mapquest

  • Mapquest Directions: One of the most useful sites on the Web is Mapquest, a great place to get driving directions, plan a road trip, and more.
  • Mapquest Road Trip Planner: MapQuest has added a new useful feature - the Multi-stop Route Builder - that allows you to plan a road trip with multiple stops.

Online Maps - United States Maps

  • Maps of the Americas: This is one of the most interesting sites on the Web today, from the University of Texas at Austin. Includes maps not only of the United States, but everywhere in the world.
  • Roadside America: Plan a trip with some good stuff to see along the way with the Roadside America planning tools.
  • National Atlas: Use this Map Maker to make your own layered map of the United States.
  • MultiMap: Extremely detailed maps of the US.

Online Maps - Road Trip Maps

  • StreetMap: a map maker for the UK.
  • WhereIs.com: maps and directions for Australia.
  • ViaMichelin: Primarily for European countries; street maps and driving directions.
  • Mappy.com: Another one primarily for Europe; plan an itinerary or get detailed maps of an area.
  • RoutePlanner: Search for points of interest in the UK and plan your route accordingly.
  • Free Highway Travel Guides: Tons of free travel maps available here for printing.

Online Maps - World Maps

Online Maps - Google Maps

  • Google Maps: you can do all sorts of things with Google Maps; find businesses, get directions, and more.
  • Google Moon Map: Explore the moon (if you get too close, you get a surprise).
  • Gmap Pedometer: Map your walking route.
  • Google Housing Map: a mashup of Google Maps and Craigslist; a great way to find an apartment or house.

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