Google Maps Help Find City Quizzes, Dylan Trivia, Garage Sales

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2013-06-23 Print this article Print
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Garage Sale Finder

If garage sales are your thing, then you should know about Garage Sales by Map. With this site, you can look for garage sales in your area and then map out a route so you can cover them in the most efficient way. The listings include garage sales, moving sales, community yard sales, multi-family sales and city-wide garage sales. Click "Sale Details" to view the full listing with dates, times and other information. Users can create a trip planner and print out their maps to head out on the road to garage sale nirvana.

Craft Beer Finder

When local, regional and creative craft beers are on your agenda, be sure to check out BreweryMap, an online guide to help craft beer fans find more than 23,500 beers and more than 4,600 breweries around the world. Created by a group of developers who "share a common love of drinking great beer, home brewing and discovering great new breweries," according to the site, the beer finder is also available as an app in the Apple App Store for iPhone or iPod Touch, and in the Google Android Marketplace for Android smartphones.

Users who don't have smartphones can even access the database via text message by sending a text to 919-701-BREW. Visitors are also welcome to add comments, feedback and their own entries to the map.

Walk and Gawk Through Any Town or City

Now you can create your own self-guided tours of any locale, whether you want to go shopping, dining or browsing historical sites using the cool mapping site from StreetScout. The site asks visitors to type in their starting and ending addresses and then to choose what kind of information is desired along the way.

"StreetScout helps you to find whatever you're trying to find, on the way to wherever it is you happen to be going anyway," according to the site. You can look for anything—from clothing stores to pizza shops to restaurants and more and find them along your route.

A StreetScout iPhone app is available in the Apple App Store, but versions for Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone are not yet ready.

Discover New Mountain Biking Trails

If finding great mountain bike trails gets your blood pumping, then you should check out the MTB Project's online maps, where visitors can find oodles of biking options inspired by other mountain bikers.

The maps are incredibly detailed, with trail descriptions, full GPS route information, elevation profiles, interactive features, photos and more. There are even suggested "Featured Rides" to explore and a "Virtual Ride" feature that lets visitors visually experience trails before they actually get there. The MTB Project is a partnership of Adventure Projects and the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). Visitors can even log in and share their own trails, rides, input and reviews.


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