Google Maps for Roadtripping, Fast Food, Art and More
Creative developers are always building new online maps with Google Maps. Here are a few that shouldn't be missed.The Google Maps API is always being used in new ways by clever developers, and a sampling of recent examples offers visitors everything from mapping out their next road trip to finding fast food and public art on the run.
Plan Your Next Road Trip OnlineWhen you find it's time to hit the road and see some new scenery, aim your Web browser at the Roadtrippers Website, where visitors can create their own personalized road trip planner. It features things to do, places to see and cool spots to visit. "Roadtrippers bills itself as a 'simple and intuitive road trip planner that helps you discover, plan and book the best places and experiences along your way, curated by local experts and travel writers' and their approach sure works," Mano Marks, of the Google Maps developer relations team, wrote in a Feb. 28 post on the Google Geo Developers Blog. "Roadtrippers lets you build itineraries within the U.S. through a simple map interface, and store them on their site." Roadtrippers does this by taking advantage of many features included in the Google Maps API, such as the autocomplete feature of the Places Library and the Directions Service that allows users to create trips with multiple destinations. Visitors can also calculate gas mileage and driving time on the site.
Finding Fast Food Made Easier
Now you can find fast food restaurants wherever you are using the Google maps-enabled fast food finder from Combo7.