Maps and Directions
Maps Get Us Where We Need to Go
We use maps to get us where we need to go and show us how to get there. If if weren't for maps, we all might be driving around in circles wondering how to get across town or across the country.
We've come to take maps and driving directions for granted. We have so many online resources available like Google maps and Mapquest that let us plug in the locations of where we are and where we want to go then the magical route appears.
Use this information as needed including
- to plan your next trip using one of the many driving direction trip planner links
- to find parks on your trip route
- to print the travel activity worksheets to keep the kids busy and more
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
World Maps - Increase your geography knowledge with a world view
A large wall map of the world is a great way to teach kids about geography. Ideas for using a large map include watching the news together then finding the places on the map, planning the route of your next trip, and placing pins on cities where family and friends live.
Google Maps Help You Find Places, Like Thrift Stores! - Use this tool to find it, get there, and more.
Google maps can be used everywhere online. For instance, say you're searching a city for thrift stores--Atlanta, Georgia for example. (Don't tell me I'm the only one who does that when I'm visiting somewhere new?) Beside the list of thrift stores, there's Google maps with dots showing all the thrift store locations that it found.
This map feature is truly wonderful! It helps us gauge the following: - how many thrifts stores there are; - where the thrift stores are; - how far apart the stores are from each other; - intersections where they're located; - addresses to pinpoint the stores we want to visit (first... because we want to visit them all, ya know?)
An Excellent Mapping Program for Short or Long Trips
Mapquest is another mapping alternative online. Mapquest can help you with these mapping tasks:
- driving directions from point A to point B
- the Map Toolbar to find lodging, restaurants, airports, gas stations, movie theaters, golf courses, and more on your driving route
- directions with multiple stops on the route
- live street views of traffic and buildings on your driving route
- ability to print and/or send driving directions via email
Photo Source: Mapquest.com
Which of these options do you use most of the time to plan your route?
The Fictional MapGenie in Larry Crowne - Voice Courtesy of Nia Vardalos
Even though Vardalos didn't act in the movie, she does have a small part. She's the voice of the MapGenie in Julia Roberts' character's car.
Plan a Trip - Ways to Map Your Driving Directions
These links will take you to popular Web sites to plan your next trip, whether it's across town or several states away. Don't forget to pack a flashlight, a box of tissues, and an extra jug of windshield washer fluid might come in handy!
- Freetrip -Get The Best Highway Trip Plan On The 'Net!
Create GREAT road trips throughout the USA and Canada! This easy-to-use trip and tour planner produces PERSONALIZED itineraries that display the things YOU want to see along the way!
- MapQuest Maps - Driving Directions - Map
Use MapQuest for driving directions and maps. See local traffic and road conditions, find nearby businesses and restaurants, plus explore street maps and satellite photos.
- Google Maps
Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps
- Maps, Driving Directions, Travel Guides, Travel Store, Travel Videos - Rand McNally
Get online driving directions from Rand McNally. Download maps, plan trips and vacations, and view our travel guides and videos. Shop the Rand McNally Store for road atlases, city and state maps, globes, GPS units, framed wall maps, and more!
- Route Planner - the best route, maps and traffic info from TomTom
TomTom Route Planner calculates the smartest route, using actual road speed data, real-time traffic information and daily map updates.
Travel Bingo for Long Car Trips - Make Your Own Travel Bingo Cards
- Car Bingo / Auto Bingo, Travel Bingo and Many other PRINTABLE Car Games to play in the car
Car Bingo - Auto Bingo, Printable travel games, car games and Fun road trip activities for traveling with kids.
Car Games to Help Time Go Quickly - Easy ways to keep the little ones busy
Travel bingo cards are fun! They can help the miles fly by on long car rides. Common objects are shown on a Bingo style card. When someone spots the object, they can slide the marker across that item. When five objects have been found in a row, that person yells Bingo! Keep small treats or prizes on hand to pass out to the winners and watch the miles fly by.
Maps Around the Internet
- Welcome to Dover Publications -- Commuter Madness Maze
Ultimate Maze Book -- Download a Commuter Madness maze.
- Welcome to Dover Publications -- Map of USA
Americana Mazes -- Map of USA
- Welcome to Dover Publications -- US Maze Craze
United States Maze Craze -- Maze of the State of Illinois
- Welcome to Dover Publications -- Map of Louisiana
United States Maze Craze -- Map Maze of Louisiana
Travel Wardrobe -- Travel the world or visit a favourite city with maps made from vintage printed maps. Hang on your wall and dream of new adventures or recount fond memories. Each dress is handmade and unique. Approx 90cm long and 60 cm wide.
Plan Stops on Your Trip - Use ParkGrades.com to find parks and museums on the way
You're planning a long car trip. Depending on you and your children, a long trip might be 2 hours or 2 days or more. Even with the best planning and preparation, parents and kids need breaks when cooped up in the car.
Kids need to get out of the car and run. Find a safe park or two on your route using Park Grades. Save money by stopping at parks, which are free, and packing drinks and snacks to enjoy on your breaks.
- Quick Guides | ParkGrades.com | Find a great park near you
Use the Quick Guides to cities across the U.S., including Asheville, Boston, Denver, Houston, Madison, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Tucson, and more, to find parks.
- Search | ParkGrades.com | Find a great park near you
Search for parks anywhere in the U.S. at ParkGrades.com.
Be Prepared for a Long Car Trip - Stock up on drinks and games for fun on the road
A well-stocked cooler will pay for itself on the first leg of your car trip. Pack a Frisbee or other outdoor games to play during a rest stop.
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