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For both pre-trip planning and helping to navigate to your desired sites and activities, maps play a crucial part in any trip.

Plan your trip by researching your locations using map images, creating custom maps highlighting locations, marking and bringing physical maps with you providing a complete view of all your locations and using your phones GPS Navigation taking you directly to your desired locations.
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Overview of Mapping Methods Pre-Travel

Map Links Overview Interactive Side-by-Side Images Physical Custom Mobile Offline Multi-Dest Sharing Google

When planning a trip, it's important to map out your activities including where you will arrive and depart, where your hotel is located, metro stops, attractions and other items you may be interested in.  You should also develop a plan and organize your activities in a logical order to minimize travel time between order to minimize travel time between them.

There are several different ways to utilize maps to plan your routes and activities.  You may be more comfortable using a physical map and highlighting or circling the places you intend to visit.  You may also use Google Maps to find your locations and easily enter and order the attractions you plan to visit into the Trip Builder.  Our Interactive Map Search and Side-by-Side pages will make this entire process quick and easy.  Once you have entered your locations and attractions into the Keep in mind that mobile service may be limited in some our of the way areas, so using mobile navigation can sometimes be slow or difficult, so you should always bring some type of backup along with you. Our map pages provide details on several different methods to plot and track your methods to plot and track your activities.
Interactive Map Search
Our innovative approach to destination research allows you to quickly pinpoint areas of interest, view location news, view location/activity photos and plan travel routes between locations.
Side-by-Side Map Attractions
The quickest and easiest method of viewing, tracking and ordering the attractions you would like to visit.  Use this side-by-side method to quickly and easily enter attractions into the Trip Builder from Google Maps or other sources.
Map Images
Tourist attraction maps like the one shown on the left offer a detailed presentation of areas you may be visiting.  We provide links and information on using map images with your Trip Profile.  
Physical Maps
General information for using a physical map to mark and organize your activities.
Custom Maps
Create your own Custom Maps using Online Maps and your computers graphics application.  We explain how to capture a map image and make it your own be editing it to highlight locations you plan to visit.  Once saved, custom maps may be uploaded to your Trip Profile
Mobile GPS Map Navigation
Our Mobile Trip Builder and your phones GPS Map Navigation will take you directly to your desired destination.  Here you will find detailed instructions on using Google Maps to generate a physical map link to be pasted into map link text areas of your Trip Profile.
Offline Maps
Using an offline map saves on network usage, increases response time and ensures you have a map of the area should there be limited or no mobile service.  This page outlines the procedures for downloading location maps to your mobile device and how to track the maps you have downloaded.
Multi-Destination Maps
When using Google Maps to display the route between two locations, you can easily add additional locations to view your entire journey with route information all on a single map.
Location Sharing
Use Google Maps to track the location in real time of others you are traveling with.
Google Maps Tips & Tricks
A few Google Maps tips explaining some useful functions that will help you during your travels.  Here you will find information on using Google Maps Navigation, Calibrating your Smartphones internal compass, Marking a location and sharing your location with others.