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Best Online Mapping Site?

timothy posted about 11 years ago | from the interfacing-with-the-real-world dept.

The Internet 603

bbulzibar asks: "I've been using MapQuest most of my life, but now as my mind is slowly expanding, I want to see if Yahoo! Maps is a better service for driving directions. According to one article I have read, Yahoo! is better at displaying maps, but what about calculating directions? Does anyone have any experience with differences? For example, Yahoo! and MapQuest give differing routes to go from Bloomington, IN to Madison, WI." I particularly like MapBlast's "Line Drive" direction style -- what's your favorite online mapping software?

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proctorg76 (657774) | about 11 years ago | (#7265301)


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Re:a post (-1, Troll)

proctorg76 (657774) | about 11 years ago | (#7265319)

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mapquest it is (1)

mrfibbi (695943) | about 11 years ago | (#7265308)

i've always used mapquest. Hasn't failed me yet.

FP HA HA (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265313)

FP HA HA HA i always wanted to do this

I rely on Rand McNally (1)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | about 11 years ago | (#7265314)

But that's just in the U.S. and Canada.

In other countries I find that simply stopping to ask directions is faster and more reliable than trying to figure out a map or get some software to figure out the route.

Don't visit Rhode Island! (4, Funny)

MarcQuadra (129430) | about 11 years ago | (#7265404)

Don't visit Rhode Island unless you want directions like:

"Go up this street to where the jewlery store burned down, take a left onto 6 and get off near where the old onramp used to be, then head towards Fort Thunder, which is now a Stop and Shop"

Seriously, that's how we give directions here. I didn't believe it until I caught myself doing it.

Definitely MapQuest (4, Interesting)

sakeneko (447402) | about 11 years ago | (#7265316)

I've caught them in exactly two errors in four or five years of regular use. I'd gladly pay a monthly membership fee for them if they weren't a free service. (SHHHHH!!! Don't tell them.) ;>

Re:Definitely MapQuest (0, Flamebait)

Tongo (644233) | about 11 years ago | (#7265346)

I just encountered an error with mapquest this past weekend. First one ever though.

Re:Definitely MapQuest (2, Informative)

JoshRoss (88988) | about 11 years ago | (#7265406)

You can get great trip ticks through, if you are a paying member.

Re:Definitely MapQuest (1)

CoreyCrawford (717642) | about 11 years ago | (#7265559)

Too late!

Why do I... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265317)

need a mapping program? I never leave the green glow of /.

Seriously?! (5, Funny)

NoData (9132) | about 11 years ago | (#7265318)

"I've been using MapQuest most of my life,

HOLY SHIT do I feel old.

Re:Seriously?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265365)

MapQuest founded in 1996, so that makes him 13, 14 tops.

Re:Seriously?! (1)

DA-MAN (17442) | about 11 years ago | (#7265441)

I don't know too many toddlers that need driving directions!

Let's assume he meant his driving life, being 16 in '96 would make him about 23 now. Now considering he said most of his life, let's make him 18 in '96, that would make him around 25. Not too old, but not a 13/14 year old.

Yes.. and no. (1)

Stalus (646102) | about 11 years ago | (#7265528)

According to this case study (ppt) [] , MapQuest was founded in the 60's.. hit the electronic front in 91, and launched on the web in '96. So if we're talking the web based MapQuest, 7 tops.. 40's if they used the paper maps :) But heck, I was a young computer user, so who knows - though I can't recall using maps at that age.

Re:Seriously?! (1)

Colz Grigor (126123) | about 11 years ago | (#7265372)

Obviously, Slashdot is being inundated with twelve-year-olds!

Sad thing is, they know a hell of a lot more about contemporary computers than I do. And I know more about older computers than most of them will ever care to learn... which means that I'm going to be the one doing the systems integration for years to come.

::Colz Grigor

Topo (1)

four12 (129324) | about 11 years ago | (#7265323)

National Geographic's "Topo!" is my mapping weapon of choice.

Sweet Spot (4, Insightful)

l810c (551591) | about 11 years ago | (#7265325)

My main problem with ALL of the online mapping sites(And even Street & Trips and Rand McNally software) is they miss the Sweet Spot.

Somewhere between 2 and 3(or similar) on the zoom scales. 2 is just a tad too close, you click 3 and BAM you get the whole town. No neighborhood street names or other smaller details to help guide you on that last mile. Sure I could print directions or two maps, but it's still very annoying.

It would nice to be able to click on a particular street name or other landmark and have it 'stick' through zoom levels.

Yahoo(and Some of the others also wack out my neighborhood map. I live 2 houses from the county line and Yahoo breaks my street on the county line putting the ends 200 m apart. It would cause somebody using it for directions to my house to drive about a mile out of the way if coming from the other county.

Oh yeah, and why is the push pin marker on the wrong side of the street 80% of the time?

I hate you all. BASTARDS. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265326)

I hate you all. BASTARDS.

Yahoo! Driving Directions (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265328)

All I can say about Yahoo driving directions is, do NOT trust them. I've put in simple A to B addresses and gotten way off the wall directions. As a traveling pc tech, this is a royal pain in the ass. If I knew how to get to these places to begin with, I wouldn't use Yahoo driving directions at all. In the LA area, do not trust them... I really can't emphasize that enough.

Re:Yahoo! Driving Directions (1)

showmeshowyoukikoman (659208) | about 11 years ago | (#7265383)

What??? You live in LA, you're a "traveling pc tech" [sic] and you don't use your Thomas guide? Good god you anonymous coward, what's wrong with you?

KIKOMAN always uses his thomas guide to get to all the swank hollywood parties. Heather Locklear is a total babe in real life, even more so than on TV!

MapQuest! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265332)

MapQuest has always been good to me except 1 occation when trying to find a date's house for the first time :/ bummer. You could also try Microsoft's Streets and Trips. It works great with my GPS system :)

Maps for walking routes? (5, Interesting)

bokelley (563370) | about 11 years ago | (#7265334)

Something I have been looking for is a mapping site that will let me plot a route - say from 42nd and Madison to 14th and 6th - as I would walk it, not as a car would have to drive it (that is, ignore one way streets and such). Generally, because I want to find out how far I have to walk to get to a meeting or something.

Extra credit would be if I could draw a diagonal line through a park (since I can cut through). Or if it estimated walking time the way it done driving time.

Any ideas?

Re:Maps for walking routes? (1)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | about 11 years ago | (#7265355)

Take a cab.

Re:Maps for walking routes? (2, Informative)

Pathwalker (103) | about 11 years ago | (#7265388)

maporama [] lets you do that, at least for the UK.

It gives 3 route planning choices - by foot, by foot and subway, and by car.

Re:Maps for walking routes? (1)

GFW (673143) | about 11 years ago | (#7265452)

I'd like that too - and I'd like the maps to show bicycle/foot trails. Currently, after cycling on some trail, I have to guess at where I went based on where it crossed a few roads.

Multimap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265339)

Multimap [] is my favourite.

life? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265345)

"I've been using MapQuest most of my life..."

I knew there were a lot of kids on slashdot, but damn... MapQuest's site has only been around since 1996!

im kewl! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265349)

who leiks to toss teh taco salad?


huh? (1)

Suppafly (179830) | about 11 years ago | (#7265353)

Isn't powered by mapquest?

Re:huh? (3, Informative)

jbum (121617) | about 11 years ago | (#7265465)

Yahoo used to get their maps from Map Quest. Since 2002 they've been providing their own service. Both companies use data from Navigation Technologies Corp.

Here's an article on Yahoo's shift from MapQuest:

Yahoo! to MapQuest: Get Lost []

Re:huh? (1)

genericacct (692294) | about 11 years ago | (#7265484)

Not anymore. I think it was actually posted on here over a year ago, when Yahoo dumped the contract because they already had their own system in-house.

Re:huh? (1)

nicfit (25347) | about 11 years ago | (#7265497)

Not anymore. The first incarnation of yahoo maps was indeed powered by MapQuest (side note: I did the integration :)). But once AOL acquired MapQuest all that changed, albeit it took some time. Yahoo did not want to pay AOL for maps. They are competitors in many respects!

Mapquest all the way? (1)

Ugliarch (698622) | about 11 years ago | (#7265356)

While working as a dispatcher covering the state of Michigan, I used Mapquest. I only fell back to Yahoo Maps when mapquest failed to return an address. (Which it did on occasion.)

Yahoo maps gives terrible directions. (2, Interesting)

stephen_pigg (222363) | about 11 years ago | (#7265358)

From personal experience on the west coast and midwest, I can say that I will never use Yahoo maps again. The third time getting lost did it for me. Mapquest has not let me down yet.

One big difference (1)

carcosa30 (235579) | about 11 years ago | (#7265362)

Sometimes, one or another of them is updated sooner with regards to road work. It's good to consult both of them to see if they agree on a route, and if they don't, it's a good idea to find out why-- don't just take the shorter route because you may find out there's a 100 mile detour that you missed, or something of the sort.

Yes, this has happened to me.

My exhaustive test!! (2, Funny)

jimson (516491) | about 11 years ago | (#7265366)

I mapped out a route from Here to Timbuktu and Mapquest came out with the shortest route, therefore I conclude that Mapquest is better. QED

Yahoo++ || --Mapquest (2, Informative)

SeanTobin (138474) | about 11 years ago | (#7265368)

I've found that Yahoo is better at finding roads when I don't have the complete information (i.e. no zip code). I've tried a few times to find an address in mapquest, only to give up and find it instantly in yahoo maps.

I'm sure there are several examples going the other way as well. In any event, its always better to have several competing services than one monopolistic non-innovative service.

Good thought experiment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265386)

Which is better?

A) A monopoly service that works exceptionally well
B) Several competing services that don't work very well
C) Sex with a mare

Re:Good thought experiment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265412)

Answer: B

Some text for anti-lameness... Moo!

Some UK map sites (4, Informative)

bartash (93498) | about 11 years ago | (#7265369)

In the UK try Streetmap [] or Multimap [] . IMHO UK Yahoo maps [] isn't very good.

Re:Some UK map sites (1)

bartash (93498) | about 11 years ago | (#7265432)

I forgot to say that in the Czech Republic I like [] . It doesn't have an English language version (that I could find)

Re:Some UK map sites (3, Interesting)

moreati (119629) | about 11 years ago | (#7265509)

If you have a recent java installed, then map24 [] knocks the veritable socks off all the competition. It displays an interactive vector map, complete with smooth scrolling, zooming and mouse over feature description.

The formatting of the route planning directions leaves a little to be desired, but that's the biggest fault I can think of. On the whole it compares favourably even to MS Autoroute - except it's free, always up to date and cross platform.

If you don't have java it falls back to a static image.



Why don't you (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265371)

Why don't you ask strangers for directions, you GNU hippies!!!

You'll hate me for saying it, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265374)

Microsoft does the best job. MapPoint as an application or through the web ( works best.

I've always preferred MapBlast (3, Insightful)

Delusional (574271) | about 11 years ago | (#7265380)

MapBlast has always produced easier-to-read maps and better quality directions, in my experience. Sadly, their availability waivered for a while there (presumably financial/business model difficulties), and at some point they got bought by ... M$. But you can still type in, it just points to a mapping page on MSN, which, at least so far, retains most of the quality that I always appreciated.

mapquest? (1)

sl0ppy (454532) | about 11 years ago | (#7265381)

i rarely use mapquest. maybe i'm just unlucky, but every time i've tried to use mapquest, i've gotten driving directions like this:

Take the exit


Turn left on unnamed street
Turn right on unnamed byway

it never fails. perhaps i'm not going to approved places or something, but it's frustrating.

Re:mapquest? (1)

emcdermid (136598) | about 11 years ago | (#7265473)

That's typical of most sites, and usually refers to an entry/exit ramp.

Re:mapquest? (1)

sl0ppy (454532) | about 11 years ago | (#7265513)

now, if only they would give the name or number of the exit :)

last time, we had to zoom way in on the map, deduce where the exit would be, and figure out which exit to take based on the roads around it.

this is fine for someone familiar with the area, but not acceptable for someone that does not know where they are going.

3 Microsofts Mappoint...please do not kill me! (2, Interesting)

halo1982 (679554) | about 11 years ago | (#7265384)

yes this will probably get me flamed to hell...
but i love microsoft's mappoint. [] it has pretty good maps and shows where theres construction on roads and the time periods the construction goes through. (i.e. there is construction for the next 20 miles on i-40 east from august 2, 2002 to october 4, 2004) and it has an easy to use interface, but i haven't tried it with anything but IE so it will probably kill mozilla or something.
i've also used which i have found to be horrible, and i used to use mapquest on a regular basis but that was before i found that it would get me lost when in town and then when it sent me 150 miles out of the way when going to toronto.
wheee mappoint!

Re:3 Microsofts Mappoint...please do not kill me! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265526)

Mod parent up.

As a caterer, I am frequently traveling about the city of St. Louis. Mappoint gets me around the construction, to new houses, and down one way streets in the right direction. In addition, the print options provide much needed additional detail for the destination.

The final and most important thing: it makes recommendations for addresses you don't quite know. If you don't know either the zipcode, street extension, or city - it provides a selectable list of destinations that meet the information you provided. Very nice!

Mapquest is unreliable (1)

blitz487 (606553) | about 11 years ago | (#7265387)

About 2 out of 3 times I use mapquest it places the spot on the map about .5 to 2 miles away from where it actually is. I find it so unreliable as to be useless. The worst one was when I was trying to find a fedex box given the address on the fedex web site. Mapquest 'located' the box in the middle of a residential area. I wasted half an hour driving around looking for it. The actual box was 2 miles away.

Re:Mapquest is unreliable (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265470)

I've been misled twice by mapquest. Once it told me to turn left where the median was unbroken (I guess I could have followed the directions if I had thought to rent a SUV) and once it told me to turn left onto the destination street when the address was to the right. (But the folks at my destination explained that the street was odd and the numbers ran opposite from all the other streets in the ares.)

Frustrating at the times, but not a bad record considering how many times the directions were spot-on.

Mapquest ~= Yahoo Maps =~ NavTech (5, Informative)

lemming552 (101935) | about 11 years ago | (#7265392)

They both get their maps from NavTech. I'm surprised they'd give a different result.

I always amused by the direction that Navtech would give for one path a couple blocks from home. It would direct me over the barrier between the N & S lanes of a road. Doubly Ironic that my wife worked for NavTech at the time.

Other than that, I use mapquest more often than not, just out of habit.

Re:Mapquest ~= Yahoo Maps =~ NavTech (5, Insightful)

nicfit (25347) | about 11 years ago | (#7265442)

True, the both use Navtech (as well as other data sources depending on the area being rendered), but the routing engines themselves are different. NavTech == data. Although NavTech may have a routing engine, MapQuest does not use it. And up until the AOL acquisition of MapQuest, Yahoo Maps was just a front-end on top of MapQuest technology.

what about multimap? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265393)

Multimap [] has great detail for pinpointing addresses on a map....but it can only handle directions in mainland GB.

They are (often, mostly) the same (1)

big.ears (136789) | about 11 years ago | (#7265399)

Don't kid yourself. They all use the same backend databases (i.e., NavTech) and direction-finders. The only difference you are likely to find is in the interface, and how they choose to present the maps, directions, information. That is where they are different.

Re:They are (often, mostly) the same (1)

emcdermid (136598) | about 11 years ago | (#7265539)

Not entirely the same.

Besides NavTech, there is also TeleAtlas (specifically, TeleAtlas North America, or TANA). I know TANA data is used by, and there may be others.

I think NavTech has more market share in North America, and TeleAtlas has more in Europe, but couldn't swear to that.

An alternative service (5, Funny)

NearlyHeadless (110901) | about 11 years ago | (#7265403)

Not for the U.S., but check this [] out.

Mapquest is not perfect (1)

freakmn (712872) | about 11 years ago | (#7265410)

I don't usually use a mapping program, as I ask the person/business at the destination how to get there. But my brother had a little misfortune with mapquest a couple monts ago when he printed out directions without looking at them first. It was in rural Minnesota, and about half way there, it gave him the direction to go west 1.7 miles on a certain street, then turn left. It gave no street name, nor was there an weasy way to find out what it was. He just drove down each street that seemed to be abbout the right distance away. I don't expect it to know directions everywhere, but it should tell you if it doesn't know something before you use it. Just my opinion.

Mapblast's Line Drive (2, Informative)

hedgehog2097 (688249) | about 11 years ago | (#7265415)

In the UK: My vote is for Line Drive on Mapblast [] for directions, and [] for er, street-type maps.

Line Drive is surprisingly accurate (to 1/10 mile) if you reset your mileometer at every turning and reference point, and follow the distances. But who does that? (A: me, I'm a navigational klutz and need all the help I can get)... MapKlutz Hint: Do a return journey route too...

...Oh, and MS bought Mapblast, so it sucks now (sorry, forget where I was for a minute!)

Yahoo! is good (1)

s/nemisis (7175) | about 11 years ago | (#7265419)

I personally like Yahoo! maps. It's really funny, because i don't like Yahoo! at all in general. For their maps is the only reason why i go there. Usually i still crack open an actual physical map and keep several in the car just in case there is a problem on the way. I think it works out quite well.

Microsoft Streets and Trips (4, Interesting)

someguy456 (607900) | about 11 years ago | (#7265420)

I hope I don't get modded down into oblivion, but I really like Microsoft Streets and Trips. I have the 2002 edition that came with Microsoft Works Suite. Online maps are slow (I'm on modem) and they don't feel right. I get the feeling that they are limited to certain rectangles. With S&T, I can get the feel for the whole map. I can scroll to the edges just as easy/fast as I would scroll on a web page or spreadsheet. From the routes I've gotten from around my area, I can't say either (Yahoo, MapQuest, S&T) is any better than the other. For example, they all insist on me taking highways, even if it takes longer to get there (yes, I know about scenic, shorter, faster,etc, but it didn't make much of a difference)

Re:Microsoft Streets and Trips (1)

caferace (442) | about 11 years ago | (#7265495)


1) Microsoft Works Suite
2) On a modem

Honestly, I'd ask you if you were lost but you say you have a map?

Re:Microsoft Streets and Trips (3, Informative)

cmowire (254489) | about 11 years ago | (#7265558)

Good points. ;)

The best part about S&T is that it's more interactive. I've got DSL and S&T is still faster. You can reroute the map if you *know* there's a better way. You can define multiple points on the journey and have a complete route. You can use it to print out *good* directions to meet up at some point.

Best part of all is portability. You can download a S&T map to your PDA (Ain't vendor-lockin grand?) or keep it on your laptop and view the directions that way.

mapblast until... (1)

jamonterrell (517500) | about 11 years ago | (#7265429)

microsoft did to it what they did to hotmail.

Well, the article is from May 2002... (1)

i)ave (716746) | about 11 years ago | (#7265434)

...if you scroll to the bottom of the article where there is a link "More about the author". On that link you will find his article with the CEO of MapQuest which was done this year.
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No one here has mentioned anything geeky (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265435)

We all claim to be geeks and nerds, but so far there hasn't been a single comment in regards to the implications of the route search algorithms to the traveling salesman problem.

This place isn't for geeks anymore, I guess.

MapsOnUs / TeleAtlas (3, Informative)

emcdermid (136598) | about 11 years ago | (#7265440)

My preferred site is, which uses data from TeleAtlas North America (aka TANA, formerly Etak).

A few years ago, I was told by someone in the know that TANA tended to be more accurate in actually knowing where a given location was, while NavTech was better at turn-by-turn directions. No idea where MapQuest fits in (at the time, I thought they used NavTech).

IMHO, it's worth checking several sources to triangulate. Just check the fine print on the generated maps, to ensure that you're not looking at two presentations of the same data.

Sites... (0)

sabreofsd (663075) | about 11 years ago | (#7265444)

MapQuest for Directions and Map Point for maps... Both are good for different reasons :)

Yahoo has got me lost (0)

wud (709053) | about 11 years ago | (#7265446)

a few times yahoo has gotten me lost, but the way they produce maps has changed in the last year...actually they were powered by mapquest originally... on long trips i usually print out both

Just moved to Cincinnati... (1) (579491) | about 11 years ago | (#7265448)

I just moved to Cincinnati so I've been using map websites almost every day. Yahoo! has the big advantage of integrating the Yellow Pages with their mapping program, so you don't have to type in the address like you do with Mapquest...

I've found that Yahoo! has a tendency to map the the shortest distance as the crow flies, which almost inevitably turns out to be a long drive than Mapquest, which tends to get you to a freeway faster. Since I live next to a major freeway most trips are faster by using it instead of sticking to back roads.

But since I'm new to the area the Yahoo! routes teach me the geography better, so I choose Mapquest when I'm in a pinch and Yahoo! when I have time to explore.

Mapquest sucks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265449)

Mapquest's directions are really flaky for two reasons:

1: Mapquest has so kindly given you miles in the instructions like this:" Take exit 109 and turn Right .25 miles." which result in .25 being a brick retaining wall that was not passable. Yahoo Maps saved the day, telling me to go three miles further and turn Right...

2: On a trip to houston, Mapquest turned a simple trip into a moneymaking opportunity hitting every goddamned toll booth between us and our destination. When we got to the location, we were asked "Why didn't you take I-10 and exit this highway and take this exit?"

Conclusion: mapquest sucks.

I like (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265451)

The Nero Mapping service, their "last measure" feature is really useful. Try it today

Last measure service [] ;).

MSN! (asbestos undies on...) (3, Interesting)

frenchgates (531731) | about 11 years ago | (#7265460)

I love MSN best for maps because it is the only one I've found that lets me expand the map display to actually use the resolution of my monitor instead of scrolling the postage stamp map around.

How old are you? (1)

corvi42 (235814) | about 11 years ago | (#7265461)

I've been using MapQuest most of my life...

Uh oh, he's posting to /.
NetNanny must be on the blink again.

Personal Experience (1)

MadocGwyn (620886) | about 11 years ago | (#7265464)

Some friends of mine and I went to just for laughs this summer, he's done to the same area of the city before and always used MapQuest.

This time, he used Yahoo! maps, my gawd, the directions had us go basically in a big circle at one point, involved a lot more direction changes and small capacity streets, in general adding bout an hour to the trip.

The MapQuest instructions, like 3 turns mostly highway to highway, and ONLY on main streets, we used them on the way back, WAY faster, and on the way back there was actually a lot more traffic because of the shows letting out.

DISCLAIMER: Montreal, QC, Canada is not the easiest city to get around in in the first place like most big citys its built up, out, and round and round so the streets are a mess.

Both have advantages / drawbacks. (1)

jmkaza (173878) | about 11 years ago | (#7265467)

The accuracy of the directions from each varies. I've seen both produce better results than the other for different routes. They usually both follow the same general directions though. Yahoo's maps are easier read when zoomed in close, since they only include side streets that are relevant to the route you're taking. Mapquest's tend to look cluttered. Yahoo also deosn't overstate the time it's takes to get there as much. In Mapquest's time estimates it's seems like they assumae you're going to stop at every gas station along the way and stick around for twenty minutes. Yahoo more resembles the actual driving time. Mapquest's instructions though, are more to the point. Yahoo seems to make merging from one expressway to another an eight step process, and reading all those details, while in an unfamiliar area, going 75 can be a bit dangerous. I usually run both. Print a main page with yahoo's map and mapquest's directions. And another with Yahoo's directions in case I miss something.

* CowboyNeal Option (1)

DA-MAN (17442) | about 11 years ago | (#7265471)

or I don't have a car you insensitive clod!

Rand Mcnally (1)

coolmacdude (640605) | about 11 years ago | (#7265476)

I like Rand Mcnally's site [] . In my experience it often gives more detailed descriptions than Mapquest. Oh and I used Mapblast too before it became a wholly owned subsidiary of the underworld.

Seasonal Road Closures? (1)

igbrown (79452) | about 11 years ago | (#7265479)

I got directions from Mapquest last winter for a drive from Chicago, IL to Jackson, WY by way of Minneapolis, MN. All in all a beautiful drive through some amazing country. The only problem was that the route had me driving through Yellowstone, which, as I unfortunately discovered, is closed during the winter. Now, I did get to see some amazing scenery, and there was a cool little bar right at the point where the road terminated for the season, but the detour added another day to my drive. I'd like to see a warning and alternate route, if there is a possible seasonal closure. Does anyone know if there is a map and direction service out there that factors in the time of year?

none of the above (1)

queen of everything (695105) | about 11 years ago | (#7265480)

I have had trouble with both mapquest and yahoo maps. After several times of getting lost, I gave up on them both. I personally like Microsoft Streets and Trips (I know, I'm supporting the evil empire) but with the rebates it turns out to be free. Aside from the fact that my street isn't even on their map, and I've lived here for 2 years, its never gotten me lost before.
Mapquest and Yahoo maps have both misled me when I was going within a city. They were off, really off, like driving into a condemned old factory off. For long road trips however, I haven't had a problem with them.

best thing is paper map (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265481)

honestly when u get lost relying on mapquest, it aint pretty.

Always buy a map of the area you are going to be travelling to .. and/or the major highways & exits on the route.

Use printout of mapquest directions in combo with that.

ZIP2 was the best!! (1)

jackb_guppy (204733) | about 11 years ago | (#7265491)

Then it sold, off and the others have been less than the best.

Maporama (1)

monkeywork (614661) | about 11 years ago | (#7265496) I've found to be pretty decent, Mapquest used to be my first point to check but lately I've been using O'rama and its great.

Rand McNally (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265499)

I find that Rand McNally gives by far the best directions. The major drawback for me is that it doesn't work in Canada, but I find that in the States it gives amazing directions. MapQuest and Yahoo both put you on major throughways, but Rand McNally will point out the roads that only locals would know about. Choosing "shortest distance" instead of "fastest" gives really great results.

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in new zealand... (1)

spir0 (319821) | about 11 years ago | (#7265522) is awesome. it calculates trips very well right across the country and you can zoom right out to see the whole route, or you can zoom in to street level..

very nice indeed.

mapblast (1)

ezHiker (659512) | about 11 years ago | (#7265524)

I've always liked Mapblast [] and its Line Drive directions.
Mapblast was recently acquired by Microsoft and renamed "MSN Maps and Directions", but it's still a good service. The Line Drive directions simply show you the turns with cross-streets, and mileages between each waypoint, without anything else cluttering up the map.

yahoo for international maps (1)

BortQ (468164) | about 11 years ago | (#7265527)

mapquest is one big mother fucking BITCH for canadians (and probably other international users as well). Even if you go to and search for Montreal (a 3million person plus canadian city) it shows some shitty little town of montreal, idaho or something. What the fuck mapquest? You suck.

On the other hand I have found to be quite an excellent service. Go yahoo go.

Centroid (1)

FunnyPolynomial (571044) | about 11 years ago | (#7265530)

I've always had pretty good luck with MapQuest. Except for this one time when, lulled into a false sense of security, I trusted the driving directions I'd printed without reading the fine print. Ended up no where near where I was supposed to be. Then I noticed the tiny print saying words to the effect that "we couldn't find the address you asked for, so we've given you directions to the center of the town." Great.

anything but (1)

falcon5768 (629591) | about 11 years ago | (#7265537)

mapquest it NEVER giives me the best directions, how can you use a mapping solution in NJ that never uses the freaking parkway as the easiest route.

I needed direction to a school in newark I was student teaching at, it gave me these unbeleiveable direction through elzabeth and newark when all I had to do is take the parkway to bloomfield and drive down the road into newark.

Most of your life? (1)

Timmy (969) | about 11 years ago | (#7265554)

How old are you exactly?

Is NavTech Data OpenSource/Freely available? (2, Insightful)

jwiegley (520444) | about 11 years ago | (#7265563)

It looks like everyone uses NavTech data for all of these in car navigation systems.

I was wondering if the data on the CDs you buy from NavTech is actually available in a handy electronic form for free?

It just seems like linux is missing a really cool opportunity to cash in on the embedded navigation market but doesn't seem to be doing so and I was wondering if this is because we can't get any access to decent electronic roadmap data without significant cost or NDAs.

Yahoo Errors (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265566)

I've had one bad experience with Yahoo Maps, going from San Jose, CA, up to a bed and breakfast in Napa Valley. The directions led us into the middle of nowhere, on smaller and smaller streets. First highways, then local roads, then gravel, then dirt, and finally farm access roads that were posted as private property, were overgrown with weeds, and were basically just ruts from where the tractors drove. The last 3 "roads" weren't even given names on the map. As it was nearing midnight and rainy, this was not a fun time at all.

We were using the mileage indicators faithfully, so I'm pretty confident that this was the route the map intended us to take.

Yahoo + Mozilla = Trouble (1)

OYAHHH (322809) | about 11 years ago | (#7265569)


Yahoo changed their mapping program such that many of the buttons no longer work using Mozilla 1.4.

Is it an issue with Mozilla or with Yahoo! I don't know but I know who won out in my case. Mapquest did!!!

MAPSONUS.COM is pretty good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265573)

Try it out, great algorithms.

Multiple destinations indicated on a map?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7265574)

This is a little off topic, but I was wondering if anyone had experience with any software/services for placing MULTIPLE destinations on a map. I think none of the free ones do this, but I've heard that some companies offer this feature with their subscription programs.

What I really want this for is garage sale route planning (though I'm sure it has other uses as well). I would like to be able to enter all the address and have little markers appear on the map. It doesn't need to plan the route (I know this is a hard problem) -- just plot the locations. Anyone have experience with the subscription services and know whether this is possible? Anyone know of any other software which can already do this?

Another: (2, Interesting)

bender647 (705126) | about 11 years ago | (#7265575)

I use
Can't say its better than the rest though.
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