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Avoiding the Beltway on Online Maps

I love stumbling upon new features on the Web, especially when they're enhancements to online services I already use regularly - like online maps. I had been mapping out a route for my wife to from our home in Montgomery County to downtown Washington. But all of the routes were the same - I-270 to the Beltway to the George Washington Parkway. The problem is that my wife is not a big fan of the Beltway. She would be far more comfortable on Connecticut Avenue or Wisconsin Avenue.

Google added a feature that allows users to change the route simply by clicking on the map and dragging any point on the route to another location on the map - in my wife's case, dragging the cursor from I-270 over to Connecticut Avenue. Automatically, the shaded route on the map, as well as the step-by-step directions are adjusted.

You could essentially do the same thing on Yahoo Maps or Mapquest by adding multiple stops along your route - a feature that allows you to create Point A-to-Point B-to-Point C driving directions. You would basically have to find addresses or locations along your preferred route to make this happen. But clicking-and-dragging is much easier.

By Sam Diaz  |  July 17, 2007; 10:53 AM ET  | Category:  Sam Diaz
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This is fabulous! Living in NW, Rock Creek Parkway is one of the easiest and fastest ways to get to my apartment. None of the mapping services show this route, presumably because of the one-way-depending-on-what-time-of-day issues.

Awesome!

Posted by: Lani | July 17, 2007 11:55 AM

I used this last week helping me win an argument on which route was shorter to the beach. (I won).

Do these maps know when things are closed, like the bridge in DC?

Posted by: md | July 17, 2007 2:10 PM

www.MapJack.com has online map service and location finder in San Francisco showing street-level (street side) pictures of every city street and can search for businesses and actually see the front of the business.

Posted by: John Trev | August 29, 2007 12:47 AM

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