Content of the material
- How do I find attractions along my route?
- How do I find a store on my route?
- Google Maps Tip 9 of 9: Never Miss a Highlight With Google Maps Saved Places
- Our Favorite Google Maps Tip
- How to Save Places on Google Maps
- How to Use Saved Places On the Road
- Unleash Saved Places’ Potential
- Google Maps Tip 4 of 9: The Best Way to Find Stops Along the Way
- Add a Pit Stop
- Remove a Pit Stop
- Save maps so they still work when youre offline
- 18. Check in on your reservations
- Next Steps
- See how busy a place is before you visit
- 5. Find out whats near anything
- Google My Maps Limitations
- How to Search for Places Along a Route While Navigating in Google Maps
- Recent Comments
Navigate your world faster and easier with Google Maps. Over 220 countries and territories mapped and hundreds of millions of businesses and places on the map. Get real-time GPS navigation, traffic and public transport info, and find what you need by getting the latest information on businesses, including supermarkets, pharmacies and other important places. Get where you need to go efficiently: • Find the best route with automatic rerouting based on live traffic, incidents and road closure Find important businesses: • Know what’s open in your area and their latest opening hours • Find local restaurants offering delivery and takeaway • Create lists of your important places Get there faster with real-time updates • Beat traffic with real-time ETAs and traffic conditions • Catch your bus, train or ride-share with real-time public transport info • Save time with automatic rerouting based on live traffic, incidents and road closures • With Live View in Google Maps, see the way you need to go with arrows and directions placed right on top of your world. There’s no second guessing or missing another turn. More experiences on Google Maps • Offline maps to search and navigate without an internet connection • Street View and indoor imagery for restaurants, shops, museums and more • Indoor maps to quickly find your way inside big places like airports, shopping centres and stadiums Some features are not available in all countries. Navigation isn't intended to be used by oversized or emergency vehicles.
How do I find attractions along my route?
Enter your starting point and your destination and the Roadtrippers app (Free in App Store and Google Play) will find you interesting places to stop in between. Pick from categories such as amusement parks, adventure sports, historical markers and hiking, and you’ll see places pop up along your driving route.
How do I find a store on my route?
Search for your destination. Tap or click on the directions button to generate the route. On your phone, tap the three-dots menu button and then tap on Add stop. Tap or click and drag the added stop up to the middle of the route. Now, search for whatever you need to add.
Google Maps Tip 9 of 9: Never Miss a Highlight With Google Maps Saved Places
Our Favorite Google Maps Tip
If there’s only one thing you take from this Google Maps tips and tricks post, let it be this.
Unlike Google My Maps locations, your saved places stay on your offline map even if you restart your phone or Google Maps app.
How to Save Places on Google Maps
4. Add a note to remember why you added the location.
How to Use Saved Places On the Road
- Open Google Maps on your phone. (Remember to follow Tip #1 to save if for offline use!)
- Go to the area you’ll be traveling to.
- Look at the icons to see what nearby locations you’d previously saved and decide which, if any, to check out.
Unleash Saved Places’ Potential
Because Saved Places is such an important Google Map functionality, we’ve put together a separate post that explains why we use it so heavily, how to get started, how to get the most out of it, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Google Maps Tip 4 of 9: The Best Way to Find Stops Along the Way
If you’re using Google Maps for directions and need to stop for a bathroom, coffee, food, or whatever break along the way, here’s the best way to do so.
Add a Pit Stop
- When you’re in the step-by-step direction mode of Google Maps, click the magnifying glass search icon on the top right of your screen
- Choose from one of the options that appear there, Gas Stations, Restaurants, Grocery Stores, and Coffee shops, or tap Search and type in whatever category of the location you’re looking for
- Google Maps will show you on the map all the potential places along the way and how many minutes of a detour each is.
- Tap whichever location you want to stop at along the way and the app will automatically add it to your route.
Remove a Pit Stop
- Tap the bottom part of the screen where it says the time and distance to your destination.
- Select “Remove stop.”
- Choose which stop to remove from your route.
Save maps so they still work when youre offline
Save Google Maps offline.Todd Haselton | CNBC
Google Maps needs a data connection to provide you with information such as real-time traffic, but you can save a copy of your maps offline so that you still know where you need to go and what's nearby when you don't have Wi-Fi or cellular data available, like when you're in a subway. To do that:
- Open Google Maps on your phone.
- Tap the menu button on the top left.
- Tap "Offline Maps."
- Tap "Custom map."
- Choose the area you'd like to save offline.
- Select "Download."
18. Check in on your reservations
If you use Gmail and/or Google Calendar, you can find info about upcoming reservations—as mentioned in confirmation emails in your inbox or event invitations in your agenda—right within Maps. Tap the three-line menu icon in the mobile app’s upper-left corner, select “Your places,” and then look for the “Reservations” tab at the top of the screen.
Any plans you’ve made will automatically show up there, and you can tap them to get detailed information about their location along with the option to start navigation.
As it stands, Bar voyage solves our problem, but improvements to the UX and design are to be made in order for the experience to be smoother and pain-free. A few places might be missing from Google Maps that may be available on other services such as Foursquare or Facebook. RouteBoxer has a bound using geolocation, so we should be able to search on other APIs producing more results and filtering out irrelevant results such as “Fish bar”.
Bar Voyage will be available soon on the App and Play store.
See how busy a place is before you visit
See how busy a place is before you visit.Todd Haselton | CNBC
If you're thinking about going to a restaurant that doesn't take reservations, or maybe considering getting a haircut at a barber on a weekend, you can see how busy that place is right in Google Maps. Using location and historical data, Google will show you if a particular spot is busy, and how long you can expect to wait. To find this:
- Open Google Maps on your phone.
- Search for the place you're planning to visit.
- Tap and pull from the bottom of the screen to see more information about that spot.
- Scroll down to an area that says "Popular times."
- You'll see how busy it typically is at certain times of the day.
- Tap the day to see how busy the location is on certain days of the week.
5. Find out whats near anything
A similar sort of search is available in Maps, even when you aren’t navigating. Any time you want to find specific types of places near your current location or any other spot, tap the search bar at the top of the mobile app and try variations on these queries:
Google My Maps Limitations
As great as Google Maps is for planning a trip, there are some limitations to using it. Some of these have been pointed out by readers in the comments, so thank you to everyone for helping me make this an even more robust guide. I’m organizing them here since it makes it easier than scrolling through the comments.
- You can only add 10 layers per map. If you are planning a longer road trip and want to create a layer for each day, this limitation may prove frustrating. Here are a couple of workaround ideas: You can create 2 maps, and have the entire master route as 1 layer on each (showing the very basic route for all 12 days – say from city to city) as a reference. Then build individual layers for each day. As a second option, you could add multiple days to 1 layer and change the titles to start with the day they correspond to (so it would be “1 – Name of Place” instead of just “Name of Place.”) However, this option may not be ideal since you can’t see the titles until you click when you’re on the phone.
- No bridge height filter. For those RVers out there who need to plan ahead for height limitations, there is no bridge height filter available. Since I haven’t had to use this feature myself, I am not confident in an alternative to recommend. However, from a bit of digging around, there are some apps and GPS units for truckers that may be a good place to start looking if you have an oversize vehicle.
- Directions layers can’t be accessed on your phone for navigation purposes. As I mentioned, I generally only use the directions layer to show a route visually, rather than to actually create custom directions. As several readers have pointed out, you cannot create a directions layer and then access those directions in Google Maps on your phone. (You can see them on desktop if you want to know the distance or how long a route will take, but that doesn’t help when you actually want to use them for navigation–see here for screen shots.)
- (Sort of) not available offline. Unlike the rest of Google Maps, which you can download for offline access, you can’t download your custom map to use offline within Google Maps. However, I have been able to use it in areas with spotty reception. I pulled the map up when I did have reception, and I left it running in the background. It would stay loaded in the app and I was able to pull it up to look at it later when I was out of reception. Another alternative (especially if you’ll be traveling in another country where you’ll be completely offline) is to use a third party app as mentioned here.
How to Search for Places Along a Route While Navigating in Google Maps
If you’re in the middle of a road trip, and you need to stop for food or gas, Google Maps has you covered there too. Here’s how to search for places along a route during navigation in Google Maps:
- While navigating, tap the
Searchicon in the upper right hand corner.
- Tap one of the
Quick searchicons, or search for a stop in the Search bar.
- Google Maps will show all of the locations matching your search that are along your current route. Tap the place you wish to make a stop at.
- Tap the
Add stopbutton. Maps will also automatically add the stops after a few seconds.
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