Seeing a Landmark If You Are Not There

Most people know that Google Maps includes Street View – they have vehicles mounted with cameras that cruise the streets taking photos every few feet. That’s a LOT of territory to cover, so at this point a portion of these images are likely to be several years old. But unless there has been major reconstruction in an area these photos are still a good way to actually see what a location looks like before you drive there.

Last week I used this feature to find something a friend mentioned in her blog, but regretted that at the time she had not taken a photo to post. Continue reading

How far did I walk/run/bike?

Want to know the distance you walked/ran/biked but don’t have a GPS-savvy device to track yourself? Gmap Pedometer is a website powered by Google Maps that lets you enter your route without limiting you to driveable roads or places it thinks you should walk, e.g., you can navigate along a bike path.

Tip: first type in the state or country you are in, then further zoom down until you can see the streets and other navigation points to start your route mapping.