Google Maps: How to Map Out a Multiple Destination Trip

June 26, 2017

by By Martin England

Angels Falls, Township D, Maine
Pro tip: If you're looking to visit Angels Falls in Township D, Maine, you might want to bring an actual map.

Summer’s here. It’s time to hit the wide-open road for adventures near and far, whether it’s to Dayton, Maine or Dayton, Ohio. Gone are the days of wiping our chicken-greased fingers on a Texaco road map simply because most of us no longer keep one in the glove box (although they come in mighty handy if you’re exploring the township areas of Maine or other remote spots that weigh in at zero bars on the cell-o-meter).

By now, most of us have used Google Maps or another GPS mapping service to navigate our trips, whether it’s on foot, on a bike, in the car, or via mass transit. Although the mobile version of Google Maps works great, the desktop version is much more robust. It comes with many features absent from the mobile app, such as street view, real-time traffic information (available from the hamburger menu), and the ability to make travel choices to avoid or visit certain areas by dragging and dropping on different thruways, giving you the power to choose the fastest route or the road less traveled. Most of this information can be sent to your phone for future use.

One of Google Map’s true-gem features is its ability to map multiple destinations for the same trip. Although this feature has been available since last summer, I recently stumbled on it while mapping out a trip to a concert in New York City. To get the most out of our drive from Maine to NYC, we decided it’d be fun to hit a few destinations we’d never visited, namely the Clark Museum in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York.

Here’s how to use Google Maps to add additional destinations to your trip. Please note, destinations can be added in any sequence, as you can easily drag them into any order:

  1. Go to http://maps.google.com
  2. Enter your destination address into the Search Google Maps field.
  3. Once the destination location displays, click on Directions and enter your departure address. Google Maps will automatically choose and display the fastest route.
  4. Click Add Destination below the original destination address and enter the address. You can add additional destinations by using this same method.
  5. To arrange in destination in preferred sequence, use the hand icon to drag them up or down.

Once you have all of your destinations mapped out, you can send the directions to your phone for future reference by clicking (you guessed it) Send Directions to Your Phone.

Safe travels!

 

 

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