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Old 02-11-2013, 05:28 AM   #1
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Best Visual Map?

I have been using Google Maps and Mapquest. Google Maps is too hard to see most of the time. And Mapquest is a little better...but is there a map site out there on the internet thats even better?
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I like google maps the best for planning because I can zoom in and look at campsites and see if there are trees and how close they are together etc. my phone and iPad now use Apple maps which works fine but I still like google better. There is also an app called next exit and I saw it on AF and love it for finding gas stations etc. When we travel we use the GPS in the Tow vehicle but often use the iPad for a backup.
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Thanks for the tips...if we head to Kansas soon - I want to have all my bases covered.
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Thanks for the tips...if we head to Kansas soon - I want to have all my bases covered.
Well if your headed through KS on I70 and need to stop around Hays KS there is a great little city campground in Ellis KS (west of Hays) and for $15 a night you get electric, water and free wifi! They also have a dump station and not a bad view.
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Actually I am looking for a route that will not allow interstate or big city. I will have to look again but we would go up to Elk City first and go straight up. Hope to keep the route as paved country road as possible. We already made a trip up there (@ 340 mi) one way. And that was through OKC and TULSA. There's no way we will tow thru a major city. So the towing route can and will be longer and will have gas stations all through out the trip. Will be carrying a five gallon gas container too for just in case.
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What makes it hard to see? If you expanded a little on that, perhaps that would help with suggestions. (In my experience, they all use essentially the same colors, so I'm not sure whether you'll find one that's much better.)
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Google and Mapquest are not actually hard to see. I was just wondering if there was anything else out there that might compete or be better.
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Actually I am looking for a route that will not allow interstate or big city.
I use Google Maps all the time for route planning. If it tries to put you on interstate highways, you can grab the blue route line and manually drag it over to a nearby non-Interstate route. You may have to do that multiple times, at several places along the route, because it will only use the alternate you select until it finds another chance to put you back on an interstate highway.

Last year, I used Google Maps to plot a route from New Orleans to Lake Dardanelle (Russellville, AR) without driving one single mile of interstate highway. First I let it plot its preferred route, then I dragged the route trace over to nearby US or State highways as often as necessary.

Then I programmed the route into my Garmin GPS by using each highway intersection as a waypoint and letting the GPS connect the dots.
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