Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Why I Use Google Maps

I am a Google Maps fan. It is my favorite map program to use, and I use it constantly. With all the traveling I do, it is a bookmarked page on my laptop, and one of the most visited sites. However, while I do use it for directions occasionally, I use it to find businesses, restaurants, and lodging more than anything else. I am a firm believer in the power of Google maps marketing-I'm an example of someone who has, many times over, found a store or restaurant on Google maps that caught my eye, and ended up getting my business.

For example, we recently made a weekend trip to the Chicago area, and I needed a place to stay. I found a couple hotels at reasonable prices, and couldn't make up my mind. As you know, hotel picture galleries only show the best side of the hotel, and I wanted to be sure of the area we would be staying in, as well as what dining options were nearby. So I turned to my old friend, Google maps! After typing in the address of 2 of the hotels, I was discouraged, but glad that I had checked the Google maps street view! They weren't in the best part of town, and looked pretty lonely-no restaurants nearby. However, the 3rd hotel was exactly what I was looking for! A nice area, with loads of dining options right around it! I chose this hotel based on Google maps, and we had a wonderful stay, and some good eating while we were there!
Street view-that's our hotel in the back
Searching for food-there's a Cracker Barrel right there!

This is a sponsored post for OrangeSoda, however, all the points and views are my own.


  1. That's a good example of how to use Google maps. Also, since I hate driving, I use Google maps to let me decide on places to go that have easy access to freeways, don't have convoluted directions, etc.

  2. I think Google Maps is great. My son like to look up addresses in our area and he has a good time using it. He taught me how to use it and shows me interesting sites. It is definitely useful.
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  3. We are planning a trip to Yellowstone this year and we are going to take your advice and use Google Maps.