The Digital RVer: Google Maps

Google Maps

MapsI hesitate to write about Google Maps as my Traveler’s App of the Week because it is SO in a class by itself. It doesn’t belong in the same category as Gas Buddy, or Allstays Camp and RV. Those are great “must-have” Apps, but Google Maps would be the App I would want if I could only have one App!

How do I use the Google Maps App on my smartphone or tablet? Let me count the ways:

  1. I just look at it to see where I am.
  2. I get a quick idea of how long it will take to get from point A to point B, whether that is driving across the country, or bicycling to the store.
  3. I search for a good restaurant nearby, see a menu, check the hours, read reviews.
  4. I view a tourist attraction and look at pictures of the location
  5. I ask for directions to the nearest Walmart, Post Office, Trader Joe’s, or Camping World. And, by the way, I can ask by typing my desired location into the search box, or by clicking the microphone icon and literally “asking” Google Maps to give me directions.
  6. I ask Google Maps to give me voice-directed, turn by turn , directions.  To Navigate to the desired location.
  7. I save a location with a little star on Google Maps so I can get back there again sometime.
  8. I look at the 360 degree photographic “Street View” of a location to see if there is a good bicycle path, or to read a road sign, or see a storefront.
  9. I get a “second opinion” of our current route, while we’re on the road and our dashboard GPS is navigating. Google Maps is so fast, and so responsive to touch controls, that it’s a lot easier to pick up my phone and check that we are on the right route. If Google Maps says a destination is in a different location that the dashboard GPS, I trust Google Maps because I can actually zoom in and check Street View.
  10. Google Maps is the easiest way to find any point of interest and get information about it … link to website, phone number, Wikipedia entry, Reviews, etc.

Google Maps is the reason to have a smartphone!


  • App Name: Google Maps
  • Author: Google
  • Price: Free
  • Available for Android and iOS (not available on Windows Phone)

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About smokeycamping

Well let's see have lived in NY for my whole life, have always loved the outdoors (as long as it is warm out) have always hated the cold, and like a dummy have stayed in NY. But now with my second try my wife, we have been camping now for well over 25 yrs. We currently own a 2010 Cedar creek silverback 35TS and can not wait to get out on the highways and see this great country we all call home. Hope to see every National park before my medical issue becomes too bad to travel. I love my African gray parrot (she is my baby) and have two dogs at the time brother and sister mutts, but love them all the same. Have always been a big Nascar fan, love computers (have a number of certificates to build and work on them) am trying to learn photography, enjoy light hiking, being with good friends and folks. country music, pop music and just being outdoors. So I hope someday to meet some of the great people who like what I like and post out there in some great campground somewhere in the country, till then I will keep posting and I hope you keep liking.

Posted on August 19, 2014, in The world as i see it as a camper and who loves his country and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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