MapQuest Highlights Business ‘Along the Route’

picture-141This may be unique to MapQuest; indeed, I believe it is: finding businesses along the route.

I wrote about it a bit a few posts ago, but MapQuest is highlighting an expanding capability on its site — finding businesses along your intended trip route or commute:

MapQuest has a nice feature (right now only applicable to selected businesses) that shows stores or points of interest along the route. In this example (going from SF to Ikea in Palo Alto), I’ve checked for movie theaters along the route I’m taking:

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And here’s Wal-Mart if I wanted to stop in there before I went to IKEA:

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More businesses/POIs are coming.

10 Responses to “MapQuest Highlights Business ‘Along the Route’”

  1. Vickie McGee - Where2GetIt Says:

    Where2GetIt has been providing “Along The Way” or “Trip Planner” for our clients since 2003. It allows consumers to find client locations between two points (for example between home and work). Clients using this functionality include Chick-fil-A, Outback Steakhouse, Bob Evans, Cracker Barrel, and Flying J.

  2. Greg Sterling Says:

    Vickie:

    Where does that appear . . . on their locator maps?

  3. Vickie McGee - Where2GetIt Says:

    They are associated with the locator…

    On Chick-fil-A’s restaurant locator it has a button on the bottm right of the screen called “Plan A Trip”.

    Under Outback Steakhouse’s Locations you will see a link for the Trip Planner.

    If you go to Bob Evans “Our Restaurants” under the “Location Guide” you will see the “Plan Your Trip” link.

    Under the Cracker Barrel Locations you can enter start and end points to find locations along the way.

    For Flying J you will see it under Directions.

  4. Greg Sterling Says:

    Thanks. I’ll take a look

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