How to Create a City Map


Understanding your local landscape can cut hours off your weekend errands. People rely on technology these days for lots of things, including maps to get around town, but no computer system is error-proof. Recommendations to turn down dead-end streets and vague directions such as "slight rights" can leave you in want of an old-fashioned city map. Create a map of your city using a free online resource. Your map will help you find alternative routes to your favorite destinations and save you some gas money.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access
  • Printer
  • Visit a free online map resource, such as or Register for a new account so that you can personalize your map with colors, pinpoints and labels.

  • Create a map of a city by entering the city and state names in the appropriate box. Choose the option to share, publish or make your map private.

  • Create a title for your map, and begin adding icons to it, either from the icon gallery or from graphics you upload from your computer.

  • Use the main toolbar to add markers, start a path or change the appearance of your map to satellite view, which will give you a real photographic aerial depiction of your selected area, complete with details such as trees, rivers and city developments.

  • Save your map. Once you've completed your edits, you can print your map, email it or share it as a link on social-media websites.

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