How to Create a Multiple Stop Trip-Tic on Google Maps

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The shortest distance between two points may be a straight line, but add a third point in there and things begin to get complicated. When getting directions through Google Maps you can add multiple destinations so that the directions take you from point A to B to C and so on. Once the destinations are entered you can order them however you see fit. Google Maps will give you not only directions from place to place, but also an overview of the projected trip time and total distance.

  • Browse to maps.google.com. Type a destination in the search bar and press "Enter." Click your result and then click "Directions."

  • Enter a starting point in the directions list on the left. Click "Add Destination" and enter another stop on your trip. Repeat this process for all the stops you want to make. Note: you can enter search terms or addresses in the destination boxes.

  • Click "Get Directions." Google will calculate the directions between the different stops on your trip-tic. Click the green circle next to a destination and drag it up or down to change the order of destinations. The directions will automatically update.

  • Click Print, Send or Link on the right above the map to share your trip plan. The Send feature will send the directions via email. The Link tool will allow you to share a link to the Google Maps page outlining your trip. Print the directions to take them with you.

Tips & Warnings

  • Click "Show Options" next to "Add Destination" to see options for avoiding tolls and highways.
  • Right-click any area on the map and select What's Here? to see a list of businesses in the area, such as restaurants and hotels.
  • Click the Traffic link in the upper right corner of the map to show current traffic conditions on the map. Green indicates free-flowing traffic, yellow is slow-moving and red indicates stop-and-go traffic conditions.
  • Click the Satellite link in the upper right to see a composite satellite view of the area rather than a map view.
  • Some trip-planning websites like AAA offer hotel and restaurant recommendations along the route you've planned. The name given to this type of trip plan by AAA is TripTik and is trademarked by that company. Google Maps does not offer recommendations, only searching and directions.

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