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Is this airliner-shaped lake real?

On a flight over Utah, I spotted a strange shape on the flight route app on the seat LCD that looks just like an airliner: Not believing my eyes, I checked OsmAnd and sure enough, it's there! Here ...
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What on earth has yet to be explored?

To be clear, yes, we can see everything from Google Earth or other satellite imagery, but that doesn't mean we can explore it. GE can't see into forests, canyons and caves. Has every mountain been ...
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Can I use Google Maps traffic information to estimate driving time for a specific date/time?

In supported regions, Google Maps will tell me how long it will take to drive from A to B in current traffic conditions. It can also colour-code roads according to traffic conditions for a specific ...
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Is there a website/tool which can generate a reachability map from a given point?

I'm currently planning a four-day holiday with friends of mine who live in different regions of Germany. Now we're trying to find a holiday home that everyone of us can reach in less then 3.5h by car. ...
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Are there cheap GPS or other navigator devices with downloadable maps for the whole world?

I don't need a recommendation or a list but my knowledge of GPS and "navi"s and the differences between them is an utter mystery to me. But often I'm lost in backstreets in random countries where ...
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How to generate a travel map?

For various reasons I have to present ~100 pictures of my last trip through Europe. To make this presentation more informative, I'd like to include an animated travel map that shows the route I ...
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An online map indicating the status of all open and closed international borders

I like to make up my own interesting international routes on my longer trips rather than always following conventional routes. But often it's tricky to plan a route in lesser-known parts of the world ...
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How to log the places you visited as detailed as possible?

There are different services allowing you to map you visits. In the chat there were 2 examples (Example 1 and Example 2) given recently. As a travel geek I would like to have a as detailed overview ...
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Maps with road drivability grading

Recently I went to Cliffs of Moher, in County Clare, Ireland (it is nice place, you should visit it.. but by bus of course). I went there by car. Driving on the road is a OMG-super-duper hard; I can't ...
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Where to get London rail maps in hardcopy

Is there somewhere in London one can go to acquire a hardcopy of a rail system map such as TfL's London's Rail and Tube services map? The PDF file looks like it's designed to be printed on ...
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How accurate is Google Maps for travel times?

I have this route planned in Google Maps as a rough plot for travel times to 4 locations from Tokyo Tower, it's by no means finished. Now I am well aware that there are other factors such was road ...
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Is there an up-to-date map of street art in London?

I'll be traveling to London soon and would like to have a look at some professional street art, such as the graffiti works by Banksy. Is there a continuously updated map somewhere that lists the ...
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How to get from the North Sea to the Black Sea (or Aegean/Adriatic Sea) via inland waterways?

I would like to travel from the North Sea to the warmer waters of the south Mediterranean. Either the Black Sea, Adriatic, or Aegean. From wikipeadia I see that there is a link from the Netherlands on ...
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What is the closest US equivalent to UK Ordnance Survey Maps?

In the United Kingdom, we have very detailed mapping available via the government-run Ordnance Survey. Their maps, while not best suited for long distance navigation are invaluable for outdoor ...
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Is there a map or resource that represents the distance in terms of time instead of Km or Miles?

Based on this question I started wondering if there is a world map (or local maps) that reflect the distance between points in terms of time to travel and not Km or Miles. I know such resource is not ...
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Is there really a line that separates Mongolia from China?

I was looking at google maps and decided to zoom in on the Mongolian/China border just to see what was there, and saw this: This screen shot is at 42.266383, 106.722115 I followed it for a bit and ...
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How to plan routes that aren't covered by Google Maps?

For the next summer I'm planning to drive to some countries that aren't covered by the route planning tool of Google Maps. What other possibilities do I have to calculate the route approximately in ...
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How is the range of Google Maps new drive time feature defined? [closed]

I just noticed Google Maps new feature. It allows the user to get approximate drive times for a specific date and time using average traffic conditions. This is a feature which many people have been ...
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Where can I find a map of the whole Japan railway system?

I can't seem to find a map that includes every railway in Japan (it's very very difficult, actually). Is there a map (as photo) that includes every single railway, except google map?
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Route planner with heights (for bikes)

I use Google Maps to plan my bike routes inside Paris. However, it is missing height graphs of the routes (which is essential for biking). I would like such a site that would be capable of this. I may ...
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Russia roadmap with information on the surface

In Russia, some segments of major highways are of mediocre quality: Russia road M53 / Baikal Highway, near Taishet. Source: Wikimedia Russian Trans-Siberian highway near Cheremshanka, Krasnoyarsk ...
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Are there offline maps for WiFI locations while traveling

I am an avid user of fon and if fon is not available use Skype out to get connected, with my Wifi-only iPad. The only problem is to locate the closest Wifi point. It is a chicken-egg problem. You ...
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Where could I find Greenland maps?

I'm trying to find Greenland road or main trail maps. Also, if there are ferry lines that join Greenland cities it will be very useful. Any link?
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Is there a map with the most popular natural attractions on it?

I'm looking for an online map covering central Europe (mainly France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Austria), which has on it the most popular natural attractions (lakes, mountains, scenic roads ...
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Is there a usable online map site for China?

Tonight is my fifth night in China, I've only been in non-tourist places so far where I've seen no other westerners. I'm hitchhiking from the very south to the very north so it's fairly important to ...
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Where to find free printable road maps/atlases online?

Where can I find free printable road maps online? I sometimes go on trips which require driving from town to town - before the internet, I'd have had to buy a basic road atlas for this. Now I can ...
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Do any online services offer printable maps with my itinerary drawn on?

I'm preparing a present for a friend, which is a collection of photos and items from a couple of of travels we've done together. An idea I had was to somehow display our itinerary with notes and ...
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Online hiking map for Alps

Some time ago I've found a good online map for Alpine hiking trails. It was very similar to Google Maps and had green background. I forgot the address and can't find it in google now. It wasn't ...
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Road numbers' colors/shapes in Google Maps

I have noticed that road numbers in Google Maps have different colors and shapes from one country to another, here are some examples: Does it mean anything? or is it just to match the country's ...
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Where can I find mass transit directions with times for Berlin?

Usually I check Google Maps, but it doesn't have routing or train times for Berlin. Is there an official trip planner? Bonus points for suggesting mobile applications as well.
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Tool like Google Maps Engine (My Maps)

I'm planning a trip to Iceland which involves a lot of research to gather information from different sources (mainly blogs, but also travel guides and other). The problem with Iceland is that almost ...
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Downloadable maps of China

Have met travellers cycling in Tajikistan, and they're hoping they can download maps of China - either road or cycle tracks (or both). They've searched high and low, and haven't found decent ...
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Hiking in the area around Quebec City

I've decided to go spend 2 weeks in Quebec with my wife this summer. Our plan for now is to spend a few days in Montreal (where our plane lands, coming from France) spend a few days in Quebec City ...
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Visited countries map with different map projections

There are a couple of websites, where you can create a map of the countries you visited, e.g. http://www.amcharts.com/visited_countries. I think, this would be a cool thing to add to my travel blog. ...
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Why are there no road maps for Iceland for my TomTom device?

Today, I tried to update the maps on my TomTom device with a road map of Iceland. For that I navigated to the online shop. Unfortunately, I couldn't find there any road map from Iceland. On the other ...
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Map of highway fuel stops in Germany

I'm looking for a map of highway fuel stops in Germany. I've seen the what-looks-like official site http://tank.rast.de/en/, but they are very obviously outdated (at least by 10 years, looking at the ...
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Martina Bekereja: How to find them in Latvia?

When going to Latvia, I like to eat some small snacks in the bakeries called Martina Bekereja. I think there are several of them in Latvia, or even in the whole Baltic. Because I really like them, I ...
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Strange ZIP codes in Alaska?

Most ZIP codes in the US are fairly familiar - 5 digits, like 90210. However I've come across some weird ZIP codes in Anchorage - like 995MX. (Visible on this map) Many websites (like google maps) ...
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Map of hiking routes in the Polish Tatras?

Is there a map with hiking routes in Polish Tatras, preferably in English, with enough quality to be read, available on the Web? I found a few maps but all of them are either too small or, when large ...
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Where can I find road atlas for Ireland including campsites?

Could someone recommend a road atlas for Ireland (and N. Ireland) with campsites marked on it? EDIT: I am looking for "real" paper map/atlas. I will be camping in a tent.
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Where can I find accurate London bus route maps?

Is there any place where I can find the geographically accurate route followed by a specified bus route in London?
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How long does it take for Google Maps to include a newly opened highway in its driving directions?

The last section of Autoroute 30 in Quebec opened on December 15, 2012, from Chateauguay to Vaudreuil-Dorion, completing the southern bypass around Montreal, and including a new bridge over the St. ...
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Where can I find GPS-device-compatible maps of Georgia?

I am looking for Georgia maps for supported for Garmin device. Especially I'm interested in Svaneti and Kazbegi regions. Is there any place I could find such maps?
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Map of bus stops for Greyhound in Canada?

In an upcoming trip I'm traveling from Montebello (a small town about an hour away from Montreal) to Montreal YUL airport. The best transport I've been able to arrange so far is Greyhound into ...
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Does the Hong Kong metro map give interchange direction suggestions?

On the Hong Kong MTR map, some of the interchange symbols have little lines and half-circles in them. They're a bit small to read on some maps, but if you zoom in they get a big clearer: Are these ...
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Is there a comprehensive map of the Shinjuku station in Tokyo?

According to wikipedia's article on Shinjuku station, including an underground arcade, there are well over 200 exits. http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/stations/img/map_e/e866.pdf mentions a few exists but ...
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Is there a routes site that works properly for the Republic of Georgia?

We do have a question about alternatives to Google Maps, but it seems to focus on Eastern Europe and even though Georgia is culturally like Europe it's technically in either Western Asia, the Middle ...
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Obtaining paper map when arriving into the city

I once been in Zurich where host told me that I can get a free map in any hotel for free. I did not get into details that time but now I am curious, is it true for any city? Where can I ask for maps ...
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City centre of Lucerne in Google map

I am struggling to find the city centre of Lucerne, Switzerland in Google maps, and how far is it from Lucerne rail station. I cannot spot the city centre of Lucerne in Google maps. Actually I am ...
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Interactive map for mixed bus-and-walking journeys in Greater London

I need to plan a travel in Greater London (within the M25) over multiple destinations via buses and by walking. Many online tools, including Google Maps and TFL website, enable finding the best ...