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Jul 13th 2012
MapQuest just released its latest infographic to make it easier to visualize what people are searching for this summer. (Also see the data eye candy we shared in March.) Big data shows us our users love national parks, so we created parks.mapquest.com as a completely devoted resource for information on the 58 U.S. national parks. Many travelers visit these iconic destinations for overnight trips between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and even more stop at them along the way - called via points - the most popular being Yellowstone.
Even if consumers aren't planning a trip across country, MapQuest can help people plan a backyard escape that takes only an afternoon. Last summer, we helped more than 9 million people find a nearby place to get ice cream.
While we can't lower the high gas prices, we can tell people where the least expensive places to fuel up are. Gasprices.mapquest.com shares where to find the cheapest gas nearby, so, if travelers do go to the Grand Canyon, the trip there will be even easier by finding the least expensive gas stations and prices along the way.
Take a look at our Summer Travel infographic for more surprising stats and popular destinations because after all, life's about the journey, right?
Jul 12th 2012
Trying to get somewhere this summer? Download the updated MapQuest smartphone apps, where our free iPhone and Android offerings are now powered with TomTom maps. As the world's leading supplier of in-car location and navigation products and services, TomTom provides coverage for more than 7.5 million miles of roads across North America. That's like going to the moon and back about 16 times. That's like traveling the length of the Great Wall of China over 1,300 times. That's like running well over a quarter of a million marathons. Basically, it's a lot of mapped miles any way you look at it.
With MapQuest and TomTom maps, you could drive virtually anywhere there's a road in the United States with our app as your travel companion. (No need to panic if you forget to print off directions before leaving your house.) Whether you're driving across the county or across the continent this summer, there's never been a better time to ask for directions...just ask us.
Where are you heading this summer? Tell us on Facebook.
(This post originally ran on the MapQuest Blog.)
Jun 12th 2012
A 20-foot bright green MapQuest-branded balloon, 3-D map pins and a spin-to-win wheel were hard to miss yesterday in Times Square, where more than half-a-million people pass by every day. In addition, a free wifi "hotspot" made it easy for passersby to download MapQuest's apps and start exploring. MapQuest's local offerings stayed in the "lime" light as day turned to dusk and the Taste of Times Square Festival got under way. Nearly an additional 100,000 folks stopped by the nation's top tourism attraction and were delighted to find such a great way for discovering New York.
Next stop for the MapQuest Summer Activation Tour: The company's hometown Denver, where the balloon, map pad, spin-to-win wheel and now-famous fedora giveaways will be seen by 15,000 music aficionados at the funk festival, Westword Music Showcase on June 23.
Find where you're going by checking out the all new MapQuest for iPhone.
Apr 5th 2012
Here at MapQuest, our team is a collection of adventure seekers, backcountry hikers, photography enthusiasts and family road trippers. America's national parks hold a dear place in our hearts as an amazing collection of destinations preserving some of our nation's most treasured natural, cultural and historical resources. We want to share that passion with you in MapQuest National Parks.
MapQuest National Parks is a new content feature series spotlighting America's national parks. Each of the 58 parks has its own page complete with guide content and a panoramic cover photo from renowned outdoor and adventure photographer QT Luong. With park rangers as your guide, you can also explore six of the most visited parks by video. We hope this project will bring inspiration as you make your travel plans for summer and beyond. National Parks Week, coming up April 21-29, is a great opportunity to get out and experience the national parks around the country free of charge. We wish you happy and safe travels!
Dec 19th 2011
Last week, MapQuest Vibe closed out the last of a series of TechCocktail sponsorships in Boulder, Washington DC, San Francisco and finally Phoenix.
TechCocktail highlights emerging technology news, people, startups, products, and innovations for the true tech enthusiast. The sponsorships allowed for 40 start-ups to participate in the events for free and show off their products in front of almost 1800 attendees.
For the last event in Tech Cocktail's 2012 tour, 5 startups joined sponsor MapQuest at Bliss/reBar in Phoenix, AZ to demo their products: squareonestudios.com, superchoffeebros.com, Pinfob.com, Graze.ly & azprodjs.com. We took the opportunity to demo mqVibe, your guide to becoming a local anywhere and the positive feedback was exciting and encouraging.
(This post originally ran on the AOL Advertising Blog.)