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Apr 28th 2016

Congratulations MapQuest on Your Webby Award!

When nominations for the 20th Annual Webby Awards honoring the best of the Web were announced by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and AOL racked up four nominations and three honorees, we were excited to be recognized for bringing to life some of the year's best content and experiences.

And now we're thrilled to congratulate MapQuest on their big win in the Social: Humor category for #AvoidTrump. The MapQuest team built the #AvoidTrump map to provide tips on how to "be Trump" or "flee him" in cities across the country. MapQuest was nominated alongside Funny or Die, Conan O'Brien and The Onion in this category.

Congrats to all of the AOL nominees! To check MapQuest out, you can download their app, or follow them on Twitter.

Jun 11th 2014

MLB.com and MapQuest Team Up for Original Content Series

MLB.com and MapQuest just launched an original video series, "Key to the City," hosted by Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre comedian, Matt Fisher, to accompany MapQuest's completely customized content featuring Stadium Guides for all 30 MLB teams. Additionally, MapQuest's editorial team enlisted area travel experts to draft Game-day Guides that provide guidance for travelers and locals to enhance experiences before and after the first pitch.

MLB "Key to the City" Video Series
The original video series, "Key to the City," features new, original custom content for MapQuest's community of travelers and baseball lovers. Upright Citizens Brigade comedian and MLB super fan, Matt Fisher, hosts the new "Key to the City" video series with a unique, 5-minute episode on what to do on game days in big baseball towns. From iconic tourism attractions to local hangouts to hidden gems, the "Key to the City" series highlights the heart of each city with an itinerary best experienced with the industry-first, seamless MapQuest integration.

Feature cities include:
  • Denver: Today, June 10, home to the Colorado Rockies
  • New York City: New York Yankees on Monday, June 16, 2014
  • Los Angeles: Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
  • Chicago: Chicago Cubs on Monday, June 30, 2014
  • Washington, DC: Washington Nationals, Summer 2014
  • Boston: Boston Red Sox, Summer 2014

MLB Stadium Guides
The new "Key to the City" video series complement MapQuest's original baseball stadium Gameday guides, expert editorial created by seasoned journalists who know MLB stadiums and cities inside-and-out. Each of the 30 team-specific Stadium Guides features six chapters:
  • Welcome to the Stadium: History and key information
  • Before the Game: Get to know the best offerings near the stadiums
  • Inside the Stadium: From gluten-free fare to exclusive micro-brews
  • Game on a Budget: When to buy, where to sit and the deals inside
  • Best Bets for Families: Make a child's first-visit memorable or get tips on the best experiences for families
  • After the Game: From celebrating to drowning game-day sorrows, these places are worth the stop

The new content comes on the heels of the MLB.com and MapQuest partnership to deliver MapQuest-powered mapping and directions through an exclusive app-to-app experience within the "MLB.com At the Ballpark" smartphone app, as well as integrated into MLB.com and all 30 MLB team websites. As part of the official partnership, MapQuest created custom-branded MLB team experiences, available within its iOS and Android apps, and developed original MLB content to enhance local experiences.

May 8th 2014

MapQuest at 18

Travel is more fun today, isn't it?

Travel is easier, more intuitive, more fulfilling and just plain better. If you had asked the good people who founded MapQuest in 1996, I think they would have shared that their hope for this -- the pioneer provider of online maps and directions -- would be to do just that: Make travel better.

Nearly two decades later, that's why this MapQuest crew gets out of bed every day. Our teams around the country and partners across the globe spend literally every second on the job working, yes, to improve travel, but also to expand the consumer's idea of how we can help make his or her DAY better.

As consumers, we look for help making 254,800 decisions each year. It's exhausting! Just trying to decide what's for dinner or where to take Fido for a groom can spin the day in a sour direction.

But what if that didn't have to happen? What if MapQuest were there to help with the most remedial decisions required every day?

Friends, that day is here. If you haven't checked out the new MapQuest Local experience launched just last month, that's a good place to start.

  • Taking Timmy to a soccer game and need to have dinner waiting when you get home? Our GrubHub integration allows users to review menus and order online from hundreds of thousands of restaurants nationwide
  • Did your favorite professional hockey players surprise everyone and make it to the second round? SeatGeek may be the answer to finding last-minute tickets.

And don't miss the myriad of other functionalities from booking an appointment and checking your flight status to finding a hotel or making a dinner reservation. It's the beginnings of what we believe will be the best single source of local discovery and experience on the planet.

Though we find the majority of our desktop users appreciate printed directions riding shotgun with them, millions have taken a liking to our free re-imagined navigation apps launched late last year.

Our heralded iOS and Android apps focus on the three most important areas for our consumers:

  • Safety: Our upside-down mode means people don't have to monkey with their phones to navigate the road. Hands on the 10-and-2, and we'll flip things around for you.
  • Accuracy: Nobody in this business offers the plethora of algorithms we do to get people there, even if road conditions change and an alternate route is required. And by the way, we did this before anyone else.
  • Relevancy: For those driving more than a few hours on their trips, the drag-and-drop map icon makes it a synch to find hotel options along the route.

There's a lot to see and do with the new MapQuest these days, and while we hope you'll take a peek at these meaningful offerings, we're not even close to being finished with them. Keep an eye on us these next few months as we continue to roll out features to make the every day better. Because it's what happens AFTER you get there that matters, isn't it?

Feb 28th 2013

MapQuest Ecosystem Expands Through Launch of Travel Blogs

MapQuest has always been great at getting people from point A to B. But what we embraced through the launch of MapQuest Discover last fall is the idea that it's not only about the destination, but that the journey counts just as much.

With that in mind, we're excited to announce today the launch of MapQuest Travel Blogs, and a new iPhone app that allows travelers to easily capture the memories and routes taken on all of their trips. With just a few easy clicks, users can now collect all of their photos, reviews and stories to create a digital memory of their journey.

Features of the app include:

  • On and off-line usage for travelers without cell service or those journeying out of the country beyond their mobile coverage; the mobile blog can be sync'd with the web once a user is back online
  • Privacy settings to allow users to share their blogs on their own terms via social channels or through an individually curated distribution list
  • Those that opt to have their content stay public will be featured in the MapQuest Discover content feed and may be featured across AOL's digital network
  • Coming soon: the option to have your blog printed into a beautiful photo book

Travel Blogs is not just a tool to help users document their recent day trip up the coast or two week cross-country excursion. As part of our library of over 24,000 blogs from Everlater, now part of the MapQuest family, our goal is to help give people valuable and authentic stories that inspire them to set out on their own adventure.

Thinking of planning a trip? Check out some of our favorite blogs so far, Maui in One Week, Culinary Adventures Around the World, East Africa with Amsterdam En Route and Runways and Rails, for ideas and tips on where to set your next course. Happy Travels!

Nov 13th 2012

MapQuest Launches New Travel Tool: MapQuest Discover

Today, MapQuest launched MapQuest Discover, one of several upcoming tools focused on the complete travel experience: discovering, planning, exploring and documenting the places where the map meets life.
This beta release of MapQuest Discover focuses on places, encourages destination discovery, and allows users to create and share collections and photos of favorite places from trips they've taken or planned.

Right now, MapQuest Discover has the following features with more to come:

  • Collections: allows users to create and share their favorite places ("favorite bars" or "cool hikes"), trips they've taken, or their travel bucket list. Collections has a leaderboard that shows who's been to the most places in that collection, encouraging some good-natured bragging.
  • Newsfeed: an infinite scroll of interesting places, popular collections and professional travel guides aimed to inspire. Users can quickly Like a place, mark that they have Been to a place, or add a place to one of their own Collections. Popular collections are influenced by user's favorites and are featured higher in the newsfeed.
  • Passport: serves as a user's profile page and shows all the places they've been, collections created and more.
  • Travel Content: access hundreds of travel guides written by travel experts and inspiring articles about top travel destinations to help make planning even easier.
In addition to launching MapQuest Discover, the team is adding reviews, deals, travel guides and related collections from MapQuest Discover to MapQuest Local pages about states, cities, places, and neighborhoods for more convenient trip planning.

For 16 years, MapQuest has played a big role in helping people navigate the world. Now with MapQuest Discover, MapQuest is not only getting users where they want to go with directions and planning, but also inspiring them to go there in the first place.

To explore MapQuest Discover for yourself check it out here!

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