How to Measure Walking Distances Using Google Maps

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How to Measure Walking Distances Using Google Maps
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Google has created a useful mapping application that allows you to plug in your location and your destination to obtain lots of information about distance and directions. Google also has a walking feature that can tell you how long your trip will be between two points if you choose to walk. Walking routes that are rendered by Google avoid major roads and use sidewalks. It takes about two minutes to get distance and direction for a walking trip.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Internet connection

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open your browser and go to maps.google.com.

  2. 2

    Hit the "Get Directions" link on the far left side of the page.

  3. 3

    Type the address of your starting point in the field marked with the "A" button. Type the address of your ending pointing in the field marked with the "B" button.

  4. 4

    Click the drop-down box and pick "Walking." Hit the "Get Directions" button. You will get the length of your walking trip on the left side.

  5. 5

    Hit the "Satellite" button at the top right of the map window. This will show you aerial imagery of the route you are mapping. To zoom in and get a closer look at what you are in store for during your walk, use the slider on the left side of the map window. The more you move the slider up, the more details of your route will be shown.

  6. 6

    Hit the "Terrain" button at the top right of the map window. Find the slider on the left side of the map window. Move it up to zoom in on the terrain you will be walking during your trip. The darker the area, the higher the altitude.

  7. 7

    Left-click the little yellow man in the left corner of the map window. Continue to press the left button on your mouse and move him onto a spot on the line, signifying your route on the map. Release your left button when you find a spot that you want to see. A photographic street view of the spot will appear, giving you an idea of what you are in store for during your walk.

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