Atlas Online Travel

A list of the top atlas online travel & an overview of features & drawbacks

atlas online travel

The undisputed king of atlas online travel is Google.  It’s free, easy to use, a robust database, directions, street view, different map types, save & shareable maps, and they’re slowing integrating travel booking into it.

Depending on what you need, you might look elsewhere.  If you will drop a lot of pins, you’ll have to use “layers” since Google limits you to 10/layer.  If you’re looking for a map to represent data, like a heat map, a travel map, or an animated map, Google isn’t going to be your solution.

Mapquest is another major player in atlas online travel.  Some time ago they switched their infrastructure to open source, which means it’s updated by individual contributors.  1,000,000 of them.  This makes their database on par to Google, and potentially more up-to-date since you & I update it, not a company.

It doesn’t have some useful features, like drag-n-drop routes, street view, or photo search, but if you’re looking for Google alternative, check out Mapquest.

atlas online travel
atlas online travel

Disclaimer:  We are OnlineTravelMap, so we’re biased.  If you want an atlas for online travel, OnlineTravelMap, has features like mapping every part of your trip (drives, flights, trains, boats, & walks) on a single map, unlimited pins, and you can attach photos, dates, & trip notes to each pin.  There are enough of other features that you should check out their website for more.  The major drawback is it’s still in development, but you can get early access when it’s available.

Roadtrippers is a great tool for travel planning with heavy emphasis on booking lodging & points of interest through their site.  This is delivered through a combination of a clickable legend with the points of interest grouped by type, like nightlife & landmarks, and through an adjustable radius from the driving route you chose.

These booking options are throughout the site, and sometimes becomes a nuisance because you cannot turn it off.  They also do not allow you to map anything other than places you can drive, which makes sense given the name.

atlas online travel

That’s my quick list.  If you want more options, I put together a list of 20+ sites for atlas online travel.  Enjoy!