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  1. To help you find places easier, we’ve enhanced Search on our Map Toolbar with new categories and a more intuitive user-interface with six new category icons and relevant business categories in the drop-down menu that include:

    1. Lodging: Hotels & Motels and Campgrounds
    2. Restaurants & Bars: Coffee and Fast Food
    3. Travel Services: Airports, Gas Stations, Parking
    4. Shopping: Retail Apparel, Grocery Stores, Florists
    5. Activities: Tourist Attractions, Museums, Casinos, Parks
    6. Local Services: Schools, Pharmacies, Post Offices

    We improved our Map Toolbar so it’s quicker to use and has your primary search needs in mind. We removed the rotating carousel of categories, so you can expect to find each icon, such as the Restaurant “fork-and-knife” in the same position each time. We also recognize that you have a wide array of restaurants choices, so we expanded the ability to search for restaurants by a certain restaurant type or cuisine to help you narrow your appetite needs.

    Search for restaurants and bars on MapQuest Map Toolbar

    Here’s another helpful tip for your next road trip: To find the cheapest gas along your route and a rest area about halfway along through the trip, just enter your starting and ending destinations, click on the Gas Stations and Rest Area icons under Travel Services, and we’ll suggest where to stop along the way.

    MapQuest directions with gas stations and rest areas along the route

    We’d love to hear your feedback and find out how this feature helps your trip planning needs!

    P.S. If you’re a business owner and want to ensure that your business is included in the search results for a specific category, check out our Local Business Center blog post on SEO Tips and the “Categories” feature!

  2. Whether you’re looking forward to Valentine’s Day or dreading it, MapQuest has a fun new way to help out.

    Through February 15, you’ll find two love-related icons in the map toolbar (which lets you search for nearby businesses with one click). Click on the heart icon to find the most romantic restaurants in town. Or click on the broken heart icon to find the perfect break-up spots.

    Either way, it’s the perfect way to let your Valentine know exactly where your heart stands.

    Most Romantic Restaurants and Best Break Up Spots on MapQuest

    These “love ‘em or leave ‘em” locations were selected by the savvy editors of AOL City’s Best, serving the nation’s top cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas / Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, the Twin Cities and Washington D.C.

    We hope you’ll get a kick out of our temporary Valentine’s Day-inspired logo. And if you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see added to the toolbar in the future, let us know. We’d love to hear your ideas.

  3. Let’s start off with a big bear hug to all of you loyal MapQuest fans—we ♥ you!  We’re listening to your feedback about the new site and appreciate your emails and support!

    We figure this is a great time to start sharing tips and tricks, so you can become one of our power users:

    Direction Hints in MapQuest Directions

    Direction Hints

    Direction Hints – (pictured right) Keep an eye out for the new direction hints in our driving directions.  They’ll help you anticipate upcoming turns and recognize if you’ve gone too far.

    Live Traffic – Keep yourself out of a jam with our Live Traffic info. It’s updated every 5 minutes, with great coverage for highways and local roads. Remember, you can click on incident and construction icons for more details.

    Hide Steps in Printed Directions - (pictured below) Want to simplify driving directions in your neighborhood? Now you can hide steps on your printed directions. Once you have a map or directions, click the “Print” button in the upper left corner, then click “Hide Row” to only print out the steps you really need.

    Hide Steps in MapQuest Printed Directions

    Hide Steps in Printed Directions

    MapQuest Map Toolbar

    MapQuest Toolbar

    Mouse Right-Click on Map – Want to pinpoint someplace without an address—like a picnic spot in a large park, or one of those hard-to-find soccer fields? You can mouse right-click on the map and we’ll return an approximate address or latitude/longitude coordinates for that location. Then you can save it to your My Maps and share it with others.

    Map Toolbar - (pictured left) It’s easy to find businesses around you (or along the way) with the Map Toolbar. Try using our suggested categories or enter whatever you’re looking for in the search field.

    We’ll share more tips soon. In the meanwhile, consider yourself “in the know” and pass it on!

  4. The new MapQuest is still new to many of you, so I wanted to share a few tips to get you started.  The first thing you’ll see is that we combined all of the address fields into just one box.  Now you can type in anything from a full address (ex. 555 17th St, Denver, CO) to a landmark (ex. Disneyland).  Want to learn more about one box search?  Go to the Maps & Search page on our MapQuest Features site.

    MapQuest One Box Search

    One box search isn’t the only thing we want to tell you about.  Try out some of these helpful features:

    • The Map Toolbar – 1-click to find restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, etc right on your map
    • My Maps – Create a map with of favorite restaurants or your weekend road trip and then save it or share it to Facebook® or Twitter
    • Print & Send – More ways to customize your printed map or just skip the print and send it to your email, mobile phone or car

    You can also check out our Take a Tour video (below) or read about features one at a time.  These both review the basics like getting directions and also show you some new features that are definitely worth trying out.

    We hope you try out the new MapQuest – www.new.mapquest.com – and let us know what you think!  We love hearing from you – good or bad, nice or ornery, funny or not-so-funny ;-).  Let us know if you can’t find what you’re looking for and we’ll do our very best to make it right.

    Hope you enjoy the New MapQuest!

  5. If you’ve read our blog recently, you’ll know that we launched a New MapQuest site just a few weeks ago.  We’ve gotten some great feedback already – including suggestions on how we can make it even better.  We’ve taken this feedback and made some changes.  Here’s the most noteworthy:

    Full Map View
    You asked us for more map and now we have it!  With the recent update, you can now collapse the left pane to view a map that’s as wide as your browser window.  This is a great option for those of you that are visual and like to see as much map as possible.

    Full Map View of MapQuest Map

    Zoom via Mouse Scroll
    Another common request was the ability to zoom the map via your mouse and now you can!  In other words, next time you’re on MapQuest, hover your mouse over the map and use the scroll wheel of the mouse to zoom in or out.  We like to think of the map as your canvas so it’s great to hear that so many of you want to interact with it!

    In addition to these enhancements, we also made some other minor changes to features based on your feedback and fixed a few errors reported by you as well.  As I hope you can see, we really are listening and hope you’ll continue to give us feedback!  We want to hear what you like and what you think we can do better.

    For those of you that haven’t checked out the new site yet, I hope you take a second to give it a spin.  It’s available now at new.mapquest.com.

  6. Every year Mother’s Day sneaks up on me and I often find myself scrambling to come up with something nice to bring to my mom. With people like me in mind, we are making it incredibly easy for everyone to find flowers this Mother’s Day weekend; we’ve added a Flower Shops icon to our Search Toolbar. This tool lets you order flowers in advance or simply stop by on Sunday.

    For example, my mom is in town so I got directions to the restaurant we’re headed to for brunch and then clicked on the Flower Shops icon to find a place to stop by on the way. I found a shop that was convenient for me, added it to my route and printed the directions to use this weekend.

    Flower Shops Displayed on a MapQuest Map

    You can also use the tool if your mom’s in another city. Simply get a map of her home address and click on the Flower Shops icon to find her local florists. You can even click thru to the flower shop’s website or find the phone number right from the info bubble of the flower shop you select.

    I hope this tip helps you celebrate with your mom this weekend. Happy Mother’s Day!