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  1. MapQuest and MLB.com’s original online video series, “Key to the City,” hosted by Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre comedian Matt Fisher, proudly unveiled it’s “New York Yankees” video today. From Little Italy to 30 Rock, the “Key to the City” series highlights the heart of New York with a Yankees gameday itinerary best experienced with the industry first, seamless MapQuest integration.

    The new “Key to the City” online video series complements MapQuest’s original Gameday Guides, featuring articles created by MapQuest’s editorial team with area travel experts who know MLB ballparks and cities inside-and-out.  Check out http://gameday.mapquest.com/ for more info.

  2. MapQuest Awards 199 Amazon Coins for In-app Purchases 

    DENVER (June 16, 2014) – MapQuest, Inc., today launched a weeklong promotion offering 199 free Amazon Coins, Amazon’s virtual currency used to purchase apps, games and in-app items, to users who download the free MapQuest navigation app within the Amazon Appstore from a Kindle Fire or other Android  device, along with the purchase of an an MLB team kit.

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  3. MapQuest and MLB.com have launched an original online video series, “Key to the City,” hosted by Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre comedian, Matt Fisher, that accompanies MapQuest’s completely customized ballpark content featuring “Gameday Guides” for all 30 MLB teams.

     

    MLB.com “Key to the City” Online Video Series

    The original video series, “Key to the City,” located at gameday.mapquest.com, features new custom content for MapQuest’s community of travelers and baseball fans.  Upright Citizens Brigade comedian and MLB fan, Matt Fisher, hosts the new video series offering a unique, 5-minute episode on what to do on game days in select baseball towns.  From iconic tourism attractions to local hangouts to hidden gems, the “Key to the City” series highlights the heart of each town with an itinerary best experienced with the industry-first, seamless MapQuest integration.

    Feature cities include:

    ·      Denver: Today, Colorado Rockies

    ·      New York City: New York Yankees

    ·      Los Angeles: Los Angeles Dodgers

    ·      Chicago:  Chicago Cubs

    ·      Washington, DC: Washington Nationals

    ·      Boston: Boston Red Sox

     

    MLB Gameday Guides

    The new “Key to the City” online video series complements MapQuest’s original Gameday Guides, featuring articles created by MapQuest’s editorial team with area travel experts who know MLB ballparks and cities inside-and-out.  Each of the Gameday 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 wins to drowning gameday sorrows, these places are worth the stop

    This original content series is part 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.

  4. Just in time for Opening Day, MapQuest and MLB.com announced an official partnership delivering 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.

    The MapQuest integration into the “MLB.com At the Ballpark” app and responsive, mobile-optimized sites now make it easier for fans to find their way to games throughout the 2014 season.  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. MapQuest and MLB.com are also co-creating an original video series for MLB fans and MapQuest users alike, expected to debut in May 2014.

     

    MLB.com + MapQuest Integrations

    MapQuest traffic-influenced rerouting accommodates for game-day traffic to get game-goers there for the first pitch.  Available today, MLB.com and MapQuest’s integrations include:

    MapQuest for iOS and Android Apps:  Super fans can customize their free MapQuest apps by upgrading to a premium team experience for $1.99:

    *   Team Colors and Map Icons: Customized with team’s colors and four logo options

    *   Baseball-themed Progress Bar: Customized industry-first ETAstatus bar with a baseball icon

    *   Field Wallpaper: Background menu image

    *   Team Start Screen: Team loading screen (Android Only)

     

     MLB.com: Optimized experience for mobile with MapQuest-powered mapping and desktop-to-mobile directions from the MLB.com “At the Ballpark iOS and Android apps.

     

    Put some mustard on that app and download your favorite team’s experience.  And if you can’t decide where your loyalty stands, we’ve got 29 more team options to choose from.  Though we’re not taking sides, we do hope our Blake Street Neighbors make a run for Rocktober.

    Click here if your mascot is of the domestic type.

  5. MapQuest Summer Travel Infographic 2012

    MapQuest Summer Travel Infographic 2012

    Sure, MapQuest has long-since been known as the road warrior’s travel companion, offering accurate maps and directions to hurried, adventurous and seasonal travelers.  But we happen to know you want more from this relationship.  In fact, we’ve spent a lot of time getting to know just what you’re searching for this summer with our latest infographic.

    For instance, we know a lot of you love national parks, so we created parks.mapquest.com as a completely devoted resource for information on the 58 U.S. national parks.  Many of you visit these iconic destinations for overnight trips between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and even more of you stop at them along the way — called via points — the most popular being Yellowstone.

    If you’re not planning on taking a trip across the country, MapQuest can also help you plan a backyard escape that takes only an afternoon. Last summer, we helped more than nine million people find a nearby place to get ice cream.  What more could you want in the summer than easy-to-follow directions to a sundae?

    While we can’t lower the high gas prices, we can tell you where the least expensive places to fuel up are.   Gasprices.mapquest.com shares where to find the cheapest gas near you; so, if you do go to the Grand Canyon, you can make the trip there 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, so you can get more out of the summer season.  Because after all, life’s about the journey, right?

  6. 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.

  7. As you may have read in our National Parks post, we here at MapQuest are an active bunch.  We love the outdoors.  We keep busy with hikes and bikes and exploring our neighborhoods.  And because of this, we also know the value of a good pair of shoes or, conversely, we know what we love to do would be so hard to do shoeless.   Today is the TOMS “One Day Without Shoes.”   It’s one, big national pledge to go barefoot and raise awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life.

    You can help MapQuest and AOL reach the goal of spreading the One Day Without Shoes message to 1,000,000 people by taking one (or more) of the following actions:

    To thank those who are getting footloose, AOL will be awarding 100 $50 TOMS gift cards to random winners.  See official rules here.

    We hope by taking off our own, you’ll do the same!

  8. MapQuest Vibe kicks off the “Colorado Ranch” in Austin today with an exclusive hangout for industry influencers during SXSW Interactive.  Along with Forkly, Flixmaster, Roximity and Napkin Labs – all fellow, innovative Colorado tech companies – the Ranch welcomes hundreds of tech-heads looking to plug in, recharge, and take in Austin’s BBQ, beer and local bands. MapQuest Vibe provides a “shortcut to becoming a local” to all Austinites and SXSWers by highlighting top activities, restaurants and neighborhoods in the Austin area.  Actually, mqVibe provides this great neighborhood context in 50,000 neighborhoods and 30,000 cities, but we just thought we’d do something special in Austin this week.  Have you tried the mqVibe iPhone app?

    mqVibe at SXSW

    Colorado Ranch at SXSW mqVibe Team Enjoying Austin BBQ, beer and bands

    Colorado Ranch House Music

    Colorado Ranch House - Austin Band


  9. Jeremy Tanner and Jon McMahon give SXSW Street Team supplies a whirl.

    We’re packing up to head to Austin for SXSW later this week.  T-shirts, stickers, a bike to get around on and water bottles to keep us hydrated. Is there anything we’re forgetting?  Oh, it’s going to rain you say?  We’ve also got some splashy new cowboy hats to keep the water out of our eyes.
    We’ll be keeping track of what’s going on using Sched.org (more than 7,000 official and not-so-official events with more posted every day) and checking out the best of Austin on mqVibe.com.  Are you heading to SXSW?  Download our app to find out where we’ll be throughout the festival — giving away cowboy boots, Austin beer and fantastic BBQ, among other things.


    Jeremy Tanner holding some of the SXSW giveaway goodies!

  10. Biking, hiking, running – no matter your sport, summer is the time to take advantage!  With today’s average gym membership setting you back at least $50 a month and even as much as $150 in cities like New York, why not take advantage of nature’s free gym and bring your fitness routine outdoors?

    MapQuest offers more than driving directions, with several free features that double up as workout tools to meet the need to mix it up!  The features below offer great ideas to keep a workout fresh by mapping out new routes before you plan the next walk, run, hike or bike.

    • MapQuest app: Available on the iPhone and Android, this free app includes voice-guided, turn-by-turn walking directions, as well as a voice search option.
    • Hit the pavement or dirt: “Pedestrian Mode” directions guide you down the most efficient paths and through parks, often avoiding vehicular traffic. To use the feature, visit mapquest.com and click “get directions,” select the “walking man” icon and enter your start and finish destinations. Plan ahead, lather up with sunscreen and drink plenty of liquids!

    From city cruising to mountain biking: Available on MapQuest’s Open Street Map, options allow you to choose paved streets or trails and paths, as well as the ability to challenge yourself with a “favor uphill” route or the leisurely “avoid uphill” setting.  Biking routes favor bike-specific paths, walkways and roads where the max speed is less than 30 mph.  The 27 country-specific open sites are available in 14 language options.  Don’t forget your helmet!