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  1. Apr 26, 2011

    Oh, What a Night!

    MapQuest 15th Anniversary Celebration

    (Photo by Chris Schneider)

    MapQuest blew out its birthday candles last night to celebrate the big 15!  We celebrated in style with a party to christen our new office headquarters in lower downtown Denver.  Some of our closest friends came by to help celebrate with more than 250 guests stopping by to share some birthday love with us!

    We kicked things off with remarks from key AOL executives including Jon Brod, president of AOL Ventures and chief operating officer of the Huffington Post Media Group, Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief Huffington Post Media Group, and Denver Mayor Bill Vidal.  Other speakers at the event included Kelly Brough, Denver Chamber of Commerce, Tami Door, Downtown Denver Partnership and Richard Scharf of VISIT DENVER.

    As part of the 15th anniversary milestone and celebration, we debuted our new office.  Our 17,000-square-foot space combines raw materials with a contemporary design to deliver a start-up feeling.  There are no actual offices, encouraging real-time dialogue, problem-solving and creativity. IA Interior Architects did an amazing job, helping to bring our new identity to life within the walls. Stay tuned later this week for more photos and information about our new space.

    If you’d like to hear more, head to our Flickr gallery for more photos of the party or watch the video recap of the press conference.

  2. MapQuest celebrates its 15th Anniversary with our street team in Denver, CO

    MapQuest Street Team in Denver, CO

    MapQuest hit the streets over lunch today along downtown Denver’s 16th Street pedestrian mall to celebrate its 15th anniversary.  Our street team, outfitted in MapQuest gear, spread good cheer and provided a free service to people in need of directions.  Of course, we were also dishing out free MapQuest giveaways from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  The anniversary celebrations continued downtown in LoDo (Lower Downtown) in MapQuest’s new headquarter office.  Earlier this morning, we stopped by Denver media offices  to share some “Questi Cakes,” the preferred breakfast of MapQuest employees.  Crews took a break and enjoyed some the treats from local bakery/dessert shop, Happy Cakes.

    MapQuest visits Fox News in Denver, CO to celebrate its 15th anniversary

    MapQuest visits Fox News for its 15th anniversary

    Tonight more than 240 guests will arrive at MapQuest’s new headquarters for an event including a press conference with AOL’s Huffington Media Post Group key executives Arianna Huffington and Jon Brod.  Joining them will be some of Denver’s key business elite and local influencers including Denver Mayor Bill Vidal.   Following the press conference, guests will able to explore the new space, network and relax with a MapQuest branded beverage.

    Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr to get real-time updates and photos of this week’s festivities and more!

  3. MapQuest, helps drivers find the lowest prices on gas in their hometowns, near the office or just out for errands.  According to INRIX, drivers are experiencing an average 10 percent increase in travel times*, news that comes on the heels of the U.S. Energy Department’s projection for continued increase in gas prices through the spring and summer**.  MapQuest helps drivers keep an eye on fuel costs and the lowest gas prices within a searched area with tools found at gasprices.mapquest.com.

    Find the Lowest Prices on Gas
    MapQuest’s gas pricing tool is quick and easy to use.  At gasprices.mapquest.com, simply select a city and state or type in a zip code to find the lowest-priced gas in that area.  Additional specifications can be made such as alternative fuel stations or different fuel grades, as well as sorting stations by distance or price.  To use the gas consumption calculator at the top of the map, drivers must enter their total trip distance, miles per gallon, and the cost per gallon.

    Additional tools on MapQuest.com may help consumers plan more effectively with replacement options, including:

    • Alternate Routes: This tool offers between three and five alternative route options that may provide a more efficient route or that may lead drivers by gas stations offering lower prices.
    • Map Toolbar:  Perhaps a lunch-break trip to the convenience store may save the gas it would take to drive there on the way home.  The business locator, found on the map toolbar, pinpoints businesses in the searched area pertaining to a specific need or interest.
    • Pedestrian Routing:  Running those errands can be even easier with simple pedestrian directions from MapQuest.  The new nationwide pedestrian mode allows walking travelers to be routed down one-way streets, pedestrian malls, through parks and along designated paths.
    • Transit Routing: Additionally, a new rail transit option links the pedestrian mode with public rail transportation routing in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Boston, reaching roughly 90 percent of the nation’s rail ridership.***

    *Fourth Annual INRIX National Traffic Scorecard, March 8, 2011

    **U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Energy Information Administration, March 9, 2011

    ***American Public Transportation Association

  4. MapQuest Play-by-Play Football DirectionsMapQuest opens its football playbook this year with ‘Play-by-Play’ directions to your Big Game celebrations.  Whether you’re bellying up at your favorite sports bar or waist-deep in wings in your best buddy’s mancave, drop these directions into the invitation to make sure your team shows up on time.

    To turn on Play-by-Play directions, click on the flag drop-down menu in the upper-right-hand corner and select the football with a green background.  Then, get your directions like you normally would — on the far left underneath the MapQuest logo. Don’t forget to show your true colors, just like Questi, seen here rocking some serious spirit with a home team (MapQuest, that is) football helmet.

    Finally, type in your kickoff (start) and (end) zone locations, and let Play-by-Play bring you straight to the posts.

    MapQuest Play-by-Play Football Directions Drop-down Menu

    For those who don’t yet have plans, MapQuest’s “My Maps” feature City’s Best recommendations in the nation’s top cities including: 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. .  Find everything from Big Game beer selection to athletic-sized appetizers.

  5. At a CES 2011 keynote, Ford announced its electric vehicle, as well as our partnership with them on the new MyFord Mobile app, which will allow Focus Electric drivers to make safe and smart-trip planning decisions. Using the features powered by MapQuest, drivers of the new vehicles will be able to:

    • Locate charging stations and get the destination sent to the vehicle
    • Know if the vehicle can reach a specific charge station with the current charge level, and if not, it will make recommendations on how to drive more efficiently to get there
    • Create a journey or itinerary with multiple stops — and be informed of the likelihood the car has adequate charge for the full trip
    • Find the car by creating a route from a mobile phone to the vehicle.

    Service is expected in conjunction with Ford’s electric vehicle (EV) launch in late 2011.

    The MyFord Mobile app uses MapQuest to find charging stations.  (Credit: Ford)

  6. We don’t have David Letterman on staff at MapQuest or an office house band, but with a December of daily giveaways, we’ve definitely been thinking of the top 10 ways we would use free gas for a year. Our ideas may not make the list of most PRACTICAL ways to travel 12,000 miles (average miles driven annually), but they do a good job of showing just how far free gas for a year can go!

    10. Tired of your friend with the Toyota Prius telling you how much they save on gas every year? Turn the tables and have you behind the wheel by winning free gas for a year.

    9. There is a 50 percent chance you live within 50 miles of where you grew up. Dust off those childhood memories by driving back to where you grew up … some 240 times next year.

    8. Stressed about driving that gas-guzzling SUV to the mountains for a day of skiing? Drive worry-free from San Francisco to Tahoe 60 times.

    7. You’re never too old for Disney World®. Take a road trip with your friends or family across the southern U.S., driving from Disneyland® (Calif.) to Disney World (Fla.) nearly six times. High-fiving Mickey has never been this easy.

    6. No amount of gas can send you back in time unless you mean reliving the ‘60s and ‘70s by driving from Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco to the phoenix of CBGB in New York City, twice in 2011. Rock on!

    5. From Yellowstone to Acadia, the U.S. proudly protects 58 national parks. Spend your year of free gas driving to see them all.

    4. Road Trip of Dreams. Start at the famous 1988 Hollywood movie site of Field of Dreams and travel to the five most popular baseball stadiums: Fenway, Yankee, Target, Wrigley and Camden Yards. Wasn’t enough the first time? If you win free gas, you can go five more!

    3. On average, houses in the U.S. are 20 feet apart. This means you could drive from your garage to your neighbor’s 3 million times or, for those weekend warriors, maybe use the trips to the home-improvement store instead.

    2. The farthest distance between two McDonald’s restaurants in the contiguous 48 states is 145 driving miles. With 12,000 miles of free gas you could drive between the two more than 80 times.  McRib® is calling!

    1. A mailman walks more than six miles daily and the average UPS® truck driver covers 500 miles a day.  Help your local delivery people carpool when delivering holiday packages for the rest of the year! That is a ton of mail.  Literally.

    Do you have a way you can use free gas for a year? Share it with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter using the hashtag #FreeGas.

    *NOTE: Sources used for the above information include Dumbfacts.com, Examiner.com and Chacha.com.