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  1. 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?

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. MapQuest Sweepstakes - Win a Vespa Scooter!Late last week, we announced the launch of MapQuest Vibe, a new site that’s all about helping you find the best neighborhoods and the most popular restaurants, shopping, and spas within them.  What could make this announcement even better? Why, free stuff, of course! So, we’re giving away the ultimate neighborhood vehicles: Vespa scooters, cruiser bikes and longboards.

    Just go to sweeps.mapquest.com to enter.  It’s a 42-day sweepstakes with a new winner every day so come back daily.  We’re announcing the daily winners on the sweeps site, so keep a look out for your name!  Chris D. of Denver was our first winner – I can only assume he’s already having sweet dreams of riding his new Vespa through all the Mile High neighborhoods.

    Here’s a hint: You can earn up to 24 extra entries per day (yes, that’s more than 1,000 extra entries in total).  After you enter, just look for the 2 options: click to go to mqVibe.com (it’s that easy) or share with friends so they can enter, too.

    So, what neighborhoods would you explore on your new ride?

  5. 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!

  6. According to BlogPulse, there are now 163MM public blogs in existence, with 67K started in just the past 24 hours. That’s a lot of people with a lot of things to say. We’re at BlogWorld for the next few days talking with many of these folks about where the industry is now and where it’s headed.

    If you’re planning to attend BlogWorld as well, we’d love to see you. Just stop by our booth (#503). We’ll have a free t-shirt for you (while supplies last of course) and you’ll also have the chance to take a quick poll to enter to win a $500 VISA® Gift Card. The poll is meant to educate us – we want to know exactly what map and location-based services bloggers and publishers are truly looking for. We have some great tools available now for bloggers, publishers and more – check them out on our MapQuest tools site – but we want to continue to better these and also create new products. As an example, you can see a great use of our most recent tool, MapQuest Map Builder BETA, on AOL’s Monster Help Day website or see the embedded map below.

    If you’re not attending the conference, we still want to hear your feedback. If you contribute to the blogosphere or editorial realm in anyway, take our poll now and you’ll have the chance to win too!

    To get updates live from the show, follow us on @MapQuestTech.

  7. We’re in the business of helping people.  Period. That’s actually the first of six core values for AOL and we take it pretty seriously.  Today marks our 2nd annual AOL Monster Help Day, a company-wide day of service for all employees worldwide.  Nashville will be volunteering at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Chicago’s headed to the Ronald McDonald House and Dublin is off to the Turvey Nature Reserve.  If you want to see where all of the AOL offices are volunteering, check out AOL’s Monster Help Day site for a map, the volunteer organizations and live tweets!

    MapQuest actually dedicates several days a year to contributing back to our local communities. For this year’s Monster Help Day, we’ve teamed up with Denver Mayor Guillermo (Bill) V. Vidal and the Mile High Million to plant 40 trees in downtown Denver.  He’s even proclaimed today, “AOL Monster Help Day”!  In Lancaster, we’ll be headed outdoors as well, cleaning up trails and planting flowers for Lancaster County Department of Parks and Rec.  We’re psyched to get our hands dirty (literally – have you seen the weather predictions?) and give back to our local community!  Stay tuned to our Flickr gallery for pictures of the event!

  8. T-shirt Tuesday at MapQuestIf you’ve ever visited a MapQuest office, you know you’re guaranteed to see several funny, hipster-iffic, quirky T-shirts on any given day.  We took this as an inspiration and decided to make it official:  Every Tuesday at the MapQuest offices is now T-shirt Tuesday.  We’re breaking out our Three Wolf Moon shirts, Threadless shirts, thrift store treasures, old and crazy freebies, and anything else we get a kick out of.  Check out our Facebook page or our Flickr gallery to see some examples of some of the quality tees we sported this week and stay tuned as we add more in the upcoming weeks.  Got your own sweet tee?  Share it with us on Facebook!

  9. Common Area in MapQuest's New, Green Office

    What better way to celebrate a birthday than a brand new office?  Our new 17,000-square-foot green office space in Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo) brings the best of both worlds with raw materials and contemporary design.  The open space, lack of actual offices and countless collaboration areas gives the space a start-up, inspiring vibe.  The energy is palpable.

    IA Interior Architects worked with us to create the amazing new space.  The office combines green, raw materials with more modern elements like metal, glass and recycled materials from local resources. The end result is that of a highly sustainable, beautiful place to work.

    Some of our favorite aspects of the new diggs include: the open environment, patio over-looking the 16th Street Mall (Denver’s pedestrian mall), poker and ping pong tables, huge windows, exposed concrete floors, countless flat screen tvs and just the overall energy that radiates from the space.

    The ability to host community events is another great element of the new space.  The Denver-Boulder area is known as one of the fastest growing tech hubs and we can now host events to help foster this group.  After all, it wouldn’t be fair to keep this inspiring space to ourselves.

    If you want to see more photos, head to our Flickr gallery.

    The Entryway of MapQuest's New, Green Office

    Meeting area in MapQuest's New, Green Office

    Kitchen in MapQuest's New, Green Office

  10. 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.