Corvette Road Trip
Traveling America's Roads in America's Sports Car

Finding your way may be the most dynamic aspect of travel today. There was a time when you went to the gas station and they gave you a map, for free. We still have maps. Now we have GPS and GPS comes on an ever increasing number of devices. And don't forget your nose. We have used all three with varying degrees of success. Sometimes we get unexpected results. We have the factory GPS in our C6, a portable GPS for our ZR-1 and have even used it in our '65. For maps, I like a map book and have one in each car. The nice thing about the map book is that all 50 states are represented along with details for the larger cities. This is all compact and you don't even have to master the skill of map folding.

AS we enter a state, if there is a visitor's center, often abbreviated as VIC, for Visitor's Information Center, we will stop and see if there are local maps and official state maps. Having a map for the state often shows more detail than the map book and can at times, show roads that are not in the GPS.

Some of us find this technology to be the single greatest scientific advancement ever invented by man. Yes, I am one of the directionally challenged individuals. But, there are times when I enjoy being lost or a least discovering new places. For me, GPS is best to track down a specific location or to give me an ETA to my destination. I have found difficulties where the GPS will take you through the heart of a city when going around would be better. Sometimes, the shortest route involves travel through congested residential areas where again, a route around the area may be more miles but less time.

If you are looking to purchase a GPS, look for one that permits you to enter multiple waypoints. This feature gives you the ability to direct the GPS to take you from your starting point to your final destination via a series of waypoints. Since most GPS systems give you either a FAST or SHORT option, multiple waypoints gives you the option to go by way of a place you wish to visit, stop at, or simply pass through.

Maps may seem old school but they have some advantages. They need no power source, no signal source and you can see the “big picture” quite easily. Plus, they are very easy to annotate, just get a pencil, pen or Hi-Liter and you can note where to go, where you are and where you’ve been. Although free maps are no longer available in service station, most of the state’s Departments of Tourism will provide you with the latest official state map free of charge. I always carry a map book because it has no only all the states in a compact space, but there are details of many of the metropolitan areas.

Sites like MapQuest, GoogleMaps, Yahoo Maps and Rand McNally have varying features but most will give you simple, reasonably accurate directions from point A to point B. I have found that Google Maps is one of the most flexible sites. You can put in multiple destinations, markers and one of the best features, you can drag the route on the map to take specific roads or to go through a specific place. This gives you a powerful way to preplan a trip and quickly see a “what if” option.
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