Finding points of interest

11/9/2015

You don't go on a road trip just to drive from one place to another. Well, may be you do, but it never hurts to check what's hiding along your route. And we are not talking about the biggest ball of twine. Or the biggest chair. Or the biggest telescope.

Furkot can help you locate hiking trails, diving spots, biking routes, ski resorts. It plugs into Wikipedia to find places. It uses Foursquare to uncover parks and other outdoors spots. All those goodies are located in the Find drawer: open it and start playing.

Furkot shows attractions over the entire map, around the selected stop or along the route. If you see clusters of pins just zoom and pan to scan the attractions. You can zoom and pan with the Find drawer open.

Find drawer

Upper row of buttons in the Find drawer represents categories:

Museums and man-made structures
Parks and natural features
Outdoor sports and activities
Beach and water recreation
Scenic byways and backroads
Unpaved roads and off-road trails
Everything else
My other trips, routes and tracks

To the right of the categories are the maybe , the search , and the sort buttons. The maybe button will add all displayed points of interest as skipped stops to your trip. The search button allows you to choose between searching the entire map, around the selected stop or along the route. The sort button helps putting results in order.

The row below divides places further into subcategories. The bottom of the Find drawer displays information sources (EveryTrail, Wikipedia, Recreation.gov etc.) - you can select multiple categories and subcategories and multiple sources. So you can look for hiking trails and biking trails from both EveryTrail and MBPost at the same time.

Once you find an attraction (hike, museum, byway etc.) that seems interesting press the Stop button to add it to the trip. Don't worry about adding too many: you can skip the ones that you are not sure about later. Or you can add them as skipped stops using the Maybe button. Skipped stops remain on the map, displayed in gray , but are not taken into account when calculating the route. By skipping and re-adding stops you can play with several variants of your trip.

All stops that you add from the Find drawer will have a button that would take you to the original website of the attraction. For example if you add a hiking trail from EveryTrail, your stop will display an icon , clicking on which will take you to the EveryTrail website with the detailed description of the hike.

If the attraction you are looking for doesn't fall into one of Furkot's categories, you can always find it by name. Click on the new stop button in the Plan drawer and just start entering the name (Central Park, Modern Art Museum etc.). It helps if the map shows the area around the attraction. If Furkot can identify the place (by the power of Google), a new stop gets added to the trip with the proper address and a link to the place info.