Attractions and points of interest

May 8, 2017

Internet gives everyone access to wealth of information about every attraction and point of interest imaginable. There are even websites that specialize in collecting, curating and rating various attractions. Furkot indexes various Internet resources to show you what attractions are available along your route. When planing your trip you can use the Find drawer to add points of interest to your itinerary.

Below you will find a list of categories, subcategories and websites that Furkot uses to collect attractions data. If you know of any that is not yet on our list make sure to let us know.

Adding attractions to your trip is easy. Open the Find drawer, select one or more category of the attractions you want to see on your trip and Furkot will display places over the map, around the selected stop or along the route according to your search preferences. Furkot will display the list of matching attraction both in the list and on the map. You can click on the map icon, or you can select the attraction from the list to add it to your trip.

A point of interest can belong to one of the following broad 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.

Each category is divided into several subcategories that you can use to further narrow down or expand your search. Furkot also allows you to restrict the places to see to a specific website. You can select multiple categories and subcategories and multiple websites. So you can look for jeeping roads and motorcycle rides from both EveryTrail and Motor Vehicle Use Maps at the same time.

Find drawer

Museums and man-made structures

If you are interested in history and architecture, this is a category to check to find museums and historical sites, monuments and landmarks, courtesy of Wikipedia, Atlas Obscura, and Fodor's Travel among others.

Parks and natural features

Nature lovers will find plenty here: national and state parks, mountains, and lakes, rivers and hot springs, provided by Wikipedia and, in the United States, Recreation.gov.

We also include recent and on-going fire incidents here as fire is undoubtedly a natural phenomenon. But we do not advise adding them to your trip to visit; on the contrary, we recommend checking the incidents prior to going on the trip, especially in fire prone areas, to know which places to avoid. Fire incidents are tracked by InciWeb maintained by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group and limited to the area of the United States.

Outdoor sports and activities

Be it hiking, biking, climbing, snowshoeing, or skiing - whatever your outdoor activity Furkot can help you find a suitable trail from the vast repository collected by EveryTrail in addition to over 19000 peaks, rocks and climbing routes from SummitPost, and bike tracks from MBPost.

Are you after fresh powder? Or maybe shredding corduroy is your thing? Trees or bowls? Skis or snowboard? Regardless of the answer, you can use Furkot to find ski resorts - courtesy of EpicSki Liftopia. And, if you are looking for inspiration for the winter, take a peek at the week long ski trip to Colorado.

Beach and water recreation

Drive and dive with Furkot. If your car resembles ours, you can't drive on water. But Furkot has hundreds shore diving sites to choose from, and we can route you to the closest dry land point for those spots that do require a boat ride. Our dive site provider list includes Dive Spots, ShoreDiving.com and Recreation.gov. Keep your tanks full and don't forget to breathe.

If you prefer to stay on top of the waves, hit one of the surf spots from wannaSurf.

Quiet relaxing day on the beach? No problem - Furkot will show you beaches and swimming sites.

Scenic byways and backroads

When traveling for pleasure one almost always prefers to follow scenic roads instead of bland highways. Luckily there are organizations and communities devoted to maintaining collections of interesting byways and backroads.

Federal Highway Administration and USDA Forest Service funds programs that promote scenic roads in the United States to the public. The government agencies may not focus on the end-user convenience or even close the programs altogether but the collected data is by law released into the public domain and Furkot can freely draw on it to show America's Scenic Byways and forest roads on the Motor Vehicle Use Maps.

Motorcyclists rely on communities actively collecting, rating and exchanging information about interesting roads to ride. We picked MotorcycleRoads.com, BestBikingRoads.com, and MotorcycleRoads.US to offer a comprehensive selection to riders planning their trips on Furkot.

Whether you drive a car or ride a motorbike, you can publish your trip for the benefit of the Furkot community and see what trips fellow users planned.

Even when you don't have time to take a slower backroad, Furkot draws on Recreation.gov, Fodor's Travel and Foursquare to help you find a scenic overlook or a vista point to take a break and admire the view.

Unpaved roads and off-road trails

The more adventurous travelers equipped with a jeep, a dirt bike or an ATV can even take an unpaved road or go off-road entirely courtesy of EveryTrail, Recreation.gov and Motor Vehicle Use Maps.

Everything else

Not all points of interest fall into a neat category. From curiosities from Atlas Obscura to places recommended by Foursquare to backpacking trips recorded on EveryTrail, you'll find odds and ends here.

My other trips, routes and tracks

Sometimes you might not even need Internet to give you the list of attractions. Furkot helps you build, maintain and reuse your own cache of favorites. You can merge together multiple trips planned on Furkot or you can pick stops and routes from your past trips.

You can also upload files directly into the Find drawer either from your computer harddrive or from websites that provide data in one of the file format supported by Furkot.

If you don't find the place in the list of attractions displayed in the Find drawer, you can still add it to the trip using the Add new stop button. The place name or address don't have to be exact: once you start typing Furkot will look for the matching places.