Finding points of interest

July 1, 2019

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,
Events and entertainment,
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.

Adding points of interest to a trip as skipped stops in bulk is an exclusive benefit offered to Furkot Pass holders.

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

You can find the list of all attractions and points of interests currently supported by Furkot here. And, if Furkot doesn't offer the type of attraction you are looking for, you can also upload files directly into the Find drawer. POI Factory is a good source of points of interest in formats that Furkot can handle.

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 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 AllTrails, your stop will display its icon, clicking on which will take you to the AllTrails 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 add it using its name or address. Click on the new stop button in the Plan drawer and start entering the name (Central Park, Modern Art Museum etc.) or address. It helps if the map shows the area around the attraction. If Furkot can identify the place (by the power of geocoding), a new stop gets added to the trip with the proper address.