Navigation is not my strong suit. I’m usually the driver so I have little experience with the use of the Garmin GPS device in the car or any of the map apps on my phone. Sure I’ve used several of these apps and can manage with Google Maps, but that’s about all I do…manage, with lots of missteps along the way.
When traveling to a city, it’s not just driving from point A to point B that requires navigation, but moving about an unfamiliar city also requires the use of a map, and this is a problem. How do I get from the hotel to Ford’s Theater? What’s the best way to get to the Department of Interior museum? How do I get to a particular restaurant?
How is this map useful?
The answer…HopStop. This app provides directions for walking and driving as well as using public transportation in eleven U.S. cities and Moscow (why Moscow of all places?). But what makes this app perfect is that it provides written directions, not just maps. Yes, there’s a map option for those who prefer following the path on a map, but I’m much more successful with written step by step directions with just a quick peek at the map.
Not only does it provide turn by turn directions, but it also includes estimated times.
You can even compare routes and times. Should you walk? Take the bus? Ride the metro?
There’s even live updates on delays.
HopStop is the must have app for traveling in Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Fairfax, Los Angeles, New York, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, or Washington, DC.
And did I mention it’s free?