Proceed as follows to create your own routes with detours and defined stopovers with Google My Maps:
- Open Google My Maps: Go to https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/ and log in with your Google account.
- Create Map: Click Create Map and enter a name and description for the map.
- Add Places: Click the Add Place icon and search for a place or enter the address of the place you want to add. You can also add multiple locations at once by uploading a CSV file (e.g. from your Outlook contacts).
- Editing Places: You can edit any place on the map by clicking the edit icon and changing information such as the name, description and icon.
- Adding lines and shapes: You can add lines and shapes on the map by clicking on the “Add line or shape” icon and drawing a line or shape.
Google My Maps also offers features such as adding images, videos and links to places, embedding maps in websites and exporting maps as KML files (KML = Keyhole Markup Language). In my example, I have set a route from “Buchholz in der Nordheide” to “Hamburg-Downtown“. Stopovers at relevant points can easily be integrated as intermediate destinations, or you can simply change the route by dragging the route line.
PS: As you can see in the picture, no one who is even halfway familiar would drive, but it is easy to create your own route in Google My Maps. The whole thing also works via Google Earth 3D.
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