The last thing I want to hear from someone is “I would have planned a pub crawl, but I couldn’t figure out how to map it.” So, I need to do my part to make sure I never hear that. Or, at least have somewhere I can point people when they say that.
Here’s how to do it on Google Maps:
Google a Venue:
You now have a starting point. Click on the venue on the map and select Directions:
When you do that, Google will assume two things:
1. that you’re trying to figure out how to get to this venue rather than how to get from that venue to the next.
2. That you’ll be driving between destinations.
Click the arrows on the right to toggle the venue to your starting point, and select biking/walking/transit for your preferred mode of transportation.
3. Add a destination.
Google will generally provide you with a variety of route options. In this case, Google took the most conservative from a dealing with cars option for getting from Harriet Brewing to Fulton Brewery but showed that there were faster options depending on your comfort level. It also shows that the LRT is faster than biking between these two venues (based on Google’s biking speed assumptions).
4. Add another venue.
This is where it gets fun. You can add and add and add more and more venues until you run our of steam. You can also delete destinations by clicking the “X” to the right of a venue when you change your mind.
5. Check your total distance/time.
Google will tell you how long the route is and how long they think it will take using your choice of transportation. Build in some stretch goals.
You may also be able to estimate when you’ll arrive at each destination, so people who miss the first venue can catch up. Whatever you estimate will probably be wrong, but your friends will be waiting for you with beer in hand, so there’s no harm in that.
6. Share your map.
Get the word out. Click the Link icon, then shorten that URL to an email/twitter friendly length.
That covers it. If you run into trouble, leave a comment and I’ll update this. If you succeed and need a +1, count me in.