Map Sites: Hints, Tips and Observations

A few random links about map sites this morning.

Mapquest hacks, to use or avoid highways or toll routes (via Ask MetaFilter; see also this).

In OS X’s Address Book, clicking on the address brings up a contextual menu in which one of the options, “Map Of,” takes you to a Mapquest map of that location. There are a couple of hacks available to change that to another map site, such as Google Maps (Firefox only; via The Unofficial Apple Weblog) or Yahoo! Maps.

Thierry Rousselin observes something interesting about how landmarks are displayed in Google Maps. The entry is in French, but he writes, “important objects have to wait until the 9th or 10th level of zoom while some selections (like historic landmarks or golf courses) appear at very low levels of zooms.”