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Google Maps
Ah, finally - a map system that does it all. This free service offers detailed street and terrain maps, robust locator tools to find addresses/businesses/places, and a route planner for traveling by car, public transport, or walking. Live traffic conditions for several cities are available as well. For those who need visual cues, Google Maps provides that too. Its fascinating "Street View" shows 360° panoramic street-level views, inviting users to virtually walk and explore the area. This is available in many U.S. cities and in several countries abroad. There is also a feature for those wanting to create their own maps. No more fumbling with folding paper maps, just click on this great site.
Chicago Travel Guide
Traveling to Chicago? Take a look at this travel guide from Dorling Kindersely. It offers information on resturants, hotels, shopping, tourist attractions and more. Use lemars as your password.
National Parks of the United States
A collection of dozens of long and detailed histories of the national parks of the United States, written by National Park Service (NPS) staff. Arranged by name of the park.
Online Conversion
This site boasts that one can “convert just about anything to anything else.” And with 50,000 conversions and 5,000 units, it has an impressive range. Sure, it has the popular conversions: length, temperature, speed, volume, weight, cooking, area, fuel economy, and currency. But it also contains measurements for women’s clothing sizes between countries, light-years, density, torque, horse height, meeting room size needed for attendees, gauge and much more. There is even a “Fun Stuff” category that is practically addictive where users can find their age in dog years, convert their names into Morse code, determine their weight on Mars, and verify how many days until retirement! Indispensible.
Traffic Conditions
The Traffic.com site provides “free, real-time traffic information for your daily drives” and features real-time traffic and road condition information with drive time estimates. Selected metro areas feature a profile page with a NAVTEQ traffic map, a traffic summary with current incidents affecting traffic flow, events, and ongoing roadwork. Main roadways are highlighted as “hotspots” with a numerical ranking on a 1-to-10 scale in which 1 is “clear” and 10 is “jammed.” Free registration allows users to receive newsletters and daily traffic alerts via email.
Boston Travel Guide
Travelling to Boston? A definitive guide to Boston from Dorling Kindersley will help you find well known tourist spots, resturants, nightclubs, shopping or hotels. For a password please call the library!
Urban Rail
This site is a resource that has grown over the course of 15 years from a site focusing on the metro system in Barcelona to a site called “metroPlanet” to its current incarnation with an international scope and convenient, easy-to-use maps of urban railway systems in the world’s largest cities on 6 continents. Users will mainly appreciate UrbanRail.Net for its quick, simple maps, but the site put together by a Berlin public transportation enthusiast and historian also features practical information such as transit pricing, links, and timelines of transportation history for each rail service or line.
Egypt Travel Guide
Traveling to Egypt would be the trip of a lifetime! If that's in your plan, or you're doing research on the country, or just making plans, this Dorling Kindersley book will answer all your questions. Find the best tourist spots, restaurants, learn about the culture, find places to stay and good shopping spots. Use lemars as your password.