I've had several instances where this information would have been useful when navigating w/ Moto Droid, but I haven't been able to figure out a way to get to interstate (USA) rest areas in Google Maps Navigation. Are they grouped in with something else? Called something else?

I was thinking of suggesting this to Google, but I wanted to make sure it wasn't already there and missing it.

  • while looking for the version number (4.5) to add to this question, i found an option to add from my maps: Layers --> More Layers --> My Maps --> select a map created ahead of time (by myself or others). it gets the job done. – Jay Cummins Sep 24 '10 at 10:54

A bit of a hack.

Thanks to an answer in the gis.stackexchange.com, I was able to contact the owner of a web mashup (driven by a google spreadsheet) who created an KML export link.


Copy/Pasting this link into the search box in Google Maps on my droid displayed the rest areas on the map.

There's a limit to the number of points the map will display out the KML, so if you are zoomed out too far, you'll only get a cluster of points. So make sure you are zoomed in close enough--having a few states visible should still work and be no problem.

When the map points load, the extent changes. I guess it's to the extent of all the points that were loaded from the KML.

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  • Nice find. I'll have to try that. – ale Sep 27 '10 at 18:03
  • I'm also attempting to contact google mobile team and see if they would consider adding this type of data as a layer--that would be a lot more convenient. – Jay Cummins Sep 28 '10 at 9:44

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