The Best Free Map Apps For Your Next Trip

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Unless you’re planning on going analog and carrying around a paper map (you little travel hipster), you need a map app for your next trip. Now, you could just use the built-in one on your phone, but technology has evolved to include some pretty cool extra features if you download an extra app or two. Here are four of our favorites, depending on your travel style.

For The Data-Less:

This traveler fave has millions of offline map contributors. That means that no matter where you go, you can find your way. It gets its info from crowdsourced data so everything should be up to date, from stateside destinations to spots abroad.

For The City Explorer: Citymapper

Depending on public transit while traveling? You want Citymapper. The app is perfect for the urban traveler, regardless of whether you need train, subway, bus, cycling or even walking directions.

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For The Sightseer: Detour

If you need a tour guide for your next destination, then Detour can provide. The app has GPS-based audio commentary for more than a dozen cities worldwide, including Austin, Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Portland, Savannah and Washington, D.C. in the U.S. and Barcelona, Berlin, London, Marrakech, Paris and Rome abroad.

For Any Trip: Google Maps

Did you know you can download areas of Google Maps to be able to access them even when you have no data on your phone? Yup! You can even create a map with pins for your intended spots to explore, save it and access it whenever you want.


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