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Jun 2nd, 2009, 03:50 PM
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Website that lists areas within a 50/100/250 mile radius of a location?

I figure something like this must exist--or it should!

Does anyone know of a website that lists or lets you "draw" a radius of a certain distance and would list or show all the areas included?

For example, If I start with New York City, It would show cities/town within 50 miles (say Cold Spring, north of the city) and up to about 250 miles (which would include DC and Boston).
Hotwire lets you do something like this when looking for a hotel (It's under a link that says "local trips" or something like that) but I'm looking for something I can use on it's own, and that isn't limited to big cities.
It would be handy for daytrips, overnight trips, looking for alternative airports, stops along the way for road trips etc.
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Jun 2nd, 2009, 04:34 PM
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I'm assuming you already tried Google Maps? If I zoom out to show a square box of 50 miles, I see most of the county and town names.
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Jun 2nd, 2009, 04:49 PM
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Yes, I use Google maps all the time, but doesn't really have the scale I'm looking for.
You can figure out the distance using the scale given ( one inch=10 miles, or whatever) but you can't really "set" it and then have circle drawn around it.
This is the type of thing I have in mind,
http://www.maps.com/radiusmaps.aspx
but FREE, and with greater details so that the area you want would be a full screen
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Jun 3rd, 2009, 05:11 AM
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Hmmmm. What about Google Earth? Not sure if that has it, but it is a very worthwhile download.
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Jun 3rd, 2009, 11:26 AM
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Google Earth is good for many things, but no so much for my purposes here.
I really am looking for something that might work with Google Maps, or Mapquest, or some other mapping service that already exits but has this extra functionality.

Maybe we should invent it!
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Jun 3rd, 2009, 11:34 AM
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Could buy an atlas and a circle template and do it the old-fashioned way...

I definitely agree that it would be a great addition to the online maps.
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Jun 3rd, 2009, 11:40 AM
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Actually, I have done this with a printed map and atlas, and for NYC at least, you can buy 50 mile and 75 radius maps ( I think they're Rand McNally)

I think a website would be really handy when I don't have the forethought to do this manually
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Jun 3rd, 2009, 11:49 AM
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Are you looking for a map, or places to visit in certain area?

If for a map, Google Map, click on Print - to get a bigger map in another window, then increase or decrease as you like. Printing is optional.

If for places to visit, "destinations" area on any major travel website like Fodor's or Frommer's. Some of them have samples of travel if you have 1 day, 3 days, 5 days.
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Jun 3rd, 2009, 04:49 PM
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Maybe the ostensible reason for this map is the old, "Son/Daughter, I'll put you through college, but not outside this circle."

Ha, ha (gulp).
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Jun 3rd, 2009, 05:51 PM
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Hey nstevey--That might be another way to market it! A very practical application...

Dayenu, I'm thinking of several uses that I mentioned in my original post
It would be handy for daytrips, overnight trips, looking for alternative airports, stops along the way for road trips etc.

If I'm doing a road trip,and decide I want to drive another hour or 2 or 5 (50/100/250 miles) I could easily see how far I'd get and where I should look for a place to stay.
Or, if I'm on vacation or a business trip somewhere but I want to get "out of town" one day--say an hour or 2 distance , then it would come in handy.

I know that each of those things can be done with some planning, but I think it would be cool to be able to say
"Here I am--what's within 100 miles that I might not have thought of?"
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Jun 4th, 2009, 04:47 AM
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I hate to beat a dead horse, but I guess the hotels, food or tourist spots that the Google Maps search box returns for a particular zoom isn't good enough, you need more details?

When I'm on a road trip in the US, I use Google maps all the time to find hotels, food and retail stores. It works pretty well for me.
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Jun 4th, 2009, 06:45 AM
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Not sure if it is really free but it came with my computer, Microsoft Streets & Trips allows me to find nearby places and then I enter the number of miles and it draws a circle on the map and then lists all of the different categories (airports, trains, restaurants, etc.) for more information.
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Mar 30th, 2011, 02:46 PM
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This works pretty good: zip-codes.com/zip-code-radius-finder.asp?

If your looking for a wider radius at once, there was another good site, but I forgot it. The site was a home buyer site, so it might have been something like: homebuyer.com type of site, but not that one, it gave you the option to list all towns within a certain radius.
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Mar 30th, 2011, 03:45 PM
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When I saw the title of ths post I first thought --wow someone else is looking for what I looked for and then found. Then I realized it was my post after all

Anyway, in case someone else thinks it's useful, I eventually found this
http://www.freemaptools.com/radius-around-point.htm

I use it exactly as I thought I would. Road trips, happen to be in a area and only want to venture out a certain distance for dsy trips etc.
It's just mapping, so like everyone here says you can use Google or other tools to find sights, food etc.
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Sep 9th, 2016, 07:33 PM
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Thank you. This is exactly what I was looking for.
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Sep 10th, 2016, 03:12 AM
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You found the one I was about to suggest.

It is not slick -- you have to make sure to use the right scale (km, miles) and I find it hard to get the old data out before doing a new search without reloading, but it will do it anywhere in the world.

I frequently travel between two places about xx miles apart. I draw circles to find the common area for overnight stops. It works very well and suggests all kinds of interesting routes and things to see on the way.
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Sep 10th, 2016, 05:30 AM
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>>You found the one I was about to suggest.<< . . . and found it 5 years ago
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Sep 10th, 2016, 07:05 AM
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Try the app roadtrippers.

Hope this helps.
Have a happy and safe journey.
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