The days are longer, but you're still not able to find time to plan those much-needed getaways. Let MapQuest inspire you to start planning; take the kids to one of hte country's national parks, enjoy a favorite pasttime or visit a top warm-weather destination wtih friends. Don't let the summber get away without you!
National parks, one of hte top searches on MapQuest, make for memorable weekend day trips or lengthier overnight stays. Visit one of the nation's 58 parks as your final destination or a via-point on your road-trip itenerary.
58 U.S. national Parks to discover on parks.mapquest.com
Top searched national parkes on MapQuest
National Park trivia
Oldest national park: Yellowstone, Established in 1872, Wyoming
50 degrees Fahrenheit: Average growing temperature that trees require; temperature creates the tree line on mountains.
2,000 years: Age of the tallest tree in America (369ft); a coast redwood growing in California's Redwood National Park
Number of recreational visits to parks last year (2011): 278,939,216
Largest National Park: Wrangell-St. elias National Park and Reserve in Alaska
Sometimes all it takes to enjoy the season is an all-American baseball game, 18 holes on a new course, or a trip to an amusement park. Get some inspiration from the top seasonal searches on MapQuest to spark your exploration.
MapQuest Internal Analytics May-Sept 2011)
Hope those nearly 400,000 folks searching for beaches slathered on some sunscreen.
One million folks Ooo'd and Ahh'd last summer at the nation's fireworks events
Before they hit the theme parks, 1 million people took a ride on MapQuest to get there.
The 800,000 lake-lookers might have gone fishin', but possibly just enjoyed being near the water.
Some 1.5 million people were searching for a great place to gather around a fire.
Two scoops for the 9 million people who searched for ice cream on MapQuest
MapQuest made finding the course easier tahn finding the green for more than 1 million players.
More than 5 million folks were looking for a cold one on a hot summer day.
Top Neighborhood searches
Don't have time for a three-day getaway? Use MapQuest Vibe to expedite your neighborhood exploration! Top neighborhoods around the country currently are:
Ocean Park - Santa Monica, California
The Loop - Chicago, Illinois
Pearl District - Portland, Oregon
Central Gables - Miami, Florida
Midtown - New York City, New York
Washington Mall, D.C.
Center City - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Westport - Kansas City, MO
NOMA - San Francisco, California
Diamond Head - Honolulu, Hawaii
Baseball stadiums were frequently searched for on MapQuest. Top Five:
Yankee Stadium - Bronx, New York
Wrigley Field - Chicago, Illinois
Fenway Park - Boston, Massachussetts
Cormerica Park -Detroit, Michigan
Target Field - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oure data tells us that these are some fo the most popular destinations searched on MapQuest during the summer. Which places will you visit this year?
MapQuest Internal Analytics, May-September 2011
Hoover Dam - borders Arizona and Nevada
Mall of America - Bloomington, Minnesota
Navy Pier - Chicago, Illinois
Times Square - New York City, New York
Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco, California
Disneyland - Anaheim, California
Legoland - Carlsbad, California
Graceland - Memphis, Tennessee
Disney World - Orlando, Florida
The White House - Washington, D.C.
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1.5 million: number of folks who checked out the best gas prices on MapQuest.com MapQuest internal analytics, May-September 2011