Summer is almost officially here, which means it’s time to start making plans with your friends for a few warm weather excursions around the country. Planning can be a be a bit hectic when traveling in a pack, but fear not, because Google has your adventurous back.
On Wednesday, Google updated its Lists feature in the Google Maps app so now you can share your bucket list destinations with your family and friends with ease. As Google explained of Lists, all you have to do is open the app, “find that BBQ spot you’ve been wanting to try,” and tap on it to save. You can save it to one of your pre-set lists like “Want to Go” or “Favorites.” Then, simply share that list with your friends.
Additionally, Google updated the feature to now list trending places around the nation in a few different categories to help you narrow down your road trip search. According to Google, it picked each place by looking at historical Google Maps data to determine “what beaches, national parks, and historical landmarks are trending across the U.S.” Each of the spaces was then added to one of three lists: Seek, Tap, and Seas. (Read: Parks, historical monuments, and beaches)
The Most Popular U.S. Parks:
On the Seek list, Google said you’ll find the most popular U.S. parks to visit this summer. Here, they suggest you take a hike, stargaze, or just take time to breathe in the nature around you.
The top 10 destinations on this list include Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park, Crater Lake, Zion, Sequoia, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Grand Tetons. Check out the entire list here.
The Most Popular U.S. Historical Landmarks:
In the Tap list, users will find every destination they need to tap into their inner U.S. history buff. “Whether your wanderlust takes you to Mount Rushmore or the Hollywood Sign, our list of trending historical landmarks can help you keep your history game strong,” reps for Google explained.
The top 10 destinations include Mount Rushmore, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Plymouth Rock, Kennedy Space Station, Empire State Building, Liberty Bell, Hollywood Sign, Alcatraz, Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Park, and the Painted Ladies in San Francisco. Check out the full list here.
The Most Popular U.S. Beaches:
As the name implies, the Seas list will show you all the top trending coastal destinations, from "Coney Island to Hawaii."
The top 10 destinations to soak in the sun or ride a wave include Belmar Beach, Montrose beach, Lake Welch Beach, Coney Island beach, Nahant Beach, The People’s Beach at Jacob Riis Park, Lanikai Beach, Corona del Mar State Beach, Misquamicut State beach, and Lido Key Beach. Check out the full list here.