I’m planning a driving trip and want to set up my itinerary. I have multiple stops to make, each of which will last from a few minutes to a couple of hours. And then there are overnight stops. I recently ‘discovered’ Google Maps and have used it to locate and “pin” all my stops. It’s great for that! Now I’m ready to plan each day of driving. The routing feature allows me to string stops together, and happily gives me driving time and directions. But alas, it seems to have no facility for including time spent at each stop. So the route plan requires me selecting a certain number of stops and letting the route planner give me total drive time. Then I have to manually (like on <shudder> a piece of paper) list the stops and append a layover time to each. Then (still on paper) add the total of layovers to the driving time, and see if it sums to more than a comfortable day. Then adjust by adding or removing waypoints and seeing how they affect total time. Lather, rinse, repeat. What a pain!
My old Microsoft Streets and Trips, although no longer supported, and not web based, allowed me to set up a route and assign layover times to individual stops. Its directions and trip time then includes the total time. You can even include gas stops after X miles, meal stops, overnights, and other happy features. So you could build each day’s route, stop by stop, and end the day whenever you choose. Then build another day from that point on.
Is there a way to get this facility in Google Maps, or in MapQuest, or another web-based map and route planner? I’ve looked, but perhaps my google-fu is too weak. Other route planning folks, please help!