The markers show the hottest places on the map, color-coded by popularity.
The places you rank and save are kept privately on your own disk. You can share the places visible on the map using the share button: the places currently invisible will not be shared.
Create your own view of any area by simply hiding or re-ranking these standard markers you do not like and adding completely new places. Share your view, mail the link or add it to your website.
The trip planner assists you by calculating times and routes. It can even give an automatic recommendation which you can edit to your liking.
Click on a place marker to add a place to the trip, click on it again to remove it from the trip.
The start location of the trip can be moved around by clicking on it. The cursor will turn into a crosshair: click on the map again to pick the new start location.
The planner will draw the route on the map. Red color shows the part of the route where walking is the preferred way of moving around, blue color marks driving. In some cases the route to a place will be in grey - in that case it may be difficult to reach the location in question.
The "recommend" button picks popular places in the area and automatically adds them to the current trip. It is always possible to manually change the trip by removing and adding places - click on the markers to do that. The "clear" button deletes the trip and lets you start over from scratch.
The current trip can be examined by clicking on the "show" button which opens a new window. From there you may re-arrange the order of the places in the trip.
First click on the map to select the starting spot for the new trip: shown as a gray "S" marker.
Click on the markers to add or remove them from a trip.
Click on "show" to display the current itinerary.
Click on "recommend" to create a short trip automatically.
You can change the duration to let the recommender create longer trips.
For more info, click on the ? icon.
Here you can review your current trip and make changes to it.
Click on a place, hold the mouse button down and drag the place to a new location to change the order of the places.
Click on the cross icon at the top right of a place to remove it from the trip. If you change your mind later you can go to the map and click on the marker of the place to add it to the trip again.
The hottest places have markers linking photos, streetview, wikipedia, wikivoyage, foursquare and google plus articles about the site. The place names are selected by the wikipedia readership numbers and foursquare checkins. Area populations are based on the geonames database.
Street level heatmaps are available for top 15000 places in the world, sorted by the number of photos in an area of a size of a few square kilometers around the place center. The popularity ranking of places in high-res area maps is computed by combining place hotness with popularity rankings from wikipedia, foursquare and real-time google places selection.
It is possible to use a link ending with any place name, like this: http://www.sightsmap.com/New_York.
Zoom in, enjoy the photos, search special places, plan a trip, build and share your own map of any area.
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