By Steve Overton on Wed, 09/11/2013
If you ever use a mapping app to get you from one place to another you have probably wished at some point to be able to create a route with more than one destination. In Maps, you can create bookmarks for multiple locations and reorder them, but there isn't a way to plot more than one at a time to make a logical route from beginning to end.
In real estate, I often have to take clients to more than one location in a day. I spend a fair amount of time trying to determine the most logical route to follow, so I have been on the lookout for a solution to save me time and aggravation.
Route4Me is a free iOS app that allows me to input up to 10 addresses and then sit back while the app generates a starting and ending point. Although many of the mapping apps I have will allow inputting more than one address, only Route4Me will optimize the order in which I visit them.
Unfortunately the app does not include voice-guided navigation (it may be included in later updates), but does include written directions. So the way I use this app is to generate the order of stops in Route4Me, then bookmark the locations in Maps in that order. Then when I am done at one location, I simply tap the next bookmark and let Maps navigate me from where I am to my next location. It is a bit of a work around, but still is a great time saver.
Imagine you are on vacation and want to take a day trip to see a number of sites. Since you most likely are not familiar with the area, rather than spend a long time trying to plot out the shortest route, just let Route4Me do it for you.
Having this app on your phone can save you time and help keep you from getting lost. If you don't want to load the app to your iPhone (I can't imagine why not) you can also access the same features on their website www.Route4Me.com.