Google Maps has made some nice features available that will help newcomers get around the area a little easier. Click on the Maps link on the top row of any Google page. Select the Get Directions link to enter starting and ending locations. Get Directions includes options such as avoiding highways and/or toll roads. The Traffic button informs you of current traffic conditions, or you can enter the date and time you expect to travel. The anticipated traffic conditions are conveyed in a color coded map. You can choose directions when using a car, public transportation, or select the new option for walking directions. The route is mapped in a darker shade of blue. You can click and drag the route to view alternate map routes. When the Street View option is activated, you can see and print an actual photo of buildings and landmarks, that will help orient you when you are actually on the street and not at your computer. Navigate Street View by using an icon that can be dragged to a particular location or simply double click any blue outlined street.
Another way to use the Maps function is to enter a search term, such as North Miami pizza. Select Maps, and the results of North Miami pizza stores will be presented in both text and map view. Then choose the option of going by car, public transportation, or walking. The results include estimated time when using public transportation, and estimated time and distance when travelling by car or walking.