Monday, January 19, 2009

Inauguration Google Maps

CNN iReports Map

CNN have a map of the parade route to which they are going to add personal stories and accounts from the public. At the time of writing the map just has the one marker, showing the empty bleachers outside the US Capitol. However the bleachers and this map won't be empty for long.

2009 Inaugural Parade Route Map have produced a Google Map of the 2009 inaugural parade route. The closest Metro stations to the route are marked on the map.

The map also shows areas restricted to pedestrian traffic, security checkpoints and the three pedestrian parade route crossovers.

Restricted Roads During the Opening Ceremonies

If you are planning on visiting the opening inaugural ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial then check out this map of restricted roads first. The map shows the roads closed, those that are allowing resident vehicles only and roads that have no parking.

The map is based on a map released by the District of Columbia Mayor.

Alternatively, this Google My Map was created by DC radio station WTOP and can help you with bridge, road and freeway closures:

Washington Booze Map
This map from Capital Spice has mapped the 213 restaurants, taverns, hotels and nightclubs in Washington that have been given extended opening hours during Inauguration Weekend.

This means that these establishment are able to stay open 24 hours a day from Saturday, January 17th through 4 AM Wednesday, January 21st and sell alcohol until 4 AM (as opposed to the usual 3 AM on weekends and 2 AM on weekdays).

DC Historic Tours

If you are planning a visit to Washington you have to check out this superb Google Map mashup. The map includes a number of historic custom walking tours of Washington, illustrated with Flickr photo feeds and Wikipedia entries.

The latest tour is the 2009 Inauguration Parade Tour. The tour includes a number of markers that help to explain some of the sights that can be seen along the route.

Fox DC Parade Route
Fox have used Map Channels to produce this Google Map showing the route of the inauguration parade. The map includes street view which should help you find the perfect position to watch the parade.

Barack Obama Inauguration Videos
Mibazaar has created a number of Google Map related mashups for the inauguration. This video map allows you to check out what and from where the world is uploading videos to YouTube about the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Also from the same map creator check out Barack Obama's Journey from Honolulu, HI to White House.

Google Maps Version, Google Earth Version

Lastly Mibazaar has produced this screencast of the parade route in Google Earth,
TrafficLand has a Google Map with clickable traffic cams and the Google live traffic overlay. You can therefore use this map to check out the current traffic conditions at many Mall area and parade route locations.

Metro Map
Of course if you are planning to visit Washington in the next few days you shouldn't drive. Take the Metro instead. This Google Map mash-up has replaced the normal map tiles with a Metro map so you can easily plan your journey.


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