Has anyone tried Google's mapping? Check out http://maps.google.com. You can see map views, satellite images, or a combo of the two. It's a pretty sweet freebie that I like to use...
Both Google's Maps
and the graphically cooler Earth
are impressive free services. Although the satellite data behind them is highly variable (different resolutions and types in different areas), and road detail is not always current reality, I have found them at least somewhat useful everywhere I have tried them.
Both provide latitude and longitude for the currently selected point, so if you find a place in these systems you have the information to enter in your GPS as a destination. In Maps, hit the "Link to this page" link above the map (or copy it as a shortcut) and you get a URL (browser address line) which contains the latitude and longitude. For instance, what I get from map centred on West Edmonton Mall
(just a convenient landmark for tourists) contains the following:
Indeed 53.522528 degrees latitude and 113.62288 degrees west longitude is in the middle of the mall (according to Google Earth). The "spn" part of the URL is a zoom factor.
I typed the address for Jones RV Park (from CD Smith's map) into Google Earth and got the following photo, centred at 33.925 deg lat and 84.176 deg long.
The equivalent Google Maps link
works as well.
Note that both are on-line services, so this isn't a solution for use in the tow vehicle for most of us.
There is a GPS device data import
option in some of the versions available
By the way, if you use Earth on a Windows
system and find problems with graphic performance, check if you are using the OpenGL option for Graphics Mode or DirectX (in Tools - Options) - although OpenGL is now the default I somehow had DirectX set (probably from using the beta version) and changing to OpenGL got me around a problem on one of my installations (where the DirectX is outdated, or mismatched to the graphics card, or something...).