And I don't care about format--worry about that later! I found some maps in Google maps, usually per state. I also have one map made my someone else, that no longer appears in the Google Maps search for user content. Maybe that user made it private, but I still can see it.

The reason I ask is related to my google maps navigation question on android.se. I think the easiest way to get this info on the droid is to create or use a shared map in Google Maps. I can find Florida, but no others show up.

Maybe it's a vocabulary issue? What else are are rest stops called?


I think you're going to have to hunt this down on a state-by-state basis. A good place to start is the state spatial data clearinghouses. Google "spatial data clearinghouse" and most states will show up. Unfortunately some states (like my home state) are years behind in things like GIS, so you may not find universal coverage.

Have you seen the mashup at Programmable Web? There's a contact page and you might be able to find out where they got the data they used. Doesn't look like the mashup works right now, though.

Another place to check is a page MIT has of spatial data sites at Online spatial data by state.

This won't help but I thought it was funny that someone did this: web site listing rest areas by highway and exit number.

If you are open to purchasing data, there's NAVTEQ and Tele Atlas, but I think you can probably access most of their data through some map service somewhere.

I haven't used a POI file before, but you can get one at POI directory.

  • That mashup at Programmable Web does work--just takes 10-12 seconds to receive the feed from spreadsheets.google.com. That's real close to what I'm after--thanks! – Jay Cummins Sep 24 '10 at 15:16
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    You could easily scrape their data: spreadsheets.google.com/feeds/list/teYk6M6NKHdjq0UsqpqAORg/od6/… But contacting them directly would probably be the best way to go. – Derek Swingley Sep 24 '10 at 16:53
  • That's feed I was referring to that was taking so long. I contacted them this morning, so hopefully i'll hear something from them before my next road trip! – Jay Cummins Sep 24 '10 at 18:24
  • getting close, he made a kml export from google fusion table available: goo.gl/xxRl Still trying to get it onto my phone. – Jay Cummins Sep 27 '10 at 10:11
  • I think the mashup didn't work here because of our firewalls. Hope you can find your rest areas - seems like they're always 40 miles away when you really need one. :) – Tim Rourke Sep 27 '10 at 13:53

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/5942 has many rest areas (in .csv or gpx formats) You will have to check data consistency and merge all for usa coverage. Also check on copyright of the data for re-distrubution of content.


There is now a USA Rest Areas map on ArcGIS Online (sourced from poi-factory.com).


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