I just finished a long trip, and with the gpx/kml track, I want to generate a nice looking map of our route. I only want to do some basic things like overlay the route over a basemap with significant locations and borders shown, show different days of the track by color, etc.
I'm new to GIS, but I set up QGIS and imported the gpx track no problem. Before I embark on learning enough GIS to accomplish the above though, I'm wondering if GIS can do this sort of cartography? Every GIS use-case I've heard is for some sort of map analysis, so I'm wondering if just generating a custom formatted and nice looking map is not in its realm of capability.