Route GuidesRoutes City GuidesCities Map Log in


Route-planner help
Advanced features
On your phone
Find places to stay
Organise your routes
How is different
Under the hood

The map

The map key

There’s a handy map key (or legend) that shows you what the road and symbol colours mean. Click the link at the corner of the screen, by the credits.

Your planned route

When you’ve planned a route, it’s highlighted in blue and green on the map. Blue for paved sections; green for unpaved.

You’ll see summary statistics on the left. These show how much there is of each road type:

From left to right: busy paved road, other paved road, unpaved road, paved cycleway/trail, unpaved trail, pushing section, ferry.

A few things you might spot on the map…

Navigating the rural US

All map databases have incomplete coverage for roads and trails in the rural US, particularly the Midwest. In particular, surface information is often missing. takes a deliberately cautious approach and tries not to route you along such roads, which are very often unpaved tracks or worse. These roads are shown as thin single-dashed lines when you zoom in. 

If you know the surface of any such roads, we’d encourage you to create an account on OpenStreetMap and add that information.

Different map layers

You can choose OpenStreetMap, the OSM German Style, and CyclOSM as well as’s standard basemap. supporters can choose from many extra maps – Ordnance Survey, IGN (France), Swisstopo, satellite imagery, and numerous others.