Smart travel planners might begin trip research with the people in charge of a city’s tourism.
What it does: An interactive map of the United States “zooms” you to visitor guides for states, cities and counties across the country. Discover things to do, places to stay and timely events.
What’s hot: The website’s strength is how quickly it gets you to information you need. Hover your mouse over a state and watch its license plate pop up. Click on the state to take you to its map with cities and counties represented, then click on a destination’s point to take you to its visitor guide. A wealth of information awaits in the tourist board’s or convention and visitor bureau’s website. The GuideZoomer’s top navigation-bar tabs are shortcuts to information about lodging, dining, events, activities and shopping. I used this site to quickly find kid-friendly things to do in Nashville for an upcoming trip.
What’s not: I couldn’t find the usual About or Contact pages you find on most websites. It’s a small issue, but the information helps establish trust.