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Old 05-03-2021, 03:30 PM   #1
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Several questions from new user

I'm trying to work on a trip to the Pacific NW from New York and don't understand some things on trip wizard.
1) How do I get points of interest along our route that we may want to visit, see and do? When I use the Points of Interest button all it shows are Walmart's, Costco's, gas stations, and other commercial businesses, etc. I would like to know what interesting things there are to see and do along our journey like parks and attractions.
2) What does the avoid Highways button do? I prefer to stay off Interstates when ever possible. Are interstates considered "Highways" in this application. When I use it Trip Wizard seems to send me way out of the way.
3) What is the meaning of the different colored roads? Red is obviously interstates. What are the Orange, Yellow, White/Ivory colored roads?

Thanks for any help
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There a loads of POI's in RVTW, but you do have to expand the menus to see them all. You can also take advantage of location sensitive search. In other words, if you are zoomed in area, and you go to the search bar on top and type: Winery, for example, Places of Interest will show up in that search window. The farther you zoom out, the more options. Works fantastic.

As to the Avoid Highways....yep, that's what it's going to do. Expect a much, much longer an obscure route if you are going to avoid highways. Best bet is to leave that button off, and manually control your route with custom stops or points of interest to take you in other directions.

As to road colors, generally speaking, the lighter the color, the smaller the road. Red = Interstate, Yellow = Highway, Gray = Rural or Farm Road or worse.
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Thanks pbucha. I still can't get the POI to work. For example, my home area of Western New York, when I zoom in to the Niagara Falls area and search "Attractions" I would want things to do like Fort Niagara, the Maid of the Mist, the Cave of the Winds, etc. to show up. They don't. When I show the western half of Nebraska and search attractions all that comes up are 4 suggestions and one is a go-cart place and the other a "gallery" I'm sure there must be many more interesting places to visit and things to do besides these 4.
If this is the best I can get out of RVTW can you suggest another app that would show POI's along our route?
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Don't forget, when you zoom in on the area, there are some relevant POI's in the menu. See the screen shots. "Amusement Park" is really a catch-all for miscellaneous fun stuff. There are Museums and Zoos as well. See pics.
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Appreciate your help with RVTW. I think I will stick with the AAA Tourbooks and each state's travelguides. I was also told that the Roadtrippers app had good listings of POIs but I haven't tried that yet. Thanks for your help.
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You can also just google "things to do near xxx". Then enter that thing into your trip wizard.
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