Route Planner is back and better than ever!

How Do I Use Route Planner?

Check out the video below for a narrated overview of Route Planner. For best results, turn your audio volume up and use the full-screen icon to maximize the size of the embedded video.

Whether you prefer to enter your stops line-by-line, with copy and paste, or by importing them from a CSV or Excel file, Route Planner has you covered.

How to use Route Planner:
  1. Head to mapquest.com/routeplanner
  2. Choose how you would like to enter your addresses by clicking on the corresponding tab (Line by Line, Copy/Paste, Import). 
  3. Set your route options to choose fastest driving route or shortest distance (and customize your route even more by clicking on Route Settings)
  4. Click Preview Route
  5. Click on View Step-by-Step Directions

If you have any questions, feedback, or ideas about Route Planner, please feel free to reach out to our support team by clicking here.

How Can I Avoid Road Features Like Highways and Toll Roads?

Check out the video below to learn how to avoid roads. For best results, use the full-screen icon to maximize the size of the embedded video.

When you're creating your route in Route Planner, you can use our Route Settings to avoid specific road features and customize your route.
 
To access these settings, open the dropdown box labeled VIEW ROUTE SETTINGS. Click the toggle next to each option to turn them on or off.
 
The options we have available in Route Settings to help customize your route include:
  • Switch distance units between Miles and Kilometers
  • Avoid Toll Roads
  • Avoid Highways
  • Avoid Ferries
  • Avoid Seasonal Roads
  • Avoid Time Restricted Roads
  • Avoid Country Borders
 
When you're ready, click Get Directions.

If you have any questions, feedback, or ideas about Route Planner, please feel free to reach out to our support team by clicking here.

How Can I Optimize My Route?

Check out the video below for an overview of how to optimize your route. For best results, use the full-screen icon to maximize the size of the embedded video.

Have a lot of stops? Let us help to optimize your route!

After you've entered your locations, select Allow us to re-order stops on your route, and choose to have your route optimized by Shortest Time or Shortest Distance.

If you want to create a round trip, select Make this route a round trip to ensure that your route is optimized in its entirety. The Round Trip option will automatically add your very first stop to the end of your route to bring you full circle.

Please Note: The first and last stops you enter are the points used to optimize your route. We won't ever alter the starting or ending location when optimizing your route, just what's in between!

If you have any questions, feedback, or ideas about Route Planner, please feel free to reach out to our support team by clicking here.

How Can I Import My Route Stops From a Spreadsheet?

Check out the video below for a narrated overview of how to import spreadsheets into Route Planner. For best results, turn your audio volume up and use the full-screen icon to maximize the size of the embedded video. 

 

With Route Planner, you can import up to 26 addresses from an Excel (XLS) or Comma Delimited (CSV) worksheet. Here's how: 

  1. Create columns in your sheet in the following order: Street, City, State, Zip, Country (Optional), Notes (optional)
  2. Head to mapquest.com/routeplanner
  3. Click the Import tab
  4. Drag your file into the upload box, or browse to select the spreadsheet from your computer
  5. Once Route Planner has populated your route stops, click View Route Directions

Please note: If you're having trouble importing a CSV, please check your commas and ensure that all 5 address fields are represented on each line and properly separated by commas or spreadsheet cells. Comment values are always optional, but if you include comments be sure they are in the 6th column, or have the correct amount of commas preceding them based on the required fields.

If you have any trouble uploading a spreadsheet after reading through these tips and instructions, feel free to reach out to our support team for help by clicking here.

How Can I Copy and Paste in My Route Stops?

Do you already have a list of addresses in a document, email, etc? Need a quick way to add all of these stops to your MapQuest Route? You're in luck - if you have the addresses already available - you can use our copy and paste feature!

Here are the steps on how to copy and paste addresses into Route Planner:

  1. Head to mapquest.com/routeplanner
  2. Click the Copy/Paste tab
  3. Enter one address per line (You can enter a maximum of 26 addresses)
  4. Click Get Directions
  5. Choose your route preferences (and/or edit your Route Settings) and click View Route Directions

Here's an example of a properly formatted copy/paste entry that would work great in Route Planner:

2001 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205
1555 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202
1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204

If you have any trouble with copying/pasting your addresses into Route Planner after reading through these tips and instructions, feel free to reach out to our support team for help by clicking here.

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