I was shocked to learn how many people don't know about these!For those heading to completely new areas, or house-shopping from afar, try out the google maps to get a sense of a location without physically being there.maps.google.comSimply type in the name of a city (Chicago, IL) or an address (123 Main St, Chicago, IL), hit [enter] and click "satellite." You'll get a great satellite image of the area so you can see first hand if there are parks, golf courses, lakes, etc.**Smaller cities will not have the satellite feature.Wow .. 123 main St, Chicago, IL really exists
Google Maps is the bestTrue Dat...double TRU!!
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Damn, Bass beat me to it...It's very true though, Google Earth is the BOMB!! You do have to downlaod/install it, but its free and is pretty much as good as an expensive geographic infomation system (at least from the user end).I work in part of NOAA where we do alot of GIS maping and data development, and we have just started using Google Earth professional for some of our projects. Not only is it a great way to chack out an area... but there is also a really motivated user community coming up with crazy good extensions and applications. The Hi-Res imagery is so good, I could (no joke) see my mother-in-law's dog in her backyard (she's all white and was outside when the satellite image was shot).Check it out, you'll get hooked earth.google.com