How to plot lines on an online map and get direction degrees (or at least NNW, NW, SE, SSE, SSW, etc.)?

By | November 7, 2015

How do I find Google Maps or planned route, at least to some extent weight, SSE, north-northwest, southwest, etc. Are there any other online mapping sites, I can do this because I am trying to make the direction of the compass direction of I will put into use.

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  1. Elmyr

    Step 1, get the latitude and longitude. For cities, I usually use Wikipedia, and I’ll sometimes use it for “extreme points”, e.g. westernmost, northernmost, if I’m looking to find the distance between states or countries. For other locations, I use GeoNames. For different points not associated with any of the above, I use the second link to get the latitude and longitude.

    http://www.geonames.org/
    http://itouchmap.com/latlong.html

    Step 2, enter your points on the page below. Scroll down to the second section and click “calculate initial/final bearing”. It’s actually the direction on a great circle route between the two points. Initial bearing is the direction you begin traveling, the final bearing is the direction you’re heading at the end.

    http://www.movable-type.co.uk/scripts/latlong.html

    The bearing will be degrees, not cardinal direction.
    0° = due north
    90° = due west
    180° = due south
    270° = due east

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