A Guide to Use MapQuest Route Planner with Multiple Stops

keyKey Takeaways:

  • MapQuest Route Planner is a helpful tool, for both personal and professional trips including multiple stops.
  • By moving stations around on the map, users of MapQuest Route Planner can manually alter the route.
  • The program gives customers an estimate of their trip’s overall driving mileage and time.
  • Real-time traffic information is provided by MapQuest Route Planner, which can also recommend alternate routes if there are delays.

When we think of software to create a map or to plan a route in the 1990s, or early 2000s, we think fondly of MapQuest. It was a large and well-known company. At that time, they were one of the most famous brands in the US and owned practically 100% of the mapping online. As the team at UpperInc was preparing reviews of the many software out there, one question we had was the same as the Washington Post was, “Does MapQuest still exist?” As the article will state, it certainly does, and it’s a profitable company.

We are not here today to talk about the profitability, but rather to explore the use of the MapQuest free route planner multiple stops. For this article, we will do a quick overview, we’ll then show you how to add stops to your route, and we’ll share some advantages and disadvantages. Let’s get started!

What is Route Planning?

Route planning is about how to create driving directions or routes for many locations in the most efficient way. In short, many types of users or customers would use this type of software: couriers, last-mile delivery companies, field service companies, a food delivery small business owner, or many kinds of other small businesses.

General Features

There is a long list of general features for a route planner. The type of functionality you will need will vary according to the use you want

  • Plotting a map with various locations;
  • Route settings for each trip;
  • Traffic slowdowns or real-time traffic updates;
  • Map options, such as satellite map or street view;
  • Navigation features;
  • Accurate route direction to different addresses;
  • Find points of interest such as hotels, and coffee shops;
  • Dispatch features;
  • Vehicle diagnostics and fleet management;
  • Import or export to Excel CSV.

Plan quickly, deliver faster, delight customers and get home early.

Everyone deserves to have simple and easy route planning.

How Do You Add Multiple Stops on MapQuest on the Web?

Now it is time to look at a step-by-step process on how to use MapQuest route optimization software!

How to Add Stops and Create the Route

There are many disadvantages to using this software (as you’ll see below), but one thing the developers have done well is to be able to add several stops easily. One can add each location with a simple click. Let’s go step by step!

Go to the website: Start by going to the website, and it should show something like this:

Start Screen

Now you want to add the first address in the address bar.

Add The First Address

Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to click the “Get Directions” button,

click the get directions

Then you can add your second address.

Add Your Second Address.

Following this, click “add stop.”

Add Stop

From here, just type in the address of the third location, fourth location, and as many stops as you need!

Customize your route using the MapQuest route planner

At this point, you can do some customization. Here are some customizations you can make to your map and route.

  1. Drag and Drop

    The first thing you can do is drag and drop each location in the order that you want them. You’ll see the map will adjust in consequence.

    Drag and Drop
  2. Satellite map and traffic

    On the right-hand side of the screen, you’ll see menu options to toggle the map type to the satellite map. You can also access a street view for a more detailed look at a location. Further, there is also a traffic menu to show traffic, slowdowns, or traffic incidents.

    Change to Satellite View:

    change to satellite view
    Satellite Map View - Mapquest

    Check for Traffic:

    Traffic Check - Mapquest
  3. Changing Route Options

    Once you’re done adding locations, you can toggle the route options. As you can see, you can toggle things like avoiding highways, avoiding toll roads, avoiding ferries, avoiding country borders, and much more.

    Changing Route Options
    Advanced Setting Option
  4. Optimization

    Finally, users can use the optimization feature. Optimization will rearrange the results of the route on a new map. This map will show the route in an optimized manner.


How do you Add Multiple Stops on MapQuest on Mobile?

Did you know it also has a mobile app? As indicated by Wired, the mobile app is quite decent, offering a clean, easy-to-use design that gives you quick results on map searches. We will not delve into details on how to add stops or how to use the mobile version of the MapQuest multiple stops route planner. The steps are very similar to the actions we describe above. If anything, the mobile version of the MapQuest route planner app is more intuitive for the small business owner.

When to use MapQuest?

So what’s the verdict? Are we able to declare that we have a great MapQuest multiple stops route planner? Can we say that the MapQuest multiple stops route optimizer is useful for multiple drivers looking to find the shortest distance between their stops? These are a couple of the right questions. By some accounts, this holds its own, but the problem is “when to use this tool versus another tool.”

In this section, we’ll look at when to use the MapQuest route planner.

When is it Appropriate?

A small business owner who wants to use simple software may want to try this. They use it for road trips or simple delivery routes, making it a great choice for those on the go with mobile devices.

There are several advantages to be noted:

  • One edge of MapQuest over Google Maps is that it offers a map tool for people who don’t want to be tracked;
  • Available on both Android and iOS;
  • Route directions are very accurate;
  • Excellent customer service team;
  • An integrated tool for quickly finding hotels and making reservations;
  • One-button tool for finding gas stations, grocery stores, coffee shops, shopping areas, food, and hotels like Comfort inn suites;
  • It includes routing and optimization (which is excellent for a free app)
  • It includes up to 20 stops;
  • It includes useful data like traffic slow downs, traffic incidents, and a satellite map feature.

When is it Not Appropriate?

This app, like all free route planner apps, is not appropriate for when you have more advanced usage. This app is not suitable if

  • if you work in last-mile delivery, or you make ten or more deliveries;
  • you want to track packages or delivery drivers;
  • need for patience in specific formats;
  • Copy, size, and distance;
  • you wish to dispatch features;
  • you do vehicle diagnostics;
  • the need for a more advanced customer service team;
  • Clear trouble of ads;
  • Advanced use like icon link, mouse video paste, show labels, health report, reset map, URL format, and more;
  • If you do fleet management.

We have covered many more free route planner applications in other articles.

Plan quickly, deliver faster, delight customers and get home early.

Everyone deserves to have simple and easy route planning.


Planning a route in MapQuest is very easy. To plan a route, you need to input your starting address simply. From there, you can click “Get directions” and input a second address. From there, simply click “add stop” to add as many stops as you need. If you want, you can even optimize your route with the optimization toggle. Conversely, you can manually change the order of the locations.

MapQuest has a few advantages over Google Maps. On the privacy front, it offers a map tool for people who don’t want to reveal their data. Also, the mobile app boasts an excellent user experience and a route optimization feature not found in Google Maps. On the other hand, Google Maps has far more advanced features and data sets integrated into its application. We encourage users to try both MapQuest and Google Maps to decide which best suits their situation.

A Suitable Tool for Basic Usage

In conclusion, we hope this was an exciting overview of MapQuest as a route planner. After our investigation, we think this app is in line with other free apps in its category in the sense that it does have a lot of excellent resources to help users input addresses, map them, and create optimized routes. As for all free apps, the results are not adequate for a more advanced user. On a final note, we sincerely hope this content was useful to you, please let us know if you have questions or if we missed something. We love to hear from you.

Author Bio
Rakesh Patel
Rakesh Patel

Rakesh Patel, author of two defining books on reverse geotagging, is a trusted authority in routing and logistics. His innovative solutions at Upper Route Planner have simplified logistics for businesses across the board. A thought leader in the field, Rakesh's insights are shaping the future of modern-day logistics, making him your go-to expert for all things route optimization. Read more.