Google announced today that it’s launching new features that make creating and sharing custom maps with others easier. Google is now letting users share and browse publicly shared maps from others through its Google Maps Gallery website, a site that was previously dedicated to Maps curated by Google and created by Google partners.  Starting today the service is open to everyone and Google is also launching a revamped tool on both the web and Android for creating and sharing custom maps that include images, descriptions, custom icons and more.

As temperatures cool down, you might be searching for your next warm vacation spot. Starting today, you can get a little inspiration by going to Google Maps Gallery and browsing publicly shared custom maps of all types. Just look up sunny “Los Angeles” to find the best hiking trails, street art, breweries and more to do in La-La Land. And, for those of you who are actually looking forward to the winter, see what ski options others have recommended, with the maps they created of their favorite slopes and resorts.

Previously known as Google Maps Engine Lite, the tool is now known as My Maps and includes new features for creating and sharing maps. You can create custom maps through My Maps on the web or through a dedicated Android app.

Users that were using the previous custom maps tool will have their maps upgraded to the new My Maps experience by the end of the year. You can check out the new My Maps experience here.

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