Google’s new City Tours believes that this should be on your Kauai itinerary. I stopped today to take a photo. Somehow I missed the fact that framing is the new hot spot in Kauai tourism. Also mentioned is a visit to the Kauai Children’s Discovery Museum. You can visit the building, but the kids will be disappointed that the museum is no longer in business.
According to Google Labs, “City Tours helps you identify points of interest and plan multi-day trips to most major cities. You just specify the location of your hotel and the length of your trip and City Tours will map out an itinerary for you.”
Fresh from Google laboratories and hot on the heels of Microsoft’s Bing Travel, Google’s foray into the $90 Billion world of travel suggests tours for your destinations. It offers 3 day itineraries with approximately 10 locations per day. You can customize schedules to more or less than three days, and add or delete items, which sometimes works. Activities are grouped by distance and and walking times. Imagine walking from Kapaa to Lihue on the Highway? Well that suggestion just doesn’t fly.
After checking Kauai locations I moved on to Honolulu, thinking things might go better. One day they suggested going to five museums. That involved far too much driving, crisscrossing in heavy traffic. They never bothered to mention Waikiki Beach or hiking Diamond Head among other stops.
While the idea of City Tours sounds good, I suggest caution for now when using this tool to plan a Hawaii vacation. They still have some serious kinks to work out in the application.
At the same time, there’s still much potential likely to be developed with City Tours. Still lacking are integration with driving routes, public transportation, events listings, and travel itineraries that go beyond one city/location. On the other hand, I give Google credit for letting us have a look at this interesting, yet obviously still in development project.
If you use Google City Tours, let me know what you think.