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Exporting maps

myscenicdrives.com allows you to export our maps to many popular GPS systems to help you get out on the road fast. We currently support the following systems:

We also support a Comma Separated File (CSV) that is useful for some GPS units. To use this from our Scenic Drives, use the Build a Drive feature of our Road Trip Planner and then Export the Trip, where you can configure the columns that are exported, in addition to our full range of features.

We are always adding new formats to our site. If the format you need is not listed above, please tell us so we can add it.

NoteOur directions are provided for informational purposes only. While we do strive to make our maps as accurate as possible, it is possible that there are flaws in the data. Please use our GPS directions with common sense and notify us of any inaccuracies. Above all, please keep your eyes on the road!

Co-Pilot Live (KML)

To use our maps with Co-Pilot Live, you will need to download CoPilot Central (Free) onto your desktop computer.

CoPilot v6-9

To use our maps with Co-Pilot Live, you will need to copy the file downloaded to your device’s NA\Save directory under your CoPilot installation directory. The exact location depends on which operating system you have. For assistance, please contact us.

Garmin BaseCamp

To use our maps with Garmin BaseCamp, first start by downloading it via here (Free). Once installed on your Windows or Mac device, simply download the GPX file and open the file with Garmin Basecamp, and you can transfer the file to your device by selecting the Transfer dropdown menu and selectinr your device.

Once installed on your device, you can then use the directions associated with the Garmin Communicator on how to load that map.

Garmin Communicator Plugin

With the Garmin Communicator Plugin (Free) installed, simply select the Garmin Communicator Plugin as the file type and with a single click, export it to your GPS device directly.

Each Garmin device is slightly different as to how you can use the information. If your device supports pre-planned routes, you will be able to follow each turn exactly as we have in our maps by opening the Trip Planner section on your device.

If your device does not, you can still use the waypoints that will help guide you, but you may miss some of the turns; depending on your model, you will find these in “Favorites”, “My Locations”, or “Extras”. Study the map well first and you will not miss a thing.

Note: With Internet Explorer, you may need to allow it to run that plugin.

If you are used to using Garmin’s POI Loader, you can also do the same thing by using the MapSource instructions to download the files to send to your Garmin device.

Garmin GPS with MapSource

To use our maps with your Garmin GPS device, simply download the GPX file and open the file with MapSource. In MapSource, you will be able to open the route and store it to your Garmin device. If this does not work, use the Garmin Communicator Plugin method instead.

If you do not have MapSource installed on your computer, you can install it by downloading a map update for your device and choosing to install the update to both your Garmin GPS and Computer.

Some devices will only use the waypoints and others will use the full route information. If your device only supports the waypoints, you can use MapSource to add more waypoints to ensure that the drive is followed; depending on your model, you will find these in “Favorites”, “My Locations”, or “Extras”.

Google Earth

To use our maps with Google Earth, click the link and the dialog box should say Open with Google Earth.

If it does not, save the file, start Google Earth, and select File, Open, navigate to the location of the file, and open it.

To download Google Earth, visit http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html (Free).

Microsoft Streets and Trips

Using our maps with Microsoft Streets and Trips 2010 and 2011 is easy. Simply save the map to your computer and follow these easy instructions:

If you have a previous version of Microsoft Streets and Trips, you can use GPX translation software, but it is probably easier to simply upgrade. For more information, visit http://www.microsoft.com/streets.

TomTom Itinerary

To use our maps with your TomTom device, you must have Itinerary Planning support on your device. If you do not have Itinerary Planning, try our Place of Interest (OV2) files instead. For devices with Itinerary Planning:

Once on your device, disconnect the device and select “Itinerary Planning” from the main menu, then “Options”, then “Load Itinerary” and select the file you just uploaded.

TomTom Place of Interest (OV2)

For TomTom devices which do not support Itineraries, use a Place of Interest file. Download the file and remember where it is stored and then connect your TomTom to your computer.

If you use the MyTomTom software, upload it to your TomTom. Once on your TomTom, you can plan your trip using the numbered Place of Interest.

If you do not have the MyTomTom software, navigate to your TomTom, either the new drive letter that your TomTom or device on your desktop. Open the device and you will see several folders. One of the folders contains your maps and will be named something like USA_Canada_and_Mexico_P. Open this folder and copy the downloaded files here.

Once copied, disconnect your device from your computer and then on your TomTom, select “Change preferences” from the menu, then “Manage POIs”, then “Add POI“ (or “Enable/Disable” on older devices), where you should select the file you have just downloaded. If you do not see the file, double check that you copied the file to the right location. Once enabled, you can go into the Itinerary Planner from the main menu. Here you can select “Add”, then “Point of Interest”, then the “POI near you” and then the file you just enabled. From the list, choose the stops in numerical order and you are ready to hit the road.

Didn’t see what you wanted? We are always adding new formats to our site. If the format you need is not listed above, please tell us so we can add it.