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Updates to Google Maps and Search make it easier to plan your next outing

A screenshot of Google Search with the request “plan me a 3 day trip to Philadelphia that’s all about history”
New Google features will provide suggestions for places to visit or even roughly plan your entire vacation. | Image: Google

Google is introducing a handful of updates that aim to take some of the stress out of planning trips and outings, from new translation features and AI-powered trip itineraries in Search to curated recommendations in Maps.

Starting this week in over 40 cities across the US and Canada, Google Maps will now show users lists of recommendations for places to eat and visit. Google’s algorithmically generated recommendations include a weekly updated “Trending” list of places that have seen a recent spike in popularity, a “Top” list of historically popular locations, and a “Gems” list of places that are, well, hidden gems worth visiting. The app will also surface recommendation lists from Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Infatuation, and…

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