Travel and Weather


Where are you going?

Areaguides provides a great deal of information on over 30,000 different cities around the country.

Google Maps

The online version of Google Earth, Google maps offers you powerful route planning tools (including such features as traffic delays/congestion and bicycle routes). Overlays display hotels, restaurants, schools and much more.

Home Town Locator

Find the profile of almost 180,000 cities and towns in America in this online database. If you’re moving or just visiting this area guide can direct you to points of interest and businesses you are looking for. Search or browse to find a wealth of local resources for different cities and counties.

MapQuest Local

While MapQuest is still one of the most popular sites for finding driving directions and maps, their services have expanded to include MapQuest Local. Find hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and shopping sites along with weather forecasts and information about other cities in your area. MapQuest also offers information on gas prices at gas stations near your location.

Rand McNally

This is the online edition of the famous Rand McNally Atlas. In addition to the normal atlas usage, their site also provides the ability to get driving directions.

Tennessee Department of Transportation Maps

Do you need to find a map of a city or county in Tennessee? Visit the TDOT (Tennessee Department of Transportation) website for pdfs of detailed maps that you can save or print for your own use.

How are you getting there?

AAA Fuel Cost Calculator

The AAA-provided fuel cost calculator allows you to put in your car year, make and model, your starting point and final destination, then will give you the approximate amount such a trip will cost you in gas. Its an estimate but a helpful tool for planning long road trips.

Johnson City Transit System

Learn about routes, arrival times, and fares for the Johnson City Transit System.

Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)

On the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s website, find all sorts of important information and resources for Tennessee drivers. Download county and city maps, read the Tennessee driver license manual, and find a TDOS-approved defensive driving school in your area. TDOT also provides a web interface called SmartWay that allows you to view current road conditions and access traffic cameras for live conditions.

The following links allow you to search for flights, hotels and rental cars. Each site may have a deal with different providers so your results may vary and, if you have time, checking on all of them could produce better results:


FareCompare (focuses on just hotels)




Trivago (focuses on just hotels)



Track when a flight has left, will arrive, or even its route in the air on this nifty website. You can also see airport delays and much more.


Are you picking someone up from the airport but not sure when their flight will arrive (or just how late it is going to be)? This site keeps track of all kinds of airport and flight data. You can even setup alerts to let you know of any changes, a useful tool if you have already left the computer.

International Travel

XE Currency Converter

Find up to the minute currency conversion. XE also offers a historical tracker and live email updates.

If you are traveling overseas take a look at the State Departments travel site. It has information on everything from passports to travel advisories. Much needed information for taking an international trip.

You can also take a look a country or region specific information at the US Embassy websites. From here you can link to specific destinations.

World Time Server

Find out what time it is anywhere in the world at this site.



Intellicast provides local and national weather information. Their interactive weather map is a useful tool.

In addition to providing up-to-date weather forecasts, this site will also give you information on current traffic conditions and alerts.

National Weather Service

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) monitors the weather conditions of the United States and provides alerts for current weather conditions in your area. NOAA’s data is the source for many weather reporting agencies.

The Weather Channel

The website for the well-known television station, the Weather Channel is famous for its forecasting and news coverage of weather-related events. Find forecasts hour-by-hour and for the next ten days.


Return to the Online Information Desk to find more online resources. If you need additional assistance finding information, contact the Johnson City Public Library Information Desk at (423) 434-4454.