Newport News’ Information Technology/GIS department has designed a “story map” of the city. The “Newport News Virtual Tour Map” introduces audiences to the abundance of things to do and places to see.
Story maps combine location data with photos and text to help audiences visualize the stories. They are a great tool for the public because they can be shared easily through social media and websites.
The story map has 35 stops, starting with Endview Plantation in the northwest section of the city and ending with King-Lincoln Park in the Southeast Community. Each location includes a photograph and description of the attraction, its street address, and a link to its website for more details. A map showing an aerial view of Newport News pinpoints the approximate location of each attraction.
This is the third collaboration between Newport News Tourism and Information Technology/GIS. In recent years, departments collaborated to create an interactive Bike Trails map and one for the city’s Toast the Coast: Beer, Wine & Shine Trail. Both maps have won “Best Citizen Portal” awards for their ease of use.
Newport News GIS provides a variety of geospatial services, such as drone imagery and voting precinct maps. For more information, visit Newport News Geohub. For more information about Tourism in Newport News, visit www.newport-news.org.
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