Garmin GPS Helps Travelers Find New and Strange Ways

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Garmin has launched two new products for the City Navigator Israel software series. The first product, now available for download, is Garmin nuMaps Onetime Israel NT 2012. Also, you can grab your Garmin GPS navigation system and check out RoadsideAmerica (RA), is the foremost internet guide to unusual and bizarre tourist attractions.

The City Navigator Israel software series has a onetime update that will bring new life to the Garmin Nuvi 1310 preloaded model or original DVD software by reflecting the newest street and location changes in and around Israel. An alternate option, the second product allows users to add Israel maps to their current GPS device. Garmin's new Micro SD/SD card offers 60,000 points of interest throughout Israel, making historical sites, landmarks, restaurants, hotels and entertainment more accessible to travelers.

For the more exploratory types, Garmin also released a topographic map of Israel on Micro SD/SD cards. While less reliable for street data, users who enjoy outdoor activities can find detailed data about Israel. Some of the features included on the topographical map are terrain contours, elevations and summits, paths and geographic points. With a compatible Garmin GPS, users can view 3D terrain shading with the Digital Elevation Model (DEM).

For those of us who are a bit more adventurous, Garmin has recently launched a GPS System Routing/ Travel Guide called "Attractions and Oddities." Roadside America is for tourists who like to find obscure spots that are off the beaten path. At the present time the Travel Guide is only available for Garmin GPS devices, but the word on the street is that it will soon be available for Tom-Tom GPS systems.

The Attractions and Oddities GPS system tracks locations, directions, hours of operation and contact information for more than 5,000 attractions and locations that are out of the ordinary. This particular system comes with thousands of photos so you can get a hint of what you're getting yourself in to. Typically, the places featured in the Attractions and Oddities app are not found on the conventional tourist maps.

According to Doug Kirby, publisher and editor of "Attractions and Oddities makes it easy to take a spontaneous side trip to the bizarre, just by hitting ‘Go' to a nearby place listed on your GPS system. And from there, pick another crazy sight…a giant beetle statue leads to a huge rocking chair, which leads to an alligator farm, and by sunset you're standing on a UFO watchtower wondering what happened to your day."

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