• jnffarrell1

    If you incorporate the phrase “as the crow flies” into the question “how far is it from Miami to Seattle” do you get the great circle arch length?

  • glennmarston

    Thank you for this useful article. Straight-line distances – as the crow flies – have long been needed between two points, near or far, on Google Maps or Google search as a simple option. This new feature is interesting, but no wonder Google’s blog describes it in terms of a game. It would be much more useful if not restricted to remote locales. Google Maps and search should provide the ability to give straight-line distances for cities that are relatively close. For instance, in Florida, what is the as-the-crow-flies distance between Orlando and Gainesville? (There is no direct highway route.)