Google Maps is much more than looking up locations and driving directions= anyone with a google account can create their own maps by annotating the basic map with your own location points. Each map point can have content created in their basic editor, and you can also add lines between points or create geometric shapes as map overlays.

This is an ideal tool to create a story that is organized by map location, be it across the world, or just detailed ones within your neighborhood.

The also provide cut and paste code (via the "Link to this Page") so you can embed the maps in any web page.