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Google Maps wants to help you avoid traffic and crowds over Thanksgiving

Google Maps wants to help you avoid traffic and crowds over Thanksgiving

Other than overeating and argument at the dinner table, the most frustrating part of Thanksgiving is the travel. You can’t go anywhere without being swarmed by traffic, whether you’re on foot, on the road, or in the airport. But Google is well aware of this frustration, which is why the search giant put together an interactive site examining search terms and traffic patterns to give travelers a cheat sheet of sorts to avoid big crowds.

Up first are the search trends, which show where people in each state are most likely to travel over the Thanksgiving weekend. In New York, they want to visit art centers and music venues. The Midwest will spend the holiday at home improvement stores. And the people of Alabama are going to watch the Alabama-Auburn game.