I know a GPS isn't the answer for every situation but for some long drives in unfamiliar areas it might be the ticket.
Thanks again for these and any further thoughts on the subject.
I believe that my Garmin Nuvi 650 is no longer on the cutting edge. Do some more research and decide exactly what features you want. My brother has a model that also allows him to subscribe to traffic reporting. He's not exactly thrilled with the service.
As you said, it's useful for long drives in unfamiliar areas. My last drive was to a Baptism in Pittsburgh, a little over 400 miles from my home. The Queen was away, so I had no navigator. Before leaving, I entered the info for my nephew's house, my niece's house, my hotel, a hotel where others were staying, the church, the airport (I like checking out airports), restaurants (recommendations from the web), Costco stores, a condo community I wanted to see and a certain Penn liquor store (the PLCB web site told me that it stocked something I wanted). Easy peasy.
One of the big advantages is that you can get to where you want to go, from wherever you happen to be. You really don't have to know where you are at the start. I hope that makes sense.
***Yes, it does make sense and is pretty much how I plan to use it. Thanks !