Map Tours are an easy and interesting way to combine text, media (photos and videos), and and their geographic locations using an interactive map. Map Tours can be authored and published by anyone with an ArcGIS account – whether you’re a public account holder or a member of an ArcGIS organization.
Map Tours can inform, educate, entertain, and inspire people about a wide variety of topics. You’ll find many examples at the Esri Storytelling with Maps website such as Palm Springs Map Tour, A walk on the High Line, and Treasures of Redlands.
Before you start
To make a Map Tour story map, first organize the media (photos or videos) that you want to use and place them in publicly accessible location such as Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, or another online sharing and storage solution.
Optionally if you have an ArcGIS organizational account and have either Administrator or Publisher privileges, you can import your local photos to your ArcGIS Online account. Note that this creates a feature service (with photos as attachments), and will consume account credits.
You’ll also need to know where on the map you want to place your photos and videos. You can place media interactively using the Map Tour builder, or can use a CSV file with the locations to create your map for the tour.
Follow the steps below to create your Map Tour. For more information view the Map Tour description.
Start the Map Tour builder and sign in to your ArcGIS account. You can use a public or organizational account.
Choose the location of your media from the available options.
Your images or videos must be hosted at an online location such as Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, or YouTube.
If you have an organizational account with either Administrator or Publisher privileges, you can also upload your photos to ArcGIS Online.
Follow the steps for your choice above. Depending on where you’ve stored your photos this may require signing in, selecting folders, and making other choices. When finished click Import.
Choose the photos you want to locate and click the map to place them. Geotagged media will be automatically placed on the map. To adjust the location, click and drag to a new location. When finished click Import.
Make additional changes using the map tour builder. You can change the title, subtitle, layout, basemap, order of the locations, and more.
When finished click Save.
Click Share to make your map tour publicly accessible, or share it only within your organization (requires an organizational account).
Copy and paste the URL to share it with others.
You can also view the details of your saved map tour, and can edit its description, change the thumbnail, add tags, and more. To make changes to your tour click Switch to builder mode after signing in, or after opening the map tour from your account.
For more information