They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which is why we've added photos to Google Maps local search. Now you can compare the sea views and room interiors for beachfront hotels in Honolulu or drool over the dishes served at steakhouses in Boston. Google Maps also includes pictures of buildings, storefronts, signs, and logos—especially helpful if you're going somewhere for the first time. For a tourist trying to find the Sony Building in Tokyo, a photo of the building exterior is probably worth a *million* words.

If you're a business owner, you can now upload photos of your business to Google Maps using the free Local Business Center.