Stories are a long-form storytelling format that combine text, maps, media and embedded web content. Whether you’re a creator, writer, or travel enthusiast, stories allow you to craft a compelling narrative and inspire any audience.
Maps: Give context with places
Take your readers on a journey where your story happens. You only need a few minutes to make a map.
Immersives: Provide engaging experiences
Create dynamic experiences for readers with ready-to-use interactive elements
Multimedia: Go beyond words
Tell your story how it’s meant to be told using a variety of visualsLearn about multimedia
Bring your own images; StoryMaps supports the most popular formats
Upload your own files or link to a third-party provider like YouTube
Add sound to your story as click-to-play elements or on-demand in the background
Bring live web content, like social posts or other websites, directly into your story
Frames are short, engaging stories with photos and maps that are optimized for on-the-go creation and viewing in a way that brings the art of storytelling right to your fingertips. Frame templates distill the very best elements of StoryMaps into the mobile app where the time and place set the stage for your stories.Learn more about frames
Share your experiences step-by-step with the timeline template and make connections over time with pictures and dates. You can use the timeline template to recap a recent trip, document the progress of your latest project, or record the growth of your new puppy.
The journey template makes mapping your story easy with automatic location tagging for each picture and simple captions that add your personal perspective to each place. Create journeys to bring people along to explore meaningful places, landmarks, and points of interest, like a tour of your city, a survey of the best local restaurants, or a rundown of your favorite beaches.
Change the color scheme, font and design of your content with a single click. Choose from a range of options provided or create your own easily.Learn about themes
Customize the look
The right appearance sets the tone of your story. With custom themes, you can give your story a look of its own.
Specify up to three accent colors to use throughout your content
Choose from our font selection or the thousands available from Google Fonts
Specify the basemap and symbology that best suit your subject
Adjust other elements—buttons, quote styles, etc.—to complement your story’s tone
Curate collections of content
Combine a group of related stories, files and other web content into a collection and give your audience a single link to view everythingCheck out these collections curated by our editors
Upload images, PDFs, and more to further enhance the story you’re telling
If it lives on the web, you can include it in a collection, all you need is the link
Showcase your collection content in a variety of layout options
Apply standard and custom themes consistently to stories and collections