We just launched a nifty little feature which lets you preview your directions route in 3D. Now when I get invited to dinner with the queen, I'll have a much better idea of how to get there :-)
"Google Maps Helicopter View Is Like a Sweet Magic Carpet Ride (in a Chopper)" -- Brent Rose, Gizmodo
"...a new and immersive way to plan a trip." -- Jon Mitchell, Read Write Web
"3D route previews, on first glance, appear to mash up the Google Earth and Google Maps experiences quite nicely." -- Jennifer Van Grove, Mashable
More details in the blog post on the Google Lat Long blog...