Google's street view option comes in handy pretty often. You can see what a destination looks like to make sure you don't miss it; you can check out a neighbourhood before moving in. And with this tool, you can actually see an entire video of your map route, based on street view snapshots.
Software developer Brian Folts has the tool up on his site, and it's easy and impressive. You type in your origin and destination, then hit play to see a street-by-street view of your map route.
Folts also has some advanced options that make it fun to play around with. You can adjust the frames per second for a slower or faster experience, and you can also check out a route for driving, cycling, walking, or transit.
Give it a try for yourself at the link below.