You may wish to modify the way your map appears. This article describes the various map background options.
By default, a basic street map view is used as the map's background. This mode is useful for eliminating a lot of the clutter that you may not wish to see in a map. It focuses on road paths, green spaces, and water ways. However, you can manually switch through the various map modes by clicking either Map or Satellite, found near the bottom-corner of the map.
Click Map to use the basic street map view. Additionally, you can hover your mouse over Map to have the option of overlaying terrain features.
Click Satellite to activate a view of the map as seen from a satellite (a real-life depiction). Additionally, you can hover your mouse over Satellite to have the option of overlaying labels.