You can view the map in three different styles: Normal, Satellite and Hybrid. To change the view style type, click on the layer icon in the lower right corner of the map. Below are the three options available to select from.
This is the apps default view, which is standard for maps. Shows the street names, freeways, cities, and more.
Satellite view is great as it shows the terrain without city names, street names, etc.
Hybrid is the best of both Normal and Satellite view. It shows the terrain with the street names, freeways, cities, and more.
Note: Based upon the type of device you are using, the map may differ slightly. Apple devices use Apple Maps and Android devices use Google Maps.