Destination descriptions are route descriptions focusing on the “where” of the destination instead of the “how” to reach it. They provide first a coarse reference to the destination, and then increasingly more detailed ones as the description proceeds. We introduce a definition of destination descriptions, along with an analysis of the construction and interpretation of destination descriptions grounded in pragmatic communication theory.We present a formal model enabling the selection of references for destination descriptions from models of experiential hierarchies of urban environments. This model generates route directions for people with some knowledge of the environment. Destination descriptions are usually shorter and we conjecture that the cognitive workload required during their use is lower than for equivalent turn-based directions.