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Old 01-29-2020, 11:29 AM
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Paper Maps

Okay, I would put this in the overlanding discussion but no one looks there-

I'm looking for a big 'ol paper map of the US. I don't need, or want, recommendations for digital maps. I'm a techie and an engineering student, I'm well versed in technology, and I know the digital maps I like

What I'm looking for is a paper map of the US down to at least state routes, or county highways would be even better. I'm looking for a wall map size, since that's the only reasonable size for it to be useful/readable

To explain a little: I'm going to be taking some East Coast-West Coast and Northeast-Southeast kinds of road trips over the next couple of years, and I like the perspective of the entire trip mapped out on paper. I find interstates boring, and so I'd like to be able to draw the routes out instead of fighting google.

Do any of you lovely people know where I could get one of these? I couldn't find any that met that criteria while searching, but it's also a bit of a difficult search. Or, does anyone know reputable and affordable map makers?


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Do you have a AAA membership? Those dudes have plenty of free large maps.
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Does Rand-McNally still make the big USA book? Here's a link
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I don't know if you are going to find a Nationwide map with the detail you want. Wally World sells a variety of Rand McNally map books for $8-15.
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I have a large book that has pages for every state. I also have a book for Arizona. Putting the whole US on one map will lose a lot of detail.
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The AAA suggestion is a good one, though there are better maps out there (I guess you get what you pay for...). Even though a little more pricey option, the DeLorme series of maps are really good for each state.
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Old 01-30-2020, 09:52 AM   #7
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I have the Delorme books for Oregon and California. Very detailed. But they are not sea to shining sea.

A full map of the 48 contiguous US would be good to do planning on using the internet for more detailed info. I have found that the Jeep's navigation system has some route planning allowing for bypassing major routes, tolls, ferry's etc.

It can route me from Portland to Seattle avoiding I-5 and doubling my drive time
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National Geographic used to sell some really nice large maps.
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Some book stores would stock these at one time. I don't know if they still do or not.

I just googled US wall map and found this:
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This is a National Geographic map hanging on my office wall.
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The state by state atlas's are pretty detailed. Smileyor reminds us of the DeLorme books. I think I have a Colorado and Utah in my truck.

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What I'm looking for is a paper map of the US down to at least state routes, or county highways would be even better. I'm looking for a wall map size, since that's the only reasonable size for it to be useful/readable

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