The Beauty of Maps

The United States has an infinite variety of culture between the different states, and much open, wild land, it could take you a lifetime to see it all. From national and state parks and forests, from historic monuments to theme parks, it’s no wonder that more and more people set out every year in their RVs, to travel across the United States.

If you or your family plan on making a trek across the United States, either as a long road trip from coast to coast, or just as one state or city at a time, the best way to plan a trip is with maps. Laying out a map, and pin pointing different places you want to go is a fun way to plan a trip, and you will find things you won’t find online, or with your smart phone apps, such as alternate routes, different points of interest, or the borders of the National forests and parks. Feel free to write on, or put sticky notes on your maps, to remind yourself of all the places you have found along the way.

A road map, which can be purchased at any Walmart, or even gas stations, can be an essential tool to help you make your travel plans. Learning to read a map is a must, if you plan to live a life on the road! You can get road maps as an atlas, which is a complete book with each of the fifty states, or as single maps, specifically for one state. It’s good to have both an atlas and individual maps, because each will show different things, such as rest stops, National Forests, and various points of interests. You can often pick up tourist maps at different national and state parks, or state and local visitor centers, which will be surprisingly handy! As well as a state road map, it can also be important to get a detailed map of the big cities you may be planning to visit. As an example, if your plan is to travel to Washington D.C., you should get a tourist map that includes the location of each of the historical monuments. This more specific information can be useful for areas that are unfamiliar to you.

If your goal is to visit each of the 50 states, it’s a good idea to buy an atlas, and to also start collecting maps from each of the 50 states, to get a more complete picture of what each state has to offer. It can be surprising to see what’s there is to visit within each state, and laying out a map will give you the big picture.

It’s also smart to find out how long it takes to travel from one state to the next, and that’s where a GPS unit or your smart phone app can help. Travel maps are perfect for getting the big picture, and augmenting the plans you make using a map with GPS or smart phone apps, will make your trip smoother and enjoyable.

Traveling across the United States, regardless of the reason is very exciting as you are able to take in what each of the fifty States has to offer its visitors. By planning your trip with the use of maps, it is certain that you will be able to make the most of any trip you take.


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