It’s a good idea to keep a map or road atlas for your state (and surrounding states where you may travel) in your vehicle as a backup to your GPS navigation system. From a preparedness point of view, a hard copy map or road atlas can’t be beat…

A GPS navigation system requires power, operational satellites, and good weather conditions. Under normal circumstances this is not a problem; but there are circumstances in which your GPS may not function. It is good preparedness to have (road and/or topographical) maps with local, state, and national coverage – any of which could assist you during ordinary travel, evacuation, or ‘bug-out’.

While I enjoy using and appreciate my own vehicle’s built-in GPS navigation unit, I have a personal preference for reading quality maps while getting a feel for the terrain or region and its roads. I find that a GPS unit and its relatively small screen size (compared to a road atlas) does not provide a large enough perspective. There’s nothing like opening a road atlas or topo map and viewing the lay of the land.

I keep several quality road atlas’ in my truck which cover not only my own state, but the various states around me (and a national road atlas). Theoretically I could travel anywhere in the U.S. without a GPS, without issue.


Road Atlas For Each State

Best Large Scale Road Atlas USA

Alabama Atlas and Gazetteer

Alaska Atlas and Gazetteer

Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer

Arkansas Atlas and Gazetteer

California Atlas & Gazetteer

Colorado Road & Recreation Atlas

Connecticut / Rhode Island Atlas and Gazetteer

Delaware Delaware Atlas & Gazetteer

District of Columbia Street Map

Florida Atlas & Gazetteer

Georgia Atlas & Gazetteer

Hawaii Rand McNally Road Atlas

Idaho Benchmark Road & Recreation Atlas

Illinois Atlas and Gazetteer

Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer

Iowa Atlas & Gazetteer

Kansas Atlas & Gazetteer

Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer

Louisiana Atlas & Gazetteer

Maine Atlas & Gazetteer

Maryland Delaware Atlas & Gazetteer

Massachusetts Atlas & Gazetteer

Michigan Atlas & Gazetteer

Minnesota Atlas and Gazetteer

Mississippi Atlas & Gazetteer

Missouri Atlas & Gazetteer

Montana Road & Recreation Atlas

Nebraska Atlas and Gazetteer

Nevada Road & Recreation Atlas

New Hampshire Atlas and Gazetteer

New Jersey Atlas & Gazetteer

New Mexico Road & Recreation Atlas

New York Atlas and Gazetteer

North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer

North Dakota Atlas & Gazetteer

Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer

Oklahoma Atlas & Gazetteer

Oregon Road & Recreation Atlas

Pennsylvania Atlas and Gazetteer

Rhode Island / Connecticut Atlas and Gazetteer

North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer

South Dakota Atlas & Gazetteer

Tennessee Atlas & Gazetteer

Texas Atlas & Gazetteer

Utah Road & Recreation Atlas

Vermont Atlas & Gazetteer

Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer

Washington Road & Recreation Atlas

West Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer

Wisconsin Atlas and Gazetteer

Wyoming Road and Recreation Atlas