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It’s a great idea to keep state road maps or a road atlas of your home state (and surrounding states where you may travel). Keep them in your vehicle as a backup for your GPS navigation system!

( jump to all 50 state road atlas maps )

Hard-copy state road maps or a state road atlas can’t be beat! Here’s why…

A GPS navigation system is terrible at viewing “the big picture”, so to speak. The screen is too small. There’s no good topography perspective. Tedious to zoom in and out. Instead, compare that to a detailed road atlas where each page shows lots more information! There’s no comparison in that regard.

Sure, a GPS can be very convenient for routing you from point A to point B. And it can zoom in very nicely to reveal detailed street views, and of course your present location. But there’s nothing quite like a road atlas that you can hold in your hand and flip the pages.

It is simply good preparedness to have road maps and/or topographical maps, or a up-to-date road atlas.

I do use and appreciate my own vehicle’s built-in GPS navigation unit. However 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 page!) does not provide a large enough perspective. There’s nothing like opening a road atlas (they all have topographical perspective too) and viewing the lay of the land.

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

I have updated the following list of all 50 state road atlas maps (links below). They are the most up to date based on my research as of this publish date. Most are from DeLorme, some from Benchmark, and USA Atlas by Rand McNally.

Road Atlas Maps (USA & State)

Best USA Road Atlas

Rand McNally Large Scale Road Atlas USA

Best Road Atlas For Each State

 
Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut / Rhode Island

Delaware / Maryland

District of Columbia (Washington DC)

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland / Delaware

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire / Vermont

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island / Connecticut

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont / New Hampshire

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Also of interest, a book called Next Exit. Lists services located at USA Interstate exits nationwide. Gas, food, lodging. shopping and other facilities.