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North American Atlas

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North American Atlas

Fellow travellers, I hope you'll all excuse me for asking a North America travel question on the London board but we all know the guys who frequent here will give good answers. Plus I there isn't a general North America board and my question is not particular to an individual US state or Canadian province.

I have a very old and trusty AAA Road Atlas of the USA, Canada & Mexico that has served me well for many years. But I'm busy planning my spring trip (to Fl, SC, NC, Ga & back to FL) and I'm afraid that old age and much use has take its toll on my poor atlas. The corners are dog-eared; the cover has fallen off and the pages are coming undone. In short, I need a new one.

So before I hit the keys and log in to Amazon I wonder if any of you can let me know what is your favourite North American atlas.

Thanks

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Cheshire: I like Michelin and National Geographic.

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For individual states Rand McNally and AAA produce reasonable foldable road maps that contain other helpful detail on the reverse.

If Amazon don't stock them you can generally buy the Rand McNally maps online from Stanfords, the travel book specialists.

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Cat ~> How come the Great White North isn't on your destination?

I have a nice map coil bound that I like from National Geographic. Also have you tried out Rand McNally maps. I'd go for a coil bound one myself.

You weren't around when I was asking my Britian large scale questions awhile back!

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CheshireCat, I've always used Rand McNally, which is also used by the Allstate Motor Club. You could email the state tourism division of each state (since you're only doing 4) and request a tourism packet, specifically asking for a state road map. At least Oregon gives away road maps, updated every year. I believe those are Rand McNally too.

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CheshireCat - your atlas sounds just like my old well-thumbed Rand McNally USA and Canada atlas, which is just about holding together by one staple!

We bought one of their individual state maps last time we visited, which was perfect for us - but would be an expensive option for you on your next trip. I think they still do a USA and Canada atlas which you can get from Amazon - I will certainly buy one again when mine finally gives up the ghost.

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Cheshire: Just had a brainstorm. You should check out each state's tourism website. Lots of times you can get free maps and other good stuff.

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Hi guys - Thanks I'll look on the suggestions.

I've already got the free maps for the state tourist offices. They're a great resource and I will be taking them with me. But they are often pretty low on detail. The SC one for instance doesn't have any topographic details just road and towns. Also they tend to be printed on thin paper so by the time I've folded and unfolded them a few times they tar easily. So I'd still liek a big book that I can keep and refer too often.

By the way Onward, it was a trip to Canada in 2004 that got me started as a TA user. Don't think I stop my travels on the southern shores of the Great Lakes or at the 49th parallel.

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Cat ~> You just became my best friend!

No you shouldn't stop at the 49th. There are a lot of great scenic areas in the States. You'll really enjoy your trip along the eastern section. Check out some peanut farms and you have to visit some plantations. Their accents down their are so cool!

Where did you go in Canada?

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Cheshire,

Please take mossie repellent and do let me know if you have any queries re NC & SC. We have visted Raleigh, Blowing Rock, Asheville, Savannah, Charleston, Wilmington and The Outer Banks amongst other places.

adamhornets@yahoo.com

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Michelin has an Atlas of just the SouthEast US which would cover all the states you are visiting. That might be more convenient for this trip than one of the whole US.