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Old 06-18-2012, 04:22 PM   #1
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Question Where to buy paper maps?

I tried ebay, amazon, etc. Most listings are for vintage maps. AAA lacks detail. Where can I find a 50 state pack of good detail rich maps? Local stores around me just have the neighboring states of NJ. Any ideas?
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:28 PM   #2
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I like to buy a road atlas and then tear out the pages I'll need for a given trip.
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:44 PM   #3
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rand mcnally has better maps than AAA. I get them at wally world or barnes and noble.
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:51 PM   #4
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Check Amazon for used DeLorme Gazetteers. Take them apart or make copies of the pages you need.
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:52 PM   #5
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This could be something to look at: http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/n...nd-hiking-maps
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:56 PM   #6
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I generally buy an Atlas for the state or states I am interested in and my preference is the Benchmark Atlas they also make folding paper maps but I'm not familiar with the folding type but love their Atlas.. Have you tried Barnes and Noble or REI?

http://www.benchmarkmaps.com/
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:57 PM   #7
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Great responses. Someone at work has a boxed set of 50 state maps. They are outdated or I would have snatched, er, borrored them long ago...
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Old 06-18-2012, 05:00 PM   #8
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http://www.omnimap.com/
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:12 PM   #9
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What are these "paper" maps you speak of?
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:51 PM   #10
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:44 PM   #11
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While I've got GPS and all that

Nothing for me is as enjoyable as pouring over cool maps and some of the neatest for motorcycle scale trips are the afore mentioned gazetteers

http://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DELi...?section=10096

$20 a book and most states use only one book.
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:31 AM   #12
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I agree about the love for paper maps, gps and computer screens just don't show enough of the "big picture", constantly having to scroll up and down to see where the damn road goes. I use a combo of gps, computer, gazeteers, and good old folding paper maps.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:37 AM   #13
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Free road maps can be had for most sates at their tourism web sites.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:27 AM   #14
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How much detail do you need?

I use AAA maps and they seem to have most of the dirt roads I want. I have 5 western states of Benchmark Atlas books ($20 each state) and use those for smaller scale routing. Benchmark has more detail including all the forest service roads. I also have an Arizona DeLorme, but it has almost too much detail, because it has foot trails as well. Can be tedious to make a route. However, I did use it for scouting 13 miles of a sand wash for the Great Western Trail. The wash is called Camp Creek and was only on DeLorme and my City Navigator software. It took me three attempts to navigate that wash end to end. A new front tire on the last attempt did the trick.

My technique for laying out a trip is to start with AAA maps, then drill down with Benchmark. After that, I open my Basecamp software with its City Navigator NA maps. I drill down to .2 mile scale and all the forest service roads are right there. Then I make my tracks with the tracking tool on Basecamp and load it onto my Garmin 60CSx. Presto! Plug and play...

After that my AAA maps only serve as a back-up.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:37 AM   #15
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Especially for New York, but also most of the Northeast, I like Jimapco maps. Their county-level maps in NY have tremendous detail.
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