1. big soft moose

    big soft moose All killer, no filler. Contributor Community Volunteer

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    Maps of America (50,000:1 or 25,000:1 )

    Discussion in 'Research' started by big soft moose, Apr 30, 2017.

    For my most recent wip which is set in the States, I was wondering what there is out there to buy ? Currently I'm using google earth which is good but tiresome on my very slow connection.

    In the UK we have the excellent Ordnance Survey landranger and explorer maps, and I was wondering what the American equivalent is ?

    To be clear i'm looking for more than road maps. OS maps show terrain, contours, footpaths, woods , even field boundaries on the 25k:1 version

    all help appreciated
     
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    Elven Candy Pay no attention to the foot in my mouth Supporter Contributor

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    After a bit of searching, I found this on another forum where someone else asked the same thing:

    "It's the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in the USA. This link takes you to their recently renovated online server, you can download maps (pdf) and data from there for free: http://viewer.nationalmap.gov/viewer/

    There are other agencies that make good topographic maps of the States (e.g., DeLorme, Raven, even online ones like Esri's), but USGS is the official government source." -P.Raposo from the other forum (I don't know if I'm allowed to name it and I'm too lazy to look it up).

    NOTE: I clicked on the link provided, and on the top it said that that particular page was going to retire at the end of May, and then it gave a link to the new one.

    According to a travel website, one person says, "However these seem to be lacking in detail in terms of paths, landmarks, facilities, vegetation etc." about the USGS.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    Definitely the USGS maps if you want topographical. Here in the US I can get them all at the university library, and for hiking, our REI stores carry them. Sometimes you need that paper map in your hands.
     
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