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    Maps

    Where is the best place to get regional state, and smaller maps?

    Any other way to go about it other then joining AAA?

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    Delorme gazetteer and atlas.

    AAA maps are only good if you plan on taking the interstate, anything that even resembles a turn or back road is not shown.
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    Try the state tourist departments. If you go to a state's website you can usually find them there and in most cases the maps are free. Ditto for Canada
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    Most give tourism sites just direct you to online maps now. For pure road maps try AAA / rand McNally. For great pure motorcycle maps try googling butler maps. A little pricier but focus on great motorcycle roads

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpaul View Post
    Try the state tourist departments. If you go to a state's website you can usually find them there and in most cases the maps are free. Ditto for Canada
    +1 Pretty much all the state and provincial tourism agencies will send you their official road maps free.

    AAA/CAA maps are free for members but can be purchased by non-members. They also have large scale regional maps for many areas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garthw View Post
    Most give tourism sites just direct you to online maps now. For pure road maps try AAA / rand McNally. For great pure motorcycle maps try googling butler maps. A little pricier but focus on great motorcycle roads
    Butler doesn't seem to have anything in NY or New England

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    I can tell you that if you get an official state of oklahoma map that they have scenic routes listed that really are more scenic... i think some states actually have motorcycle route maps... you have to look state by state.
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    Well I just picked up the Delorme for new york.

    Should be fun

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    I like Delorme state maps to plan a route and use a spiral note pad to copy down routes and places of interest. The pad is visible under a plastic window on my tank bag. My GPS is used for accurate speed (my speedometer is over 5mph fast at 60mph), to verify location, and to find gas & eats. I carry a Michelin Road atlas in case an interesting or required detour comes up. I try to avoid interstate highways when ever possible and plan to tent camp as much as I can. A 500 mile day allows me to enjoy traveling across country and leaves plenty of time to set up & break camp each day.

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    Either the Rand McNally web site or AMAZON.com will put hundreds of maps / atlas's at your fingertips.

    Good Luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdcamp View Post
    Well I just picked up the Delorme for new york.

    Should be fun
    I like the Butler Maps, and the Rand McNally or AAA mapbooks are great if you're doing distance, but nothing beats Delorme for state maps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpaul View Post
    Try the state tourist departments.
    Texas sends out a great map and tourist guide. I still try to pick up regional Hill Country maps and Butler has a good one.
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    A lot of states have pdf versions on their websites. I download those and store them on my ipad for viewing at stops. Before a trip I will use my computer and color printer to print the sections I want. The nice part about them being pdf files instead of jpg or gif images is that you can zoom in and it still looks good (not pixelated). I print the sections I need and trim them to fit in my tank bag map pocket. In fact, I have a small stack for the areas around Austin and depending on which direction I head I just shuffle through the stack and find the one with the best coverage and put it on top.

    The best part is when it gets faded or torn up, I just print it again. And viewing the whole thing on my ipad is really nice. Would would for a smartphone also.
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    If I am not in a hurry I will request a map from the states' tourism departments.
    If I am in a hurry I go to Barnes and Noble, they usually have a very good map selection for various regions of the country.
    If I am traveling I try to stop at the state visitor centers and pick up a map.
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    Speaking of maps, the best map you'll find of Nova Scotia is available for free in the welcome center.
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