In addition to state road maps and state tourist maps, other kinds of
state maps include land plat maps, geological maps, and topographic maps
as well as recreation maps, boundary maps, and other kinds of charts,
surveys, and maps designed to showcase certain features or resources.
So where can you find state maps? There are many different sources,
depending upon what kind of map you are looking for.
Road maps. If you are planning to travel from Point A to Point B, your best resource is most likely the state tourism office.
The state tourism office will at least offer standard road maps, although some may surprise you with graphics or themes.
For example, hiking maps are popular in areas with lots of outdoor offerings, while shopping maps are popular in areas that boast many retail outlets.
The state may also produce geological maps, soil maps, and natural resource maps, as well as recreation maps and and maps related to travel, land use, and industry.
Commercial sources for state road maps include Rand McNally
and OmniMap. State government sources for road maps can be found on this
Road Map Collectors Association web page.
Atlases and travel guides. There are a number of commercial publishers that specialize in atlases, travel guides, recreational and business maps,
and basic wall maps for use in the home and at work. Map stores, book stores, and the Internet are great places to look for these kinds of maps and resources.
Historical maps. If you are looking for older state maps, a good place to look is at state, county, and local historical societies
or agencies. The National Archives and Library of Congress are also good sources.
Topographic maps. The USGS
produces state topographic maps, as well as geologic and energy investigations maps, seismicity maps, and land plat maps for public land.
Maps depicting demographic trends. For state maps that illustrate population size, ethnicity, income, and age, as well as maps
that feature utility use and per capita retail sales, the Census Bureau is your best resource.