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Bicycle Travel => General Discussion => Topic started by: Kittery Rider on February 17, 2014, 01:29:39 pm

 
Title: Map info
Post by: Kittery Rider on February 17, 2014, 01:29:39 pm
All,

what are the best maps for touring, or what are the most popular and where do I get them? 


Thanks,

John
Title: Re: Map info
Post by: DaveB on February 17, 2014, 02:10:44 pm
Well, you came to the right place to ask. ACA maps are among the best available and they can be reviewed and ordered from the ACA web site: ( adv-cycling.org). 

If you have a particular state or states in mind, most state tourism bureaus have bicycle specific maps and information available.
Title: Re: Map info
Post by: Kittery Rider on February 17, 2014, 02:14:40 pm
Okay I must be getting old.  I can't find the map info on this site you are referring to. 
Title: Re: Map info
Post by: mudfreek on February 17, 2014, 03:23:01 pm
http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/


heres the to adventure cycle link hope this helps
look on the rh side of the page all the maps are there
Title: Re: Map info
Post by: staehpj1 on February 17, 2014, 05:27:24 pm
Be aware that AC maps are great, but they are for very specific routes and do not show anything not on those specific routes.  They are just a narrow strip.  They do include a ton of info about services and points of interest.  If you are doing an AC route they can't be beat.  If you are doing a non-AC route they are not suitable.

For general use other than an AC map, I just pick up state maps as I go, preferably the free ones at visitor centers.  I supplement them with Google maps on my phone.  I do not usually like the Google maps bicycle specifc directions as they go way out of their way to hit bike trails that I would just as soon avoid, preferring regular roads.

I have also used bike specific maps from state departments of transportation.  Some are good and some not so good.