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New site: Federal Interactive Visitor Map, for entire USA except Hawaii

John E Davies

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Trip planning is half the fun of traveling. Printed National Forest maps are stellar, but the cost can really add up in states like Idaho that have many different forests. Plus your map collection may soon become out of date.  Who wants to buy new maps every few years, as they get torn or borrowed or lost? Who wants to carry around a huge stack of maps? My truck stash is six inches thick, and that is just for a couple of states close to Spokane. I have a big plastic box full of NFS and other visitor/recreation maps for further "destination states" like Utah and Colorado.... http://www.nationalforestmapstore.com/category-s/1830.htm .... The last time I bought paper maps I was uncomfortable paying $6.50 for them....


This new interactive site has all the detail of the paper maps, plus you can save to PDF (reportedly, I have not tested this). I plan to spend a lot of time checking out the features. The BIG benefit is that the road types are shown accurately, as well as the name (forest number). Typically your GPS will not show the road type correctly and often the name is wrong.


Federal Interactive Visitor Map: .... http://www.fs.fed.us/ivm/


I am hoping that I can save PDF  maps and view them on my iPad mini, which will be a great companion to the MotionX HD GPS app and my Benchmark Atlases.


BTW the site is "Beta" and a little slow. I am sure it will get better as they work out the kinks.


Please try out the map and  comment here. Combined with Google Earth, it should be a great way to digitally explore an area far from your location.


John Davies


Spokane WA

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