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Old 09-15-2020, 10:13 PM   #1
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Looking for free DOT maps

Hi everyone!

I am looking for a few of the free DOT maps typically found in state operated rest stops. They will be used with my kids for out of the box learning. I will be happy to paypal the shipping costs. I just need one from each in the list. We hope to start traveling by the end of the year.

If anyone is in the following states and can help out I really would appreciate it. I have not had success ordering them online, hoping here will have better luck.

I am looking for state maps for:
Connecticut
Delaware
Montana
Nebraska
New Hampshire
Texas

Safe travels to all,
Liza and the Rolling Gnome-Mads
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Old 09-16-2020, 06:37 AM   #2
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I don't have any maps but, good for you. I assume you are teaching how to read a map.
When I was a kid all of the major oil companies had free maps. When I was 10 dad handed me some maps and said "figure out how to get to Florida". Mom made an organizer to hang on the back of their seat with a pocket for each map. I was the "official" navigator, my brother wasn't particularly interested. This was before GPS or interstate highways. I had the whole trip planned with mileages etc.
Side note, my brother,75 now, never travelled much and never drove much. His wife did most of the driving. I on the other hand I have over 1.5 million miles in a truck and have been t to 49 states and half of the provinces.
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https://www.heyitsfree.net/free-state-maps/
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Old 09-16-2020, 08:07 AM   #4
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I know they arent free. but one of the things i carry in my bus is a current or 1 year old Large format Rand mcnally Motor carrier road atlas.. the motor carrier edition has laminated pages, and shows load limits, elevations, hazards, etc that truckers need to heed..



GPS is convenient. but with a bus (esp my slower bus) taking the less travelled roads is fun to do.. it is a royal pain to get a GPS to route you along a route you want to take and at a speed you want to travel.. nothing beats a physical map.. I like the laminated pages because I can mark with dry erase pens and then erase them later.


the book is 11x17 so its fun to lay it out and look for places to drive.


with Covid, many rest stops have closed their visitor information centers except for the restrooms so its a little harder to get maps now.



-Christopher
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Old 09-16-2020, 06:20 PM   #5
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I know they arent free. but one of the things i carry in my bus is a current or 1 year old Large format Rand mcnally Motor carrier road atlas.. the motor carrier edition has laminated pages, and shows load limits, elevations, hazards, etc that truckers need to heed..



GPS is convenient. but with a bus (esp my slower bus) taking the less travelled roads is fun to do.. it is a royal pain to get a GPS to route you along a route you want to take and at a speed you want to travel.. nothing beats a physical map.. I like the laminated pages because I can mark with dry erase pens and then erase them later.


the book is 11x17 so its fun to lay it out and look for places to drive.


with Covid, many rest stops have closed their visitor information centers except for the restrooms so its a little harder to get maps now.



-Christopher
I spent many a hour navigating from those Rand Mcnally altas' for my dad in the co-piolet seat of his cab-over international. I always loved that old 2 stroke Detroit rumbling away right under me. He always kept the atlas on a wire coat hanger set right in the center of the book hanging from the sleeper entry right behind us. Some great memories, thanks for that image and my walk down memory lane!
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