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Glovebox road maps
Often produced by the big oil companies, and always a joy to re-fold
Glove box road maps
Pretty much replaced by GPS systems these days.

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Posted by LoyalTubist at 5:48 pm (PDT) on Sat July 23, 2016   
Every state will send you a free road map if you request one online or send a postcard to the department of tourism. Some states have great maps (Texas, Oklahoma, New Jersey) while others leave a lot to be desired (California for one).
Posted by rschem at 7:16 am (PDT) on Mon July 18, 2016   
I still like to follow a road trip with a rand mcnall atlas .
Posted by paktype at 11:57 am (PDT) on Fri March 18, 2016   
These have gone the way of the dodo bird, a victim of the internet. Even GPS units are becoming obsolete, as more and more cars are being sold with built in navigation systems, and smart phones have maps built in.
Posted by CJ at 10:40 pm (PDT) on Fri October 3, 2014   
At least a map never told anyone to "make a left turn now" while in the middle of a bridge.
Posted by unclekipsy at 12:43 pm (PST) on Fri February 7, 2014   
Free at the gas station.  I could never fold them up properly !
Posted by GlenEllyn at 11:24 pm (PST) on Sat February 9, 2013   
I like maps.  You can still find free ones at some highway rest areas - usually the first one you come to when you cross over the state border - the rest stops that advertise they have tourist information.  Of course, they're not distributed by the oil companies anymore.  It's likely to be from the state tourist agency or whatever it's called.
Posted by Duff at 12:04 am (PST) on Wed December 12, 2012   
The maps produced by the various oil companies varied somewhat in subtle ways; the level of detail, the color scheme, the distance notations... My family tended to prefer the Esso maps.

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