Whether you're a map enthusiast or simply want to plan your next outdoor trip, here's a list of free online topographic maps:
- USA - My Topo (good web usability and navigation)
- USA - Map Server
- USA - OnlineTopoMaps
- Canada Atlas
- UK - Where's The Path (nice dual view: Google map and topo map)
- UK - Bing Maps
- And The World - Topomapper.com (lots of options and great navigation with a scroll mouse)
Why to consult a topographic map
It's all about contour lines which allow you to asses the terrain you're gonna roam on. You wanna know whether your route is steep or not and plan ahead accordingly.
Enjoy hiking off trails and pretend you're lost. That's where the fun is.
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