Geographic United States maps are the standard by which other US maps are
judged. They have a lot of advantages over other US maps. First, National
Geographic only prints their maps on the finest quality paper available. This
means that they achieve the richest colors, the finest clarity and smoothest
texture found on any map today. Second, National Geographic creates the best
balance between detail and clarity by balancing the number of cities shown along
with salient road detail. While interstates are not the primary feature of
this map, they are clearly shown. Finally, they use their classic border shading
around each state. This map coloring scheme clearly separates each state while
allowing for plenty of white background to make all the detailed cities stand
Another advantage to each of the maps shown below is that they all have companion world maps. By hanging both maps on the wall next to one another, they become an informative and artful decorating highlight.
|Classic US Map||Decorator US Map|
|New York for Framing||Executive US Map|
|Texas for Framing||California for Framing|
Click on one of these to see large scale examples of their work.
Let's talk about finishing options. There are a lot of ways to hang a map on the wall. You can put it up like wall paper. (see the mural maps in the World Wall Map section). You can frame it in a metal frame, The frame helps protect the map but makes it hard to transport. We carry framed maps but we are somewhat reluctant to ship them. It is difficult to pack them strong enough to survive the shipping companies.... who shall remain nameless. When we ship a framed map, we crate it first! We like to laminate the map and connect it through our exclusive system of screws and glues to walnut-grained strips. This is the finishing option we call "rails". For more information on all the ways we can mount your map, look at our map mounting page. These make the map look elegant and still allow it to be rolled up for transport. You can still mark locations on the map by using sticker dots instead of pins.