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Learn2 Read a U.S. Road Map
(5 steps)


The lost highway


Dogs use their keen sense of smell, birds track Earth's magnetic fields, and we take a highly detailed map and stare at it with blind panic. If you need to bone up on your cartographic competence, be it for a trip across town or across the country, we'll help you get where you want to go.

Before you begin

For this 2torial, you'll need a local map and a U.S. road atlas, which will include a national map as well as more detailed maps for each state (and most major cities), arranged alphabetically. Both should be available at your local gas station, supermarket, or bookstore. Be sure the maps are current (less than five years old) to ensure accuracy. Streets and highways can change names and sometimes disappear entirely, while new construction pops up every day.
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2TORIAL STEPS
Introduction
Step 1: Use the grid
Step 2: Consult the key
Step 3: Navigate the local roads
Step 4: Hit the highways
Step 5: Understand the symbols and colors

 2TORIAL NECESSITIES
  • A local map of your area
  • A U.S. road atlas

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