California, including Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, at 1:800,000 on an indexed road map from Marco Polo Travel Publishing with prominent highlighting of interesting locations, enlargements and/or street plans for San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, maps of seven national parks, descriptions of the regions 15 most interesting sights, etc. The map is double-sided with a very generous overlap; the south side extends beyond San Francisco to Sacramento, and the north side starts with the northern part of the LA conurbation.
Cartography is from the renowned German publishers MairDumont. Topography is presented by relief shading and spot heights, with plenty of names of mountain ranges, valleys, etc. Boundaries of national parks are marked, also of Indian Reservations and of restricted entry military areas. Road network clearly shows the numbers of interstate and main state roads, plus driving distances. Railway lines are included and local airports are marked. Locations of interest are highlighted, with separate colouring for towns or villages and for natural sites; 15 most interesting sights are cross-referenced to their descriptions in a booklet attached to the map cover and symbols indicate various other places of interest. Latitude and longitude lines are drawn at 1º intervals. The index is in the booklet and includes landscape features such as national parks, mountain ranges and peaks, rivers and lakes, etc.
Next to the map or in the booklet are: for Los Angeles, a map of the central part of its conurbation including the international airport, plus street plans of downtown, Hollywood and Beverly Hills; for San Francisco, an enlargement of the SF/Oakland Bay area including the international airport, plus street plans of downtown and of the Presidio - Golden Gate Bridge area; for Las Vegas an overview plan of the city plus street plans of downtown and the Strip with access to the international airport. The booklet also includes maps of the Bryce Canyon, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, King’s Canyon/Sequoia, Yosemite and Zion National Parks, a list of airports and UNESCO World Heritage sites, etc.
A fold-out flap in the cover shows for route planning an overview of the whole area covered by the map plus the adjacent regions, prominently highlighting main places of interest, with the grid reference system in the margins making it easier to find locations on the main map. Also included are a distance/driving times table and basic driving regulations.
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