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National Geographic State Recreation Atlases

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We cling to our smartphones like Wesley Snipes to a tax attorney — but even the coolest apps are worthless when your battery bar’s hurting. A new line of National Geographic Recreation Atlases ($25), described as “part road atlas, part trail guide, part trip planner”, serve as a great old-school solution getting the most out of your next vacation. The 11 x 17-inch books contain topographic maps, average climate info and road networks as well as details on statewide recreation sites, campgrounds, lakes, parks and other attractions (much like NatGeo’s handy National Parks app). If hunting or fishing’s your aim, state game management unit maps and fish species lists will let you know what’s in season. It’s also all handily cross-referenced for planning by route or activities.

Our friends at the Gear Junkie point out in their review, however, that they still leave some room to be desired when it comes to smaller park maps and other fine details. Atlases are currently available for six states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, but all 50 of our fair states should be filled in sooner than later.