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California Road & Recreation Atlas: Landscape Maps, Recreation Guides, Detailed Roads, GPS Grids (Benchmark Maps) Paperback – 2005
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The main competitor is DeLorme's series of state atlases. Here's how they compare: Benchmark is better for primary and secondary roads, better for labeling landmarks, far better on land forms. Benchmark also has a dedicated set of pages showing what government agencies own what lands. DeLorme is larger scale, with occasionally better detail on local features.
Neither is a definitive guide to back-country roads, although Benchmark does more to classify which roads are actually driveable vs. which are mere tracks.
Benchmark covers only the Western states, DeLorme all 50 states. For any state covered by both, I would want to have both atlases in the car, but if I had to chose just one it would be Benchmark.
Printing and binding are excellent. My old edition went through hell and came out battered but alive.
As an avid off-roader this is the best for the entire state.
Overall, if you like atlases you should probably have both Benchmark & DeLorme. If you have to choose one, and intend on spending any time off the main highways, Benchmark is better for looking at but DeLorme is better for actual use.
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I agree with other reviewers that stated the Benchmark atlas was easier to read at a glance but the DeLorme has more information. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stephen Zaharris
Benchmark is the standard for us after looking at the Rand McNally and deLorme maps. We travel a lot on back roads, and haven't found anything that compares to the accuracy of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Robbie
This is a good product. It has two styles of maps in the book. One is a detailed road map. One deals more with recreation which is more detailed. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by Dogwoodz
The atlas was exactly what we were looking for and it arrived sooner than original delivery date. It will be a great help for our upcoming trip.Published on August 14, 2013 by Diana2035
Wish it had more detailed routes for OHV. THought it would have trails marked better. Needs a bigger scale to be usefulPublished on December 11, 2012 by Jacob Johnson
I like the atlas. It has great detail and works well. As with any staples paper book the pages do start to pull out too soon though.Published on October 31, 2012 by kmac
Read the product review, if it sounds like what you need, buy it. It is always a great product. Every edition is right there.Published on September 12, 2009 by Ken Forden