- Series: Rand Mcnally Large Scale Road Atlas USA
- Spiral-bound: 264 pages
- Publisher: Rand McNally; Spi edition (April 15, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0528011499
- ISBN-13: 978-0528011498
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10.8 x 15.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,953 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rand Mcnally 2015 Road Atlas Large Scale (Rand Mcnally Large Scale Road Atlas USA) Spiral-bound – April 15, 2014
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A quick sanity check of some areas I know have undergone recent growth shows the information has been updated. Municipalities that were a tiny dot in 2003 are now a medium sized dot, and the highway re-designations (going from a sate highway to a federal interstate) I checked are now accurately shown.
It's a tiny bit smaller than the old "traditional" copy, except it's about twice as thick - maybe three times if you include the spiral binder. The scale of maps I checked is definitely larger.
Some real-world comparisons ... measuring the on-page differences between the city centers of Jacksonville, FL and Orlando, FL ; in the 2003 version it's about 5.5", in the 2016 Large Scale it's about 7.5" - I think that mainly gives more room for larger text. Measuring the height of the "J" in Jacksonville ... 2003 = 0.145", 2016 = 0.165" ... I won't attempt to accurately measure the smallest text but on the Large Scale version is more easily read without concentration or optical assistance. So, a solid win for the Large Scale - and I believe their claim of "35% larger maps" is supported.
Even with pretty careful and infrequent use, plus the official protective cover, I've found the yardstick covers of my past atlases inevitably come loose from their stapled binding. The Large Scale is spiral bound, so again ... win for the Large Scale, at least for longevity.Read more ›
Perhaps users expect no better now, but I went back to an old (1996) Gousha road atlas and confirmed my recollection that, by human intervention, every page break was carefully arranged so that words were not split.
That's not all. Many states require two or more double-page spreads. Fine - that's the point of a large format. But there's no overlap. So for example Northeastern Pennsylvania takes a double-page spread on pages 178-179, and Southeastern Pennsylvania is on pages 180-181. Anyone who's actually used a map for driving knows that when there's a town at the bottom of one page, you should be able to find it at the top of the next page. That's how you orient yourself. Not with this road atlas. It's on one or the other, bot both.
It's as if someone laid out a huge map of the US on the floor, cut it into pieces for each state, and slapped the pieces into a book. If you think about it, the art of map publishing involves a lot more than that.
Incidentally, Pennsylvania takes three double-page spreads. Other reviewer have commented on how difficult the size makes the maps to use, but that perhaps depends on the type of use and personal preference.Read more ›
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We took a trip across 5 states and the atlases was perfect. I had it as a backup to my GPS and as a learning tool for my children. Read morePublished 2 days ago by nicole tennis
Maybe big type but states are spread over several pages difficult to use.Published 2 days ago by Diana M. Stitely
I love this map. The spiral bound page makes it easier to flip to pages that I want without it closing on me, it is also written big so it is easier to see the highways and other... Read morePublished 3 days ago by hnicole
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