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#1 Yosei

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 07:24 PM

This may seem like a dumb thing, but I'm totally clueless about this.

How does one obtain a good street map of a city w/o actually being in that city? Or do they sell them in airports? I'm going to be going on my first ever out-of-state trip in about three weeks time, and, though I'm pretty good at following maps, I have a truly pathetic sense of direction( doubtless made worse by a propensity for panicking) without one. I'm one of those people who avoids the mall because I get lost in it, and to make matters worse, the city is L.A., which has a reputation for being highly confusing(?). I thought about printing a bunch of Mapquest screenshots, but aside from the fact that I have to pay 10 cents a sheet and stand in line for that until I get a working printer to go with my new net connection, I'm also unsure of being able to piece them together correctly. ( I may print a couple of screenshots for an extra closeup of places I KNOW I want to go) So, is there a place where one goes to purchase maps, or what should I do? :)
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Posted 10 March 2007 - 08:02 PM

You can pick up maps at Barns and Noble. If it was a bit farther down the road I would tell you to call the town hall there were you are going and they would send you maps for free! (county office) I do this all the time.
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Posted 10 March 2007 - 08:19 PM

~I was also going to suggest that maybe the town you're going to has a "Welcome Center" that can send you free maps as well. How exciting!!! Your first trip to this city...I'm so happy for you!! And don't worry, it definately wasn't a dumb question as I have the same problem getting lost...I get lost in my sons high school almost every stinkin' time!!
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Posted 10 March 2007 - 08:30 PM

If you have a local AAA office in your area, they should have maps available for the larger areas, such as LA.

I've always had good luck, though, with a good road atlas, such as the Rand McNally one, which are available just about anywhere (our drug stores even carry them). They're great for not only getting you from state to state, but they have great city maps as well.
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#5 Yosei

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 01:11 PM

Thanks, I guess I will start checking bookstores and the like, then.
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Posted 11 March 2007 - 01:39 PM

We always get maps from the State Dept. of Tourism where we are planning on going. They will also send you fliers on things to do while you are there. You just have to tell them what your interests are - museums, art galleries, shopping, attractions, etc. Most states have websites with how to get this stuff so you can either call an 800 number or email/write them.
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#7 Yosei

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 01:49 PM

We always get maps from the State Dept. of Tourism where we are planning on going. They will also send you fliers on things to do while you are there. You just have to tell them what your interests are - museums, art galleries, shopping, attractions, etc. Most states have websites with how to get this stuff so you can either call an 800 number or email/write them.



But do they get it to you quick? I've only got till about the end of the month

Edit: Apparently they won't just send you a physical hard copy map now, they expect you to download it. Just what good is a PDF file supposed to do me when I'm driving?! :) I don't have a way to print that, especially not big enough to actually SEE( an 8.5x11 Map?). I guess I'd better hope my local B&N has a well-stocked atlas section.

Edited by Yosei, 11 March 2007 - 02:11 PM.

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 08:19 AM

Try web searches on Chamber of Commerce and State Tourism sites. They some times will mail these free.

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 08:22 AM

It usualy takes a month or two to get litature. Some sites will ask when you plan to visit. Many do send full size local and state maps. I am traveling right now and have about a dozen maps that depts. of tourism have mailed to me. It is different with each state.

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 12:29 PM

Hey Yosei!

I'm in the L.A. area...what do you mean a rep for getting lost? LOL...just kidding!

Well hope you have a great time here. If you are renting a car, they will give you maps there too I believe. But like Thesameones suggested there are some tourist sites that will send maps and such for visitors.

Where about are you going when you get here, maybe even I can help you out in some way?

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 12:50 PM

When I used to live in LA they used to sell these excellent maps. Don't kill me but I forget the name of the map books. However, they were extremely detailed street maps and you could get them for each county. I found them totally helpful when I moved there and depended on them. I am also the kind of person who won't go anywhere unless I know where I am going and sometimes drive there the day before so I don't get nervous. This happened as I got older and I don't know how I became like this LOL I will rack my brain to try to remember the name of them but they are easy to find once you get to LA. You can probably buy one right at the airport.

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 01:06 PM

Hey Yosei!

Where about are you going when you get here, maybe even I can help you out in some way?

Les


Thanks! I just found out my hotel, according to Mapquest, is almost 14 miles from the airport and must be accessed partly on the freeway, which is a little unnerving---I am scared to death of freeway driving and have been known to have to pull over and cry for awhile when forced to do it. I get the idea that most other "must see" things will not be so hard once I get to my room. I'm staying on Sunset Blvd, which is also where the club my friend's band is playing ( my excuse for the trip---I will also be vending, so GVers in the area are invited to stop by and help me defray my travel expenses wih a purchase or two;) ) is located. I intend to visit Hollywood Forever Cemetery and hope to sneak a quick peek at a few other interesting things( recommendations?), but sadly I have only one weekend---I arrive Friday at about 5pm and my return flight leaves Monday at 1:30 pm.

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Edited by Yosei, 12 March 2007 - 01:10 PM.

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 01:20 PM

http://www.maps4u.co...;OVMTC=advanced



Ok the name of those maps were Thomas Guides. Loved them.

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 01:24 PM

http://www.maps4u.co...;OVMTC=advanced



Ok the name of those maps were Thomas Guides. Loved them.



Thank you, I'll check those out. :wave:
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Posted 12 March 2007 - 01:30 PM

Also, when you get on the freeway, people drive fast so you have to know when your exit is coming up. They have the street exits overhead (if you look to the side of the highway, you can blow right past it) so you have time to get over.




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