From Sea To Shining Sea: Marvelous USA Maps for the 4th

From Sea To Shining Sea: Marvelous USA Maps for the 4th

Tess Wilson
Jun 25, 2012

We've been looking at maps celebrating civicism (it's like patriotism, but for cities!), but today we'll go all-out, coast-to-coast. Here are some of the prettiest U.S. maps, celebrating breweries, bikes, and more.

1. The National Parks Checklist map by Ello There is elaborate and awesome. It is printed on a large canvas, and includes stickers to mark off the parks you've visited, as well as a Moonrise Kingdom-esque explorers patch. I know THE PERFECT PERSON to give this to but was bemoaning the $95 price tag, when I realized you can place a special order for an 11x17 print on paper for only $24. Perfect!
2. Let Them Eat (Cup)Cake featured this inspiring and immense map of the Breweries of The United States by Pop Chart Lab.
3. Bittersugar's Bike Cities USA map just might encourage all cities to earn the little green dot symbolizing "very good bicycle planning and infrastructure".
4. Rar Rar Press makes these darling custom It's Not That Far Really postcards. Just tell them where you'd like the hearts to be, and try not to think about how huge this country is.
5. I cannot get over how detailed this America The Beautiful print by Tugboat Printshop is. It really gives you a feeling for all the stuff happening in our country. These prints are quite pricy, but once you take a look at the close-up shots of the carved woodblocks, you'll see why.
6. Is it wrong that I like Jennifer Maravillas' The United States print because it reminds me of a lush, glossy magazine?
7. The last map here is a bit quirky- I don't entirely understand it, and I love it. Purgatory Pie Press INK has created a limited edition handbound book, featuring "Linoleum cuts of the 54 United States as identified by Londoners". Basically, their friend was in town from London, wanted to join in the project, and attempted to identify all the states. "He promptly mislabeled all the states, most as English counties. " Love it.

(Images: as credited above.)

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