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Updated 4/18/15


How far is it?
"This service uses data from the US Census and a supplementary list of cities around the world to find the latitude and longitude of two places, and then calculates the distance between them (as the crow flies). It also provides a map showing the two places, using the Xerox PARC Map Server."

Map Machine
From National Geographic. Print friendly maps including world and U.S. Themes, historical maps, and atlas maps.

Custom maps online. Get a map illustrating the location of a specific address anywhere in the U.S., Canada, and the world (with limitations) and plan your travel route.

National Atlas of the United States
Allows you to create maps targeted to your information needs based on Federally collected data.

Perry-Castaneda Map Collection
Hosted by the University of Texas at Austin, this map collection offers a wide range of free (no copyright restrictions) maps for countries all around the world. Map types may include political, historical, relief, and/or topographical. A great place for topographic maps of the U.S. Also includes some city maps.

Road Conditions
Maintained by the Federal Highway Administration. Guide to weather and road conditions in the U.S. and Canada.


GEONet Names Server
Provides access to the National Imagery and Mapping Agency's (NIMA) database of foreign geographic feature names.

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
While intended as a name thesaurus for indexing systems, TGN provides some basic information. Searchable by name, the thesaurus offers at least latitude and longitude (with source), and may also offer brief area information that may include major industries, tourist attractions and colleges.

Ordnance Survey (U.K.)
Ordnance Survey database. U.K.


The outstanding quality of the journal offered online.


Bureau of Consular Affairs
Travel warnings, passport and visa information, travel publications, etc.

CDC Travel Information
Health warnings, recommendations for safe travel and more.

Fodor's Travel Online
One of the best travel publishers makes travel information available online.

GORP (Great Outdoor Recreation Pages)
"Attractions - national parks, forests, wilderness, wildlife refuges, historic sites, and more - describes where to go and what to do on lands throughout the United States.

In Britain
The monthly magazine of the British Tourist Authority

Lonely Planet Online
One of the best travel publishers makes travel information available online.

Website of the National Park Service. Features history, service and park information and more.

Weather Underground
Find the weather conditions for anywhere in the world.

Hosted by the Texas Department of Economic Development, this site offers tourism information for places in Texas. Also provides historic information, and information about ethnic celebrations, trade days, holidays, and other events.

Find flights and fares quickly online.


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