The number 1 best selling road atlas for Florida is the Florida Atlas & Gazetteer published by DeLorme. Now in its eleventh edition, it was re-published on September 6, 2019 after a gap of seven years.
A road atlas can always give you the bigger picture and help you plan a route and spot places of interest along the way
Despite more and more drivers using SatNav systems these days, a good old-fashioned road atlas is still a great addition to any journey or vacation. Whilst a GPS system will show you exactly where you are, a road atlas can give you the bigger picture and help you plan a route and spot places of interest along the way.
The Delorme Atlas & Gazetteer: Florida contains detailed full colour topographic maps with a latitude/longitude overlay grid. In earlier editions the scale was 1:150,000 (approximately 2.4 miles to the inch) but in later editions they have enlarged the scale to 1:126,000 (approximately 2 miles to the inch) giving even more detail including back roads and even dirt roads.
The new digital design uses larger place names, better shading and includes exit numbers on Interstate highways.
This is a large atlas and each page shows an area of approximately 22 miles by 28 miles. The whole of Florida is spread over a total of 145 pages.
The maps show all major landmarks including county lines, information centres, airfields, State Parks, boat ramps, campgrounds, museums, prime fishing spots, public beaches, theme parks, botanical gardens, zoos, aquariums, golf courses, pari-mutuels (horse and greyhound racing) historic sites and other places of interest.
As well as a complete town index, the gazetteer also has details on all the main points of interest with telephone contact details and map references. It covers zoos and aquariums, theme parks, botanical gardens, wildlife parks, museums, historic sites, bicycle routes, saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing, boat ramps, hunting spots, trailheads, horse and greyhound racing tracks, baseball grounds, freshwater springs and canoe trips.
Note that all greyhound tracks in Florida have now closed
There are also tables of parks, forests, recreation areas and campgrounds with details of facilities.
Finally there is a mileage chart to allow you to quickly calculate the distance between 34 major Florida cities.
Whilst previous editions were stapled, the later editions are bound which means the pages do not stay open as easily as before. This really is the only downside and it would have been much better to go for a spiral bound design. Even with that minor criticism, no one should be without this atlas if they are planning a road trip in Florida.
Note that most guide books are re-published annually so you can often pick up a bargain if you don’t mind last year’s edition. In the case of DeLorme’s Florida Atlas & Gazetteer, the previous edition was published back in 2012.