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I get lazy with my routing sometimes and rely too much on Google Maps and my in-dash nav.

It’s easy enough to skip the interstates in an area you’re familiar with, but I’d be interested in hearing some suggestions for finding the routes less traveled when you don’t know the area.


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They put those exit interchanges fairly close together, take one.


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As Gooma said and get state maps. Use US highway routes. In fact many of them are in better condition than some of the Interstates. After you plan your route; make a cheat sheet to follow. Use your GPS of nav. system to keep track of where you are rather than what route to follow.

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Still using original power source for that map? They are getting harder to find in stores but still available on line. Been to bookstores that had no clue what a map or atlas was.
I plan on paper then tell the gps about my plans and hope it goes along with the plan. If it won't it is relegated as above, a where am I device.


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We get AAA maps of every state we are traveling through. For states where we are spending extended time such as Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, the Dakotas, and Idaho, I carry the Delorme Atlas & Gazeteer for each state. Mine are a few years old but they show (almost) every road in each state. We carry a plastic tote in the back seat of the truck to store all of our maps, camping books, and atlases to keep them in good shape when we are not using them.
I also preplan our trips on the computer with Google Maps.

The road less taken is more interesting. Stop frequently and actually talk to the locals. They will point out some amazing places to visit.


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I have had good luck with getting fold up maps from tourist departments of states I plan to travel. Once I pick my way, I enter as many points as I need in my GPS to make sure she can find my way.

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I have the same old map book 2112 does but for California. That’s the fun way to plan a day’s drive.


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dedmiston,
We often travel in the "Avoid Blue Roads" mode.

Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.
Charles Kuralt

When we are doing this, I often set the GPS to "Avoid Highways" mode and it is usually pretty good. We have had some wonderful times this way. So far, all of the auto kind GPS have had this mode, but we also have the advantage of having a pilot and navigator.

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