You need this atlas

If you get around by car, bike or even foot, having an ADC Street Map book of whatever city/county you happen to reside in makes your life a lot easier. Even better than that is the Greater Washington, DC atlas which has inside and outside the beltway in exacting detail.

So, in this digital age, why have a hard copy map when you can use MapQuest or Google Maps? Well, because those online maps are only so-so for real directions and the ADC maps actually have things like neighborhood names, schools, churches, mass transit stations, and plenty of other points of interest.

You can find ADC Maps at supermarkets, drug stores, convenience marts, and bookstores. Costco tends to sell the regional atlases at a significant discount too. There is also the ADC Map & Travel Center @ 1636 I (Eye) Street N.W. (Farragut Square) and online. ADC also sells an excellent Regional Bike Map.

ADC, Inc. which is part of the American Map division of Langenscheidt Publishing Group, used to stand for Alexandria Drafting Company. The maps are still printed Shirley Edsall Industrial Park off of I-395 near the Beltway.

3 Comments so far

  1. Doug (unregistered) on June 8th, 2006 @ 6:33 pm

    Thanks William, I will pick one of these up. I love maps, online or hard. The DC Streewise Map Pack is pretty cool too.

  2. Joseph LeBlanc (unregistered) on June 8th, 2006 @ 9:27 pm

    This thing is an absolute godsend.

  3. JW (unregistered) on June 9th, 2006 @ 7:21 am

    When my grandmother moved to Alexandria from Florida, I gave her my old map books so she could look up where she was. I learned later that she told her sister, “They don’t have maps here, they have books!”

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