For thousands of years, people have used a range of methods to traverse land and water, to give direction, and to understand place.
Learn and Explore
Each national park’s individual story is reflected in its maps. From the streets of Boston to remote areas of Alaska, today's visitors use maps, signs, and trails to navigate and explore.
A park map can connect multiple layers of the landscape and indicate the nearest visitor center, scenic overlook, historic feature, or subway stop. Maps and drawings can also describe the development of parks and the transformation (and persistence) of cultural and natural features.
We look at a variety of cultural landscapes through historic and contemporary maps, site plans, and related resources that have played a role in their discovery, definition, and preservation.
- Cultural Resources GIS
- NPS Geographic Information Systems - Geography and Mapping Technologies
- Cultural Landscapes of the National Park Service (web map)
- Mapping the National Parks (Library of Congress Collection)
- Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Collection (Library of Congress)
- David Rumsey Map Collection
- National Archives Cartographic and Architectural Records
- Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records
- USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer
- USGS National Map
- USGS EarthExplorer
- USGS Store - find maps by location or purpose, scientific reports, educational materials
- MyTopo - custom topographic and satellite maps, USGS quads, land ownership maps
- From Colonialism to Tourism: Maps in American Culture (Digital Public Library of America)
Last updated: April 10, 2018