National Geographic : 1966 Jul
information squeezed into a single sheet. As designer, my chief task was "packaging" somehow to combine the special needs of a vacation map with the inflexible demands of cartography. The package had to include a complete index, a practical fold, an attractive cover, and several thousand words of text. The result, Vacationlands of the United States and Southern Canada, appears as a supplement to this issue of your magazine.* Open the map and you unfold unique and useful features: * A comprehensive look at vacation places and main highways. Special colors and half a dozen striking new symbols mark national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges, state and provincial parks, Indian reservations, ski slopes, and other recreation areas. The 41,000 mile, 46.8-billion-dollar Interstate Highway System is now more than half completed. The map shows the 22,000 miles built by 1966, plus 6,000 miles under construction. * An index to the 2,380 vacation meccas shown on the map. Spending a day at each one-from Tanglewood to Disneyland, from the Grand Canyon to Mount Vernon-would require a vacation lasting 61/2 years! Dividing the index into east and west adds built-in convenience: by folding one quarter of the sheet over onto the map's face, you pair the appropriate index with its half of the map. * More than 4,500 words of travel informa tion. Turn your map over and you find a "backpack" of authoritative advice-about camping in tent or trailer, visiting an Indian reservation, or following highways of history. Also tips on vacation driving, a calendar of *Additional copies of the 38-by-26-inch Vacation lands map may be obtained postpaid for $1.00 each on paper or $2.00 on fabric. Order from Department 331, National Geographic Society, Washington, D. C. 20036.