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Got a GPS? Make the most of it by integrating it with National Geographic's TOPO! software. It's more than just a program to print maps. Get added security by downloading waypoints from this website to your computer and then upload them to your GPS. You can also download waypoints and routes from your GPS to the software for viewing and printing.

Don't have a GPS? National Geographic's TOPO! software gives you the power to print custom maps, measure distances between points and create elevation profiles.

TOPO! California
National Geographic USGS Topographic Maps

With the TOPO! California, National Geographic has taken the interactive topographic map experience to a new level. By combining its own standard-setting maps with the high-quality scanned versions of the actual paper USGS topographical maps, the National Geographic TOPO! State Series offers five levels of map detail that is unprecedented in its accuracy. Simply load TOPO!, and you'll immediately begin to see the benefits of this award-winning software.

With TOPO! you can customize any of the hundreds of state maps available with your proposed routes, notes and even photos. You can also create and view elevation profiles that will help you visualize your planned trek. By connecting to any standard color or black-and-white desktop printer, TOPO! allows you to select the exact area that you want to print, even if it is larger than the screen or covers multiple quad maps. TOPO! makes it a breeze to add map border information to printouts, including UTM or latitude/longitude grids, scale bars, north arrows, and magnetic declination. With Adventure Paper (sold separately) you can print out waterproof trail maps.

TOPO! is also GPS ready, with no extensions or upgrades required. Transferring waypoints and routes between your GPS and TOPO! couldn't be easier. Its many advanced features make TOPO! mapping software the ultimate topographic map experience.

  • TOPO! USA Place Finder: Use TOPO!'s advanced search functions to find trails, camps, lakes, parks, towns, and much more in a matter of seconds.
  • Export Features: With TOPO! you can export customized maps in a number of different raster file formats (.gif, .jpg, etc.) for use in other applications.
  • Import Features: Import GPS and vector data from a variety of sources, including GPS receivers, spreadsheets, and the web, to overlay on your maps.
  • National Geographic mapXchange: Download custom map overlays and swap files with other TOPO! users on the National Geographic mapXchange Website.

The same great software is available for other states too!

 

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