MAPS, GUIDES AND BOOKS FOR VERMONT
1. Northern Cartographic Vermont Road Atlas and Guide: This is my Vermont bible so to speak. I have no idea how I ever managed without it in my first years of travel in the state. I think because I never got off the main roads! Now I feel more confident and adventurous because this guide gives you incredible detail. One of the negative aspects of it however, is that it is somewhat cumbersome to negotiate between succeeding pages. It did get me out of the proverbial black hole more than once so I still love it!
2. Jimapco Vermont Road Atlas: Another great guide. This is a lot easier to manage and I find that when I am “planning” my routes, albeit main or off road, this is the best one to highlight. It is also a lot easier to go from page to page and significantly more manageable. I would recommend this for a new traveler before you eventually end up getting the Cartographic.
3. Official Vermont Attractions Guide and Road Map from the Vermont State Dept. Of Tourism: I have been using it for years, the same one! It is good to get a global perspective of where you are going and is great to see the northern, central and southern sections at a glance. I have a tendency to keep going and going and not look back and then find I am getting to home port hours later than expected!
4. Covered Bridges of Vermont, Ed Barna, The Countryman Press, Woodstock, VT, 2003. Excellent book that we read before we get to the bridges! Incredible detail and photos.
5. An Explorer’s Guide Vermont, Christina Tree & Diane E. Foulds, The Countryman Press, Woodstock, VT, Eleventh Edition, 2006 (newer one may be out). Wow, everything about Vermont rolled into one! I cannot say enough about this magnificent book!
6. Various literature from the individual departments of tourism within the state for the places we visit. I call ahead and get some great detailed maps and brochures that I don’t get from the main department of tourism. For example, from the post I made about the Northeast Kingdom 2008, I have gotten lots of pamphlets and inserts that are only pertinent to the region. They also provide list of local events and church suppers and festivals.
Enjoy! Got the first two while I was in Vermont at country stores or book stores. Number 4 and 5 at local bookstores................