Maps & Geography


Google Maps
Find locations, businesses, and directions. Use the "satellite" option to get an overhead picture of the address or area, or "hybrid" to get an overhead picture with street names added.

MapQuest Maps
Enter an address and retrieve a map of the area; also find driving directions from point to point, travel guides, city information, and more.
Create a personalized traffic map for your drive or get real-time traffic information for major city areas.

Washington Maps
View maps of Washington State, including highway maps, hunting maps, and a digital coastal atlas.


50 States
Quick access to a variety of state specific facts and other useful information. offers topographic maps and photos of over 1.25 million water, land and man-made landmarks in the United States.

BBC Country Profiles
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.

CIA World Factbook
Look here for brief background information about most countries, and basic facts such as population, economy, and transportation.

History of Cartography
A directory with comments and guidance to thousands of historic map web sites.

Library of Congress Country Studies
Descriptions and analyses of the historical settings and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.

National Atlas
Comprehensive atlas of the United States that provides a maplike view into the enormous wealth of geospatial and geostatistical data. It is designed to enhance and extend our geographic knowledge and understanding and to foster national self-awareness.

Topographic maps and aerial photos of the United States broken down by topographic features such as lakes, valleys, summits, etc.

Truckers Report: The Guide to Maps and Mapping
Provides links to map collections (including ancient maps), cartographic societies, and general geography resources.

US Board on Geographic Names
Find the official name of a feature or entity (such as town, county, or cemetery).

US Department of State Background Notes
Includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.

World Gazetteer
Find statistics, background information, and flags for countries and areas. The statistics include largest cities in nations and the world.

Made possible with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Washington State Library, Office of the Secretary of State.