Mapping in 21st century

The Baltimore Sun

Not everyone can take part in the kinds of adventures seen in the glossy spreads of National Geographic.

As a matter of fact, most of us do our "great outdoors-ing" pretty close to home. For us, there's Weekend Explorer 3D, Natty Geo's PC- and Mac-compatible map series that plots vacations in two and three dimensions. Choose a hiking or biking route, check the altitude gain and "fly" over it. Transfer the route's waypoints to a GPS device. Or print maps on any kind of paper - even waterproof.

A map update feature alerts users to new maps or roads in the area and provides a free download.

Choose from 21 regions nationwide (Maryland from the Chesapeake Bay to Deep Creek Lake is included). Each costs $30.

Available at outdoors stores or at www.ngmapstore.com

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