This is my 150th Fun with Maps post! Congratulations to me! I suppose I should say something special to mark this important moment so… thank you to everyone that subscribes and reads my posts! I write this blog for
the celebration of all things maps/travel and as a hobby (and for profit, although that hasn’t happened yet). If you’ve enjoyed some or all of my posts please know that I appreciate you and your continued support. Now for Map 299. This map shows the Appalachian Trail in the Eastern portion of the United States.
The Appalachian Trail is roughly 2,200 miles long and was completed in 1937. The length of the trail changes over time as it is modified and re-routed by the groups in charge of maintaining it (the National Park Service, the United States Forest Service, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy) but it stretches between Mount Katahdin in Maine and Springer Mountain in Georgia. As many as two million people hike on portions of the trail each year while some people actually hike the entire thing! As many as 800 people are said to have done so in 2017 and enough people have actually hiked the trail both Northbound and Southbound back to back that there’s a term for it (a yo-yo).
I would love to hike on the Appalachian Trail one day. I’m not sure I’m up to hiking the entire length in one spurt like the die-hards do but I hear the scenery is worth the effort of the hike. I found the map above on Green Belly along with more great maps showing the trail in each of the fourteen states it winds through. You can check out more Appalachian Trail maps and learn more about this historic trail here , here, and here if you are interested.
Map 300 comes from Maps on the Web. User Inzitarie created this beautiful version of the Cultural Regions of America. The quantity of regions in this country and their boundaries is up for interpretation, certainly, but this one is no worse than others. Beyond that, the looks specifically are fantastic. The use of colors are great right down to which colors were chosen for each region. I associate New England with blue, the West Coast with green, the South with red, and the plains with orange/brown just like the maker of this map. I don’t have strong feelings about yellow for the Midwest but that’s alright. Nobody is perfect.
The boundaries for each region and sub-region are interesting to me as well. Texas is split in half with much of the population centers on the Southern side. The ‘Ozarks’ (sub-region #16) is smartly part of the ‘South’ but the rest of Missouri, including St. Louis and Kansas City, belongs to the ‘Midwest’. Sub-region #26, the ‘Rockies’ is larger than it needs to be but there isn’t much of a population in that area. The same could be said about #24, #25, #27, and #28 too. On the opposite end of the size spectrum, the ‘South Florida’, ‘Gulf Coast’, and ‘Chesapeake’ sub-regions are quite small. My home sub-region of ‘Upper Midwest’ has only one major metropolitan city in it; the Twin Cities (and Fargo but it’s not that major). Minneapolis and St. Paul (and the surrounding suburbs where I live) really do dominate this entire sub-region.
What do you think of the regions as they are laid out? Do you think Texas should be part of one region by itself? Does it bother you that Florida is split between five different sub-regions? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,
Bonus Map Link: Invasion of the Iberian Peninsula
Bonus Bonus Map Link: Distribution of Major Immigrant Groups in the Original 13 Colonies