2006 Road Atlas From Rand McNally Has New Features That Make Travel Easier, More Memorable

Packed With New Attractions, Inset Maps, Road Construction Information and Online Bonuses, the Latest Edition of America’s No. 1 Road Atlas Is Something to Celebrate

SKOKIE, Ill., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ — For Rand McNally, knowing how to get somewhere just isn’t good enough.

Alongside more than 2,000 map updates, the 2006 edition of America’s No. 1 road atlas incorporates new resources, must-see spots and fun facts to help drivers do, see and enjoy more while navigating the country. The 2006 Road Atlas is available now at randmcnally.com and at retail stores nationwide for a suggested price of $11.95.

Drivers shouldn’t have to wait until they’ve hit the road to start feeling the excitement of traveling. Access codes to randmcnally.com in the latest edition conveniently give users expanded road trip ideas and construction data without cluttering the Road Atlas’ easy-to-use classic map features.

With the updated 2006 Road Atlas in tow, owners won’t risk missing out on the new Wynn Casino in Las Vegas, the National Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame in Anamosa, Iowa, or the completed President George (H.W.) Bush Turnpike that runs north of Dallas. Users also have 16 new inset maps — for a total of more than 360 — to guide them on their way through growing urban areas including downtown Sacramento, Calif., and Central Long Island, N.Y., which have never appeared in previous editions.

New Edition Honors American Travel History

This 82nd edition of the award-winning Rand McNally road atlas salutes two milestones: the 150th anniversary of William Rand’s tiny print shop that grew to become today’s most trusted name for maps and the 50th birthday of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1956 Federal-Aid Highway Act. In recognition of each year since the interstate system legislation, 2006 Road Atlas’ editors recommend 50 adventure stops across the country like the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument (Hagerman, Idaho) and the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center (Baker City, Ore.), all within 15 minutes of an interstate.

Road Atlas: More Than a Book of Maps

With research showing 78 percent of U.S. travel occurring by car, the Road Atlas’ content is focused now more than ever on complementing its trusted maps with savvy advice to ensure travelers get the most out of their leisure trips:

— Profiles of key dining, shopping and tourist attractions along five
scenic routes such as “Crossing the Heart of Dixie” (Alabama and
Tennessee) honored in Rand McNally’s annual Best of the Road(TM) awards
— Road construction data printed directly on each map and access to free,
expanded up-to-date project information and resources on
randmcnally.com showing the extent of the roadwork (from shoulder work
to road closures) as well as start and stop dates to give travelers the
opportunity to reroute trips before departure.
— Phone numbers and Web sites to get tourism information for U.S. states,
Canadian provinces and Mexico.
— Toll-free phone numbers and Internet addresses for hotels and motels,
plus tips and instructions for emergency assistance by cell phone.

Full Road Atlas Line Suits All Types of Drivers

Whether you are looking for a gift for someone with the travel bug or want something that fits in your glove compartment, the full line of 2006 Road Atlas editions has it all. In addition to the classic Road Atlas, available this fall are Rand McNally’s Road Atlas & Travel Guide, Deluxe Midsize Road Atlas, Midsize Road Atlas, Pocket Road Atlas and National Parks Pocket Guide.

The Midsize Road Atlas and Midsize Road Atlas Deluxe 2006 editions include a new “Taste of the Town” feature detailing the classic grub and where it’s dished out in 10 top destination cities. The Road Atlas Midsize Deluxe additionally suggests “51 Great Attractions” — essential American historical and cultural spots across the United States.

About Rand McNally

Rand McNally & Company, founded in 1856, is America’s indispensable travel guide, providing mapping, routing and trip-planning tools for the consumer, business, education and commercial transportation markets. The company produces print and electronic products featuring national and local maps for the United States and Canada, including the Rand McNally Road Atlas and The Thomas Guide(R) books. Rand McNally offers trip planning on http://randmcnally.com/ . For more information, call 800/333-0136.

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