Rand McNally Reveals America’s Lesser-Known Hotspots in 2007 Best of the Road

Annual awards program recognizes five road trips, exceptional stops nationwide in the new 2007 Road Atlas

SKOKIE, Ill., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ — On an 11,000-acre haven just south of Hot Springs, S.D., hundreds of wild mustangs roam the plains as they did 300 years ago — except now, thousands of people travel to watch them annually. Welcome to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary — a refuge for wild horses and a winning stop in Rand McNally’s 2007 Best of the Road(TM) awards program.

The 2007 winners occur along five road trips across the United States, taking travelers through quartz-filled hills, dazzling beaches and cacti forests. The drives and 26 recognized stops along the way are featured in the 2007 Road Atlas, available nationwide in September at retail stores and on randmcnally.com.

In this seventh year of the awards program, travel experts at Rand McNally — America’s most trusted name in mapping and navigation — handpicked the featured drives that showcase a medley of lesser-known destinations.

Among the 2007 Best of the Road(TM) trip winners are:

— Lon’s at the Hermosa – The adobe dining room in Scottsdale offers a
taste of sour cherry sorbet in a chocolate shell as part of the Desert
Adventures route through north central Arizona.

– Fordyce Bathhouse – The restored bathhouse in Hot Springs offers a
glimpse of the great American spa experience of the early 20th century
along the Unexpected Arkansas road trip.

– The Fragrance Shop Perfumery – Blending 800 essential oils and perfumes
is the specialty of this shop in Miami Beach, along the Cruising the
Florida Coast drive.

– Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum – Exhibits of life on the shore,
including a rescue effort to save a 19th-century ship, are on display
here on the Snow on the Eastern Shore tour from Delaware to Maryland.

– Prairie Edge Trading Company and Galleries – Local artists in Rapid
City supply sparkling bijous and exquisite paintings of the Plain
Indians culture on the Wide Skies of the West trek through South
Dakota’s western edge.

New Atlas Features Make Travel Even Easier

In addition to Best of the Road(TM) drives and award-winning locations, the 2007 Rand McNally Road Atlas features:

— A new pocket on the inside front cover of the book for keeping
printouts of online directions

– Increased Internet integration — purchasers of the Rand McNally Road
Atlas get free access to up-to-date road conditions at randmcnally.com

– Hundreds of map updates and 18 new and expanded city inset maps that
reflect population changes and growth

– A special collection of editor-selected Sunday Afternoon Drives with 26
routes all over the United States — even in Alaska and Hawaii — with
surroundings that call for the camera, such as mangrove swamps,
sprawling grasslands, apple orchards and iceberg remnants

America’s Most ‘Accurate and Reliable’ Atlas

In the past year, Americans took more than 900 million domestic leisure trips, the Travel Industry Association of America estimates. With gasoline approaching four dollars a gallon, it’s critical that travelers get to their destinations accurately and efficiently. Fortunately, drivers ranked the Rand McNally Road Atlas as the atlas most likely to be accurate and reliable, according to the NFO’s “Road Atlas and Usage Study.”

The 2007 edition of the Road Atlas features not only dependable maps — as it has since Rand McNally started publishing it in 1924 — but also crucial travel information such as state-by-state emergency cell phone numbers, lodging listings and state tourism contacts. Valuable information concerning road construction projects is highlighted on the maps and updated several times per year.

The 2007 Road Atlas with the 2007 Best of the Road(TM) award winners has a suggested retail price of $13.95.

About Rand McNally & Company

Rand McNally is North America’s largest commercial maker of national and local maps, street guides and atlases. The company’s print and electronic products include America’s No. 1 Road Atlas, The Thomas Guide(R) map books, custom-made wall maps on the Web, wireless navigation solutions and online maps, directions and trip planning at http://www.randmcnally.com/ .

Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2006, Rand McNally offers the most trusted tools to discover, map and navigate your world. The company leads the way with innovative products and services for the consumer, business, education and commercial transportation markets. For more information, visit http://www.randmcnally.com/ or call (800) 333-0136.

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