The Eastern USA offline map at full terrain resolution and all features unlocked.
A 3D topo map of the Eastern USA. The vector map data is contained within the app and can be used without an internet connection. Use it in a car, a boat, a plane or while hiking. It is like having more than a third of the country in your pocket.
Scenic Map now covers the entire world via online maps. The maps are cached automatically so they can still be used when there is no cell coverage. Turn on Online Map in the Settings menu and you can then scroll or go to any location on the planet. Satellite image overlays add breathtaking detail and realism to the maps (tap preset 2 or 4 when Online Map is enabled). You can use them as you travel to see what is hidden from view at ground level. This takes moving maps to a whole new level.
Use the two finger vertical swipe gesture to tilt the map for a 3D view. Scroll like a map or fly like a flight simulator. Enable Joystick Gestures in the Settings menu and then fly around the terrain using a virtual joystick. Prefer only 2D maps? Enable the 2D Map option in the Settings menu.
Scenic Map is simply the best 3D topo map available for a mobile device. You will see incredible detail while scrolling, rotating and zooming perfectly smoothly. You will see every road even if you zoom out to the altitude of a satellite. As you zoom in, you will see every small bump and hollow of the Earth and terrain features as small as ten meters. Unlike old fashioned topo maps, Scenic Map’s roads and trails are up to date thanks to OpenStreetMap.org. It contains polygons for urban areas, shopping malls, an ever growing number of buildings and many other features, The best lake, pond, stream and rivers from the USGS and Canadian public databases are also included.
Tap the GPS center button to begin tracking your location. As you move, you will generate a track file. Tracks can be replayed with video like controls to speed up, slow down, pause, restart or skip to the end. You can display existing tracks while recording another if you want to retrace your route. When online, you can automatically create a route from your current GPS location to any other point on the map. Tracks can be received from or sent to other apps in GPX format. GPS recording stops automatically after you have remained stationary for some time or you can choose to manually stop tracking by tapping on the top track in the Tracks view.
Never before have maps been this customizable. For example, you can turn on or off the roads. You can change the lighting direction or remove terrain shading entirely. You can display contour lines even over satellite images. There are five presets which let you quickly switch between map styles. Use Metric, English or Nautical units and choose one of four different coordinate displays including UTM.
Want to learn more about a map feature? Tap the target icon and center the feature under the compass rose to display its name, type, urban area, county, state, elevation and coordinates. You will also see a bearing line back to your current GPS location or from your location to a selected waypoint. The status bar shows the bearing direction and distance along with the map and GPS elevation, the track length, and your current speed and direction of travel.
In-app documentation is provided in the Help section at the top of the Settings menu. Links are provided in the documentation to detailed coverage maps, tutorial videos, installation guide and blog at ScenicMap.com
Map data © OpenStreetMap and contributors under the Open Database License
Scenic Map supports GPS tracking while the app is in the background.
Caution: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
Additional map files will download the first time this app is installed. Please allow the download to complete before using the map offline. The download status is shown at the top of the settings menu. When the download is complete, the Online Maps option will appear.
1.8.17: Low storage notifications appear reliably when downloading the additional maps.
Ratings and Reviews
A map for the serious Adventurer
First of all, I used this app for navigating the Trans America Trail, from Tennessee to the Oregon coast. The trail itself consists primarily of unpaved and often unmarked roads. It did not disappoint. Over all I'd say that the maps was roughly 95% accurate, and rarely did a road not show up. A couple of two-track trails on the Utah/Nevada border, and the occasional dirt road.
The 3-D view helped define terrain markers and locate points in a real world reference which aided us greatly while looking for an elusive unmarked turn.
GPX files are easy to import, and being able to export breadcrumbs via email is fantastic.
I've tried many of the offline maps for overlanding and this one has by far been my favorite for close to 4 years now.
What hiker wouldn’t want a sharp topo that doesn’t require a cell phone signal? And not expensive compared to buying todos for the entire eastern third of the country! Handy and a great value.
Great Compliment to a Standard TomTom GPS in the Car
Used this fine application on a road trip this week along I-90 from NW PA to Chicago. I was driving through some of the most featureless landscape in the US, but I was amazed at the topographic detail shown on the map. I had no idea how many river valleys and lakes I had been driving by all these years.
Consumer TomTom and Garmins are great for telling you how long it will be until you get there, but there is nothing like looking overhead from ten miles above, having the whole map rotate around your current location in 3D as you drive along.
Yes, this app is relatively expensive compared to Angry Birds, but it's only half the price of a one-State gazetteer paper atlas and contains a lot more information on many States.
I use a Dual XGPS150A bluetooth GPS (highly recommended) with a second-generation iPod Touch. The Dual GPS pulls in about 11 satellites at once and is much more accurate than my TomTom or my wife's iPhone. The Scenic Map App never bogged down on this old iPod, even while driving through Chicago, which has an incredible amount of detail. I would love to see how it works on one of the new iPads.
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- Mark Granger
- 2 GB
- Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 9.3 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- This app may use your location even when it isn’t open, which can decrease battery life.
- Copyright © 2010-2021 Mark Granger
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.