Scenic Map 4+

3D topo maps of the world


Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 3 Ratings
    • Free



Topographic 3D map of the entire world automatically cached for offline use.

A 3D topo map with coverage of the entire world. The map is streamed directly from Apple's servers and cached on your device for use when there is no cell coverage. Use Scenic Map in a car, a boat, a plane or while hiking. It is like having the entire Earth in your pocket. Satellite image overlays add breathtaking detail and realism to the maps (tap preset 2 or 4). 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.

To get started, tap the arrow button in the toolbar to begin GPS tracking and center the map at your current location. The spinner in the status bar shows that the map is being loaded. The spinner stops when the map is fully cached at that location. You can scroll around the map or tilt the map with a two finger vertical swipe to see it in 3D.

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 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.

Your 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
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.

What’s New

Version 1.9.2

All features are now unlocked for free.
Fixed track recording in iOS 17.
Fixed the settings menu in landscape mode on iPhone.
Fixed low frame rate when the information bar is enabled.
The map's highest detail is now displayed while scrolling.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

ABusbey ,

Best in class

I have used Scenic Map and SM west, center, and east for many years now. It really has no equal. The amount of map information it can display is incredible - and with the ability to cache satellite photos on wifi before a trip to the middle of nowhere is incredibly useful. I use it on my iPhone and iPad and it also runs great on apple sillicon computers. Other than being able to upload my own georefered information (which these apps cannot do) I really can't think of anything else I would do. I cannot recommend these more for anyone who wants a great map experience.

fieldequation ,


Could be the best outdoor map ever had on iOS. However I suggest:
1) elevation label on the contour;
2) able to cache a specified region;
3) UTM/MGRS grid;
4) customizable waypoint group/shape;
5) night mode (interface in red color)

TheInstructor ,

Junk. Crashes constantly on iPad mini 2.

Tried everything to fix it to no avail. Garbage with great potential.

Developer Response ,

Please contact me and I will help you fix the crash. I use the app an iPad mini 2 myself and am not having any crashes. You can probably delete the app and download it again to fix the crash if it is due to bad data.

App Privacy

The developer, GrangerFX, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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