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Read a Road Map Day

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About Read a Road Map Day

When is Read a Road Map Day? This holiday is always celebrated on April 5

Thinking about going on a road trip? Why not dust off those old paper road maps and plot a course to get away!? Today is Read a Road Map Day, an April 5 holiday.

Nowadays most people use a GPS to go from point A to point B. You would think these tools would make paper maps obsolete. It has all but completely outmoded the old paper road maps we relied on. Yet, these paper maps persist. Why? Simply because some people just like to have them handy when planning for a trip, or when on the road. GPS units in your vehicle has also taken a big bite out of the popularity of online road maps like Mapquest.

Paper maps and online travel maps are not totally obsolete. They still have a useful function, or they would not exist. You can find paper maps through state and local travel bureaus, state, and local visitor centers, and at many rest stops along major highways.  

Read a Road Map Day encourages us to take a step back in time and discover the value that road maps still have. Our GPS gets us to our destination in the quickest and shortest manner. But, is your trip about the destination or the journey? Road maps can help us to identify and plot routes that make the journey a more pleasant experience. There is so much to discover along the way. You can identify small and interesting towns or historic sites along the way that are passed by on today’s superhighways.  

How to Celebrate and Participate Read a Road Map Day

Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate this holiday:

  • Pull out your old paper road maps.
  •  Plan a trip with a road map.
  • Bu road maps to plaa trip.
  • Stop as visitor centers to get their free maps.

As we researched Read a Road Map Day, it became blatantly obvious that something was missing. If you are looking at a road map it’s likely because you are contemplating a trip. It only makes sense then, that there should be a “Take a Road Trip Day”.  Surprisingly, there was no such special day. So, we created it! See Take a Road Trip Day.

Today's Quote

“I have found that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them, than to travel with them.” – – Mark Twain

History and Origin of Read a Road Map Day

Our research did not find the creator of this special day, or when it first began.

Many websites are now calling this a “National” day. This was not the case in the early 2000s. There is no presidential proclamation or act of congress. 

Definition of “National” Days – and why it is important to distinguish true National days.

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Recipe of the Day:  Dandelion and Lettuce Salad

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