Bay Area Brick and Mortar stores with maps:
Notice I don't say brick-and-mortar map stores, because SF' Thomas Bros., Rand McNally, and Get Lost! stores, and The Map Store in Berkeley are long-gone,* but I do run across some bookstores with a good selection. A very short list, but  I'll update as I notice places worth applauding. We really aren't one. We revised our Google listing to say map publisher (and store) rather tahn vice versa, as we're not a store. That was the week we got calls from Swiss tourists looking for maps of California, and California tourists looking for maps of Switzerland. (We had neither; I had some suggested online sources, which are below).

*A real San Francico map store I've known about for years but took forever to actualy visit, is Schein and Schein (on Grant in North Beach). They are solidly in the antiquarian and rare prints vein; very knowlegeable about historical maps. Also delightful and approachable (open Sat/Sun and by appointment).

Top of mind is Alexander Book Company on 2nd Street just a few steps south of Market Street; Bonnie keeps 3 map racks and several shoe boxes** of maps just at the top of the stair on the 2nd floor **so you know she's serious). Road maps, country maps, state maps, you name it. They carry a lot of GM Johnson maps, which are the next best thing to fill the gap left by AAA and Thomas Bros. street maps.

The Green Arcade on Market at Gough has a decent selection of San Francisco and Bay Area maps and DeLorme and Benchmark atlases.

Of course for outdoor maps, REI has a good selection, as does Sports Basement. Lots of USFS wilderness maps, Tom Harrison's Sierra and Marin maps, Redwood Hikes Press, MapAdventures, and more.

As of mid-March 2020 due to Corona Virus measures, most bookstores in San Francisco that carry our maps are closed! Some continue with online sales. So one of OUR few brick and mortar locations is Cliff's Variety, the fabulous hardware store on Castro near Market. Currently open so long as conditions permit. (They sell our San Francisco and Tamalpais maps along with several other California and city maps).

Other Map Sources (retail arm of Eastlink Map Distribution) has a good collection of US and international maps, plus atlases. They picked up the business of MapLink in Santa Barbara when it closed a decade or so ago and we're glad they kept it going.

ITMB (International Travel Maps & Books) is a great Canadian cartographic publisher does reliable color maps of South America, Asia, etc.

For do-it-yourself map-searching online, I highly recommend, which has Google, USGS, Open Street Map, Canadian maps, fire activity, hsitoric fires, and more, which you can view separately or together. The basic viewer is free, but for a modest membership you can access Google Street View, add labels, save and export your maps, and help support a great local, collaborative project.

Avenza's Map Store is an iOS and Android app that is a good source for digital versions of printed maps including USGS maps, which fit neatly in your phone (even w/o a web connection when you later go out in the field). Doesn't work on PCs or Macs, just phones. I am still trying to figure out how to post maps here; my first efforts put my office 2 miles west of the Golden Gate. But that's just me (I picked the wrong datum).

I get calls regularly from people looking for globes. The main source I am able to find is Replogle; they do a number of different styles and sizes. But they mainly sell through dealers here's one with several other manufacturers too:

Real World Globes, is a little specialized, dare I say geeky (mainly geographic, not political); sometimes no labels ( intended for teaching). Whether what you had in mind or not, their work is beautiul and instructive. They do dry-erase (markable) globes, geological globes, misc. planets, and more; also some nifty imported and custom 3D maps of the US, Russia, Asia, Europe, and the World.

Park and Trail Links

Most park agencies have good websites and online maps now; much better than back in the day. I regularly do maps for Sonoma Regional Parks and San Mateo County Parks; for years I also did the web maps for Marin County Open Space District, which their graphic designers continue to improve on. Of course check out Golden Gate National Recreation Area and State Parks and their inter-agency collaborative, One Tam. Napa County has a new park and open space agency that's been building miles of new trails (and the terrain is more volcanic than the coastal Bay Area, worth getting to know).

East Bay Regional Parks has a huge variety of parks and open space preserves (they straddle both uses); their admirable brochures are posted at park entrance and online. MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District manages much of the Peninsula's open space from San Mateo and Half Moon Bay down to Los Gatos, and is joined by Santa Clara County Open Space Authority from San Jose to Gilroy.

Fellow cartographers who do great trail maps of Bay Area parks include Redwood Hikes Press (Marin, Peninsula, East Bay, and North Coast); Tom Harrison Maps (Sierras, LA mountains, and Marin parks). MapAdventures does some Northern California maps, as do National Geographic/Trails Illustrated, and recently Green Trails too. We each have our own ways of showing the world, with different emphases.

The Trail Center is a volunteer-driven organization that builds, maintains, and promotes trails in the San Francisco Peninsula and South Bay parks. The Trail Center site has an extensive list of links to park agencies and stewardship groups, plus a schedule of trail builds you can partipate in.

Bay Area Hiker is an extensive online guide to Bay Area parks, open space, and trails. Author Jane Huber also includes reviews of maps and guidebooks and another great set of links to park agencies and related groups.

Bay Nature ( is a natural history magazine focusing on the San Francisco Bay Area. This award-winning quarterly magazine includes feature articles on Bay Area ecology and habitats, and conversation issues. "On the Trail" articles (for which I do the maps) cover diverse parks as Montara Mountain and Elkhorn Slough.

Bay Area Ridge Trail Council ( has worked since 1989 on a 500-mile trail around San Francisco Bay.

Coastwalk ( promotes the 1500-mile California Coastal Trail, and sponsors annual Coastwalk hikes in many California coastal counties.

Japantown and Cultural Landscape Links

The National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) has a small gallery and extensive archives in San Francisco's Japantown. NJAHS was founded by a group of WWII veterans who served in the Military Intelligence Service in the Pacific theater and the Army's 442nd Division in Europe. Their focus has grown to include all aspects of the Japanese American experience.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMSJ) regularly features thoughtful art and history exhibits explaining Japanese American history in the Santa Clara Valley.

Japantown Atlas ( is a site I created as part of a 2006 California Civil Liberties Public Education Program grant. Maps of 24 California Japanese American settlements as they appeared in 1940. A companion site by historians Donna Graves and Jill Shiraki is Preserving California's Japantowns (