Last Updated: Jul 21, 2016
- CIA World Fact Book
The World Factbook, produced for US policymakers and coordinated throughout the US Intelligence Community, marshals facts on every country, dependency, and geographic entity in the world. We share this information with the people of all nations in the belief that knowledge of the truth underpins the functioning of free societies.
The Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
- Center for Disease Control
Click on Traveler's Health and select a destination.
- Distance Calculator
Courtesy of Indo.com - discount Bali hotels, this service uses data from the US Census and a supplementary list of cities around the world to find the latitude and longitude of two places, and then calculates the distance between them (as the crow flies). It also provides a map showing the two places, using the Xerox PARC Map Server.
- Historical Maps
From the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at UT Austin.
- Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
A gazeteer--find the location of any place name.
- Google Maps
For road maps, driving directions and much more
- Lonely Planet
Travel news from offbeat travellers. Searchable database -- you can type in your destination and find all documents where that term shows up.
For road maps and driving directions
- National Atlas of the United States
The National Map is now offering a collection of small-scale datasets that can be downloaded for free. Although the 1997-2014 Edition of the National Atlas of the United States was retired in September 2014, The National Map recognizes the importance of continuing to make a collection of the small-scale datasets, originally developed for the National Atlas, available to users.
- Travel Alerts & Warnings
From the U.S. State Department, including unstable governments, crime, availability of doctors and banks.
- USGS: Geographic Names Information System
The place to locate ANY American geographic feature by name.