Some kinds of maps, such as floor plans or stylized maps, are generally custom drawn because they are unique. Other maps, like city, state or country maps may be available from map suppliers or in the public domain. Also see our Ready Maps
collection — contact us
if you need a variation on those provided.
Below are some more ideas for finding maps. (Please check the copyright on maps before using them.)
There are many map companies on the web that may have what you are looking for or could point you to other resources.
has thousands of digital vector maps available in multiple formats. Find world maps, country maps, US maps, US state, county and city maps, and international city maps here. Map Resources can also produce custom maps at affordable prices.
is a source of a variety of digital maps including airports, USA, continent and country maps, world maps, international city maps, and satellite images.
sells downloadable digital vector maps of countries, states, globes, and cities. They have an especially good selection of European cities and countries and have country flags and thematic maps.
Stock photo and image web sites such as iStockPhoto
may have inexpensive maps and images you can buy.
The Perry-Castañeda Library has an extensive list of map sellers here: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/map_dealers.html
There are many, many companies that can create just what you are looking. Here are a few:
Illustrated Maps by Rabinky Art
creates unique custom maps including bird's eye view map illustrations for your campus, cityscape, landscape and more. Illustrated Maps can also make your map interactive with MapsAlive.
The Map Squad
makes custom maps that show off the best qualities of all kinds of properties. Their maps are attractive, informative and fun. The Map Squad specializes in RV parks, campgrounds, towns, golf courses and waterparks.
Red Paw Technologies
specializes in producing the highest quality maps for real estate, markerting and media, urban/environmental planning, higher education and the entertainment industry.
can create detailed or illustrative custom maps for real estate, transit, building, campus, tourist, visitor center, sporting, park, historic site, event, entertainment venue, and shopping uses. Maps can be printed, or web-based (with popups if applicable).
Creating lovely custom maps for advertising and publishing, Small World Maps
can create city maps, developer maps, historical maps, topographical maps, eco maps and more.
creates custom maps at a reasonable price for education, travel, recreation, reference, and special interest.
— very attractive custom maps - artistic maps, chambers of commerce, city and regional maps.
There are several companies that can create professional looking floor plans from your sketch. Here are two companies that are affordable, simple and fast:
is the only national service provider that comes to your home and measures on-site! They create professional, accurate, and timely floor plans at very reasonable prices. Get $10 off when you enter the Promo Code 'mapsalive'.
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can draft commercial/private floor plans, site plans and lease plans. They provide high quality and speedy service to international clientele.
Maps that are available in the public domain or from free map sites can be saved on your computer and then uploaded into your tour. Most maps offered by US Government sites, such as the National Park Service or the US Geological Survey, are in the public domain.
is free, open source software for drawing maps, but also includes public domain country and region maps in two color schemes. There are 238 country maps
and 46 regional maps
that also include topo courtesy of the space shuttle data.
A free editable map of the whole world, OpenStreetMap
is an excellent source for street maps at any zoom level that can be saved as jpeg files for use with MapsAlive.
The Alabama Maps
site has thousands of maps and aerial photos including Alabama, US, world, and historical maps. Maps are free to use so long as the site is cited and they are not modified.
The Perry Castañeda Library Map Collection
at the University of Texas Libraries is one of the most impressive online map collections. It includes world maps, country maps, city maps, thematic, historical, and links to many other map sites.
The The National Map
site has downloadable pdf maps.
World Sites Atlas
has some free and some inexpensive continent, regional, country, state and city maps.
A great resource for map images, photos, diagrams and content, Wikipedia
has many images in the public domain or that can be used with proper citation or permission. Here is a link to a Wikipedia page that compiles dozens of links to public domain images
grouped by category.
These organizations may have maps or map sources for local or regional areas you can use.
For simple maps and floor plans you may want to try creating them yourself. There are many graphic design and floor plan drawing programs available. These can also be helpful if you want to modify an existing image, perhaps cropping it or adding labels. Search for graphic design software, floor plan drawing software, or photo editing software to get some ideas.
is a general purpose graphics program that lets you create floor plans, diagrams, charts, and other drawings.