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Geography & Travel

Research Databases

  • Lands and Peoples

    An online resource geared for middle school students that explores the various cultures and countries of the world.

  • National Geographic Kids

    Access content from National Geographic Kids magazines, books, and images.  Geared towards 6-14 year olds.

Selected Websites

U.S. Geography


    Click the state you're interested in for quick access to a variety of state specific facts and other useful information!   

  • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

    Contains information about almost 2 million physical and cultural features in the U.S.

  • United States Geography - Info Please

    Find U.S. maps, information about longitude and latitude, rivers, mountains, elevation, geographic extremes, geography quizzes and more.


U.S. Travel Information

  • Americas Byways

    National scenic byways.  Presented by the US Department of Transportation.

  • Discover America is the official travel and tourism website for the USA. It includes trip ideas, travel photos, visa and customs requirements, flight and hotel information and much more.

  • Explore Minnesota

    Minnesota tourism information provided by the State of Minnesota.

  • Free Travel Guides

    Free Travel Information from states or tourism sights.

  • Roadside America

    Tourist attractions & oddities.

  • U.S. National Parks

    This site is provided by the National Parks Service, a bureau of the US Department of the Interior.  Information is provided about the parks, their history, and care.  In addition, you may locate information about visiting a national park, and make reservations.

  • USA City Link

    Information about most cities within the United States, which can be accessed by city name or by state.  This site provides travel and relocation information.

World Geography

  • Asia Society

    Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.

  • Country Studies

    The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.  Provided by the Library of Congress.

  • National Geographic

    The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.

  • State Department Background Notes

    Country Information provided by the United States Department of State.

  • World Clock – Time Zones

    Times for major cities in each time zone, plus additional calculators to personalize time search.

  • World Factbook

    World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.  Prepared by the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) of the United States Government.

Travel Planning

Maps - etc.

  • Education Place--Outline Maps

    These maps may be printed and copied for personal or classroom use.

  • How far is it?

    Find out the distance between (almost) any two places in the world.  Can be displayed in miles , kilometers, light years, nautical miles, fathoms, etc.

  • Mapquest

    Maps and directions.

  • National Atlas

    Create custom U.S. maps with Map Maker.  National Atlas of the United States is a website of the US Department of the Interior.

  • National Geographic Society - Maps

    National Geographic Society collection of world maps & online atlas.  Includes interactive maps.

  • Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection

    The PCL Map Collection includes more than 250,000 maps and is managed by the University of Texas Libraries.

  • World Atlas

    Atlas of the world.  Will answer questions about maps, geography and travel.

World Travel Information

  • Fodor's Travel Intelligence

    Fodor's Travel Intelligence provides information about popular travel destinations around the world.  Fodor's publishes a series of travel guides.

  • Frommer's Travel Guides is an online destination guide for those planning travel excursions. visitors find candid, timely articles written by experts, read excerpts from and purchase Frommer's Guidebooks, while gaining additional insights from message boards.  Provides travel products that can be purchased from their booking partners. 

  • Lonely Planet Travel Guides

    Travel advice, tips, and destination information.  At Lonely Planet we tell it like it is, without fear or favour.  If you read something written by a Lonely Planet author, you can guarantee they've been there, had a look for themselves and are telling you what they really think.

  • Tripadvisor

    Traveler reviews & opinions.

Travel Accommodations

  • Hostel Handbook

    A directory for hostels of all affiliations in the United States and Canada, plus information about staying in hostels and traveling cheaply.

  • Hostelling International

    Search and book hostels around the world.  HI is a non-profit membership organisation, with a proud history and a relevant philosophy. For us, HI hostels are much more than just a place to stay. They are about discovering new places, learning about new cultures and making lifelong friendships.

  • InnKeeper is a comprehensive worldwide listing of bed and breakfasts, country inns, guest houses, lodges, cabins, historic hotels, small resorts, guest ranches, farmhouse accommodations, and working farm and ranch vacations.

  • Roadfood

    Most memorable local eateries along the highways and back roads of America.

Traveling with Children

  • MomsMinivan

    Car travel games & road trip ideas for kids.

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