The National Geographic Society is famous for their surveying work and how familiar they have made the regular people of the United States with the topographical makeup of the United States, not to mention the rest of the world. For this reason, it should not be surprising that National Geographic Maps are some of the most reliable, accurate and finely detailed maps that are readily available on the market today.
The National Geographic Society employs some of the finest and most talented topographic and wilderness specialists in the whole world. They deal in finding out and honing down every small detail of the face of the United States, and work on conveying those details into National Geographic maps later on. Every detail has been checked and double checked by the staff of researchers that the National Geographic Society employs, so you never have to worry about the dependability of the information on the National Geographic map.
National Geographic maps are made to withstand the worst of the worst, so that if you actually want to take it out on a wilderness excursion somewhere, you can. This means that National Geographic maps are not going to get soaked in a storm and bleed to where you can't read them; they are designed to prevent you from getting lost--no matter what the situation. National Geographic maps are also tear-proof, so if you get caught up on something on one of your adventures, you won't be stuck out there in the wilderness with no direction.
A National Geographic map is not cheap by any means, but if they have anything to do with it you will never have to buy another map again! They aren't going to fall apart from being folded and unfolded too many times, and they and withstand all (or at least most) of the abuse you have to deal out. National Geographic also puts out travel and recreation maps, so if you are just looking for a good hike and need a map to keep you going in the right direction, National Geographic maps have got you covered, not to mention world globes and even National Geographic Map software for your personal computer!