Reddit user WestCoastBestCoast94 created this gorgeous map of the U.S. by picturing its roads and nothing else. (Click on it for a bigger version.)
The map reflects both the country's population density and its topography: The Northeast corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C. becomes one big mass of roads, while in very flat and/or less populated parts of the country, like the Midwest, the roads form clear grids. In the West you can see winding roads over the mountains and white spaces in the locations of Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, the Badlands, and other government-protected areas.
WestCoastBestCoast94 also created individual maps for each of the states. Here's D.C., which is one of the simpler maps due to its small size (and it not being a state):
Maryland, with a rectangular cut-out for the District:
Here's New York, with the city down to the right like a heavily populated appendage:
The map of Colorado shows how differently roads appear in the mountainous west and the flat east:
While the map of Florida shows the uneven distribution of its population, and just how much of the state is swamp:
One of the coolest maps is (predictably) California. You can see the incredible diversity of the state's topography: A clear grid around the agricultural land of the Central Valley, dense road networks in the Bay area and Los Angeles, and the absence of roads in protected parks.
Maps republished courtesy of WestCoastBestCoast94.
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