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"Offers interesting facts on all 50 states, including symbols, flags and capitals." 
Physical and politcal maps are provided. A glossary of terms and help in preparing for the National Geography Bee.

Connecticut's Heritage Gateway 
This site is a directory of resources about the state of Connecticut, geared toward teachers, students, researchers, and travelers seeking sources of information about this state.

David Rumsey Map Collection 
Focusing on the Americas in the 18th and 19th centuries, this extensive digitized collection of maps, globes, atlases, charts and other cartographic formats also provides offerings from around the world.

Delaware History Explorer 
This online encyclopedia includes biographies of important people, a timeline of important events, a list of FAQs, and other information about Delaware.

Digital Library of Appalachia 
Find historical and archival images, sound files, and essays relating to the culture of the Appalachian area at this site.

Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture 
This site is a comprehensive encyclopedia of the state of Arkansas. Entries can be accessed either by browsing or via keyword search.

Geographic Names Information System 
Search for places in the United States by feature, state or county name; feature type; population or elevation range.

GEOnet Names Server 
This database allows searching for geographic information on countries outside of the United States. It includes not only towns, cities and other populated places, but also features like rivers, lakes, roads, tunnels, schools, even individual rocks and other obscure features. The database will provide exact latitude and longitude information for the features.

Geospatial One Stop 
Gateway for locating Federal, State and Local geographic data.

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names 
"Search for current or historical places and cities worldwide. You will find latitude and longitude, a one-sentence history, and name origins."

Google Earth 
View satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even galaxies with this source. You can also explore rich geographical content, save your toured places and share with others. Requires a free download.

Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century 
"This site uses maps to illustrate events and movements of the 20th century including socio-economic trends, wars, religions, population shifts and more. "

How Far Is It? 
Use this site to calculate the distance between two cities anywhere in the world.

Lycos Maps 
Obtain customized maps and driving directions by entering start and end points. Also provides international maps and scenic drive maps.

Plan your road trip and get live traffic reports as well as customized maps and driving directions.

MapTech Historical Maps 
"This online collection of over 2000 historic USGS topographic maps includes complete geographical coverage of New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland from the 1890s to 1950s. It is slowly being expanded as time permits, through volunteer efforts. Most of the states of Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio are now covered."

National Atlas of the United States of America 
"If you need a map of county boundaries, precipitation levels, invasive species, Superfund sites, crime patterns, incidence of disease or volcanoes (to name just a few,) this is the site for you."

New Georgia Encyclopedia 
Find current and historical information on the state of Georgia at this site.

Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History 
This encyclopedia provides state and local level information on Washington state. Coverage is both current and historical.

Perry-Castenada Library Map Collection 
Provides maps of current hot spots as well as general maps.

Tennessee Encyclopedia of History & Culture 
Originally a print publication, this is a fully searchable online encyclopedia containing over 1500 entries, images, audio and video files, about the state of Tennessee.

The Handbook of Texas Online 
Search or browse this database, which includes information on the history, geography, and culture of the state of Texas.

Yahoo Maps 
Create customized maps and driving directions by entering start and end points.