For anyone who travels around the country, you are aware of the drastic need for an improvement of our nations infrastructure. With few bus lines, fewer train options and price gouging occurring at both airports and at the gas pumps, getting around America seems harder and harder to do each year. Bridges have failed, freeways are full of potholes and nearly every week there are reports of a train derailment somewhere in the country. From the looks of our ground transportation infrastructure, it appears if everyone was anticipating we would have fuel efficient flying cars by now.
To illustrate just how many miles of roads exist in the United States, Fathom, a Boston information design firm, created maps that show the roads of each state in America. With no words, rivers, natural wonders or labels of any kind, the map shows just how much land we have taken over with our roads.
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If you are looking for a true wilderness experience, the map clearly shows the remoteness of Olympic National Park. It is as if, during the creation of the National Park, Doc Brown’s quote from Back to the Future was the school of thought: “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads“
Olympic National Park has nearly 900,000 acres of wilderness, making it one of the most isolated location in America. Complete with 611 miles of trails in the National Park and 301 miles of trails in the National Forests and Wilderness areas around the Peninsula, it is easy to see why so many people visit the region.
The maps shown above are interesting to me, as they show the “progress” of America reaching to nearly every inch of the country. Luckily, Washington State has some of the best parks and most isolated locations in the contagious United States, all waiting to be explored.
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READ MORE INFORMATION ON THE PROJECT HERE: http://qz.com/304619/youd-never-know-it-from-these-beautiful-maps-that-us-infrastructure-is-crumbling/