Free Outline Maps

Filed in Geography, Maps and Cartography by on February 29, 2012


Free outline maps to print and use. Use outline maps as an educational tool for teachers, students, and parents. Each map is in PDF format and is fitted to an 8 1/2″ x 11″ (letter sized) sheet of paper.

Print out base maps to learn geography, take a geography test, or create educational projects. Maps are available cover the United States and maps of the world.

Free outline maps of the United States:

Each map is letter-sized (8.5″ x 11″) covering the United States of America.  Click on each link to access the map in PDF format:

Outline Maps By State

Free outline maps of the world, 2010*:

Each map of the world is letter-sized (8.5″ x 11″).  Click on each link to access the map in PDF format:

The World (Robinson projection) - This projection shows the entire world as a relatively flat image.  The projection is neither equal-area nor conformal. Distortion is greatest at the poles and becomes quickly moderate moving towards the equator.  This projection was used by National Geographic between 1988 and 1998. Rand McNally has used this projection since 1961.

The World (Winkel tripel projection) - A modified azimuthal map projection this projection has been used by National Geographic since 1998 for maps showing the entire world.

The World (Plate carrée projection) - This projection is known by many names (equirectangular projection (also called the equidistant cylindrical projection, geographic projection, carte parallelogrammatique projection or CPP) and is neither equal area nor conformal.  The globe is convert into a Cartesian grid with the poles represented as lines across the top and bottom of the map.

* Note: Maps do not include the recently formed nation of South Sudan.  

Free outline maps of Europe

Free Outline maps of Central and South America



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  1. Great idea! Thanks Caitlin for making these outline maps available. Now I can add crayons and markers to my GIS toolkit collection! Who knows what people will discover their love for maps and mapmaking craft through this simple and free set of blanks?

    Nice educational map blanks for home or school printouts, would love to see some results scans of what kids will do with them posted sometime.

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