Responding to Hunter's question I started thinking about some map software I have that might be of interest. It is Topo USA from DeLorme. Costs $99.95 and includes topographic mapping of the whole country. You can zoom to change the scale, which is always shown and prints on any map you print. At small scale/closeup zoom, street names are even displayed so it is useful for city maps. Contour lines are only about 20 feet. 10 would be nicer, but 20 is OK. You can also look at the lay of the land in 3D and even print maps that way. Great way to get a visual idea of how hilly an area is. I think you can mark routes then print out customized maps for a trip. DeLorme also makes Street Atlas which, I believe (I don't have it yet) will print detailed directions from one point to another. It also works somehow with Topo USA. You can also get actual quads on CD, but they cost about $99.95 per state. I find Topo adequate for my needs. Topo USA doesn't really show points of interest, etc., but it strikes me as a pretty handy supplement to other maps, especially for getting the real story on how hilly an area is. You could print a full size (8.5x11) map of each day's planned ride and feel free to write all over it. Just thought I would throw this out to those planning their summer tours.
Anyone else have handy suggestions along these lines?