California Elevation Map - Topographic Map with Shaded Relief, 24x24 inches

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Most orders ship next day!

Standard maps will enter production right away, within the next business day. Larger orders may take more time.

We'll select the optimal shipping method for fast delivery, with standard orders arriving within 2-5 days after shipping.

All push pin board maps (framed or canvas wrap) include push pins, are easy to hang, and ship free in the continental US. These are hand made for you and will require 1-3 days to craft.

For personalized maps we collaborate closely to guarantee satisfaction. Expect a proof to be sent to you. Your swift responses will facilitate the production and shipping process - we won't ship until you're happy with your design.

30 day returns.

If there are any problems with your map we will take care of you. Returns for all maps are straightforward and hassle-free.

For personalized maps, engaging with the email proofs we send ensures that the final product meets your expectations precisely.

We have 30+ years of cartography experience, meticulously craft each order by hand to ensure excellence, and 100% guarantee your satisfaction. We produce maps that are built to last, with state of the art production and archival quality materials.

Personalize Your Map

Customize with quotes, legends, or dedications using "Personalize Map" options to craft your masterpiece map. Or reach out to us if you don't see the option you want.

We collaborate with you from design to approval of your proof so that you are 100% happy before we print and ship.

Our excellent customer service is always open to you.

California State Topo Map 

Discover the vast and varied landscapes of California with our detailed physical map. Ideal for educators, students, outdoor enthusiasts, and home decorators, this map is an essential resource for anyone interested in the geographical features of this diverse state. Our California map captures the stunning scenery from the rugged Pacific Coast to the towering Sierra Nevada, and the arid Mojave Desert to the fertile Central and Napa Valleys.

Explore the complex formations of the Sierra Nevada, which contains the highest point in the contiguous United States, Mount Whitney, and the Cascade Range. See how the California Coastal Range runs parallel to the Pacific coast, separating it from the Central Valley, which is known for its agricultural productivity.

Map Size: our standard size is 24x24 inches. Larger sizes are available for the rolled prints, rolled canvas, and rolled adhesive-backed fabric wall decals. Please contact us and let us know what size you are interested in. We can produce this map up to 8x8 feet (unframed). For the 24x24 inch map, the outside frame option is 26.75 x 26.75 inches.  

Key Features:

California Shaded Relief and Geological Elevations. We illustrate the full range of elevation details in the landscape (rather than using traditional contours). With this map, you can see the changes in geology over time and how the physical land developed to its present-day condition.

The map also includes:

Hydrology system of rivers and lakes

Major roads are referenced as if viewed from above. 

Surrounding Geography: Adjoining U.S. states and the USA/Mexico Border are featured. We include all of the islands off the coast of California.

No Labels:  This map focuses on the natural view of the state and eliminates labels.  We add beautiful typography in the title and subtitle information. The map includes a scale bar under the title.

3D Map Illusion: This a flat map with rich terrain depth to visualize the landscape. Although it looks 3-Dimensional it is produced as a flat map. The detailed information throughout this map is geographically accurate using satellite data and GIS modeling technology. 

Learn More: Read our article on Shaded Relief Maps to learn more about the art and science that goes into creating these beautiful maps.

Framed Push Pin Map Option: Our framed maps are mounted on a high-quality pin board that is pinnable. This is a museum-quality finish that is impressive to display. You can use the map as an interactive push pin map or as wall artwork. The map is beautifully framed and handcrafted by our expert craftsman, completely made in Pleasanton, California. We prepare the map with the hanging hardware so it's ready to use and enjoy right away. The map and frame are well-protected, nicely packaged, and shipped in a large box.  For the 24x24 inch map, the outside frame option is 26.75 x 26.75 inches.

Poster Hanging Kits: This is hanging option only for Rolled Posters or Rolled Canvas Prints. See how our poster hanging kit holds the map. 

Informative Map Wall Art and Great Gift: Perfect for Travelers, Businesses, and Geography enthusiasts. Our maps are meticulously crafted to serve a wide audience, making them perfect for a variety of users including geography enthusiasts, avid travelers, educators, students, and interior decorators. They offer a valuable resource for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of regional landscapes, track their travel adventures, enhance classroom learning, or add a sophisticated touch to home or office decor.

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How it Works

Just like your lifetime of adventures, your map will be one of a kind: made to order and hand crafted just for you. Use our image examples as a guide to tell us about your personalization.

Your inspiration will be incorporated with our cartography to build your masterpiece map. When you approve the design it will be hand crafted here at our studio in Pleasanton, California to your specs and delivered to your door.

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Pins Included With Mounted Maps

Made In USA

Made In USA - Pleasanton, CA

Specs & Construction

Museum Quality Fine Art Production: We have built the finest map production studio in the USA, investing in the best printers and using only archival quality materials! We use specialized printing equipment that produces the finest quality prints to display clear labeling, vivid geography, and oceanography. If you are in the area, come visit us in Pleasanton, California!

Each of our maps are the product of years of research, backed by decades of professional GIS, cartography, and design experience. We keep no stock - every single map we produce is a custom production, made to order just for you. We love personalizing our maps to give you the highest quality experience.

Map Size Selection:  The biggest factor in displaying a detailed map is the size. We can produce this map in these sizes: 24x16", 30x20", 36x24", 48x32", 60x40", and 72x48".  

The 60x40" and 72x48" sizes are available as Rolled Prints or as a 3-Panel Canvas Wrap (premium and highest-quality craftsmanship).

The larger the size, the more impressive the display and view of the details in the map.

Need a small USA map that will fit in a limited space, the 24x16" and 30x20" inch size is so charming.

If you will be working with a local framer to display one of our paper or canvas posters in a custom frame, we will be able to accommodate any size between our standard offerings (though not deviating from our 1.5 aspect ratio), and include any margin you specify. Reach out to collaborate.

Framed Map Size vs. Outside Dimensions: Our sizing choices specify the size of the printed map itself. Our frame options will increase the overall size of your final product depending on your selection.

For example:

  • Maps sized 24 x 16 inches will total 26.5 x 18.5 inches with the frame
  • Maps sized 30 x 20 inches will total 34 x 24 inches with the frame
  • Maps sized 36 x 24 inches will total 40 x 28 inches with a selection of a 2-inch frame
  • Maps sized 48 x 32 inches will total 52 x 36 inches with a selection of a 2-inch frame

For specific dimensions, see our page on Map Finish Options

100% Made in the USA by a Small Women-Owned Business.  What sets our business apart from most map companies: we are a team of professional Geographers, Cartographers, and Environmental Scientists. We have a passion for making maps and take the profession seriously - to produce beautiful and accurate maps. We apply thousands of layers using GIS and use optimal projections that reduce distortions. Special cartographic features are intricately made on the map and carefully labeled. We include special details that most of our competitors miss - such as real oceanography, accurate projections, and comprehensive labeling and referencing. Our passion and master craftsmanship make our map art stand out.

What's Included

What's Included with a Canvas Wrap or Framed Map:  500 Map pins and pin case. Each push pin map is individually made to order with archival quality materials. The print is mounted to gatorfoam pinboard, which will not warp, bend, or crush like cork or foamcore. We prepare the map with premium hanging hardware so you can start pinning your adventures immediately. This exclusive hanging solution keeps the map stable on your wall, even while pinning where you've been. The map is nicely packaged and shipped in a large box, ready to give as a gift.

What's Included with a Rolled Poster Map: Pins are not included by default, be sure to add pins in the order options if you plan to create your own push pin map. Gem stickers work well when the map isn't mounted to pin board. Consider adding a poster hanging kit to your order if you're not sure how you'll display your poster.

Poster Prints: Each one of our maps is crafted individually, unlike mass-produced alternatives.

Our posters are available in various sizes, all tailored to fit standard frames, we include an additional margin in the print to prevent coverage by the frame's lip. If you intend to DIY a push pin map with one of our posters, be sure to let us know in the order notes in your cart to adjust the print margins to your specs. To maintain the map's impeccable condition, it is carefully rolled with a robust tube, eliminating any possibility of folds or creases during transportation.

Corner detail of a stretched canvas push pin travel map
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Canvas Wrap

Traditional stretched canvas in a gallery style wrap, with the art continuing over the sides. A modern, lightweight, floating look with a hidden internal frame.

Corner detail of a framed travel map
Construction

Framed Map

Printed and mounted to archival quality rigid pin board, framed to put a focus on your journey.

A rolled travel map poster
Construction

Rolled Poster

Easy to bring along with you, or an excellent project for you to find your own best way for you to display your wanderlust.

Construction

Canvas Wrap

Traditional stretched canvas in a gallery style wrap, with the art continuing over the sides. A modern, lightweight, floating look with a hidden internal frame.

Framed Map

Printed and mounted to archival quality rigid pin board, framed to put a focus on your journey.

Rolled Poster

Easy to bring along with you, or an excellent project for you to find your own best way for you to display your wanderlust.

FAQ

How are push pin maps made?

We make our maps at our studio in Pleasanton, California, USA. These are our works of art, and we craft each one to order - we do not keep stock products in inventory.

Each map is a product of years of research and design. We love the opportunity to combine science and art in these wonderful travel maps, and we especially love personalizing them just for you!

Your map will be produced to your specifications using our archival quality materials and fade-resistant inks on large format printers. If you choose a poster in canvas or paper it will be rolled and mailed to you. For ready-to-hang options in framed or stretched canvas, we will mount your map on archival quality pin board and include everything you need to start pinning and build lifelong memories.

We do not use foamcore or cork backing - the gatorfoam we mount pin maps to is a premium archival quality rigid material that will not warp over time, bend away, or crush as you pin your travels. Your pins will be held tight for a lifetime. This material also enables us to offer you incredible clarity with satin paper options that have a smooth finish, in addition to our canvas offerings.

Our canvas wrap and framed maps include premium hanging hardware as well. You will find the pre-installed rigid hangers make it easy for you to hang your map and keep it solidly level, and no guessing or measuring where to drill like for a wire!

How do I hang a map?
  • Framed and Canvas Wrap maps come pre-installed with unique rigid hangers, featuring an incredibly easy positioning process that'll keep your map level and steady even while you're placing your pins. Just have a hammer and some space on your wall ready. View our instructional video to learn more.
  • Poster options will additionally offer hanging kits, or you can keep it rolled for easy travel, or even take it on as a project to frame it yourself.
Should I choose canvas or paper?

All of our push pin maps are mounted to archival quality pin boards. This premium, rigid material will not only hold your pins tight for a lifetime, but also provides a smooth surface that allows us to offer you smooth satin paper prints. In contrast to canvas there is no fabric weave visible, making text and other details clearer when printed at small sizes.

Canvas prints are better able to stand up to being touched, and allow us to offer the frameless stretched “canvas wrap” format at up to very large sizes.

We offer framing for both canvas and paper, and they both look incredible. From more than a couple feet away, the differences fall away, and either will earn you admiration as they hang from your wall.

  • Paper: better clarity of tiny details
  • Canvas: more options for sizing, better fingerprint resistance
Will there be a hole if I remove a pin from my map?

Yes. Your mark on the world is permanent.

Our pin maps are produced with archival quality gatorfoam pin boards that will retain their shape over time, avoiding the issue of pins falling loose on their own like in common foamcore or cork boards. Push pin maps are made to be used!

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Reviewed by Marcus T.
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Perfect!!

Beautiful map of California. The colors and materials are beautiful. We purchased the largest size. The frame is solid wood and the entire piece is gorgeous.

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Gorgeous Together!! 💕

We made a beautiful map wall showing our favorite states: California, Utah, Arizona. Just love exploring the details in the map. Bravo on the materials. Truly museum quality work.

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