The best things about this atlas is it spiral binding, its organization into areas rather than alphabetical, and the overall quality of the maps themselves. Spiral binding is the only way to go for a map that may be used in a car and needs to be kept open to a particular page, don't try that with a staple-bound atlas or you will have ripped pages. The organization of the map requires you to first look at the inside cover for a key to where your desired map will be. The best thing is that once you are there the maps of adjacent areas are likely to be nearby in the atlas. This means less fumbling. The maps themselves are nicely done with clearly marked roads, icons, route numbers, and major sightseeing areas. Maps for Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the US are included so this can be used for all kinds of travel plans. The only weakness I found was that the state of New Jersey, one of the most highly populated in the US has poor coverage for the southern end of the state. They used a 1" to 18 mile scale and split the state on the spiral binding...usable but a letdown from the quality of the other 49 state maps. I prefer this atlas to other ones I have seen. I use a GPS all the time but it is still good to have an atlas for the big picture, planning of long trips, and as a backup for situations where the electronics let you down.