A 3D topo map of the Western USA. The vector map data is contained within the app and can be used without an internet connection. Use it in a car, a boat, a plane or while hiking. It is like having more than a third of the country in your pocket.

Scenic Map now covers the entire world via online maps. The maps are cached automatically so they can still be used when there is no cell coverage. Turn on Online Map in the Settings menu and you can then scroll or go to any location on the planet. Satellite image overlays add breathtaking detail and realism to the maps (tap preset 2 or 4 when Online Map is enabled). You can use them as you travel to see what is hidden from view at ground level. This takes moving maps to a whole new level.

Use the two finger vertical swipe gesture to tilt the map for a 3D view. Scroll like a map or fly like a flight simulator. Enable Joystick Gestures in the Settings menu and then fly around the terrain using a virtual joystick. Prefer only 2D maps? Enable the 2D Map option in the Settings menu.

Scenic Map is simply the best 3D topo map available for a mobile device. You will see incredible detail while scrolling, rotating and zooming perfectly smoothly. You will see every road even if you zoom out to the altitude of a satellite. As you zoom in, you will see every small bump and hollow of the Earth and terrain features as small as ten meters. Unlike old fashioned topo maps, Scenic Map’s roads and trails are up to date thanks to It contains polygons for urban areas, shopping malls, an ever growing number of buildings and many other features, The best lake, pond, stream and rivers from the USGS and Canadian public databases are also included.

Tap the GPS center button to begin tracking your location. As you move, you will generate a track file. Tracks can be replayed with video like controls to speed up, slow down, pause, restart or skip to the end. You can display existing tracks while recording another if you want to retrace your route. When online, you can automatically create a route from your current GPS location to any other point on the map. Tracks can be received from or sent to other apps in GPX format. GPS recording stops automatically after you have remained stationary for some time or you can choose to manually stop tracking by tapping on the top track in the Tracks view.

Never before have maps been this customizable. For example, you can turn on or off the roads. You can change the lighting direction or remove terrain shading entirely. You can display contour lines even over satellite images. There are five presets which let you quickly switch between map styles. Use Metric, English or Nautical units and choose one of four different coordinate displays including UTM.

Want to learn more about a map feature? Tap the target icon and center the feature under the compass rose to display its name, type, urban area, county, state, elevation and coordinates. You will also see a bearing line back to your current GPS location or from your location to a selected waypoint. The status bar shows the bearing direction and distance along with the map and GPS elevation, the track length, and your current speed and direction of travel.

In-app documentation is provided in the Help section at the top of the Settings menu. Links are provided in the documentation to detailed coverage maps, tutorial videos, installation guide and blog at
Map data © OpenStreetMap and contributors under the Open Database License

Scenic Map supports GPS tracking while the app is in the background.
Caution: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

What's New

Version 1.8.4

New grid overlay including the US Civil Air Patrol grid for the continental USA and Alaska.
The Show iAds option was removed since iAd has been discontinued.
Updated map data.
Fixed many bugs.

Customer Reviews

Essential when out in the backcountry


This app is easily the best I've used of its type. I use it routinely when backcountry skiing and hiking in the western United States. It is my first choice when planning tours and making adjustments on route.

The maps are excellent, clear and well detailed and the UI is intuitive. No need to download maps is great. I discovered it also includes Hawaii which was an unexpected pleasure. Everything you want, nothing you don't. 5/5

I really like it


I love the fact it does not need cell coverage to work. I can be in the middle of no where and have this thing show me my location. Far to many people get into the hills and get lost. Then cant even tell the SAR team their location. This turns my cellphone into a mapping GPS without cell coverage. I love it. But know this app is big.

Nearly worthless app

Lost in Idaho

I bought this for the ability to have the map stored in the iPad 3rd generation while driving the Idaho Bitterroot backcountry on forest roads with no cell coverage. The detail is there but I found it nearly worthless as a practical tool for finding your way around. Map has to be zoomed way in to get the forest roads to show with names/numbers that relate to the small numbered signs you find along the way but when you zoom out to get perspective all the roads disappear.
All the default settings seem designed to provide a spinning flyover 3D game type display that may be fun to look at when you are sitting at home but it's worthless when you are sitting at a trail intersection in the woods trying to figure out which way to go.
At the very least, there should be a way to STOP the momentum function from flying all over the place and disable all of the silly tilting, sun angles, shadings, seasons, pre-sets, jetc. Way to easy to inadvertently touch the screen in the wrong place or manner and send the map careening out of control or changing to something totally unrecognizable. If your finger lingers a bit too long it goes into "joystick mode" and you're lost, upside down, and off the map again.
The free "you need a map" version covers the entire country and will do the job better unless you want the spinning 3D flyover type stuff.


Mark Granger
2.8 GB
Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
Copyright © 2010-2016 GrangerFX


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