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New York Elevation & Shaded Relief Map Prints

Whether you are from New York, like to visit, or hope to see Niagara Falls someday, our custom printed New York wall maps will bring the Empire State to life. Our maps are beautifully rendered from a combination of historical data, modern technology, and hand design. From our eye-catching elevation maps and geological relief maps to our meticulously restored historical maps, every map of New York we offer reflects the high quality and attention to detail our customers have come to love and expect from Muir Way. See why a map of New York from Muir Way is more than your typical wall map.

What makes Muir Way maps of New York unique?

When you purchase a map of New York from Muir Way, you are not purchasing just a mass-produced poster. We custom print every New York map using archival inks and fine art paper certified to last 100 years. The artwork of our maps themselves is designed to bring new light to the beautiful terrain they feature. For example, our elevation maps incorporate hand-shaded relief and Digital Elevation Data with historical map terrain for a unique 3D effect on a flat surface, and our hydrological maps depict every river in the state--even intermittent streams--and every body of water over 0.2 miles in diameter in crisp detail. We create beautiful, heirloom-quality maps meant to last for generations.

Does my New York map come framed?

It can! You can purchase your New York map professionally custom-framed with real wood, or unframed if you prefer to use your own. If you’d like to purchase a framed New York wall map, there are several different wood finishes to choose from. If you’d prefer to use your own frame, all of our maps come in standard sizes for easy gift giving.

Does a Muir Way map of New York make a good gift?

Yes! Our custom-printed maps of New York make the perfect gift for outdoor enthusiasts, to commemorate a special vacation, or as a thank-you gift for someone special. Memorialize the experience of a special holiday to the Adirondacks, New York City, or any of the other amazing New York areas. One of our state relief maps can be a perfect graduation gift for a student about to leave home for the first time, or a reminder of home for someone from New York but who no longer lives there. Our maps also make beautiful corporate gifts that will remind your clients or colleagues of you every time they see it.

Where should I display my New York map?

Our maps are eye-catching from across the room and up close. Hang a framed wall map as a central focus or purchase several maps in a similar style or from a particular region and arrange them near each other for a complementary series. Make an Adirondacks series with our Adirondack Relief map, our Adirondack Park map, and our Adirondack Mountain-Range Series map. Our hydrological maps come in several colors or the classic black and white, and our geological relief maps feature vibrant colors. No matter which you choose, you’re sure to find a New York map that will look right at home.

What are the different types of maps of New York available on Muir Way?

Our New York maps are available in several different styles, including:

New York relief maps - Our relief maps of New York bring historical map landscapes together with modern technology to show the state’s landscapes in a new way. Using Digital Elevation Data and hand-shaded relief, we custom enhance vintage maps to create a 3D effect on a 2D surface. See New York’s spectacular terrain in vibrant colors on our New York 1973 Relief map or our New York 1974 Relief map. Take a different look at New York City with our New York City 1874 Relief map and our Brooklyn, NY 1895 Relief map.

New York elevation maps - Our New York elevation map uses Digital Elevation Data from the USGS and hand-shaded relief just like our relief maps to create a high-contrast 3-dimensional effect in stunning black and white.

New York hydrological maps - Our hydrological maps showcase the intricate network of waterways, from sprawling lakes to narrow tributaries that flow into larger rivers. Trace New York’s waterways on our New York hydrological map and you’ll see every body of water greater than 0.2 mi in diameter. What makes our hydrological maps unique? We apply a method called the Strahler Stream Order to show the hierarchy of streams as they flow from their source, with rivers shown thicker as they acquire the flow of tributaries. Map available in black, blue, or green. Want to see the ‘big picture?’ See our New England regional hydrological map and our Great Lakes regional hydrological map.

Enhanced vintage New York maps - Enjoy the history and charm of vintage maps in a new way with our New York Bay and Harbor 1844 map or our New York 1883 map. Unlike our elevation maps, Muir Way historical maps don’t feature enhanced elevation effects, but they do feature a record of history beautifully restored to retain its vintage charm without the wear and tear. Get a closer look at New York City with our Brooklyn, NY 1947 USGS map and Manhattan, NY 1947 USGS map. Our vintage New York maps are also custom printed using archival materials.

What are some prominent features on the map of New York?

From the urban center of New York City up to Niagara Falls to Lake Champlain, New York has many prominent features. The Finger Lakes, distinctive long, narrow glacial lakes, are filled with beautiful trails, steep gorges, sandy beaches, and woodlands. It also contains Watkins Glen State Park. The 400 sq ft glenn has amazing waterfalls, caverns and streambeds.

Niagara Falls, in the eastern part of the state, consists of three waterfalls. The biggest, Horseshoe Falls, straddles the border with Canada and is the most powerful falls in North America. The Falls are part of the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. These two lakes are part of the Great Lakes system, enormous glacial lakes carved out by the last Ice Age.

The Adirondack Mountains in the northern part of the state are filled with beautiful hiking trails, waterfalls, whitewater rafting, and tree-lined mountain peaks. Nearby Lake Placid was home to the Olympics in 1932 and 1980.

In the east central part of the state are the Howe Caverns, the largest cavern in the Northeast United States. These caverns are 165 ft deep but can be sailed through on the waterway that runs through them.

The Catskill Mountains lie in the southeastern part of the state. Starting from the Hudson Valley in the east, the mountains rise dramatically and then gradually decline as they travel west into the Allegheny Plateau.

In the south is New York City, one of the biggest and most dramatic urban centers in the world. It is the largest city in the United States and is made up of five boroughs along the Hudson River as it flows into the Atlantic.

What are the regions in New York?

New York has a diverse geography with many different kinds of landscapes. It does not have official regions but there are 13 general geographical regions:

  • The Adirondack Mountains - Located in the northern part of the state and running between Lake Champlain in the east and Lake Ontario in the west, this area is characterized by rugged mountain peaks, forests, glacial lakes, and fertile valleys.
  • Catskill Mountains - Higher than the nearby Adirondacks, the Catskills are marked by deep valleys carved by glaciers and rivers.
  • Allegheny Plateau - This is the most extensive region in the state and includes both glaciated and unglaciated subregions. Located in west and central New York, it is covered in beautiful hardwood forests.
  • Tug Hill Plateau - Rugged and famous for heavy snowfall in winter, this area is covered in hardwood forests crisscrossed by many streams.
  • Hudson Highlands - This is a rugged, mountainous upland that is cut by the Hudson River.
  • Manhattan Prong - This strip of worn down mountains has been ground down to almost a plain. It includes a portion of Staten Island, all of Manhattan Island, a small portion of western Long Island.
  • Taconic Mountains - This is a range of the Appalachian Mountains that runs along the easttern border of the state.
  • The St. Lawrence-Champlain Lowlands - Boarding the Adirondack Mountains, this low plain extends to the north into Canada. Much of the area near the St. Lawrence River is a flat lake plain largely covered with drumlins, sediment hills.
  • The Hudson-Mohawk Lowland - A fertile farming region that covers much of the Hudson and the Mohawk river valleys.
  • The Atlantic Coastal Plain - Extending from the Atlantic Ocean to the Fall Line, this region is characterized by wetlands, salt marshes, barrier islands, and bays.
  • Mohawk Lowlands - This area includes the river valleys of the Mohawk and Black Rivers.
  • The Appalachian Highlands - These highlands extend west to Lake Erie. This area includes the Catskill Mountains and the Finger Lakes.
  • The Erie-Ontario Lowlands - These plains border the Lakes Erie and Ontario. They are mostly flat except for dumlins south of Lake Erie.

If you like our collection of New York maps, you may also be interested in maps of other Northeast states. Click below to browse: