US Elevation Map and Hillshade

There are several ways to view elevation in the United States. But the most common ways to see a US elevation map is by using:
  • Digital elevation model
  • Hillshade surface
  • Physical map

Let’s check out all 3 ways to see how height changes in America.

1 US Elevation Map

First, this US elevation map depicts height by increasing color. In this map, elevation ranges from 0 to 13,100 feet above sea level. For metric system users, it goes from 0 to 4000 meters. But keep in mind that some mountains extend beyond this peak elevation. For example, Denali, Alaska rises 6190.5 m and appears orange.

US Elevation Map

2 US Hillshade Map

The alternate way to view elevation is by using a hillshade surface. As the name implies, it shades peaks and valleys based on the position and angle of the sun. For example, here is a US hillshade map, which equally displays elevation. But it’s in a much more unique way and highlights peaks and valleys.

US Hillshade Map

3 US Physical Map

Lastly, a physical map drapes mountains, plateaus, and valley names on top of an elevation surface. As you can see, it includes some of the most monumental mountain chains in the United States. For example, it labels the Rocky Mountains, the Appalachians, and the Sierra Nevada.

US Physical Map

United States Map Feature
Map of the United States of America

This map of the United States of America displays cities, highways, rivers and lakes. It includes the 50 states of America and capital of Washington, DC.

US Map Collection

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Road Map of the United States
Map of USA
USA Map - United States of America
US States Map
The 50 States of America
United States of America Map
Map of the United States of America
USA Map with States and Cities
USA Map with States and Cities
US Major Lakes Rivers Map
US Lakes and Rivers Map
US Hillshade Map
US Elevation Map and Hillshade
US County Map
US County Map
US National Parks Map
US National Park Map
Satellite Map USA
Satellite Map of USA
US Physical Map
Physical Map of the United States
US Election 1860
The Presidential Election Map Collection
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State Outlines: Blank Maps of the 50 United States
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The United States Map Collection

1 Comment

  1. FYI: for the third map (US Physical Map), the number for the height of Slide Mountain (in the Catskills of New York) is the height in feet, but it is labeled meters.

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