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
You are free to use our US hillshade map for educational and commercial uses. Attribution is required. How to attribute?

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
US Regions Map
US Regions Map

This US Regions map displays the four regions and nine divisions from the US Census Bureau including the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West.

US Map Collection

One 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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