Reading Up, Gearing Up for the Trip

Times Staff Writer

Here are Los Angeles-area stores that specialize in travel literature, guides, maps and accessories:

California Map & Travel Center 3312 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 396-6277, http://www.mapper.com.

Distant LandsA Traveler's Bookstore and Outfitter 56 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena; (800) 310-3220 or (626) 449-3220, http://www.distant lands.com.

Geographia Map &Travel Bookstore 4000 Riverside Drive, Burbank; (818) 848-1414.

Hostelling InternationalTravel Centre 1434 2nd St., Santa Monica; (310) 393-3413, http://www.hostelweb.com/losangeles.

Nations! TravelstoresIn Hermosa Beach, 500 Pier Ave., (310) 318-9915; in Torrance, 287 Del Amo Fashion Center, (310) 921-2242; national number (800) 546-8060, http://www.nationstravelmall.com.

One Stop Travel Shop 131 N. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills; (310) 360-1338, http://www.healthytravel.com

Rand McNally Map& Travel StoresIn Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 681, (310) 556-2202; in Glendale, 2218 Glendale Galleria, (818) 242-6277; http://www.randmcnally.com.

Thomas Bros. Maps StoresIn downtown Los Angeles, 521 W. 6th St., (213) 627-4018; in Irvine, 17731 Cowan, (888) 826-6277; http://www.thomas.com.

Traveler's Bookcase 8375 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles; (323) 655-0575, http://www.travelbooks.com.

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