Want to generate bare map (no streets, parks, etc)

Hi all,

I want to make a map with a historic bent and as such I need to  generate a slippy-map of the US that contains only borders (federal and state) and coastlines, oceans, rivers, and lakes.  I initially started to build my own rendering stack so I could generate my own tiles but now I'm wondering if such a map could be derived somehow from existing data online.

There is quite a bit of terminology involved in the forums and various web sites so I may have read the answer to my own question and not known it!

Thanks for any and all help.