The Planet Earth Online
We Live on a big, beautiful planet stocked with a great variety of scenery and landscape. It is a planet made for humans to live on, but most of it is covered by fields and mountains and deserts and oceans. It is a real planet full of living plants and animals, and a few billion people, each of which are unique and interesting. People have shaped the world in many ways, building houses and cities and farms. Roads, a man-made feature, criss-cross the whole earth, tying together its endless variety into one common network.
Since 1999, UntraveledRoad has been capturing the scenery of modern highways, mountain roads, city streets and trails, visiting places both exotic and familiar to create a photographic virtual world, where you can stop to look at wildflowers, lakes, mountain vistas, and read historic markers, all from the comfort of your computer chair. With 396,883 hand-held camera photographs, UntraveledRoad preserves a repository of beautiful scenery which you can explore at your leisure. If you want to see the beauty of National Parks, the serenity of an alpine wilderness, the solitude of the desert, or wander randomly along highways, it is waiting for you now at a mouseclick.
These virtual tours consist of stops along roads, streets and trails, where four pictures are taken, one in each direction. Each page shows an ahead-facing picture along with two side view thumbnails. You can turn in any direction, and proceed to the next stop. Where appropriate, extra pictures show high-resolution views of scenery, or historic and interpretative markers. Some complicated intersections include pictures for diagonal directions. To skip uneventful sections of roadway, a jump feature takes you to the next important town or intersection. See the legend at the bottom of this page for more information.
This page highlights only a few samples of the many explorations you can make on UntraveledRoad.
Yosemite Valley is one of the most beautiful places on earth for a vacation destination. At 4,000 feet in the Sierra Nevadas, it is covered with alpine meadows and forests, with the Merced River running through the middle. Granite cliffs line the valley, reaching as high as 3,000 feet above the floor, giving it its patented, stunning scenery. Numerous waterfalls tumble from the heights; and formations, such as El Capitan and Half Dome, are famous icons.
Beyond Yosemite Valley, the towering peaks of the Sierra Nevadas reach into the 13,000-foot range, capped by Mount Whitney on the park's eastern boundary. Mount Whitney is the highest point in the continental United States 151; at 14,491 feet in elevation. Yosemite National Park includes hundreds of thousands of acres of alpine paradise amongst those peaks, with brooks wandering through grass and forest and monolithic granite peaks as a backdrop.
Explore Yosemite's beautiful scenery and plan your vacation to this unique mountain paradise. Yosemite Valley was photographed in May, when the waterfalls were at their maximum flow, the grass was green, and the wildflowers were out.
The iconic granite peaks of the Grand Tetons are as famous as they are beautiful. Rising 7,000 feet above the valley. Forests cling to their lower slopes above which protrudes the jagged, angular bare stone of the peaks. Numerous lakes dot the edge of the valley including the pretty Jenny Lake, and Jackson Lake, a large reservoir on the Snake River.
The valley below is called Jackson Hole. The Snake River flows through the middle, and patches of forest cover parts of it, interspersed with flats of sagebrush. At the south end of Jackson Hole is the town of Jackson, Wyoming, a resort and tourist attraction.
In spite of being the hottest and driest place in America, nearly a million people visit Death Valley yearly. The climate is so severe that almost no plant life can survive, But the alien landscape and quiet and solitude provide an appeal that many more beautiful places do not. Much of Death Valley is below sea level, bottoming out at 282 at Badwater Basin. The highest recorded temperature was 134 degrees. With these extremes, you feel like you've been somewhere unusual.
Death Valley features a number of interesting places to visit including the colorful Artists Drive and Mustard Canyon, historic places like the Harmony Borax Works and the overlook at Dante's View. Escape the stress of modern life with a visit to this faraway place.
A tree icon indicates high resolution scenic views.
A magnifying glass icon indicates a historic or interpretive marker that can be read.
Side arrows indicate intersecting routes which can be followed.
A flash icon indicates a jump ahead to the next town, intersection or point of interest.