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.
Delintment Lake is a jewel in the mountains of the Ochoco National Forest in Central Oregon. It is a small lake, just half a mile across, surrounded by forest that include one of the largest stands of Ponderosa Pine in America. It is a quiet place where the local folks go fishing, canoeing and picnicing. The Forest Service operates a campground on the south shore.
The elevation is 5,562 feet at Delintment Lake, and the surrounding mountains are an island of green in the notorious sagebrush-filled deserts of central Oregon. So next time you are traveling U.S. Highway 20, turn aside at Hines and see what the scenery is really like.
A paved road leads all the way from Hines to Delintment Lake, a distance of about 40 miles. Oddly, much of the road, although paved, is a single lane, with occasional pullouts
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.
In 1914 and 1915, Lassen Peak dazzled America with the only volcanic eruptions since the arrival of Europeans on the continent. The eruptions reached a climax on May 22, 1915 with an eruption that sent volcanic ash 30,000 feet in the air and left a trail for 200 miles to the east. The blast could be seen for hundreds of miles away. The slopes of the mountain were devastated as the eruption mixed with melted snow and swept down the mountain slopes.
The next year, congress responded by establishing Lassen Volcanic Park on August 9, 1916. Scientists and other curious onlookers studied the effects of the eruption.
Falling into dormancy after its impressive show, Lassen has long since been covered in forests and grass, although hot springs and steaming vents still exist. With Lassen Peak reaching 10,457 feet in elevation, heavy winter snows melt into green alpine meadows in summer, and vacationeers come to beat the summer heat, hike on the many trails, and read interpretative markers about the great eruption.
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.