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.
Between the ridges of the Rocky Mountains on the Idaho-Utah border, lie the turquoise waters of Bear Lake, surrounded by swampy grasslands and sagebrush-covered hills. At 5,923 feet in elevation, it is just a notch lower than the 9,000-foot Bear River Mountains immediately west of it. After boating on the 18-mile long lake, you can picnic in the beautiful canyons, hike in the mountain forests and tour the picturesque ranching towns of the valley.
The Oregon Trail ran through the north end of Bear Lake Valley, and Mormon settlers arrived in the 1860's. Don't miss the beautiful Paris Tabernacle, built in 1889, which seats four times the population of the town. Go spelunking in Minnetonka Cave or Paris Ice Cave.
Along the east shore of the lake, resorts and retirement communities have sprung up, with million-dollar "cabins" overlooking the lake. In the summer, visitors to the lake can exceed the population of the valley by several times.
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.
Looking into the Grand Canyon from South Rim is one of the most breathtaking scenes in the world. The Colorado River, a mile lower in elevation, is not even visible, being lost in the depths. But layer on layer of cliffs and colored rock stretch from horizon to horizon on the canyon walls, punctuated by fantastic formations with fanciful names like "The Battleship" and "Zoroaster Temple."
For some a visit to the Grand Canyon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For those who have the opportunity to return frequently, there is no end to the opportunities for exploration. An easy day at the Grand Canyon would involve a stroll along the rim next to Grand Canyon Village, with stops at gift shops and eateries. For a seasoned Grand Canyon explorer, it would involve grueling overnight hikes on trails like the Kaibab or Bright Angel trails.
Don't forget the North Rim, especially if you prefer to avoid crowds. But allow time for the five-hour drive to get there from South Rim. Fabled view like Point Imperial and Bright Angel Point await you there.
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.