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.
The Dolores River Gorge cuts through the remote plateaus of western Colorado, a country with 10,000 foot mountains, redrock cliffs, desert basins and few towns. Running northward from its sources in the San Juan Mountains, it scarecly passes through any level ground in its 100-mile path to the Colorado River.
Colorado Highway 141 crosses the Dolores River at Split Rock, and then rejoins it at its confluencs with the San Miguel River, and follows it to Gateway. This scenic drive begins with the highway on a ledge halfway up a cliff, then the highway descends to the canyon floor, rimmed by thousand-foot redrock cliffs on either side.
Gateway is so named because of its position at the entrance to the Dolores Gorge as well as the beautiful and unusual Unaweep Canyon, and is home to the Gateway Canyons Resort, where adventurers come to explore this scenic area.
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.
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.