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 San Rafael Swell in central Utah is a rugged desert terrain of cliffs, canyons and mesas. Formed by the uplifting of the earth, the area is faced by a wall of stone layers that protrude hundreds of feet into the air at a forty-five degree angle. It is a dramatic sight to behold. This is called the San Rafael Reef.
The reef and swell are a popular destination for four-wheeling, camping and hiking. Narrow canyons are lined by cliffs as much as 1000 feet tall. Numerous backcountry roads allow the exploration of 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.
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.