Sunday, April 10, 2011

Photo Gallery: U.S. Road Trips Part 2

The Olympic Peninsula, Washington

Photograph by Shahid Durrani, My Shot
Encompassing 1,441 square miles (3,732 square kilometers) of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington State's Olympic National Park has been declared both an international biosphere reserve and a World Heritage site by the United Nations.

Dalton Highway, Alaska

Photograph by George F. Mobley
A paddler on Alaska's Lake Schrader heads toward the Brooks Range in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Grizzly and black bears, as well as herds of caribou, roam this vast preserve, which is also home to polar bears and muskoxen.
Did You Know? Originally, the town of Coldfoot, Alaska, was called Slate Creek and had several roadhouses, stores, and saloons. Today it serves as a truck stop along the Dalton Highway.

Forgotten Florida

Photograph by Ray Eccleston, My Shot
A manatee, sometimes called a sea cow, fins through clear Florida waters. These gentle—and endangered—mammals frequent Florida's scenic Gulf Coast, known for its many beaches and coves.
Did You Know? The term "Dixie" generally refers to the 11 states that seceded from the Union to form the Confederate States of America.

Northern Mississippi River

Photograph by Nick Graham, My Shot
A giant image of artistic director Sir Tyrone Guthrie greets visitors to the theater he founded in 1963 along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. The Guthrie Theater has three theaters and two restaurants.
Did You Know? The Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has the distinction of being the only art museum in the United States designed by famed architect Frank Gehry.

Photo: jamming at a Beale Street club

The Blues Highway, Tennessee and Mississippi

Photograph by William Albert Allard
Masterful guitar work is commonplace along the Blues Highway. Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Bessie Smith, B.B. King, and Elvis all took a ride on this stretch of Route 61, where visitors today can still hear the echoes of guitars being picked and songs being sung.
Did You Know? Minnesota native Robert Zimmerman—better known as Bob Dylan—wrote the song "Highway 61 Revisited" in honor of the Blues Highway, which travels from the heart of the blues country to his home state.

Photo: July sunset in Islamorada, Florida

Florida Keys

Photograph by Ryan McDonald, My Shot
The July sun sinks into the water in Islamorada, Florida, the sportfishing capital of the world. Islamorada is made up of Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Lignumvitae Key, and Indian Key.
Did You Know? During the nine years Ernest Hemingway lived in Key West, he wrote To Have and Have Not, which is about Key West during the Great Depression.

Photo: Mesa Verde National Park

The Southwest's Four Corners

Photograph by Izabela Korwel
In Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park, multistoried dwellings such as the Spruce Tree House sit 2,000 feet (610 meters) above Montezuma Valley. Archaeologists have located more than 600 dwellings, some dating to A.D. 550, in the area.
Did You Know? The Nimíipuu, also known as the Nez Perce, lived on the Columbia River Plateau for thousands of years before the Lewis and Clark expedition encountered the tribe in 1805.
Photo: Pier off San Buenaventura Beach, California

The Santa Barbara Loop, California

Photograph by Jorge Tovar, My Shot
Visitors to San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura, California, enjoy the region's Mediterranean climate, broad beaches, and scenic yacht harbors. In the late 19th century, nearby Santa Barbara became a health resort for wealthy Easterners after a guidebook writer touted it as a "Mecca for the moribund."
Did You Know? The original California state flag, which was inspired by an 1846 revolt against Mexican rule, showed a lone star next to a grizzly bear.

Photo: Bear Mountain Bridge over Hudson River

Hudson Valley, New York

Photograph by Todd Seekircher, My Shot
When it was built in the 1920s, Bear Mountain Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Though it long ago gave up the title, it still retains unsurpassed views of New York's Hudson River Valley.
Did You Know? Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, New York, contains the graves of many important figures of the Gilded Age, including barons of industry, society, and philanthropy.

Photo: Garden of the Gods City Park, Colorado Springs.

Ghost Towns of Colorado

Photograph by Stephen Hall, My Shot
A fiery sun illuminates sandstone formations in Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where rocky fins and gravelly cliffs have spiritual significance for Native Americans.
Did You Know? Prospector Bob Womack discovered the store of ore that kicked off Colorado's Cripple Creek Gold Rush in 1890.

Photo: cranes silhouetted against a twilight sky.

Nebraska's Pioneer Trail

Photograph by Joel Sartore
Helping illuminate America's past, a reenactor takes part in events marking the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Did You Know? Virginia's James River is one of the last spots where the once abundant Atlantic sturgeon can be found.

Photo: Waterfall, Eagle Cliff Falls, Finger Lakes, New York

New York's Finger Lakes

Photograph by James Davis, My Shot
One of many waterfalls in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Eagle Cliff Falls showers down a rocky ledge in Havana Glen Park. Nearby Seneca Lake is the deepest and widest of the 11 Finger Lakes.
Did You Know? Ithaca, New York, has more than 150 waterfalls within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of downtown.

Photo: Cowboy ready to brand cattle, Texas

Hill Country, Texas

Photograph by Jodi Cobb
Cowboys still rule the land in Texas' Hill Country, a rumpled terrain north of Austin. Among the first non-natives to settle the area were German immigrants who had purchased millions of acres sight unseen.
Did You Know? The capital of Texas, Austin, was named for Stephen F. Austin, who established the first independent colony in the Mexican province of Tejas.

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