The American West: Still Wild After All These Years.
Western highways are littered with broke down palaces—homes, motels, gas stations and the occasional water park. Reclaimed by the intense landscape, most of these places, unlike Los Angeles, California, and Wall, South Dakota, were never designed to last. Instead, they were stepping stones for dreamers and entrepreneurs who saw the West as a chance to get a piece of America on their own terms.
And who can blame them? Drive through the U.S. on any of these interstates—10, 40, 70, 80 or 90—and it is easy to see the allure of the west: it’s vast, diverse (geographically speaking), and overwhelmingly beautiful. Sculpted through rocky corridors, evergreen forest and desert lowlands, these highways are a great primer to the natural, untamed beauty of the American West, like a Greatest Hits collection that will have you longing for deeper tracks.
From the giant boulders at Joshua Tree to the Grand Tetons, the American West is a schizophrenic landscape where everything seems super sized. And despite centuries of migration to the region, this section of the United States remains largely untouched, enabling visitors to view areas of the western frontier as Lewis and Clark did nearly 200 years ago during their western expedition.
There’s an awakening that occurs when you venture from the highway into the empty spaces of the Wild West for the first time. A normally silent wind can sound like a freight train swirling around your head as you look out from a vista towards the horizon. With no noise from the highway, city or even your neighbors, you’re free to be wild again.
My love for the Americas doesn’t end in The West. In fact, that is just the beginning. The Americas—North, South and Central—are full of mesmerizing places that are literally in our backyard. If you’d like to journey deeper into the continent, be sure to check out National Geographic’s new high-definition miniseries, Untamed Americas. The show premieres this Sunday (June 10) and Monday (June 11) at 9 p.m. (est) and is narrated by one of my favorite actors, Josh Brolin. If you want to read more stories about travel bloggers recounting their favorite Untamed Americas be sure to check out the write up on National Geographic.
Please enjoy these photos from some of the U.S. National Parks. Photos are from the following parks (listed in order): Bryce Canyon N.P. , Badlands N.P. , Zion N.P., Yellowstone N.P. , Yellowstone N.P. , Yellowstone N.P. , Bryce N.P. , Joshua Tree N.P. , Joshua Tree N.P. , Badlands N.P. , Grand Tetons N.P.
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