Suggested literary for Roadtrip Fall of 2008

Roadtrip Fall of 2008
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Starting point:
Banff National Park (BNP) (Canada’s first NP – world’s third) – AB, Canada Then into:

Kootenay National Park


Invermere – Panorama – Cranbrook


Fernie – Sparwood (we’ll pass the biggest truck in the world!) – Crowsnest Pass and onto:


Waterton Lakes National Park.

180km – (Waterton – Glacier – Columbia Falls)

Leaving Canada for the Montana, US – entering Glacier National Park (Come and experience Glacier’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker’s paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, transportation, and stories of Native Americans. Explore Glacier National Park and discover what awaits you.)
Columbia Falls – Kalispell – Flathead Lake – Missoula – Butte – Belgrade where we turn due south to Wyoming and onto:


Yellowstone National Park (Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America’s first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world’s most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.) (oldest NP in the world),


Grand Teton National Park (Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park preserves a spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes and extraordinary wildlife. The abrupt vertical rise of the jagged Teton Range contrasts with the horizontal sage-covered valley and glacial lakes at their base, creating world-renowned scenery that attracts nearly four million visitors per year.)


Jackson Hole, Zig-zagging the border between Idaho and Wyoming going south, Swan Valley, Palisades Reservoir, Bear Lake on the border to Utah, Ogden and Salt Lake City.


Entering Utah and Salt Lake City to Moab and Arches National Park, Arches National Park preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, like the world-famous Delicate Arch, as well as many other unusual rock formations. In some areas, the forces of nature have exposed millions of years of geologic history. The extraordinary features of the park create a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures that is unlike any other in the world.

Natural Bridges National Monument, Natural Bridges preserves some of the finest examples of natural stone architecture in the southwest. On a tree-covered mesa next to deep sandstone canyons, three natural bridges formed when meandering streams slowly cut through the canyon walls. In honor of the Native Americans that made this area their home, the bridges are named “Kachina,” “Owachomo” and “Sipapu.”

250km – (Moab – Glen Canyon)

Suggested campsite between Canyonlands National Park (Canyonlands preserves a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze and the rivers themselves. While these areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character and offers different opportunities for exploration.)
and Glen Canyon National Recreational Area (Encompassing over 1.2 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA) offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a vast panorama of human history.).

Bryce Canyon National Park (are on display here, along with ancient trees and scenic views from the rim. Famous for its unique geology of red rock spires and horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters, Bryce offers the visitor a “Far View” from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah.).
Cedar Breaks National Monument (Resting on top of the Colorado plateau, at over 10,000 feet in elevation, this breathtaking view awaits. Millions of years of sedimentation, uplift, and erosion are carving out this giant amphitheater, that spans some three miles, and is more than 2000 feet deep. ).

500km – Glen Canyon – Zion

Cedar City
Zion National Park (Massive canyon walls ascend toward a brilliant blue sky. To experience Zion, you need to walk among the towering cliffs, or challenge your courage in a small narrow canyon. These unique sandstone cliffs range in color from cream, to pink, to red. They could be described as sand castles crowning desert canyons.).

195km – Kanab. Jacobs Lake

Now entering Arizona, state of the North Rim on the huge Grand Canyon National Park (A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size. Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep.).

340km (North to South Rim).

Marble Canyon – South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Williams then west to Kingman, northwest to:


Lake Mead National Rec Area (Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers a wealth of things to do and places to go year-round. Its huge lakes cater to boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, and fishermen while its desert rewards hikers, wildlife photographers, and roadside sightseers. It is also home to thousands of desert plants and animals, adapted to survive in an extreme place where rain is scarce and temperatures soar.)
and soon entering Nevada for some Viva Las Vegas!!

After partying and having some fun times in Las Vegas, we continue south on Hwy 15 to California into Native American soil and a desert area called:

Mojave National Preserve (Singing sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests, and carpets of wildflowers are all found at this 1.6 million acre park. A visit to its canyons, mountains and mesas will reveal long-abandoned mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military outposts. Located between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Mojave provides serenity and solitude from the crowds of major metropolitan areas.).

340km (Las Vegas to Joshua Tree)

Joshua Tree National Park (Viewed from the road, this desert park only hints at its vitality. Closer examination reveals a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their home in this land shaped by strong winds, unpredictable torrents of rain, and climatic extremes. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of this place. Come see for yourself!).


From Joshua Tree NP we head first south to Hwy 10 then west to City of Angels… L.A. We’ll pass Palm Springs, Cathedral City, then follow the 91 all the way in to the heart of the city until we turn south on the 710 or Long Beach Fwy and follow that one all the way to Long Beach.


From Long beach we turn north on the Long Beach Fwy until we connect with Santa Ana Fwy and onto Hollywood Fwy and do the “must do” Santa Monica Blvd and famous Sunset Blvd through Beverly Hills and Hollywood all the way to Santa Monica and Bay Watch.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area (Portraying Africa, the Amazon, and the old west? That’s talent! Combining the scenic and the imagination play a big role in the movies and at this national park! Close to Hollywood, with beaches, grasslands, canyons, and oak woodlands, this coastal mountain range has star quality! Explore a rare, diverse landscape inspiring preservation and creativity. Meet the Santa Monica Mountains in person.).

Back on Hwy 5 going north-northwest we pass Hungry Valley State Rec Area, just a few miles north of Grapevine we hold right on Hwy 99 towards Bakersfield. Just north of Bakersfield we head due north on the 65 to Ducor where we turn right on Avenue 56 and pass both Fountain Springs and California Hot Springs. This is where the road turns more north and we soon enter the 18th and soon even the 19th (!!) national parks of the trip, called


Sequoia National Monument and National Park & Kings Canyon National Park (These two parks testify to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity: Immense mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees! The parks lie in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of the San Joaquin Valley. Activities vary greatly by season and elevation – which ranges from 1300′ to 14,494′).


Leaving the twin parks we head to Squaw Valley and head north to enter the Sierra Nevada, the 20th park on the journey it’s bound to be legendary;
Yosemite National Park (but a shrine to human foresight, strength of granite, power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra. Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.).


We head due west to San Francisco and 200mi or 325km later we are down town, perhaps checking into a hostel for warm showers and a great stake and a good night sleep!

San Francisco offers LOADS of stuff to mention a few big ones:
Golden Gate National Rec Area (Golden Gate National Parks chronicle two hundred years of history, from the Native American culture, the Spanish Empire frontier and the Mexican Republic, to maritime history, the California Gold Rush, the evolution of American coastal fortifications, and the growth of urban San Francisco.).

Alcatraz Island (of cause!) (Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes which saved the tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock – gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare.).

Fort Point National Historic Site (From its vantage point overlooking the spectacular Golden Gate, Fort Point protected San Francisco harbor from Confederate & foreign attack during & after the U.S. Civil War. Its beautifully arched casemates display the art of the master brick mason from the Civil War period.).

Presidio of San Francisco (For 218 years, the Presidio served as an army post for three nations. World and local events, from military campaigns to the rise of aviation, from World Fairs to earthquakes, left their mark. Come enjoy the history and beauty of the Presidio. Explore centuries of architecture. Reflect in a national cemetery. Walk through an historic airfield, forests, or to beaches, and admire spectacular vistas.).

After heading north 355km we hit Redding with;
Whiskey Town National Rec Area (Located 8 miles west of Redding, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is located at the juncture of the Klamath Mountain range and the northern edge of the Sacramento Valley, making it home to a special collection of animal and plant life. Some of the park’s features are Whiskeytown Lake, Shasta Bally (6,209 ft.) and numerous waterfalls, providing outdoor enthusiasts opportunities for water recreation, …).

We drive due west to the coastline for 250km to meet up with Hwy 101 going north just north of the town of Eureka. On the road towards the next big park, we go through some spectacular countryside and many smaller state parks, to mention a few; Little River State Beach, Trinidad State Beach, Patricks Point State Park, Harry A. Merlo State Rec Area, Humboldt Lagoons State Park etc.. After crossing some freshwater lagoons, we enter;

Redwood National Park (Stand at the base of a coast redwood and the huckleberry bushes tower over you. Watch statuette Roosevelt elk grazing in the prairies. Observe the tail of a female Chinook salmon heave skyward as she makes a nest for her eggs. Whether a morning or night person, you can hear the endangered marbled murrelets’ keer across the treetops as they fly from sea to mossy nest.).

After crossing the border to Oregon we soon reach;

Crater Lake National Park (Crater Lake has inspired people for hundreds of years. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom.).

After a long day we’ll reach a renowned volcano in Washington State.

State Park Mt St Helen (Mount St. Helens is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington. Mount St. Helens is most famous for its catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980,[1] which was the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States. Fifty-seven people were killed; 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles (24 km) of railways, and 185 miles (300 km) of highway were destroyed. The eruption caused a massive debris avalanche, reducing the elevation of the mountain’s summit from 9,677 feet (2,950 m) to 8,365 feet (2,550 m) and replacing it with a mile-wide (1.5 km-wide) horseshoe-shaped crater.[2] The debris avalanche was up to 0.7 cubic miles (2.9 km³) in volume. The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument was created to preserve the volcano and allow for its aftermath to be scientifically studied.).


Mount Rainer National Park (Learn about glaciers. Discover life in a rainforest. Hike the Wonderland Trail. Explore subalpine ecology. Watch clouds shroud the mountain and disappear. Visit a rustic historic building. Dream about climbing to the summit. Study geology. Experience a mountain meadow. Listen to a glacier crack. Observe the wildlife…and wonder! BE INSPIRED! Take a look at Paradise under the winter snows!).

Over the border to Canada and British Columbia and soon we will see yet again skyscrapers on the horizon from the vibrant city of;

Vancouver – where we reach our destination of this long but VERY rich journey!

Sum: 7880km (not including other misc driving while on journey)
Okey a bit more that previously guestimated, but a bit more things on the list too…

29 significant natural and cultural sites, plus (four) metropolises being Viva Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver

If you have read all this and still don’t want to come… well… hope you have something better and more enjoyable to do while we’re doing this trip!!

Later dudes!!

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