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Glacier National Park Road Trip
3,500-Mile, 19-Day Journey to Adventure
NEW! Our September trip featured hiking the backcountry of Glacier National Park with some of the most fantastic scenes in the American West.
Return to the Grand Canyon!
The Rock Art of Shamans' Gallery
NEW! After 24 years of recovering from our last Grand Canyon expedition, we finally returned in April, 2014. We accompanied my friend's rock art club to Shamans’ Gallery in Tuckup Canyon located in the remote and desolate far western section of Grand Canyon. This is a spectacular rock art site, with many life-sized figures. The artwork may be over 3,000 years old... More...
Special Report: The Iceberg Ladies
Co-eds Brave Frigid Cold in Glacier National Park
NEW! Lucky spectators to natural beauty at Glacier National Park's Iceberg Lake recently witnessed a bonus spectacle. Two daring co-eds dropped their warm clothes and took a swim in the frigid lake to the nearest iceberg. Ice and snow fall off the sheer walls of the Continental Divide into the lake where they become actual icebergs. More...
Special Guest Feature
The Fine Art of Bill Sherrell
NEW! AmericanWestTravel.com welcomes fine art landscape photographer, Bill Sherrell. He specializes in the landscapes of Utah and Colorado. This page presents a sampling of his art along with his comments. More...
The Strange World of 420 Tourism
NEW! With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington, there has been much publicity and interest in so-called "420 tourism". My own view is that visiting Colorado without enjoying its scenic beauty as well as indulging is hardly worthwhile. So we tried our own version of the 420 tour. More...
A Palm Springs Wedding
NEW! The author and editor of AmericanWestTravel.com shares a special moment in his life and also suggests some great places to stay, eat, and tour in the resort of Palm Springs, California. More...
Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs (The Wave)
Grand Canyon Backpack
Classic Feature Updated And Revised
Our most exciting and challenging backpacking adventure in Grand Canyon National Park took place in Spring, 1990. The original article recounting the trip was written in the 1990s during the early days of the Internet. This revised feature offers more and better quality photos, a PDF map, and a more detailed account of the adventure. More...
Recent Features We Really Like
California Whale Watching
Humpback whales are often active and close to shore...feeding in the region's nutrient-rich waters from about May to October...
Kicks on Historic Route 66
America's most beloved highway. This is a diverse multi-part story with many great photos!
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona/Utah
REVISED Some of the Southwest's most famous and unusual scenery. The high desert landscape on the border of Arizona and Utah is a fantastic wonderland...
Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona
REVISED Become a superstar photographers for a day by visiting Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, exquisite "slot canyons", abounding with fantastic and easily accessible photo opportunities.
The Wave, Arizona/Utah
REVISED You need to get lucky to visit the magnificent Wave in Coyote Buttes North of the Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, one of the world's most well-known and surreal landscapes.
Remote Adventure at Coyote Buttes South, Arizona
REVISED The companion site to the more famous Wave, the adjacent Coyote Buttes South features an exciting drive on remote roads and at-large exploration of an untrailed wilderness.
The Rock Art of Horseshoe Canyon, Utah
REVISED A detached section of Canyonlands National Park in Utah, features some of the world's greatest rock art
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
REVISED Nevada's Valley of Fire preserves a starkly beautiful section of the Mojave Desert noted for its brilliant red sandstone formations and spectacular sunsets.
Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
REVISED Bumpass Hell offers fascinating volcanic hydrothermal phenomena such as roaring fumaroles, thumping mud pots, boiling pools, and steaming ground.
Recommended Classic Stories
Wings of Freedom Tour
REVISED This popular tour features three of the most famous combat aircraft from World War II, all of them flyable.
Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Colorado
REVISED Spectacular Anasazi Cliff Dwellings and Rock Art.
Manzanar National Historic Site, California
When Fear Was Stronger Than Justice
REVISED The West's Best Ghost Town
The Trail to Utah's Rainbow Bridge
REVISED It is still possible to capture the romanticism and adventure of visiting Rainbow Bridge by hiking overland, following the footsteps of the early adventurers.
Trinity Site, New Mexico
REVISED A visit to the world's first "ground zero".
Upper Antelope Canyon, Arizona
REVISED Considered by many to be the most beautiful and photogenic slot canyon in the world.
Touring Betatakin & Keet Seel Ruins, Arizona
REVISED Navajo National Monument in northern Arizona offers guided tours of two outstanding cliff dwellings dating to the 13th century, Betatakin and Keet Seel. Read my recently discovered journal which describes both tours in complete detail.