In 1972, Yellowstone National Park celebrated 100 years as the first national park in the world. For a group of Old Faithful Inn employees arriving from around the country, it would be the beginning of a bond that would go well beyond Yellowstone’s centennial summer.
For adventurers who are also history buffs, following along the iconic Oregon Trail is the perfect summer road trip. Take a journey back in time and retrace the steps of the early settlers of the American West.
While the trip up Wyoming Highway 191 is one of the American West classics, traveling through the marvelous scenery and abundant wildlife zones of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park, you’ll want to budget some extra time to add the phenomenal Wind River Range into your next trip.
From cities and towns to national parks and lesser-known landscapes, this inaugural special section has your 2022 travel through the West covered! We’ve curated a list of 52 places to visit this year – four in each of the 13 states we cover. If you travel at a breakneck pace, that’s one a week. Let this guide serve as inspiration and enjoy the West!
Wine may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Sonoma. While you’ll find plenty of excellent wineries in the county’s Russian River Valley, this rural region boasts many other delights, especially along the scenic Bohemian Highway.
Few people would choose to visit Death Valley in the summertime. After all, it’s the hottest and driest place in North America. Yet, with proper planning, it can be a fantastic trip.
Those who explore Utah in the warmer months can also discover green valleys lush with wildflowers, beautiful fresh lakes surrounded by dramatic peaks and alpine forests with wildlife wandering through the trees.
“The American West is primed for a summer of fire,” warns Popular Science. The magazine reported in May that more than 1.2 million acres of the U.S. burned from wildfires so far this year.
The famous Havasu Falls near Grand Canyon National Park will remain closed to tourists for at least the rest of 2022.
All entrances to Yellowstone National Park are closed temporarily due to heavy flooding, rockslides and extremely hazardous conditions, the National Park Service reports.
Despite year-over-year decreases, recent population estimates of wild horses and burros roaming BLM-managed public lands are still too high, the bureau says.
We’ve put together four 12-song playlists for you, totaling nearly three hours of music – perfect timing for trips from Reno to Napa Valley, Portland to Bend or Santa Fe to Gallup.
Have a listen to these 10 new albums perfect for a Western road trip. From Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt to releases from Kehlani and Warpaint.
Aside from actually getting out on the road, or maybe planning a trip, a good movie or book to get you amped up is not too shabby of a time either.