Monday, August 21, 2017, presents people in the United States with an extraordinary chance to see a total solar eclipse. The last time this type of an eclipse was able to be seen across the continental United States was 38 years ago, in 1979. And this is the first total eclipse to sweep across the entire country since 1918. You must be in the path that sweeps from west to east – across 11 states from Oregon to South Carolina – to see the eclipse in totality. If you are outside the roughly 60-mile wide band, you will not get to see the total eclipse.
Beartooth Highway is designated a National Scenic Byway and an All-American Road by the U.S. Department of Transportation. It comprises sixty-eight miles of US 212 through some amazing countryside in southwest Montana and northwest Wyoming. It is considered to be the gateway road to Yellowstone National Park’s Northeast Entrance. The highway was dedicated on June 14, 1936. “Beartooth” comes from the Crow name, “Na Piet Say” for the sharp bear tooth shaped spire at Beartooth plateau, which can be seen at the West Summit pull-out. Beartooth Highway is closed between October and Memorial Day.
When it comes to our national parks, it’s not all about trees and plants — there are lots of spots where you can catch a glimpse of all sorts of animals at any time of the year. Here are our top picks for places to see fauna along with the flora.
One of the real joys of our National Parks is that many of them can be seen up close and personal by car. This convenience cannot be overstated, since some people have mobility challenges and others like to keep very close tabs on small children when in the wilds. The fact that you can see the best of the United States from the comfort of your own vehicle is enhanced in some of our National Parks by the design of the roadways through them, which create a loop pattern, allowing you to begin and end your visit from the same spot. Here are five of the National Parks Scenic Loops that we think are extra special.
If you plan to visit the majestic Grand Teton National Park, why not make it a driving vacation with a journey along the 161 miles of the Wyoming Centennial Scenic Byway. On a map, this combination of highways U.S. 26/287 and U.S. 26/89/191 looks like the profile of an English bulldog’s head gazing westward, and takes between 3 and 4 hours to drive. Read about the best places to see on this road trip through Wyoming!
Yellowstone is not only the United States’ first National Park; it is the first national park anywhere in the world. The park was signed into existence by President U. S. Grant in March 1872. Long treasured by Native Americans it was first viewed by those of European origin who passed through the area as trappers and traders. They were spellbound by the geothermal wonders, and with good reason, since half of all of the world’s geothermal features are concentrated within the bounds of Yellowstone.