Explore America’s historic Wild West

By Stef Zisovska
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Explore America’s historic Wild West

Stef Zisovska
 
Wyatt Earp.
Wyatt Earp.
 
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The Wild West is full of stories about tribal and territorial warfare, missing treasures, and cowboys, they are getting passed from generation to generation and we never get bored of listening to how life was before and how the cities were created.

There are many interesting places to visit and feel the spirit of the rich history. The Wild West offers fun and adventure for everyone who likes big challenges and wants to feel life from a different perspective.

American cowboy 
American cowboy 

Grand Canyon

Without a doubt, the biggest landmark of the Wild West is the Grand Canyon. If you are in a search for the deep meaning of life, you will find it in Colorado River rapids. White water rafting wasn’t always famous.

One-armed Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell first explored the canyon in 1869. Powell had a cutwater boat where two men were rowing downstream while the third one was trying to steer with a long sweep oar.

Years after in 1983 the first commercial Grand Canyon river boat hit the waters of Colorado River.

 

Powell’s expedition 
Powell’s expedition 

Nowadays travelers can choose if they want oar-powered or motorized raft. Inflatable raft or dory.

Big motorized rafts can make it through the canyon in a week with 20 people on board. Inflatable rafts hold lots of gear and bounce off the rocks giving you a much more personal experience.

Wild West 
Wild West 

Explore the historic Route 66

All the migrants moving to the west during Dust Bowl of the 1930s were using a path called the Main Street of America.

The highway established in 1926 was 2448 miles long and crossed through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

In 1985 the Route was no longer “valid” and was replaced by an Interstate Highway System. The fact is that today Route 66 is great for motorcycle adventurers who find the 2-week ride can be wild and exciting.

 

Route 66 in Arizona
Route 66 in Arizona

Wagons West

Relive the 150-year-old adventure of traversing the Oregon Trail in covered wagons. This unique experience will make you feel like you have traveled back in time, far away from your shiny comfy car.

Wagons West are authentic wagon replicas but with better seats and you get to journey along old abandoned roads.

 

Utah railway in 1869 
Utah railway in 1869 

Lewis and Clark Trail 

Today you still have the chance to follow the footsteps of this famous trail from 1804 when 56 people and one dog traveled from Illinois to the Pacific and back.

This trail can involve everything from hiking the Bitterroot Mountains in Idaho to rafting the Missouri River in Montana and canoeing in South Dakota.

William Clark carved his name on a soft rock on what is now called Pompeys Pillar National Monument.

 

 

Lewis and Clark expedition map 
Lewis and Clark expedition map 

The Wild West is an incredible experience that no one should resist having. Exploring this part of the country one can find answers to many questions from the past.

Learning about US history through real life outdoor experience is the best form of understanding we can get. The world we have today wasn’t always like this. Someone was living here before and doing all manner of things before us.

The best way to feel the spirit of the Wild West is to travel and get to know the legends. Don’t let people tell you stories, get out in the great outdoors and experience them yourself.

 
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