You have always wanted to go on a road trip through the rugged and windy trails of cowboy America. You want to explore the inhospitable soil, the cowboy culture (or the remnants of it), the incredible landscape, or just the open roads of the countryside. Not really that maverick with a cause? Heck, so you only want to do something different. In any case, read on.
Living Ghost Town, Oatman, Arizona
A small dusty town near the Black Mountains of Mohave County, Arizona, this former mining district with its towering rocky formations, worn-out buildings, junk stores, burros roaming around is straight from old cowboy America. The star attraction of the place is the mock Wild West gun battles which are enacted on the streets at any time of the day. The gunfighters, of course, dressed as cowboys, recreate an authentic cowboy gun fight—hurling abuses and threats; even the guns used are real (don’t panic, they are loaded with blanks).
Another highlight is the Oatman Hotel famous for its Gable/Lombard honeymoon suite where Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent their honeymoon after their wedding in 1939. The element of thrill for adventure-seekers is that Oatman is believed to be haunted. An ideal destination for those of you who have always fancied being part of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
A mock gun battle in progress in the town of Oatman, Arizona
Grand Canyon West Skywalk, Arizona
The Grand Canyon, with a depth of over 1,800 metres, is one of the most awe-inspiring and breathtaking natural landscapes of the world. Now imagine standing atop the structure on a glass floor, looking down at River Colorado down below. This is the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass-bottomed horseshoe-shaped walkway that hangs over the western rim of the canyon, 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. The first man to walk on this structure practically hanging in space was Edwin Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon. The skywalk can hold up to over 120 people at a time. There are many skywalks in the world, but this is the one closest to offering the most natural experience. If you are already in Arizona, you cannot give this a miss, whether or not you are on a road trip. If you’re staying in Las Vegas, there are many day trips available to go and visit the Grand Canyon. It’s is easy to get to, thanks to cheap direct flights to Las Vegas.
Oregon Vortex, Gold Hill, Oregon
There are many mystery spots and gravity hills across the world, but the one that has been acclaimed as the most incredible is the Oregon Vortex near Gold Hill, Oregon. Brooms stand up on their own, people appear to be shrinking and growing, tennis balls roll uphill, and everything hangs at a gravity-defying angle. Several studies have been conducted, and among the many theories worked out, optical illusions is the best explanation by scientists. Popular opinion, however, holds paranormal activity as responsible for the weird phenomena.
Loneliest Road of America — No Destination
Who said you have to have a destination at the end of every journey. As the cliched saying goes, it’s not the destination but the journey that matters; and if the journey is through the so-called ‘loneliest road of America’, the experience can be exhilarating, to say the least. Highway 50, popularly tagged as America’s loneliest road, is one of the most spectacular roads through America. The drive is through long winding stretches of concrete meandering through the wild western landscape, against the backdrop of a mild setting sun. There are not many tourist stops on this highway, which is the reason it is uncluttered, ‘lonely’ and scenic.