Winding Roads of the Western U.S. - Pictures of the West
The U.S. offers some Amazing places to visit by car! Around every corner, a New Story...
The expansion of the American West was the last to develop. At the same time the buildings reached for the skies in the Big Cities of the eastern development, the West was unexplored. Much due the challenging geographical regions that stood in the way.
With today's modern aspects, the roads, the cars, and the access to these great environments. We all have the opportunity to visit America's once before undiscovered locations that now offer some of the most amazing scenic views that even our imagination couldn't conjure.
Enjoy a road trip through a few of America's Western roadways that deserve the respect they give back to the driver's and passengers of the brave who venture through the unknowns.
Photos by: Chance Buell
American Roads - The Western US
To be honest, my love of photography is the reason I travel. To see new far off places, the surprises, and the people along the way. Snapping photos and images of landscapes, animals, people, signs, places, things, stuff, and more... that's what gets me going.!
When I point myself in any general direction, I see and learn new things and I allow myself the opportunity of a new experience. I choose to travel by car as much as possible, taking the side roads and seeing some unique destinations.
The highway is good to cover ground across remote regions, but the original roads that first created American travel offers the true story of where we came from.
Recently looking through my photo library, I noticed a small trend that appeared. It seems that the roads that have brought me to my destinations, have ended up being the subject itself.
"Roads.. Where we're going - We'll need roads!"
The American Road.
Dirt Roads, Paved roads, winding roads, roads over bridges, roads through the desert, roads into the city. Roads are the infrastructure of our nation. They lead us anywhere we need to go, as well as some unexpected places in between.
Since I live along the Rocky Mountain Front Range, most of my road trips have been throughout the Western United States. Along the way, I have been witness to some pretty amazingly scenic and dynamic parts of the world, all the way down to the desolate and forgotten.
Here is a small collection of different types of roads of America, and some of what I've seen along the way.
Photography by: Chance Buell
The Rocky Mountains
Looking West on I-70 over Buffalo Bill's Gravesite
WOW! Around every bend...
The world can be pretty amazing, but what is really amazing, is that we as a people have not only found the means to create vehicles to roll us throughthe countryside, today we travel by car, but we also have paved the way through some pretty tough terrains with millions of miles of hardened asphalt and concrete so these modern vehicles can carry us great distances, opening our minds to the greater good.
Oregon's Forest are Beautiful..!
Looking down on the Eagle Valley, CO
Castle Valley, Utah - Just outside of Moab
Mount Rushmore Framed in the tunnel of the Pig Tail Highway, SD
Visit Middle America
Some of the Greatest roads to drive on go through the Black Hills of South Dakota and Badlands National Park. Talk about pointing, shooting, and getting something good! In this secluded part of the country, you'll find out everything you need to know about American History, and see some unique attractions you'll remember forever!
Mount Rushmore, the Needles, Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park, Sturgis, Deadwood, and too much to list, visit the Black Hills before you die!
The road through the Badlands National Park
The Curvy Roads of Needles Highway
Badlands National Park
Be a Photographer - Drive.
What's fun about hoping in the car with your camera is, you really can't make a wrong turn. Each road leads to, at least to you, new places and subjects to take your pictures. CLICK!
The road leading to and from Colorado National Monument, CO
Remember, being a good photographer isn't just about what you know - it's about being there!