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dweller in Estes Park, in a house of her own, The Great Lakes offer a system of navigafar back from any main highway, recently tion through broad waters, wide sweeping protested against a proposed road through rivers, beautiful straits, and picturesque the recesses of the Rockies, which would islands. One of the most enjoyable water bring “such a throng of automobilists." She journeys in the world was forever lost when was sitting in her own automobile at the the steamer trade on the Mississippi decayed. moment; and motorless tourists had a right That was the poetry of travel, with its to think that she was no better than those surprises of an ever-winding channel, its objectionable scurryers.
picturesque people, white and black, and The truth is that no mountain is made its old towns, culminating at the crowded smaller by being admired by multitudes. The levee of New Orleans. “crowding ” of vast areas of mountain, for The modern all-rail substitut for the great est, and river, such as the Sierra Nevadas, for river has its scenic advantages; such as the instance, is a myth. Anybody who dislikes Burlington route from Chicago to Minneapothe numbers in the Yosemite Vailey may re lis, which skirts the Mississippi for hundreds duce the crowd by " hitting the trail” out of miles. There is something inspiriting in into the King River Canyon. If other peo the rolling prairie of the Northwest, rising ple “crowd into ” the King River Canyon, and falling like immense billows on the ocean. he can take to the Hetch Hetchy. What Greater majesty is seen on the great flat the scenic grumbler really wants is to pitch prairies of the Middle West. A ride across on a particularly beautiful spot, easy of ac Texas from east to west in April is a thing to cess, and then drive off anybody else who remember for a lifetime. would like equally well to stay in that beautiful Beyond the Missouri the country rises spot, so easy of access. If the aloof Bosto slowly and steadily till from the Pullman nian dislikes the jostling of his city, he may window or from a motor car the eye catches hie himself to the Maine woods. One of the the far-off summits of Gray's and Long's splendid things about the grandeurs of Amer and James, and the rest of the towering ica is that they are open to the democracy. hosts of the Rocky Mountains. From north You may fence in the seashore at Bar Haro to south this wonderland has at last been bor, but not the prism of the Grand Canyon. opened up.
On the Canadian border lies Nobody need be afraid that the number of Glacier Park, first explored many years ago, travelers will ever overwlielm the available but recently rediscovered. The Almighty pleasure-grounds of America.
furnished the mountains ; the United States The wise man finds every part of the Government has set them apart as a NaUnited States full of natural beauty. New tional Park; the Great Northern Railroad England offers its rugged and picturesque deposits the visitor in comfortable inns or in. seacoast. Its mountains are restrained in magnificent hotels at the base of the mounheight, and, except for such wonders as the tains, in one of the most splendid regions of Old Man of the Mountains, can boast few the earth. The scenery is alpine-lakes natural sculptures of cliff and peak. Still he running up into mountain gorges, flanked who has not seen the Mount Monadnock with cascades and carrying the eye upward region, with its forests and lake gems and to massive mountains, glaciers, and waterroaring brooks, has not seen America. The falls. Trails lead in various directions through Appalachian Mountains are in most places and across these mountains, for the accommolow, worn-down, and monotonous in their dation of man and beast. pattern of long parallel ridges and valleys. Southward, the next scenic area is the YelNevertheless they include the caverns of lowstone, where this year the remarkable disLuray and the Natural Bridge of Virginia, covery has been made that automobile travel which would be admired wonders in any will not kill the fish nor stop the geysers. country of the world. Down in the South Most of the scenery is inferior to other parts you may seek Grandfather's Mountain, or of the Rocky Mountains, but the geyser glory Mount Mitchell, or such scenic points as is unsurpassed. From Laramie south to Blowing Rock and Toxaway, from which Santa Fé the Rockies abound in glorious stretch billowy forest slopes.
scenery. The most highly developed tourist In the interior the most magnificent gift of center is Estes Park, which is reached through nature is Niagara-so big, so convenient, so the magnificent gorge of the Big Thompson. easy to see, that we forget its rare beauty. The foor of the Park is about 7,500 feet
above the sea, and a circle of snow mountains towers 5,000 to 6,500 feet above it. The city of Denver has taken up a tract of mountains farther south, which is becoming one of the noblest public parks in existence. Automobile roads are extending through the tangled range of high mountains. Still farther south, Colorado Springs is becoming one of the pleasure cities of the land, with its unique nearness to the bold mountains culminating in Pike's Peak.
New Mexico and Arizona have their peculiar splendors. The deserts are a dream of color and light. Near by lies the Grand Canyon of the Colorado, with which it is as difficult to be intimate as with the Atlantic Ocean. No human language can describe or suggest the terrific beauty of that chasm. Not to see it is to be ignorant of creation. North of it are those amazing natural bridges in southern Utah, which as yet can be reached only by well-furnished expeditions which carry their own water.
The Pacific coast is by all odds the most scenic part of the United States. It is the only coast which breaks off from steep mountains into deep water. It'is the only part of the United States which is Mediterranean in sea and sky and vegetation. It contains almost the only group of sentimental ruins in its chain of Spanish missions. It includes the Yosemite Valley, which is as unapproachable in its kind as the Grand Canyon. It nourishes groves of big trees which are so much older than the oldest oaks of the East that they make California seem ancient. It has in the Golden Gate a waterway comparable with the Straits of Gibraltar. Farther
north is the chain of volcanic snow peaks, which is without a parallel anywhere within the boundaries of the United States—Shasta, Jefferson, Hood, St. Helens, Glacier, Adams, Shukshan, Baker, and Mount Rainier, king of the whole stately line. As Izaak Walton said of the strawberry, God might have made a more magnificent mountain than Mount Rainier, but doubtless he never did.
Jumping over British Columbia, again we “ See America First” in Alaska, where the combination of sea, ice, and rock create a kind of scenery outside the experience of most Americans. Words cannot describe the chain of islands, the reaches of still water, the vast snow-fields, the distant peaks running up to eighteen thousand feet, the culmination of scenic grandeur in Lynn Canal, where nearly a score of glaciers hang on the mountains or touch the sea.
Europe has its own attractions of city, sea, and mountains. Africa and Asia are lands of brilliant costume and unfamiliar peoples. New experiences may be found also in Chicago and New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Denver. In natural scenery Seeing America First” means seeing many things which can nowhere else be found. Mount Rainier is finer than Mont Blanc; the Yosemite far surpasses the Engadine ; Niagara has no rival this side of the Zambesi. In America the easy-going traveler may be wafted to the skies on flowery beds of ease, while the lover of nature and of camp life may plunge into any one of a hundred wildernesses. To See America First” is to raise one's own standard of the might and majesty of our own beloved country.
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ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER HIGHWAY-LOWER CASCADE MOUNTAINS