The Rocky Mountains are one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world, and running from Canada down through much of the United States, there are plenty of interesting places to visit. These impressive mountains were historically considered to be a barrier between the two sides of the continent, but the growth in the network of roads has made crossing the Rockies an exciting and interesting journey.
Here are some of the most interesting and attractive sites that you can visit along this amazing mountain range.
The Valley Of Ten Peaks, Banff
One of the most attractive areas in the Rocky Mountains is this beautiful remote area in Banff, which is a lovely valley that is surrounded by ten peaks, exactly as the name suggests. At the heart of the valley is Moraine Lake, which is a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy the wonderful scenery of the valley, and on a calm day the beautiful snow capped mountains are reflected in the still water of the lake, which is a photographer’s dream. There are some great hiking trails around the lake, and if you load your canoe or kayak on the car, you can add a little paddling to your road trip.
Castle Geyser, Yellowstone National Park
This is one of the most popular attractions in Yellowstone National Park, and its name is earned by the vent from which the water and steam erupts which has formed a shape that is similar to a castle.
Make sure you time your visit to match the time when the geyser is due to erupt, as it is on a cycle of between ten and eleven hours between eruptions, when the water is thrust over ninety feet into the air. This is a majestic sight, and with the water being very hot it is wise to make sure that you are not downwind when it is due to erupt.
The Jasper Skytram, Jasper
Having been operating for over half a century, this lovely journey up into the Rockies offers some spectacular scenery, and is best enjoyed on a clear day when you will be able to see for miles. The vistas from the tram are truly spectacular, and on some days rising through the low cloud to see the surrounding mountains over the clouds is an almost magical experience. For those looking to extend the trip and wanting to get their adrenaline pumping, this trip can be combined with a white water rafting trip to make for an excellent day in Jasper.
Waterton Lake, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park is a park which spans parts of Southern Canada and the Northern United States, and the lake itself also spans both sides of the border. Surrounded by some beautiful mountain peaks, this is a beautiful place to go hiking with paths around the lake, while there are also plenty of other activities on offer in the area, from fishing through to wind surfing on the lake's breezy waters.
The Royal Gorge, Colorado
While many of the most famous gorges in the United States are broad, one of the most interesting aspects of the Royal Gorge is that it is deep and narrow, making it an interesting place to visit.
The views from the Royal Gorge Bridge offer a very good look down into the gorge itself, although this might not be the best destination for vertigo sufferers. If you are very lucky, you will also see the excursion train taking visitors along the railroad which runs along the bottom of the gorge, which is a very interesting sight when seem from so high above.
If you're a hiking enthusiast and love to see interesting and spectacular sights then a trip to the Rockies is just what you need. There's so much to see that you'll either need to make sure you have a lot of time to spend there or do your research and choose your destinations wisely.