Earlier this week, we celebrated Columbus’ discovery of the New World in 1492. We’ve come a long way since Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but we’re still as hungry as ever for adventure.
In honor of Columbus’ discovery, we want to ask what kind of adventures and discoveries have you made with your trusty vehicle? Here are some we’d like to try!
• Picacho, Ariz., is home to the most exotic roadside petting zoo in the U.S. The Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch is the largest privately owned ostrich ranch outside of South Africa and is home to more than 1,600 ostriches! For the serious adventurers, there is a 40-minute monster truck tour that rips you through the hills and valleys of the Arizona desert.
• The Darien Gap is an 87km crossing between North and South America, and it boasts some of the most dangerous roads (or lack thereof) in the world. This adventure is not for the faint of heart, as very few people have actually successfully traversed this path. Choose your vehicle wisely as you will be facing a nasty jungle with dangerous animals, swamps, no marked trails, and possible drug traffickers.
• Looking for an adventure without the stress? Check out Carhenge in Alliance, Neb. No need to travel all the way to England to see the Stonehenge formation when you can see Carhenge. Carhenge features 38 vintage American cars planted in the ground, stacked on top of each other, and positioned in a circle, created in direct relation to Stonehenge.
• Head north (way north), and you’ll find the James W. Dalton Highway in Alaska. This highway is just north of the city of Fairbanks, near the Prudhoe Bay oil fields and the Arctic Ocean. This road was built in 1974 and, at the time, was a supply route for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline system. If this sounds like an adventure that’s your speed, be prepared to share the road with as many as 250 trucks. Also be aware that gas stations are available in only 3 places along the entire 414 miles, and make sure your headlights are on at all times! You’re looking at steep gradients, gravel roads, almost no visibility, massive potholes, and extreme Arctic weather… hold on!
Got you thinking about seeking out an adventure of your own? We’d love to hear about it!