Travel Guide: 25

By Marks, Ben | Sunset, May 1998 | Go to article overview

Travel Guide: 25


Marks, Ben, Sunset


This month, in place of the usual Travel, Garden, Home, and Food Guides, we present 100 Western contributions to Western civilization, beginning with 25 ways the West has set the pace for travel and adventure.

1 NATIONAL MONUMENTS & PARKS.

Mount Rainier:1899. Crater Lake (right): 1902. Rocky Mountain: 1915. McKinley (renamed Denali in 1980): 1917. Grand Canyon and Zion: 1919. Grand Teton: 1929. Carlsbad Caverns: 1930. Death Valley: 1933. Redwood: 1968. Golden Gate National Recreation Area:1994. Grand Staircase-Escalante: 1996.

2 ASPHALT. 1913: Lincoln Highway (the first transcontinental automobile route) mapped. 1926: Route 66 designated. 1942: Alcan Highway links Alaska to the Lower 48. 1995: Orange County gets a completely automated tollway.

3 HALF DOME. Thanks to cables installed on the back of the 8,892-foot peak in 1919, more than 10,000 people a year make this epic climb. For Yosemite info, call (209) 372-0200.

4 WILD WATER. Since 1968, when the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was signed by President Johnson, 154 rivers and streams have been protected. One of the most recent is a remote stretch of Elkhorn Creek, about 40 miles southeast of Salem, Oregon.

5 WILDLIFE.

Yogi Bear was introduced in a Huckleberry Hound cartoon in 1958. Condors were first released in California in 1991 and in Arizona in 1997. And wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone in 1995.

6 DISNEYLAND.

When Walt Disney opened the Happiest Place on Earth on July 17, 1955, attendance was 28,154. Since then more than 400 million people have walked through its gates. On May 22, Disneyland unveils its longawaited makeover of Tomorrowland; (714) 781-4565.

7 HAWAIIAN IRON. The Super Bowl of triathlons, the Ironman, turns 20 this October. It will be held at Kona on the Big Island. For info, call (808) 329-0063.

8 SHOPPING MALLS. Northgate in Seattle was the first, in 1950, but the concept went totally Zsa Zsa in 1990 with the opening of 2 Rodeo in Beverly Hills, at the corner of Rodeo Dr. and Wilshire Blvd.

9 YURTS. They're round, they sleep five, and Oregon has 152 of 'em. Cost is $25 a night (plus $6 reservation fee). For reservations, call (800) 452-5687.

10 ROLLING THE DICE. Nevada legalized gambling in 1931. Bugsy Siegel opened the 77-room Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas in 1946 for about $6 million. This October, Steve Wynn opens the 3,000-room Bellagio for about $1.6 billion. For info on visiting Las Vegas, go to www.lasvegas24hours.com.

11 SEX WAX.

Thanks to Rick Herzog, a former Goleta, California, surf-shop operator, Zog's Sex Wax has been keeping surfers on their boards since 1972. To order, call (805) 684-4139.

12 NOMS DE SPORT. It's no contest-our jocks have the best names: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Susan Butcher, Joe DiMaggio, World B. Free, Delorez Florence Griffith-Joyner, Magic Johnson, Duke Kahanamoku, Billy Kidd, Billie Jean King, Sandy Koufax, Joe Montana, Manny Mota, Lefty O'Doul, Sonny Sixkiller, Sinjin Smith, Picabo Street, Johnny Weissmuller, Tiger Woods.

13 DOWN PARKAS.

Credit goes to Orcas Island's own Eddie Bauer, who patented his parka in 1936. For the Eddie Bauer store nearest you, call (800) 426-8020 or visit www. …

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