Road Trip! Hit the highway and experience where history happened in the Old West.

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The great American Western road trip will embolden the heritage traveler with iconic scenery such as the Navajo Nation’s Monument Valley in Arizona and Utah, while inspiring exploration of the historic sites, parks and towns along the way.
— True West ARchives —

The long American road trip across the West evokes emotions of freedom and adventure and mental images of windswept plains, awe-inspiring mountain ranges and endless, impenetrable deserts. The vast Western lands awaken our basic instincts of thrill-seeking and survival, unending curiosity and personal discovery.

Decades ago, while traveling by plane between London and Phoenix, I asked the Englishman sitting next to me why he was going to the United States. He said he was going West for his holiday. I said why not the historic East Coast? I’ve never forgotten his answer. “Traveling to the American East is like traveling to Europe; but a trip to the West is where a traveler could discover the heart of the United States.”

At True West, we agree with the English traveler and believe that a Western heritage road trip, like the six our authors have written for our 2018 travel issue, will not only take you down beautiful and scenic highways and byways, but will deliver you to the historic small towns, sites, monument and parks where you can stand and experience where history happened. Park your car, truck or RV, enjoy the hospitality of small-town America, shop at the downtown stores, visit local museums, dine at one-of-a-kind restaurants and stay in a historic hotel, lodge or guest ranch. And, as American poet Robinson Jeffers challenged us all in his 1933 lyrical poem, “give your heart to the hawks.”

—Stuart Rosebrook

  1.  Custer’s Gold – Custer’s Black Hills Trail leads to adventure across three states.
  2. Nevada’s Silver Roots – Experience the Old West in an adventurous round trip around the heart of the Silver State
  3.  Nebraska’s Outlaw Trail – From Nebraska City to Crawford, travel the byways of the Cornhusker State to discover its Wild West History 
  4. Cattle Call – From the Gulf Coast to the Panhandle, hit the trail and discover Texas’s rich cowboy history.
  5. Owen Wister’s Wyoming – Hit the road across the Cowboy State in search of Wister, Trampas and The Virginian.
  6. The Grand Canyon State – Arizona’s amazing geography, many heritage sites and welcoming historic towns beckon the adventurous ready to experience where history happened.

What do you think?

Stuart Rosebrook

As senior editor of True West Magazine, Stuart Rosebrook oversees all editorial covering Old West travel, firearms and books. He has a Ph.D in U.S. History from Arizona State University, and he owns a multimedia communications business, Quo Vadis Communications, based in Iowa City, Iowa.