View from the top of Lava Butte (elev. 5,020'), a cinder cone located along Highway 97 in Newberry National Volcanic Monument south of Bend, Oregon. Views extend towards the main portion of the Newberry Caldera, the forests in-b/w leading to the Cascade Range, which includes Mt. Bachelor, the Three Sisters, Mount Jefferson, & Mt. Hood. On an exceptionally clear day one can see from Mt. Adams in Washington state practically down towards the tip of Mt. Shasta, California. The mountain is a prominent feature w/ a lava flow dated about 7,000 years that blocked the Deschutes River several miles away. One can drive up to the top (shuttle bus is used during summer months) where the top is adorned by a fire lookout that was first established around 1928 but has seen rebuildings since. It is the most visited lookout in Oregon though access inside is not allowed when it is staffed. A trail circles around the summit crater.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.