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Highway 97 winds its way from the high desert plains of northern California to the Yukon-British Columbia border, making it North America's longest north-south road. Author Jim Couper takes you on a spectacular guided tour from one end of this unsung highway to the other, mixing historical anecdotes with information on colourful local events and must-see points of interest.
From hot springs to volcanoes, dynamic cities to ghost towns, Highway 97 holds surprises and charms at every turn. Take in the lava beds and deserts, arid uplands and giant cedars, and orchards and vineyards of Oregon and Washington. Above the border, cruise through BC's sunny Okanagan, famous for its roadside fruit and vegetable stands and 60 outstanding wineries. Marvel at pristine lakes, mighty rivers and marble canyons in Cariboo ranch country, where gold-rush lore and friendly people make it a land for all seasons. End your tour in the northern wilderness, where untamed nature still holds sway. This entertaining, practical guide is invaluable to anyone interested in travelling all or part of this fascinating road.
Inhaltsangabe: Highway 97 winds from Weed, California, to the Yukon border-a distance of 3,200 kilometres (2,042 miles), making it North America's longest south-north roadway. In Oregon and Washington, it takes you through lava beds and deserts, arid uplands and forests, orchards and vineyards. Above the Canadian border, roadside vegetable and fruit stands abound en route to B.C.'s sunny Okanagan, home to 60 outstanding wineries. Turquoise lakes, mighty rivers and marble canyons can be seen as one moves north to the historic Cariboo region, where endless trout lakes, rolling ranchland, gold-rush lore and friendly people make it a land for all seasons. And then there's the raw, untamed north, a frontier unto itself. Travelling Highway 97 is about scenery, leisure and the joy of skirting a lake or following a river on old-fashioned, two-lane blacktop. It's about coffee and pie at a roadside diner where only the customers change from decade to decade. It's about dusty towns and dynamic cities, gorges and ghost towns, past and present.