The drive from San Francisco up into the mountains of Lake Tahoe (along Highway 80) was scenic but surprisingly congested. Crossing Nevada (still Highway 80) was, for the most part, flat and empty, but with a certain unique beauty. Southeastern Idaho offered the most variety: relatively flat and arid terrain near the border with Nevada; the bizarre volcanic landscape of the Snake River Plain; rolling farmland near Idaho Falls; and finally, the picturesque Swan Valley and nearby mountain ranges bordering Wyoming.
Here's just a small sampling of photos from the road:
This deserted old main street in Wells is the most intact abandoned railroad row in northern Nevada. Many towns like Wells felt the effects of the West’s transition from rail to road to superhighway.