The photo gallery in this section is just a sampling of the astonishing swath of Americana awaiting travelers along US36.

All photos are by Allan Ferguson unless otherwise noted. Many more attractions are featured in Route 36: Ohio to Colorado—America’s Heartland Highway.

Colorado – Map

One of the most distinctive of “state” signs. This rustic design was retired by the state at one time but brought back by popular demand. 

There’s nothing quite like the eastern plains of Colorado. Flat? Boring?—far from it. For miles on end, the land rolls and pitches on a path into Denver. Gas up or charge up because services are few and far between out here in ranch land.

The soaring silver façade of the Denver Art Museum has become a symbol of modern Denver.

We first met Margaret Brown in Hannibal, Missouri, where she was born a generation after Mark Twain. She became “The Unsinkable Molly” after surviving the sinking of the Titanic. In Denver she was a civic leader and social activist. This is the “House of Lions” where she lived for a time with silver magnate J.J. Brown.

The “coolest” spot in Denver. This is the Art Deco “Cruise Room” at the Oxford Hotel in lower downtown Denver. Tunes on the jukebox hearken back to the big band days of the 1940s.

Thirty miles from Denver, the famous Flatiron Mountains serve as a backdrop to the university city of Boulder.

The Stanley Hotel (built by F.O. Stanley of “Stanley Steamer” fame) is only one of the many attractions offered at Estes Park. The big one is Rocky Mountain National Park, among the three most-visited parks in the nation. Photo Credit: Media Center, Stanley Hotel.

Here’s where Route 36 ends (or begins if traveling west to east). It’s three miles inside Rocky Mountain National Park at a junction with US34.

Route 36: Ohio to Colorado—America’s Heartland Highway