Tom Sewid, a member of the Kwakwakaʼwakw tribe, wearing an outfit representing Dzunuḵ̓wa, a figure in Kwakwakaʼwakw mythology that Tom says is what settlers refer to as Bigfoot.

To discover wild America, follow Bigfoot’s mythical steps

It may sound kitschy, but traveling to ‘Sasquatch country’ provides a chance to see some of America’s most vivid, far-flung places.

Tom Sewid, a member of the Kwakwakaʼwakw tribe, wears an outfit representing Dzunuḵ̓wa, a figure in Kwakwakaʼwakw mythology that resembles visions of Bigfoot.

To skeptics, Bigfoot sightings in North American forests are evidence of a collective delusion.

To cryptozoologists—people who search for mythical creatures, including Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster and Latin America’s chupacabra—they represent a nearly universal desire to understand the unknown. Whether people believe in the beasts or not, trying to track them down (“going bigfooting,” as enthusiasts say) offers an excellent opportunity to explore America’s off-the-beaten path places.  

“I’ve looked for Sasquatches in 46 states and five continents,” says Cliff Barackman, a Bigfoot investigator and the owner of the North American Bigfoot Center. “The Sierra Nevada, the tundra of Alaska, the craggy river bottoms of South Dakota—[Sasquatches] live in wonderful, wild areas.”

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