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CROSS COUNTRY ROAD TRIP USA - NORTHERN ROUTE

THE GREAT NORTHERN ISLAND

A route that features nearly 3,600 miles of mountains, lakes, badlands, and valleys. This epic cross-country road trip will take you to the most scenic and historical places! Here's a guide to help you on planning a cross country road trip USA.

Seattle, USA


Space Needle

Space Needle

Still thinking how to plan a cross country road trip? Start by standing tall against the backdrop of the city skyline, you'll spot something that looks a bit like a tower crossed with an unidentified flying object (UFO). What are we talking about? The Space Needle, of course! The iconic, 605-ft-tall spire at the Seattle Center, with an observation deck & a rotating restaurant. Experience two entirely new levels of thrills! From an all-glass floor on the lower level to floor-to-ceiling glass on the upper level.

Montana, USA


Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Then, to feel the vibe of your cross country road trip USA, experience Glacier's pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker's paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, and the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Explore Glacier National Park and discover what awaits you.

Fort Peck Dam

Fort Peck Dam

The Fort Peck area features the world’s second-largest earthen dam and one of the world’s biggest concentrations of fossils. The largest hydraulically filled earth dam in the world, measuring 21,026 feet long, with a height of 250.5 feet.

North Dakota, USA


Fort Totten Park

Fort Totten Park

One of the country’s best-preserved 19th-century military forts. Fort Totten is a former active United States Army installation in the New York City borough of Queens. It is located on the Willets Point peninsula on the north shore of Long Island.

Roadside Giants

Roadside Giants

Every state has its quirky or unique brand of "roadside" art. These photo stops are fun, distinctive and they say a lot about the area in which you find them. North Dakota's top roadside art happens to be animals of mythic proportions. When traveling around the state, take a few minutes to check out these larger-than-life attractions.

Minnesota, USA


Glensheen Mansion

Glensheen Mansion

A magnificent 39-room mansion and estate that offers a rare and intact view of the early 20th-century life of one of Minnesota's most wealthy and influential families.

Wisconsin, USA


Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Take a detour on a favorite summer drive and follow Highway 13 along the picturesque shore of Lake Superior.

Michigan, USA


Michigan Upper Peninsula

Michigan Upper Peninsula

A forested region in Michigan bordering 3 of the Great Lakes and extending outward from Wisconsin. It’s connected to Michigan’s Lower Peninsula by the roughly 5-miles-long Mackinac Bridge, which spans the Straits of Mackinac. In Michigan's Upper Peninsula, nature shows off with towering cliffs overlooking Great Lakes, with sand beaches and forests for as far as you can see. Even the tales are tall, and campfire stories still share legends of super-sized logger Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, or of Hiawatha canoeing, the region's “root beer” falls.

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island

For centuries, visitors have found this national landmark to be the ideal vacation spot. No cars. No chain hotels. Just ferry boats arriving at the dock. Horse-drawn carriages and tandem bicycles rolling through town. Molten fudge layered on marble slabs. A new travel season is dawning on Mackinac Island with unforgettable sunsets and all the familiar sights and sounds, from the soothing clip-clop of horse hooves to the boom of cannon fire at Fort Mackinac.

Ontario, CA


Rideau Canal National Historic Site

Rideau Canal National Historic Site

Cast a fishing line from a rocky outcrop. Visit Victorian towns and military blockhouses. Cycle a woodland pathway and picnic alongside hand-operated locks on the 19th century Rideau Canal, a historic waterway linking a scenic string of rivers and lakes. Quickly constructed in a time of military threat, the length of the canal is now a diverse outdoor playground where history mingles with the mellow Eastern Ontario countryside.

The Big Nickel

The Big Nickel

A nine-meter replica of a 1951 Canadian nickel, located at the grounds of the Dynamic Earth science museum in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, and is the world's largest coin.

Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill

Home to Canada's federal government, where representatives from across Canada gather to make laws that affect the lives of every Canadian. It is also much more. A place to meet, a place to celebrate, and a place to visit, Parliament Hill is the symbolic heart of Canada.

National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery of Canada

Home to the world's most comprehensive collection of Canadian art. When the National Gallery of Canada was established in 1880, its collection consisted of a single 19th-century landscape. Nearly 140 years later, the Gallery is home to more than 75,000 works of art, along with an extensive library and archival holdings.

Quebec, CA


Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Montréal's mother church, and the first church of the Gothic Revival style in Canada. Its history, marked by the Sulpician Fathers since its foundation, is intimately tied into the history of the city. It bears witness to its Catholic foundations and the ever-present connections between the arts and religion. Its architectural style marked a turning point in the religious tradition and was imitated by several parishes.

Montreal Botanical Garden

Montreal Botanical Garden

The Jardin Botanique de Montréal, one of the city’s jewels, is recognized as one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens. It offers a colorful program of events, exhibitions and activities all year long.

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

Dedicated to St. Joseph, Jesus' earthly father and Canada's patron saint, St. Joseph's Oratory was designed in an Italian Renaissance style with a copper dome rising 318 feet high. The inside of the basilica is decorated with intricately carved murals and thousands of votive candles leading to the crypt. St. Joseph's Oratory receives several million visitors each year (the most devout Catholics climb the basilica's 99 steps on their knees).

New Hampshire, USA


Santa's Village

Santa's Village


A Christmas-themed amusement park located in Jefferson, New Hampshire, United States. Most of the 23 rides have Christmas or winter-themed names, such as "Rudy's Rapid Transit Coaster" and "The Great Humbug Adventure". The rides are designed for families with children under age 13.

Maine, USA


Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

A rugged forested area on Mount Desert Island, dominated by Cadillac Mountain (1,530 feet [466 metres]) and including Anemone Cave and Sieur de Monts Spring (site of the Nature Center and the Abbe Museum, which displays Indian artifacts).

Paul Bunyan Statue

Paul Bunyan Statue

A rugged forested area on Mount Desert Island, dominated by Cadillac Mountain (1,530 feet [466 metres]) and including Anemone Cave and Sieur de Monts Spring (site of the Nature Center and the Abbe Museum, which displays Indian artifacts).

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