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Old 08-03-2019, 02:15 PM   #1
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US/CA Border Tour

Looking to tour the northern US border to include WI, MN, ND, MT, ID, WA, and OR next Aug-Oct. Figuring the main route E/W will center on US rt 2 and the Trans Canada Highway. For the W/E return trip I'd probably stay south of the border on US Rt 2 as it'd be later in the fall

The only things I know I want to visit are Glacier, Roosevelt, Olympia, Waterton, Banff, and Jasper NP areas. The only place I've been in the past is Seattle and Mt Rainier.

This may well be a one time trip and I'm looking for don't miss things to see within 2-3 hours north or south of those routes, nature and wildlife types of things. Searching the internet for the few best in each state or province is overwhelming.
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Old 08-03-2019, 02:41 PM   #2
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Badlands NP in North Dakota is accessible from I94, part of Theodore Roosevelt NP west of Bismarck, ND
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Looking to tour the northern US border to include WI, MN, ND, MT, ID, WA, and OR next Aug-Oct. Figuring the main route E/W will center on US rt 2 and the Trans Canada Highway. For the W/E return trip I'd probably stay south of the border on US Rt 2 as it'd be later in the fall

The only things I know I want to visit are Glacier, Roosevelt, Olympia, Waterton, Banff, and Jasper NP areas. The only place I've been in the past is Seattle and Mt Rainier.

This may well be a one time trip and I'm looking for don't miss things to see within 2-3 hours north or south of those routes, nature and wildlife types of things. Searching the internet for the few best in each state or province is overwhelming.
I have read in various places that US 2 is in the top ten most dangerous highways in the country. Don't know why that is so, if it is.
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Old 08-03-2019, 04:03 PM   #4
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I have read in various places that US 2 is in the top ten most dangerous highways in the country. Don't know why that is so, if it is.
It is still my favorite way to cross the US, at least in warm weather.
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Old 08-03-2019, 04:09 PM   #5
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Read it in Trailer Life a while back. US 2 was #4 on the 'Most Dangerous' list. Very monotonous driving in many places. Huge trucks up that way.
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North Cascades National Park- cross Washington on 20 instead of 2 and you go right through it. Or come down 97 from Okanagan or 3 and then take 20.
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Something to evaluate is how you want to travel and how immersed you wish to be in the various attractions. On the Escape Facebook pages we have the reporting of Dan Dial. It appears he moves just about every day. Some friends just completed a Lake Superior Circle Tour and they commented their dislike of moving (albeit not very far) everyday.

There are some attractions that just take a long time. I believe Yellowstone, because of the distances involved, requires two weeks with at least two campsite locations. The Tetons need at least a week. I guess I am saying your time should be spent enjoying your destination, not hitching up and driving to the next one. Do not get caught up with trying to see too much.

Just because you pass by the International Peace Gardens does not mean you need to stop. I think any travel requires much research. You need to find what each place offers when you are planning, not when you drive nearby. Your decision making has to look at the big picture, only possible through your prior research. Travel requires planning. That is not to say you cannot vary from your plan, those deviations can be the highlights.
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North Cascades National Park- cross Washington on 20 instead of 2 and you go right through it. Or come down 97 from Okanagan or 3 and then take 20.
Both 20 & 2 have their good points. Try to do each through the Cascades.
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Read it in Trailer Life a while back. US 2 was #4 on the 'Most Dangerous' list. Very monotonous driving in many places. Huge trucks up that way.
Sure don't agree with that. My preferred route. Trucks, you want to see wall-to-wall trucks, well not on 2 compared to other routes.

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Badlands NP in North Dakota is accessible from I94, part of Theodore Roosevelt NP west of Bismarck, ND
That's already on my map as part of TRNP, didn't know it was badlands.
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