Make your time in the north worth wild by hitting up these 13 travel spots. Each of these states border the Canadian border, so no matter where you are in North America, you should stop at these locations. Here are the best travel spots in the Northern states!
1. Alaska’s Amazing Lights
If you happen to see yourself in Alaska, make sure you have the Northern Lights on your bucket list. To get the best view try to go to low elevation, like Fairbanks. This city is fairly close to the North Pole, so if you can’t see Santa, make sure you see these lights.
2. The Wonderful Needle of Washington
If you want to feel like you’re on top of the world, make sure you get a chance to visit the Space Needle. It is over 600 feet tall, which means amazing view, making all of your Instagram followers jealous of your great pictures.
3. Idaho’s Splashing Carnivore
I personally have never heard of a friendly bear until I heard of Bear Lake. The beautiful blue water is so big (like its name entails) that it also partially goes into Utah, in addition to Idaho. Not only can you swim in the lake, but the pictures are beyond post worthy.
4. Montana and it’s Mighty Glaciers
Whenever I think of a glacier, my mind goes to the little saber tooth squirrel, Scrat from the movie Ice Age, but I never thought of what is left over when they melt. Montana has a national park dedicated to what is left over. Glacier National Park has a lot photogenic trails that run along the Canadian border. It is a place that should definitely be on your bucket list, because I know it is on mine.
5. North Dakota’s Wild Zoo
Who doesn’t love animals? If you ever find yourself in North Dakota make sure you stop at the Dakota Zoo. They have 125 different types of animals from macaws to bears to lemurs to snow leopards. They have been open since 1961 and is located in Bismarck, North Dakota. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see something as cute as this?
6. Minnesota Mighty Mall
If you are not a hiker and shopping is more your style, then The Mall of America has your name written all over it. It is located in Bloomington Minnesota and it is the biggest mall in the United States. With countless stores, you are bound to find something you will love here. Believe it or not, Minnie is one of the best travel spots in the Northern states.
7. Mackinac Michigan
Mackinac Island is right in Lake Huron. This island is not only beautiful, but it has lots of night life, delicious restaurants and has a lot of history on the little island. Whether you prefer a carriage ride or a bike to get you around, you will enjoy your stay on this beautiful island.
8. Ohio’s Roller Coasters
If thrill seeking is your thing, then you should find yourself to Cedar Point, Ohio. You would be missing out if you were not one of the over 3,500,000 million people that visit yearly. The thrill doesn’t stop at roller coasters though. They offer lots of other rides too, including water based ones. Strap in because this is going to be one fun ride!
9. Ringing of Freedom from Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is dripping with history, dating back to the start of America as a country. If you want to spot something that rings freedom, look no further than the Liberty Bell. As a symbol of a country’s independence, this bell is mighty. Surrounding the area there are a lot of other historical sights too, most within walking distances.
10. New York’s Iconic Time Square
Lights, people, shopping, style: New York. Over 300,000 people walk through Time Square daily, and although it is busy, it’s beautiful with all of the lights and sounds of the city. Not to mention, it is the location of the sparkly ball that drops every Jan. 1 for the EST New Year’s Celebration! Broadway is right around the corner and it is a must have on any bucket list.
11. Vermont’s Snowy Daze
Vermont is not all moose and maple syrup, it is so much more. If you are an avid skier, snowboarder, or snow tuber, you should head up to Killington, Vermont. Killington Ski Resort is a year-round facility and when it isn’t covered in snow, there are bike trails that visitors and natives of this beautiful state alike can enjoy.
12. New Hampshire and it’s Flumes
In Lincoln New Hampshire, the beautiful Flume Gorge resides. This place is a great opportunity for a great scenic photography as well as grasping the beauty of New Hampshire. With the crazy weather of New Hampshire, more and more gorgeous rock formations and beautiful nature are being discovered. It is an absolute must see.
Out of all of the places on this list, there are a lot of National Parks, historical sites, and shopping locations, and although Maine offers all of that, Old Orchard Beach is the place to visit if you find yourself in Maine. This beach is beautiful. You can camp, shop, play, explore, eat and swim all in one place. This truly is one of the best travel spots in the Northern states.