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The 20+ Best Places to Visit in Your Travels to the States Near the Border

Written by Aliyah Kennedy, Marketing Assistant

Driving across the States or just visiting family and friends? There are plenty of destinations along the Canadian-US border that can be fun for family, friends, and solo travelers!

Depending on the province you are coming from, some states are closer to you than others. Check which province you are traveling from and easily navigate this article for what states are closest for you to travel to.

Before You Go

When you are traveling to the States, keeping connected is important so that you can document your travels on social media and text and call away to your friends and family that are staying back in Canada.

You are going to be taking an immense amount of photos of your travels and want to share them - so you need to start thinking before you go how your phone is going to be able to do so in the States.

Considering how much time you will spend on your travels, no investment is needed with Jethro Mobile’s affordable travel plans. You can get plenty of high speed data and unlimited talk and text messaging, just choose from one of our plans to find the best travel plan for your needs!

Now, let's see what destinations will fill your soul the most with happiness.

British Columbia

If you are traveling from British Columbia, you can easily access Washington State and Idaho, depending on where you are coming from in the province. Here are some travel destinations for each state, assuring an exciting trip!


Lush foliage with a trail on the right.
Cutthroat Pass Trail in North Cascades National Park

Nature Spots:

North Cascades National Park

  • Though not right on the border, just a 2 hour drive and you can explore the beauty of Washington in the North Cascades National Park. From hiking trails to camping to just scenic drives, you’ll find tons to admire!

Chuckanut Drive

  • Just an hour south from the border is a beautiful winding road full of views of Bellingham Bay and Samish Bay. With tons of hikes and some campgrounds along the way, you won’t run out of things to explore

Peace Arch Historical State Park

  • Just entering the States and want a picture? Head to the Blaine customs through Surrey and you can find an arch to pose with next to gorgeous views of the harbor on Semiahmoo Bay.

Family Fun:

Birch Bay Waterslides

  • Open all summer long, don’t miss out on the fun of Birch Bay’s waterslides; kiddie pool, activity pool, and a hot tub big enough to fit 30 people.

Towns to Visit:

Bellingham, WA

  • Heading south an hour or less from the border, check out Bellingham, Washington and there many attractions. Whether you want to shop at their Bellis Fair Mall or in their local shops of two Downtown areas, Downtown Bellingham and Fairhaven, or if you want to head to bars and restaurants and family friendly gaming areas, you can find lots to browse.

Point Roberts, WA

  • Stop through the small town of Washington that can only be accessed via Canada. From the Lighthouse Marine Park, Lily Point Marine Reserve, and Enchanted Forest Trail, you’ll find many sites that can be crossed into from Boundary Bay.


Kootenai River near Bonners Ferry

Nature Spots:

Kootenai River

  • If you want to check out the river for boating, wildlife, fishing, or just general sightseeing, get river access from the Twin Rivers Resort and along other accesses around Bonners Ferry.

Family Fun:

Natural Rock Water Slides

  • Up in Coolin, Idaho you can find natural rock water slides in the farthest corner of Priest Lake. Enjoy on a hot day the cool water and have tons of fun with family and friends!

Towns to Visit:

Bonners Ferry, ID

  • Head 40 minutes south of the border and you’ll find tons to do in Bonners Ferry! Both being a picturesque town full of mountains and wildlife, you can find tons of adorable local shops to check out.

Alberta and Saskatchewan


Overlook on Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park

Nature Spots:

Glacier National Park

  • From lakes to meadows to melting glaciers, you’ll find immense beauty encapsulated in the 700 miles of trails of this national park. Whether you love to hike, site see, camp, or look for wildlife, there is plenty to explore in Montana's Rocky Mountains.

Rock City

  • A maze of rocks - some pillars and other hoodoos, you’ll find the wonder of how these rocks have eroded overtime and be encapsulated in awe. You’ll find this maze if you head just a few miles north of Valier, Montana and go to the Two Medicine River.

Kootenai National Forest

  • If you want to travel out of town, you can also head to Kootenai National Forest and take a look at the Ten Lakes Scenic Area, amongst other stops along the way. If you are into backpacking, the Ten Lakes Scenic Area is perfect for you!

Towns to Visit:

Eureka, Montana

  • Just 12 minutes from the Canadian border you will find the quaint town of Eureka. It holds lots of fun activities like the Tobacco Valley Historical Village that holds a ton of history.


North Dakota

Historical Attractions:

North American Game Warden Museum

  • Want to see a piece of history? Check out in Dunseith, ND just inside the borders of the US sites of both American and Canadian Conservation efforts. With a memorial on site that features all the fallen officers by Province and State, your mind gets to explore many wonders.

Mystical Horizons

  • As an astronomical-themed attraction, you’ll find many intriguing sites such as a sundial and a 21st Century Stonehenge.

Towns to Visit:

Walhalla, ND

  • Only 5 miles from the border, you’ll find Walhalla; a town full of history, containing the oldest building in North Dakota and Martyrs Graves that share long histories and stories.



Lake Superior near Grand Portage

Nature Spots:

Lake Superior

  • Just along the border is the world’s largest freshwater lake. Keep your eyes peeled for boats along this rocky shoreline.

Grand Portage State Park

  • With stunning waterfalls at High Falls on the Pigeon River and breathtaking views of the many bodies of water around, this is a sure stop inside Minnesota to make.

Smokey Bear Park

  • Just inside the US in the town of International Falls is a park full of Smokey Bear and their museum. Many events in the community take place here which leaves this park feeling lively!

Towns to Visit:

Grand Marais, Minnesota

  • Take a 45 minute drive down the east coast of Minnesota and you will encounter the town of Grand Marais. Here you will find lots of arts of different forms, coming from multiple generations of diverse backgrounds. One site to check out is the Naniboujou Painted Lodge, amongst many other exciting attractions throughout this town.


Downtown District of Ann Arbor

Towns to Visit:

Detroit, Michigan

  • The city of Detroit is right on the border of Windsor. Full of markets, gorgeous parks, museums, and architectural buildings, Detroit is a worthwhile trip.

Sault St. Marie, Michigan

  • A waterfront community full of many attractions, this town is a hidden gem! From the Soo Locks, Tower of History, and Tahquamenon Falls State Park, you’ll find so much beauty to experience.

Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Just an hour from the border is a city with many attractions. Being a community of artists, Ann Arbor offers a world of culture with their museums and art galleries. There are always a plethora of events to attend here, being a lively town!

Toledo, Ohio

  • Drive an hour south of the Windsor border and you’ll reach Toledo, Ohio. There you will find Toledo Zoo and Aquarium and the National Museum of the Great Lakes.

Port Huron, Michigan

  • By the border of Point Edward is the town of Port Huron, home to the Blue Water Bridges and the Great Lakes Maritime Center. With lighthouses and museums, there is much to see and do in this town along the water.

New York