The Alaska Highway was constructed in 1942 to connect the contiguous United States with Alaska to provide defence support during World War II. It was initially 2,700km in length, but has been improved and paved over the years and currently stretches 2,232km. The highway starts in Dawson Creek, British Columbia and ends in Delta Junction, Alaska. It is considered one of the most scenic drives in North America and provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy the wilderness and wildlife.
Georgian Bay Islands National Park is located in the largest freshwater archipelago in the world and is the smallest national park in Canada. It contains 63 islands that are scattered around the southeastern part of Georgian Bay. The largest of the islands is Beausoleil Island, which was protected for its rich ecological diversity. The southern end of the island contains dense deciduous forests while the northern end features rugged granite outcrops of the Canadian Shield.
Rochester is located in upstate New York near the southern shores of Lake Ontario. It’s known as both the Flour City (as it was once the largest flour-producing city in the United States) and Flower City (due to its abundance of nurseries and growing seed industry). It has an interesting history in manufacturing and photography and became the first boomtown in the United States when its population doubled in size in the 1830s.
Buffalo is located along the eastern shores of Lake Erie close to Niagara Falls. It was named after the Buffalo River, rather than the animal, although there are several bison statues scattered around the city. It’s known for its historic architecture, industrial past, lively entertainment and for being a popular spot for cross-border shoppers from Canada.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is situated in northeastern Ohio along the Cuyahoga River. The Ohio and Erie Canal travelled through the Cuyahoga Valley in the 19th and early 20th centuries, which helped put Cleveland on the map. The park provides plenty of opportunities to learn more about the history of this human-made waterway and contains several hiking trails to enjoy the scenery.
Cleveland is located on the southern shores of Lake Erie. It’s the second largest city in Ohio and is considered one of the major cities in the Great Lakes region. After the completion of the Ohio and Erie Canal in 1832, Cleveland became known as an industrial and commercial center, helping transport goods and people across more regions. While the canal was later abandoned, today it is known for its museums of art, music, history and culture.
Killarney Provincial Park is nestled in untamed wilderness near Georgian Bay. It is open all-year round and provides plenty of opportunities to soak in the scenery of La Cloche Mountains, as well as many wetlands, and lakes. There’s also a range of trails from multi-day backpacking to short and strenuous day hikes.
The Columbia River Gorge is an incredibly scenic canyon that has been carved by the Columbia River and features several waterfalls, viewpoints and hiking trails. It was designated a national scenic area and is the largest of its kind in the United States. It’s located just east of Portland and provides plenty of outdoor recreational activities and stunning views, including of the Cascade mountains.
Portland is the largest city in Oregon. It has a vibrant art scene and is well known for its gardens and green spaces. It is located on the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers and provides easy access to many hiking trails and other outdoor activities to appreciate nature.
The coastal redwoods are among some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world. They can live for more than 2,000 years and reach a height of over 90 metres (or 300 feet). Redwood forests only grow naturally in a narrow band along the Pacific coast from southern Oregon to central California. They depend on stable temperature and moisture, which is often provided from the wet winters and frequent fog in the summer.