Are you planning to go on vacation in the US? We put together a list of 5 top travel destinations in the US for Canadians, for an enjoyable vacation that”s not far from home. So whether you are into sailing, hiking, biking, or just good old-fashioned sightseeing, you’ll find one that’s perfect for you.
Niagara Falls, New York
As pictured above, a short drive across Rainbow Bridge is all that separates Niagara Falls, Ontario from Niagara Falls, New York. And the US side of the Falls can be just as exciting as the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.
The city of Niagara Falls features not only the Falls themselves but plenty of outdoor adventure and various historical sites. Niagara Falls State Park sits on four hundred acres at the brink of the Falls and is a great starting point for your vacation itinerary.
Only twenty minutes drive from Niagara Falls, you’ll discover the historical site of Old Fort Niagara. The first military post was established here in 1679, but this fort is best known for its role in the War of 1812. And after a day of sightseeing, make your way to Lewiston.
In this picturesque town close to Niagara Falls you’ll find the Art Park. This park overlooking the Niagara Gorge hosts regular live music concerts and Broadway shows in the Summer. You can also go for a hike, ride a bike or have a family picnic. Picnic tables are available.
One of the original 13 US colonies, and the birthplace of the “Star-Spangled Banner”, Maryland is steeped in history. The best way to get from Canada to the US state of Maryland is to fly which takes just under 5 hours. But if you’d prefer to drive, it will take approximately 8 ½ hours to drive from Toronto to Maryland.
Is it worth it? Absolutely! This state offers mountains, farmland, beaches, and plenty of outdoor activities for nature lovers. But if you feel most at home on the water, the city of Annapolis is the obvious choice.
Annapolis is the sailing capital of the US. A boat rental in Annapolis is a must on a visit to Maryland. Whether you simply explore the Chesapeake Bay or sail further to discover all of the charming coastal towns, is up to you.
Alaska shares the longest border with Canada of any US state. Alaska borders Yukon and British Columbia. If you love the wild, this is the ideal location for spotting some bears.
From mid-June until October, brown bears and their cubs can be seen catching fish in the Chilkoot River. And the Denali National Park offers some great bear-watching opportunities.
The Sheldon Museum and Gift shop on Main St. tells the story of the history and culture of the area and its native residents, the Tlingits.
And on Blacksmith Street in Haines, you’ll discover the only distillery in the area, Port Chilkoot Distillery. Visit them for a gin tasting and some Alaskan hospitality.
Columbia Falls, Montana
Montana is known as Big Sky Country and is possibly one of the most beautiful regions of the US. It is the only US state that borders three Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.
For true Montana hospitality, Columbia Falls should be your first stop. Columbia Falls is one of the closest cities to Glacier National Park, which we assure you will be the highlight of your visit to Montana. This vast nature park encompasses more than a million acres of protected land.
Astonishingly, over a thousand species of plants, and hundreds of animal species, can be found here. Not to mention the awesome views and fresh, clean air.
Michigan and Ontario share a marine boundary. While there is no land border between them, the Ambassador Bridge and the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel connect Windsor in Canada with Detroit in the US.
Michigan is known for its sweeping sand dunes and fascinating fossil finds. But industry played a big role here, too. Detroit may seem like an obvious choice to go on vacation, but the “Motor City” has much to offer. First-rate museums, stunning architecture, and historical sites are all to be found here.
Be sure to stop by the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant at 461 Piquette St. It offers automotive enthusiasts a glimpse into the birthplace of the Model T Ford. Built in 1904, this factory-turned museum is home to a fleet of gorgeous old cars.