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Cross Country Northern Style - Boston to Seattle


There are two popular cross-country routes across the northern part of the USA: Boston to Seattle, or New York to San Francisco. This trip opts for the former and takes you from the eastern seaport of Boston to the majestic mountains of Seattle along interstate I-90, with loads of destinations and activities along the way. You can even take a detour into Canada and check out Toronto and Niagara Falls. Once you've explored Boston, Cape Cod and Nantucket, you are ready to set off on your cross-country adventure.


Steep yourself in New England history and clam chowder in Boston. Stand at the bottom of Niagara Falls and look up. Go fishing on Lake Erie and go nuts at the roller coaster capital of the world, Cedar Point Amusement Park. Take an Obama tour of America’s great city of Chicago. Check out the nightlife in Madison. Ride a horse through Badlands National Park, and imagine yours as the next face on Mt. Rushmore. Spend an afternoon with ghosts of gunslingers of the Old West in Deadwood, and party with the students in Bozeman. Share breakfast with Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park, and finally arrive in Seattle where you can kayak on Puget Sound, watch the sun set over the Olympic Mountains, and throw a fish at Pike Place Market.

Suggested Route

Starting Point: Boston

Ending Point: Seattle

Time Frame: 14-21+days (including time in Boston and Seattle)

It’s I-90 all the way from Boston to Seattle; this nation-traversing highway will take you across Massachusetts and New York State passing Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and Niagara Falls. From there you will skirt two great lakes, Erie and Michigan, passing Cleveland (Ohio) and Chicago and on through the lower portion of Minnesota. Cross South Dakota including Rapid City & Sioux City and from here, it’s Montana's Butte and Bozeman cities, a quick jaunt across Idaho's northern tip and into the state of Washington.

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