Want to visit the US, but don’t have a ton of travel time? Check out these close border towns for a quick, cross-border RV getaway.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Just a short traverse over the International Bridge from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, you’ll find yourself in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. Similarly situated by Lake Superior, the two cities were once one. Take a short drive out of town to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, reserve a spot at one of their vehicle-accessible campgrounds, and then explore the towering, multicolored sandstone cliffs, the Grand Sable Dunes, and miles of unspoiled beaches.
The majestic peak of Mt. Baker can be seen from BC’s Fraser Valley, and it’s well-worth the trip across the border to get a closer look. Travel the Mt. Baker Highway, winding through farmlands, rolling wooded hills, and small communities, checking out the small locally-owned and unique businesses along the way. In the winter, enjoy a day on the slopes at the Mt. Baker Ski Area, and in the summer, set off on a trail through mountain meadows and old-growth forests. There are many camping areas within the park.
If it’s fishing you’re after, spend some time at the expansive, island-dotted Rainy Lake, fishing for smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, and crappie. The towns of Fort Frances, Ontario and International Falls, Minnesota face each other across the Rainy River, and there is plenty of lakeshore to explore on both sides of the border. Check out these 10 Facts About Rainy Lake.
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park in Montana borders Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, with the two parks know jointly as the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. From towering mountain peaks to crystal-clear lakes, the scenery is spectacular. Be sure to take a drive along Glacier National Park’s famous Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Stanstead, Quebec and Derby Line, Vermont
The Canada/US border divides the towns of Stanstead, Quebec and Derby Line, Vermont. The close communities share some streets, and the library and theater building was purposely constructed to straddle the border. Vermont offers plenty of scenic RV camping opportunities nearby.