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Old 02-07-2016, 05:13 PM   #1
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Question Route Advice ?

I am going to travel out to the west of Canada this summer, and was thinking of Crossing into US at Sault Saint Marie MI and travelling across Route 28 in MI and then R2 in ND and cross back into Canada around North Gate. I presume that is 2 lane all the way, is that a good trip. I would likely take 4 days to cross. any suggestions. Thanks.
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Old 02-07-2016, 06:37 PM   #2
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Your route is just fine with a RV. We've done it a few times with our 40' motorhome.
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Old 02-08-2016, 01:01 PM   #3
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Thanks, is that route all 2 lane. any highlights to see on the way across that part of the us. ken
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From entering at Sault Ste. Marie you could head south to St. Ignace or Mackinaw City and take the ferry for a day trip to Mackinac Island - IF it's a nice day. No vechicles are allowed on the island but it's easy to get around. They also rent bikes. I assume you don't want to get too far south in Michigan so you can turn around and head north again.

Then take Hwy 123 up to Paradise and you could stay at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Regardless, continue past the park to Whitefish Point and take in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum which is very informative.

Then head to Hwy 28 to Munising. From there you can take the boat trip to Pictured Rocks Nat'l Lakeshore.

Continue on 41 from Marquette and go up to Copper Harbor. Fort Wilkins State Park is very nice. Turn around and come back on Hwy 26 and you can do Porcupine Mountains State Park. The west end of the Upper Peninsula is waterfall area. Before you get too far west, stop at a Visitor Center and ask for the waterfall map. Perhaps you can work in some of the falls and many are just a short walk. They're not huge all falls are pretty. We're from Michigan so that was our reason for taking Hwy 2 across the states.

You won't be in Wisconsin long but if you like cities, Duluth, Minnesota is nice to explore.

Perhaps someone else can come and give you some Hwy 2 things to stop in Minnesota and North Dakota. Since you're exiting at Northgate, ND I can't help much more. In my opinion North Dakota in that area doesn't offer a whole lot.

Now if you have the time I'd definitely recommend going through Montana, Idaho and into Washington. You'd find lots more to do in gorgeous scenery.

Have I got a plan for you!!! How about leaving on the trip in June and go over to the Pacific, come down the Oregon coast and California by Fall and spend the winter somewhere in the warmth, such as Arizona (80 degrees F today) or over to the southern states. Then by April make your way back home again.

For the stops along the way definitely check out http://www.rvparkreviews.com/ for campground ideas. We happen to enjoy public parks the best but there are plenty of RV parks along the way.

Here's some good information on Hwy 2:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_2

Have fun planning!
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Old 02-09-2016, 05:58 AM   #5
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Yep, Rt. 2 is a two lane, but it's a good two lanes hwy. Not a whole lot going across N.Dak., but the further west you get the more beautiful it is. Far western MT./Id. is one of our most favorite places to be. Also keep in mind the sooner you can cross into the U.S., the sooner you can take advantage of the cheaper fuel prices.
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Thanks a lot for the info, it is always nice to ask someone who has actually been there and done that. sounds like a great trip to continue on west and then south for the fall and winter, but if we stay that long in the us good old uncle sam would be sending us a tax bill, and I get enough of those now thanks....is that uncle sam or is it uncle Donald Ha.
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Heaven forbid Uncle Donald :(
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You might want to consider the Northern route around Lake Superior to Thunder Bay and then follow HWY. 61 and cross at Pigeon River MN to pick up Duluth MN. This is a very scenic route on both the Canadian and U.S side....just a suggestion.
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