The Great Northern is a route that features nearly 3,600 miles of mountains, lakes, badlands and valleys. This epic cross-country road trip closely parallels US-2. U.S. Route 2 (also known as U.S. Highway 2) was nicknamed "The Great Northern" in commemoration of the the historic transcontinental railroad that helped pioneer the settlement of the West. Highway 2 is the Northernmost east-west route in the country, and driving it continuously will even take you into Canada! Plus, as one of America's longest transcontinental road trips, you'll enjoy unsurpassed scenery as you journey from coast to coast, bisecting the North American continent, just like Lewis and Clark over a century ago.
Start at the Pacific Ocean to make your Great Northern trip truly cross-country. Besides, the beaches here are utterly breathtaking. The misty waves, the jagged cliffs, and the tidepools filled with enchanting sealife all add to the experience. Plus, Olympic National Park boasts a stunning temperate rainforest that's worth exploring as well.
462 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA, US
Riverfront Park is a central feature of Spokane and features tons to see and do. It's got the pavilion, a carousel, an IMAX theater, a small theme park for kids, a skyride over the waterfall, and a massive red wagon, just like the one you probably had as a kid. Great photo op!
101 North Cabela Way, Post Falls, ID, US
10 River St, Wallace, ID, US
605 Cedar St, Wallace, ID, US
209 Wall St N, Hot Springs, MT, US
7800 U.S. 2, Columbia Falls, MT, US
Mystery Houses are a classic roadside stop, and the Montana Vortex and House of Mystery in Columbia Falls has been bending brains since the 1970's. Once you step inside, forget everything you learned in high school physics, because gravity will appear to stop working, you'll be able to see your aura, and you can soak up the healing energy from the labyrinth.
64 Grinnell Drive, West Glacier, MT, US
Definitely plan on spending at least a day exploring Glacier National Park. You'll want to drive along the Going-To-The-Sun Road, and take a boat tour on one of the park's stunningly clear glacial lakes at the very least. Plus, be on the lookout for the adorable mountain goats and huckleberries along the way (you can pick up to a quart to carry out for road snacks!)
West Glacier, MT, US
6475 Hwy 93 South, #7, Whitefish, MT, US
290 Izaak Walton Inn Rd, Essex, MT, US
19 Museum Loop, Browning, MT, US
1121 E Railroad St, Cut Bank, MT, US
311 Main St, Shelby, MT, US
Hwy 87 Six miles southwest of Havre, Havre, MT, US
675 1st St W, Havre, MT, US
4 S 1st E, Malta, MT, US
PO BOX 208, Fort Peck, MT, US
Mt 24, Fort Peck, MT, US
The best time of year for a Great Northern road trip is late spring, summer and early fall. Since you're traveling along the northern part of the states, weather definitely will play a role in your trip. Also, consider getting a National Park pass if you plan on hitting up several national parks along the way, because it will definitely save you money.