70 Degree Road Trip #3: The United States and Canada

Enjoy beautiful weather all year long on this 70 degree road trip through the United States and Canada

In 2015, a climatologist named Brian B. created a 70-degree Road Trip map shared over 10 million times over various platforms. He routed three road trips that chase 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) weather all year long.

Brian B. updated the routes in 2023 to make them more interesting and you can now choose a Coastal Route, Interior Route, or United States and Canada Route. 

I’ve already written about the U.S. Coastal Route and Interior Route. Today, I’m sharing the INCREDIBLE 70-degree road trip that takes you through the United States and Canada. 

A few quick notes

Before I jump into the route, I want to point out that you don’t have to do this entire year-long road trip to make use of the following information. You can use the route as a reference guide for shorter trips. 

Simply look at the locations based on the month you’re traveling and you can plan your road trip based on a segment of this trip. That way, you can enjoy 70-degree weather whenever you want to travel.

Brian B’s map is an overview and not a detailed itinerary. So, I have provided related links and resources for each monthly segment below to help you plan your trip.

Route 3: The United States and Canada Route

This grand, cross-border adventure spans the U.S. and Canada in an incredible 13,996-mile (22,530 km) journey. 

Starting in San Diego, California, the United States and Canada Route takes you through the heart of the American Southwest, the charming landscapes of the southern and eastern U.S., the vast wilderness of the Canadian provinces and territories, and the rugged coastline of western Canada.

The route returns you to the United States continuing down through where the West meets the Midwest to the southern states. Finally, you conclude your amazing journey in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Coachella Valley Preserve near Palm Springs, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

January

Kick off your adventure in San Diego, California and stay on I-8 as you make your way to the sun-drenched city of Phoenix, Arizona.

Mileage: 357 miles

Sabino Canyon near Tucson, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

February

Follow I-10 from Phoenix to Tucson, Las Cruces, and El Paso. Immerse yourself in the unique cultures and mesmerizing landscapes of the American Southwest.

Mileage: 384 miles

Kerrville in the Texas Hill Country © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

March

Drive from El Paso along state roads toward Wichita Falls, Texas, and continue through extreme southern and eastern Oklahoma. Enjoy the beautiful and varied landscapes along the way. (Starting this month, you’ll need to start covering more ground every month to keep up with the 70-degree weather.)

Mileage: 991 miles

Blue Ridge Parkway © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

April

Head east through the picturesque states of Arkansas and Tennessee into North Carolina before heading up the Blue Ridge Parkway through western Virginia, West Virginia, and finally to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Explore amazing cities and places like Chattanooga, Gatlinburg, Asheville, Roanoke, Monongahela National Forest, and more.

Mileage: 1,328 miles

Ohio Amish Country © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

May

Start eastward in Pennsylvania before looping back to Youngstown and Canton, Ohio. Continue northeast to Chicago, Illinois, and then head north into Wisconsin. Conclude the month in the scenic landscapes of central Minnesota.

Mileage: 1,440 miles

Jasper National Park, Alberta © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

June

Get ready to cover a lot of ground this month!

Continuing northward, you reach the international border at International Falls, Minnesota. Follow the highway north to Longbow Lake and then west to Winnipeg and Edmonton on the Yellowhead Highway. Keep heading northeast and then north on smaller highways to Hay River on the shore of Great Slave Lake. 

From there, head generally west toward Dawson, Yukon Territory, and the border crossing at the Top of the World Highway. Then make your way to Fairbanks, Alaska. 

Mileage: 3,424 miles

July

From Fairbanks drive south to Anchorage and southeast across the Canadian border. Begin your return to the Lower 48 aiming to finish the month at Prince George, British Columbia.

Mileage: 1,735 miles

Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

August

From Prince George make your way southeast to Mount Robson Provincial Park and Jasper National Park, south on the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise and Banff National Park, and east to Calgary, Alberta, and cross back into the U.S. near Glacier National Park, Montana.

Mileage: 643 miles

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

September

Now in Montana, hit Yellowstone and then stay on smaller highways that wind through parts of western Wyoming, eastern Idaho, and northeastern Utah. Briefly take I-70 east to the Colorado border.

Mileage: 1,056 miles

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

October

In Colorado, head southeast on state and U.S. highways into extreme northern New Mexico near Taos. Then head north and northeast to Denver and then east into the plains of eastern Colorado. 

Then continue eastward through most of southern Kansas before turning southeast to Little Rock, Arkansas. This is where the route crosses itself from early April.

Mileage: 1,632 miles 

Alabama Gulf Coast © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

November

Travel nearly due east to Jackson, Mississippi then up to Birmingham, Alabama and turn southeast to reach Lake City, Florida.

Mileage: 732 miles

Myakka River State Park, Florida © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

December

Complete your year-long adventure by driving the final leg from Lake City, Florida to Daytona Beach, Florida where you can relax on the picturesque Atlantic Ocean beaches and reflect on your incredible journey.

Once you’re in Florida, you might as well loop around and continue to enjoy the tropical weather. Travel down Florida’s Atlantic Coast, through the Keys, and back up the Gulf Coast.

Mileage: 187 miles

Worth Pondering…

Shoot for the moon, Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.

—Les Brown