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

70 Degree Road Trip #2: The Interior Expedition

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

In 2015, a clever climatologist routed a 70-degree Road Trip map that steers you through 69-71 degrees Fahrenheit all year long. Brian B.’s map has been shared over 10 million times over various platforms.

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

I’ve already written about the Coastal Route and in this article, I will focus on the Interior Route. Stay tuned for the third route next week.

Route 2: The Interior Expedition

At 7,064 miles, this route is only a few hundred miles shorter than the coastal route but it takes you through the heart of America. It showcases an array of natural wonders, picturesque landscapes, and unique cultural experiences. 

This incredible route starts in Brownsville, Texas, and weaves its way northwards along the country’s interior. You ultimately make your way back down to the same final leg as the Coast Route through Phoenix to San Diego.

Keep in mind you don’t have to drive this entire route. It can serve as a guide to plan trips using segments at different times of the year. But if you have the time and resources, it sure would be an incredible journey to do the entire route.

I will walk you through this epic road trip and link to related articles to help you plan your trip.

Corpus Christi, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

January

Begin your journey in Brownsville, Texas where you can embrace the vibrant Tex-Mex culture in the Rio Grande Valley before setting out north to Corpus Christi, a coastal city famous for its stunning beaches and enticing attractions.

Mileage: 140 miles

The Strand, Galveston, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

February

Follow the enchanting Texas coastal bend to Galveston and Houston indulging in a thriving urban scene, visiting impressive museums, and sampling diverse culinary delights.

Mileage: 197 miles

Fayette County Court House, La Grande, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

March

Drive northward from Houston stopping by the bustling city of Dallas before continuing to Oklahoma City. Along the way, immerse yourself in the distinctive combination of Texan and Oklahoman lifestyles.

Mileage: 408 miles

April

Venture farther north from Oklahoma City through Kansas and arrive at Kansas City, Missouri. Savor the city’s renowned BBQ culture, see its famous fountains, and enjoy its jazz heritage.

Mileage: 343 miles

May

Continue your northward trek to Des Moines, Iowa, via I-35. Then journey east to Rockford, Illinois, and north through Wisconsin before reaching vibrant Minneapolis, Minnesota. Discover the cultural and culinary treasures that await you at each destination.

Mileage: 765 miles

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

June

Embark on an early June sprint northward to Duluth, Minnesota, and head west through North Dakota towards central Montana. This leg traverses a total of 1,062 miles of awe-inspiring landscapes and remarkable wilderness areas.

Mileage: 1,062 miles

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

July

Explore the winding route from Montana’s picturesque high country to Yellowstone National Park. Continue through Montana, northwestern Colorado, and back into south-central Wyoming. This circuitous route keeps you in the cool temperatures of the high country.

Mileage: 1,255 miles

August

Mosey north through Wyoming and back to extreme southern Montana. Taking this circuitous route since July keeps you in the high country.

Mileage: 384 miles

Custer State Park, South Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

September

Head due east until reaching southwestern North Dakota. Then turn south, traveling towards the Nebraska border. Enrich your experience by exploring the region’s natural and historical wonders.

Mileage: 533 miles

Santa Fe, New Mexico © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

October

Continue nearly due south through West Kansas and the Texas panhandle before turning southwest towards Cloudcroft, New Mexico. Revel in the rich culture, landscapes, and outdoor adventures the Southwest has to offer.

Mileage: 1,047 miles

Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

November

Make your way from Cloudcroft to Phoenix by navigating nearly due east on state and U.S. highways, immersing yourself in the stark beauty of the desert landscape.

Mileage: 399 miles

Quartzsite, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

December

Complete your 70-degree road trip by driving from Phoenix to Los Angeles and then to San Diego. Relax and unwind on the sun-kissed beaches of Southern California while basking in the accomplishments of your extraordinary journey.

Mileage: 531 miles

Worth Pondering…

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

—Les Brown

70 Degree Road Trip #1: The Coastal Adventure

A clever climatologist routed a 70 degree road trip around the U.S. where you can enjoy 70-degree weather all year long

In 2015, a climatologist named Brian B. created a 70 degree Road Trip map that has been shared over 10 million times over various platforms. That map was a hypothetical trip through the U.S. with the route tracking where the normal daily high temperature was approximately 70 degrees Fehrenheit (21 degrees Celsius). 

The map was based on the 1981-2010 climate normals produced by the National Center for Environmental Information (NCEI). Every 10 years, new climate normals are produced. In May 2021, the 1991-2020 normals were released by NCEI.

It might surprise people that the shift in 70-degree temperatures between 1981-2010 and 1991-2020 was very slight. Instead of updating the map to reflect temperature changes he came up with new routes. The original route was interesting but it left out a lot of options. This time around, there are multiple routes to choose from.

The map consists of three different routes that chase 70-degree weather all year long. You can now choose a Coastal Route, Interior Route, or United States and Canada Route. 

In this article, I will focus on what Brian B. calls the Coastal Route. I’ll cover the other two routes in upcoming articles.

Keep in mind you don’t have to do this entire route. You can simply use it as a guide to plan trips using segments at different times of the year. But, if you have the time and resources, it sure would be an epic journey to do the entire route!

Route 1: The Coastal Adventure

The coastal route starts in Tampa, Florida, and ends in San Diego, California. It’s an extraordinary 7,468-mile journey through diverse landscapes and coastal views.

Brian calls it the coastal route because it takes you along the east coast follows the shores of some of the great lakes and finishes off on the southern coast of sunny California. However, this route may be better designated as the exterior or perimeter route.

It has a long stretch across the northern states and a detour inland once you get out west. That’s what is required to stay within the 69-71 degree window.

But, even though it doesn’t take you entirely down the Oregon and California coastline, you’ll still see amazing landscapes every mile of the journey.

I’ll walk you through the journey and link to helpful articles to help you plan your trip.

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

January

Set off from Tampa, Florida, and make your way east toward Orlando. Enjoy the warm weather, sandy beaches, and vibrant attractions including theme parks, shopping, and dining experiences. 

Mileage: 151 miles

Mount Dora, Florida © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

February

Head up the east coast of Florida to Jacksonville taking in the pristine coastal views and visiting historic landmarks such as the Fort Caroline National Memorial. 

Mileage: 81 miles

Savannah, Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

March

Continue northward along I-95, stopping by the charming cities of Savannah and Charleston. Reach the North Carolina border where delicious Carolina BBQ awaits. 

Mileage: 341 miles

Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

April

Continue traveling up the I-95 corridor to explore the vibrant cities of Richmond, Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia while soaking in the East Coast’s rich history. 

There are so many museums and historical sites in this part of the country. It’s worth looking for reciprocal memberships to use at museums, botanical gardens, zoos, and more.

Mileage: 447 miles

Boston © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

May

Take in the scenic beauty of the northeast as you drive from Philadelphia through New York City and all the way to Boston. Revel in the flourishing spring atmosphere as you explore cosmopolitan cities and quaint towns. 

Mileage: 300 miles

Custer State Park, South Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

June

Buckle up and get ready to cover a lot of ground this month. In this stretch, you go all the way from Boston, Massachusetts to central Montana. This long stretch rewards you with natural wonders such as Niagara Falls and the vast wilderness of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 

While 2,388 miles seems like a lot, that’s only 80 miles a day. So, you can still spend time seeing plenty of sights along the way.

Mileage: 2,388 miles

Mount St. Helens, Washington © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

July

Traverse through the stunning terrain of western Montana, Idaho, and Washington on I-90. End your month in the lush surroundings of coastal Washington. 

Mileage: 965 miles

Applegate River Valley, Oregon © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

August

Journey south along breathtaking coastal highways making your way to Newport, Oregon. Marvel at the Pacific Ocean’s rugged beauty and discover charming coastal towns. 

Mileage: 289 miles

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

September

Thread your way through eastern Oregon on lesser-traveled mountain highways. Conquer I-84 in Idaho and I-15 in Utah, soaking in the picturesque landscapes. 

Mileage: 962 miles

White Sands National Park, New Mexico © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

October

Explore the enchanting rural highways of the Southwest, driving southeast from Utah to Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Immerse yourself in the region’s rich culture and natural splendors. 

Mileage: 546 miles

Sedona, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

November

Venture west on I-40 from Albuquerque to Flagstaff, then head south on I-17 to Sedona and Phoenix. Witness the mesmerizing Arizona landscape including the iconic Grand Canyon.

Mileage: 467 miles

Coachella Valley Preserve, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

December

Conclude your coastal adventure taking I-10 from Phoenix to Los Angeles, followed by I-5 to San Diego. Celebrate your journey’s end while basking in the warmth of California’s sun-kissed beaches. 

Mileage: 531 miles

Make It Round-Trip!

As you see, this 70-degree road trip takes you three-quarters of the way around the United States. You can continue your road trip through the southern states to complete your loop around the United States.

You’ll lose your 70-degree weather but you won’t have to deal with the Southern heat as it’ll be December or January when you start heading back to Florida.

And don’t forget, I’ll be back with two more routes that chase 70-degree weather through the interior United States and all the way through the U.S. and Canada.

Worth Pondering…

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

—Les Brown