Take the ultimate road trip and see the corners and extreme points of the United States such as the southernmost, northernmost, eastern and northwestern most areas as well as the center of the United States and North America. I got the smallest town in America and the four corners and more in. It took me 5 years and a lot of money to get these locations in. Some say I’m crazy, I call it passion. Everyone posts a photo of them at the Southernmost point in Keywest but that is more out of convenience than intentional travel to that spot.
Something about being the only person on land at some corner at that time seems amazing to me. Like in Barrow, I went to Point Barrow and for at least 30 minutes I was the most Northern person in America. The emotions of having those moments can’t be described in a photo.
Barrow, Alaska is the northernmost city in the United States, with nearby Point Barrow being the nation’s northernmost point and is the 11th northernmost public community in the world.
Point Barrow or Nuvuk is a headland on the Arctic coast in the U.S. state of Alaska, 9 miles (14 km) northeast of Barrow. It is the northernmost point of all the territory of the United States, at 71°23′20″N 156°28′45″W
The distance to the North Pole is 1,122 nautical miles (1,291 mi; 2,078 km).
Whale Bone Arch to the Arctic Ocean, the sun did set after about 1.5 hours but it never got dark that night, it was sunset light until sunrise. The land of the midnight sun during the summer and during the winter a couple months of darkness. Location of the Whale Bone Arch is at 71.298618, -156.773536
Walking into the Arctic ocean at Point Barrow was fun, the water was very cold as expected. Even had a chunk of ice on the shore. I lost feeling in my feet after just a few waves.
Northernmost Point Buoy of the Contiguous United States outside of Jerry’s Restaurant & Lounge, 7609 Young’s Bay Dr NW, Angle Inlet, MN 56711. You have to go through Canada to get to this part of America.
Jerry’s is the furthest north bar in the lower 48 and the only one on the mainland at the Northwest Angle.
Northwest Point in the US – Cape Flattery Washington
A Makah Recreation Pass can be purchased at the Makah Tribal Museum or Washburn’s grocery
1.5 miles, roundtrip hike
From Port Angeles follow US 101 west for 5 miles to the junction with State Route 112. Turn right (west) on SR 112, continuing for 64 miles to the community of Neah Bay. (Alternatively, take US 101 to Sappho and drive SR 113 north to SR 112 and then on to Neah Bay. This way is longer, but not as curvy.) Just past the Makah Tribal Museum is Washburn’s, where you can purchase the required recreation pass. Continue west on Bayview Avenue for 1 mile, following signs for “Cape Flattery and Beaches.”Turn left on Fort Street, and in 0.1 mile turn right on 3rd Street. In another 0.1 mile turn left on Cape Flattery Road. In 2.5 miles pass the Tribal Center. Proceed for another 5.1 miles to the trailhead. Privy available.
Southwestern most in the Contiguous United States
Border Field State Park the boundary from Tijuana Mexico and California
1500 Monument Rd, San Diego, CA 92154
Southernmost Point Buoy in Key West, Florida
This is the one almost everyone gets to sooner or later, the others locations are much harder to just be in the area for.
Corner of Whitehead St & South St, Key West, FL 33040
Easternmost Point in the United States, West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec, Maine
973 S Lubec Rd, Lubec, Maine 04652
Most Northeastern City – Caribou Maine
Close to New Brunswick, Canada about 4 hours north from the easternmost point at West Quoddy Head Lighthouse
Center of North America Monument at the corner of US Hwy 2 and State Route 3 in Rugby, North Dakota
True Center of the Nation / Geographical Center of Entire United States (50 states) North of Belle Fourche, South Dakota
26 minutes North from the Tourist version of the Geographical Center in Belle Fourche, South Dakota
Head north on US-85 N/5th Ave toward Edmunds St/Riverside Dr
Continue to follow US-85 N for 14.0 mi
Turn left onto Old US Hwy 85, Destination will be on the right in 7.7 miles
Geographic Center of the Contiguous United States (Center of the 48 states) Lebanon, Kansas
The Geographic Center of the United States (contiguous 48) is located about two miles northwest of Lebanon, Kansas. Take US Highway 281 north 1 mile, and turn west one mile on K-191 to the maker that has been erected at the end of the paved road. The actual center is about a half mile away in the center of a former hog farm.
Lowest point in North America
Badwater Basin in Death Valley, California (-282 feet) with an elevation of 282 ft (86 m) below sea level.
Four Corners Monument marks the quadripoint in the Southwestern United States where the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet.
The area is very remote. The tiny community of Teec Nos Pos, AZ, is six miles away and it has a gas station. The
Smallest Town in the USA Buford, Wyoming (right off I-80)
At 8,000 feet (2,400 m) of elevation, this is the highest populated settlement along the First Transcontinental Railroad (today’s Overland Route), and on the transcontinental Interstate 80.
Arctic Circle Sign and the tour company brought out the red carpet even. We took the James W. Dalton Highway, or the Ice Road Truckers highway made popular by the TV show, usually referred to as the Dalton Highway, is a 414-mile road in Alaska. It begins at the Elliott Highway, north of Fairbanks, and ends at Deadhorse near the Arctic Ocean and the Prudhoe Bay oil fields.
I took a small tour to the Arctic Circle sign with Northern Alaska Tour Co, it was informative, relaxing and I would totally do it again. It was nice to eat a Salmon burger at the Yukon River too.
- View the remarkable Trans Alaska Pipeline.
- Visit the Arctic Circle Trading Post situated in the rural community of Joy, Alaska.
- Travel the rugged Dalton Highway made famous by the construction of the Trans Alaska Pipeline.
- Experience the mighty Yukon River. Marvel at the majestic beauty of the northland’s most famous waterway and learn of the river’s storied past.
- Cross the Arctic Circle and receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate.
- Explore up close the amazing arctic tundra and feel the veins of ice just beneath the surface.
- Departs 6:30 am; returns between 10:30 and 11:30 pm.
Longitudinal Centre of Canada
Just follow the Trans Canada Highway West of Winnipeg, Canada to coordinates 49.76773-96.8097 (49degrees 46′ 02.40″ 96degrees 48’35”). This point is between the two highway signs. It is approximately 8.2 miles (13.2 km) West of the junction of CA100 and CA 1 or approximately 6.7 miles (10.8 km) East of the junction of CA207 and CA 1 (near Deacons Corner, MB).
Stewiacke, Nova Scotia – halfway between the Equator & The North Pole
The most western border marker for the USA / Canada in Point Roberts, Washington
The line at Haskell Free Library at Derby Line, Vermont, where the border goes through the building and you can walk the sidewalk between the border.
Though there are more geographical places of interest left to see, I feel I got more than most people will ever see in their lifetime. Many of the extreme points listed below are very dangerous to get too in remote areas.
Some of the leftover spots to visit at some point.
The North American pole of inaccessibility is located at 43°22′N 101°58′W, about eleven miles (18 km) southeast of the town of Kyle on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Bennett County, South Dakota, 1,025 miles (1,650 km) from the nearest coastline. There is no sign or monument.
Westernmost – Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska (65.64° N, 168.12° W)
The westernmost point on the North American continent.
– Peaked Island, offshore from Cape Wrangell,
Attu Island, Alaska (52.92° N, 172.44° E)
Anchor Point, Alaska is the westernmost point in the North American highway system.
For the 48 States
Westernmost – Cape Alava, Washington (48.16974° N, 124.73004° W)
The westernmost point on the mainland.
– Bodelteh Islands, Washington (48.17761° N, 124.76479° W)
The westernmost land permanently above the waterline.
All the United States Territory
Southernmost – Rose Atoll, American Samoa (14.374° S, 170.7595° W)
Easternmost – Point Udall, Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (17.7555° N, 64.5650° W)
Westernmost – Udall Point, Guam (13.4475° N, 144.6182° E)