Lucky latitude: Notable U.S. destinations along the 45th parallel north

Marking the exact mid-point between Earth’s North Pole and the equator, the 45th parallel north crosses stunning American beaches, mountains, prairies, rivers, towns and cities well worth a visit.

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Jun 18, 2013 10:27AM
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Massena, NY was my home town up to 2006. Great summers but it can be very very cold in the winters. Great fishing all along the St. Lawrence and the rivers feeding into it. Large and small mouth bass, northern pike, musky, walleyes, and even trout.  They say some muskies have been seen out in the St. Laawrence are as big around as small trees. Even the protected Sturgeon can be huge.
Jun 16, 2013 9:54AM
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I live just south of  the Canadian Border (about the 54th) in Washington State. I'd just as soon we remain undiscovered. With our San Juan's, Skiing, mild winters and mellow summers. Perfect falls and spring transitions. Thanks for your attention. 
May 22, 2013 10:12AM
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My parents own a home & 25 acres of property along the 45th parallel in Clarksville, New Hampshire.  It is one of the prettiest, grandest views looking toward Vermont and Canada.  Unfortunately this view is in danger of becoming obsolete due to  the proposed Northern P****ject which proposes to install high tension transmission towers from Canada along the 45th Parallel. (which power will not benefit NH).  Check out the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests website. 
May 15, 2013 3:26PM
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45th dexter MAINE, go 25 miles north west, and your in GODS COUNTRY!
May 15, 2013 2:33PM
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Last summer I took a trip to see my uncle who lives just West of Yellowstone, so driving from Minnesota I hit the Corn Palace, Bad Lands, Wall Drug, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse (personal favorite), Black Hills, Devils Tower, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and then ended at Glacier National Park.  Hands down the best trip I've ever been on. 
May 15, 2013 2:19PM
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 Been to Devils Tower, disappointed no "close encounter of the third kind"...

 

May 15, 2013 1:47PM
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Beautiful areas of the country and I'm blessed to live in one of the areas listed.


As far as the comment about retiring in these areas, my advice is to consider it thoroughly. Awe-inspiring places to visit during the summer months, but winters can be long and hard.

May 15, 2013 1:25PM
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Devil's Tower Wyoming is one of the greatest places I've ever visited. A natural wonder of the world.
May 15, 2013 12:29PM
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scary that scary US House of Rep almost lives on it too. She misses by a mile a short mile. 
May 15, 2013 12:13PM
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The 45th parallel in Minnesota passes through my parent's home just west of Minneapolis in the City of Medicine Lake.
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