North America

Travel Guide
Canada which includes mountains

From its highest peak in Alaska down to its lowest point in Death Valley, North America is all about extremes, with spectacular scenery and super-sized attractions.

Officially, North America comprises Northern America, Central America, and the Caribbean. But because two of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Canada and mainland USA, make up the bulk of the continent, that’s what most people think of when planning a vacation here.

This northern region takes in all that lies between the Arctic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Atlantic to the east. The interior is a fascinating patchwork of rolling hills and fertile valleys, deep rocky canyons, arid deserts, swampy Everglades, snowcapped mountains and lofty forests.

For many, visiting Northern America is all about iconic natural wonders such as the Rocky Mountains, Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone’s geysers. Others say you haven’t lived until you’ve seen Mount Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Golden Gate Bridge, CN Tower or other famous man-made landmarks.

Visiting the USA tops the list for people from all over the world. Whether you fantasize about an epic road trip along Route 66 or walking in the footsteps of Elvis in Memphis, a visit to Disney World or Las Vegas or living it up in the Big Apple, you can make it happen in the USA. There is so much more to do and see, that you’ll need a lifetime to take it all in.

Neighboring Canada is all about discovering the great outdoors, whether you are into skiing, mountain biking or hiking. In this easy-going country, you can still find large swathes of untouched wilderness, from British Colombia in the west to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia in the east.

Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City are French-speaking and feel like a world away from the very multicultural cities of Toronto and Vancouver.

Of course your North American adventure doesn’t need to end there. Technically, North America also includes Greenland with its Inuit and Danish customs. And if you consider Mexico and the Caribbean to be part of the continent as well, your options are endless. Come and enjoy the spirited Latino culture and cuisine or pick any island for a sun-kissed getaway on an idyllic beach.

Popular cities in North America

New York
New York
Known for Entertainment, Theaters and Museums
One of the world’s most exciting cities positively shines with shopping, shows, museums, sports, and the beautiful and spacious Central Park.

Reasons to visit

  • Broadway
  • Times Square
  • Columbus Circle
Chicago which includes street scenes, a city and a skyscraper
Chicago
Known for Theaters, Museums and Art
Watch a baseball game at Wrigley Field, snap photos of your reflection in Cloud Gate and explore the Windy city’s fascinating museums.

Reasons to visit

  • Union Station
  • Navy Pier
  • Soldier Field
Los Angeles which includes a sunset, a city and landscape views
Los Angeles
Known for Entertainment, Theaters and Sports
Relax on the beaches, be thrilled at the theme parks and experience culture in the museums and art galleries of this sprawling Southern California city.

Reasons to visit

  • Wiltern Theatre
  • Farmers Market
  • MacArthur Park
United States Capitol showing an administrative buidling, heritage architecture and autumn leaves
Washington
Known for Historical, Museums and Monuments
Visit the nation’s capital to admire presidential monuments, tour fascinating museums, watch professional sports and see modern history being created.

Reasons to visit

  • Union Station Shopping Center
  • Capital One Arena
  • Columbus Circle
Casa Loma which includes a castle, heritage elements and heritage architecture
Toronto
Known for Entertainment, Theaters and Museums
Canada’s most populated city is a diverse cultural destination with world-class museums, concerts, family entertainment, sports venues and craft beers.

Reasons to visit

  • Rogers Centre
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Harbourfront Centre
Boston Common featuring a monument, a city and a statue or sculpture
Boston
Known for Historical, Sports and Tours
One of the nation’s most historically interesting cities has numerous museums, exciting sports, great seafood and plenty of free activities.

Reasons to visit

  • Copley Square
  • Boston Children's Museum
  • Fenway Park