North America

Travel Guide
Canada showing 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, Theatres 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

  • Times Square
  • Broadway
  • Manhattan Cruise Terminal
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Known for Entertainment, Theatres 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
  • The Grove
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
Chicago featuring a skyscraper, street scenes and a city
Chicago
Known for Theatres, Museums and Art
Dubbed the Windy City, this great American city is one of the world’s foremost centres for sport, music and modern art.

Reasons to visit

  • Navy Pier
  • Soldier Field
  • Chicago Theatre
Casa Loma featuring heritage architecture, a castle and heritage elements
Toronto
Known for Entertainment, Theatres and Museums
Outdoor adventure, music and arts festivals, cultural attractions and more evening entertainment than you can shake a stick at – Toronto's got it covered.

Reasons to visit

  • Rogers Centre
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • CN Tower
Washington
Washington
Known for Historical, Museums and Monuments
The capital of the US is laced with American history, and is home to truly inspirational monuments and great museums.

Reasons to visit

  • Union Station Shopping Center
  • Capital One Arena
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
Houston featuring a park
Houston
Known for Shopping, Sports and Theatres
A bustling city where great art, music and culture exist alongside the more traditional exports of beef, oil and gas.

Reasons to visit

  • Houston Zoo
  • Memorial City Mall
  • Discovery Green