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 featuring a skyscraper, landscape views and a city
New York
Known for Entertainment, Theaters and Museums
New York City, half-jokingly referred to as the center of the universe, rumbles with energy, ambition and gusto.

Reasons to visit

  • Times Square
  • Broadway
  • Manhattan Cruise Terminal
Chicago featuring a high-rise building, street scenes and a city
Chicago
Known for Theaters, Museums and Art
A modern metropolis on the shores of Lake Michigan that’s defined by a love for fine art, baseball and the blues.

Reasons to visit

  • Navy Pier
  • Soldier Field
  • Chicago Theatre
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Known for Entertainment, Theaters and Sports
The beaches of Santa Monica, boutiques along Beverly Hills’ tree-lined boulevards, and Universal Studios’ movie sets set the scene for a perfect West Coast break.

Reasons to visit

  • Wiltern Theatre
  • The Grove
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
Casa Loma which includes heritage elements, heritage architecture and a castle
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
  • Harbourfront Centre
  • CN Tower
Washington
Washington
Known for Historical, Museums and Monuments
National treasures, American history and international politics take center stage in the U.S. capital city. 

Reasons to visit

  • Union Station Shopping Center
  • Capital One Arena
  • International Spy Museum
Boston Common which includes a monument, a statue or sculpture and a park
Boston
Known for Historical, Sports and Tours
Boston shines as Massachusetts’ revolutionary capital, from Harvard to the Freedom Trail. 

Reasons to visit

  • Copley Square
  • Fenway Park
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace