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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.

The neighboring North American countries of Canada and the United States feature fascinating metropolises, welcoming small towns, forested wilderness and large lakes. Relax on delightful beaches along the Atlantic or Pacific ocean or Gulf of Mexico, ski on eastern or western mountains or venture into the far north’s frozen tundra.

New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. are large U.S. cities providing a sampling of American arts and culture, with tall skyscrapers, impressive museums and art galleries, numerous entertainment centers, varied ethnic restaurants and professional football, basketball and baseball teams.

Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa and Québec offer similar Canadian attractions and incorporate a French influence in language and customs, along with large Chinatowns. See ice hockey at its finest in the big city arenas and frozen outdoor ponds of Canada. Learn about the First Nations people who inhabited the northern parts of the continent long before Europeans arrived.

Drive across the continent and stop in small towns. In both countries you’ll find residents proud of their local points of interest, from the Giant Moose in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to Canada’s Narcisse Snake Dens and New Mexico’s Pie Town, a whole town devoted to luscious desserts. The tourist stops are merely advertisements for the true attractions of the towns, the friendly residents. Wander down any North American small town main street and you’re likely to make a new friend.

Away from urban areas, the continent’s natural wonders include preserved forests and parklands with mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes, caves, ravines, lakes and seacoast. Visit impressive and iconic U.S. national parks including northwestern Yellowstone with geysers and wildlife, the deeply etched southwestern Grand Canyon, the mangroves and crocodiles of the southeastern Everglades and Acadia’s northeastern windswept Atlantic island.

Canada has Banff’s western mountains and glacial Lake Louise, Prairies in the center part of the country and frozen tundra in Ivavik. Spend months or years touring the more than 40 Canadian national parks and nearly 60 U.S. national parks.

The two countries share the vast Great Lakes, popular for boating. Ski the Appalachian and Laurentian mountains in the east or the Rockies in the west.

Plan your North American visit to celebrate with local residents for Canada Day and U.S. Independence Day in early July, or Thanksgiving harvest celebrations in October and November.

Popular cities in North America

One World Trade Center showing skyline, a city and a sunset
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

  • Central Park
  • 5th Avenue
  • Times Square
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

  • State Street
  • Grant Park
  • Chicago Riverwalk
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

  • Melrose Avenue
  • Santa Monica Beach
  • 4th Street Retro Row
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

  • National Mall
  • George Washington University
  • Union Station Shopping Center
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

  • The Path
  • Downtown Yonge
  • PATH Underground Shopping Mall
San Francisco showing a bay or harbour and a bridge
San Francisco
Known for Chinatown, Theaters and Art
Streetcars rattle up and down the city famous for steep hills, hippie history and the toughest place to make a jail break.

Reasons to visit

  • Golden Gate Park
  • Van Ness Avenue
  • Presidio of San Francisco