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Top Trip Memories
  • Standing on the rim of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, gaping at the magnitude of it all, then mounting a mule to ride to the canyon floor.
  • Cruising the Mississippi on a riverboat down to New Orleans, then feasting on crawfish and oysters.
  • Walking “no hands” around the roof of the 1,168-foot-high CN Tower in Toronto (though safely strapped on).
  • Paddling the waves during a whitewater rafting expedition on Idaho’s Snake River.
  • Practicing French while sipping wine at a café in Old Quebec, Canada.
  • Waiting faithfully for Old Faithful, the most famous geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, to erupt (it always does).
  • Touring Northern California’s coastal redwoods (the tallest trees on earth) and central California’s sequoias (the most massive living things).
  • Viewing the Mayan pyramids in Chichen Itza and Tulum on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
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Tour Tips
  • To keep your tour manageable, think regionally: the Northwestern or Southwestern U.S., the Canadian Maritimes, Canadian Rockies, etc.
  • U.S. national parks are some of the finest in the world and a good place to keep tour prices down, especially if you like camping.
  • The U.S. is much more than Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Times Square and Disney World; be sure to see more it it than those..
  • While most of its citizens live near the U.S. border, Canada is the world’s second largest country, with vast wilderness, mountain and coastal areas awaiting exploration.
  • Greenland, one of the least visited islands in the world, is part of North America, too – and has a fascinating Arctic culture and landscape.
  • Mexico is far more diverse than you might imagine: think Mayan culture vs. modern-day Mexico City, Oaxacan marketplaces vs. Cancun party scene.
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North America Travel Reviews & Ratings
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4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
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Tour Reviews

Horrible disgusting company

Volcano Adventure – Antigua to San José

1.0 June 2017 G Adventures Recommend: No My tour guide organized a robbery where all my money and passport were stolen and then I was ditched for more than a month alone with nom money or documents in Honduras. G Adventures says "it's not their fault. No refund, no compensation. I wrote a bad review and was blocked. So immature. Disgusted. Read more

It was a great time because of the CEO, but I felt like the pace of the tour was too fast because I spent half of the time on this tour on a bus or train

East Coast Encompassed–Sydney to Cairns

4.0 April 2017 G Adventures Recommend: Yes It was a great time because of the CEO, but I felt like the pace of the tour was too fast because I spent half of the time on this tour on a bus or train. I got to see a lot of different places, but I don't really feel like I got enough time to enjoy any of them. I think that the ground covered on this tour should take at least 25-30 days to do properly. Activities in Cairns and Sailing in the whitsundays were definitely the highlight of this trip. Air conditioned vehicles and accommodation are essential to keeping morale up, and I feel like everyone would have had a much better time and a lot more energy if we had A/C the whole way through (especially at the end) I learned a lot about the east coast of Australia on this trip, so I will definitely be returning next year to airlie Read more

Overall I had an incredible time on the trip

East Coast Encompassed–Sydney to Cairns

5.0 April 2017 G Adventures Recommend: Yes Overall I had an incredible time on the trip. I met people I would have never got to meet otherwise and made friendships that I'm sure will last a long time to come. The large range of activities and opportunities for us on the trip was probably the best bit. We managed to do everything from sheep sheering and horse riding to scuba diving and zip wiring in only 18 days. It was just that little bit more special as the tour took our busines to local companies and people allowing the local community to benifit from our tourism where it could. I loved the fast pace of the tour - there was never a dull moment. In addition, I felt like the tour had made a great effort to show us the 'true' Australia, taking us places I would have never gone myself. It allowed us to meet many people from all walks of life and get a taste for their worlds. I would defintely recommend to anyone who wants to travel in Aus. Read more

Amazing trip,

Journey to the Sea of Cortez - Grey whale & Whale shark departure

5.0 April 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes I have been to many amazing destinations but this trip really was fantastic. The variety of marine life and the way we were able to interact with the marine mammals was so rewarding. Our two naturists were extremely knowledgeable about the sea, wind and animals, this enabled us to see not only the wildlife expected at this time of year but also two blue whales. Highlights of this trip was seeing grey whales, blue whales, fin whales, minke whales, humpback whales, sea lions, whale sharks, mobula rays, too many birds to mention and lots and lots of cactuses. We snorkelled with whale sharks and sea lions, went rock pooling, beach combing, kayaking and drank lots of cocktails.
So difficult to say, both snorkelling with the whales sharks and with the sea lions was amazing but seeing the blue whales was too (and the humpback whales). Lela explained that we would have a better experience with the grey whales at Porto Chale instead of Magdelena bay as there were quite a lot of boats in the bay. This was the right decision as were were the only boats and were surrounded by 40-50 whales.

Lela is just a lovely, knowledgeable, caring, compassionate person who did everything possible to educate the group and make sure each and everyone of us had a great trip.

My only advice would be to make sure you don't take the flight (which in this case was the group flight) which has a 6 hour 40 minute layover in Mexico City. Two flights to San Jose Cabo departed before ours and we would have had more than enough time to catch either of them.

If you love marine life, birds, beautiful scenery and great cocktails then you will love this trip.

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How can you sum up that trip in one paragraph- Incredible scenery, superb people, brilliantlythoughtful CEOs, lifelong memories

Los Angeles to San Francisco Express

4.0 March 2017 G Adventures Recommend: Yes How can you sum up that trip in one paragraph- Incredible scenery, superb people, brilliantly-thoughtful CEOs, life-long memories! For anyone in doubt about any part of a trip like this (camping, group travel, travelling solo, long bus journeys...) - don't listen to them, just do it! One last point, wasn't covered in Itinerary/Accommodation/Transport - I felt there could have been a bit more info sent to my Gadventures account regarding the tour. Apart from the tour start and end points (sans actual hotel name!) I received no written communication about some relevant points, e.g. more details on the optional activities, where we would be staying each night (once agreed), contact details of the tour CEOs/Gadventures helpline (to ask for at the hotel to find the right group, in case of emergency/delays, etc.) Read more
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Of the 50 most visited man-made and natural tourist attractions in the world, more than half are in the United States. A number of them are theme parks, but others range from urban parks (San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, New York’s Central Park) to natural wonders (Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Niagara Falls) and areas for urban exploration (Seattle’s Pike Place Market, Boston’s Faneuil Hall, New York’s Times Square and South Street Seaport, Chicago’s Navy Pier, Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian Museums, and, of course, the Las Vegas Strip). All are worthy of tour stops, but North America has much more to offer than the usual tourist attractions, and tours that help you get off the beaten path can be the most memorable of all.

In the United States alone, you can visit the deserts of California’s Death Valley – one of the hottest places on earth – or walk on glaciers in Alaska. You can ride airboats through the Florida Everglades or on historic windjammer sailing vessels off the Maine coast. The Rocky Mountains rise high in Colorado and give way to the pancake-flat Great Plains to their east. The Great Lakes provide recreation for the Upper Midwest while the Gulf of Mexico offers waterborne fun to the Deep South. Utah’s Bryce and Zion national parks, South Dakota’s Badlands, and California’s Yosemite all feature geologic formations that range from the strange to the magnificent -- and are always remarkable to view.

Canada’s Rockies equal those of the U.S. – you can try heli-hiking or heli-skiing in remote areas of British Columbia, where only helicopters can reach the mountain lodges – while the far eastern Canadian Maritime provinces combine brisk sea air with fresh seafood, and French-speaking Quebec serves up Montreal, Quebec City and other delights. And, for good measure, Toronto is considered the world’s most ethnically diverse city.

Mexico shelters unforgettable archaeological sites such as the Mayan ruins at Tulum and Chichen Itza in the Yucatan Peninsula; fascinating indigenous cultures in Oaxaca and Chiapas; and fishing villages and beach towns along both its Pacific and Caribbean coasts. South and east of Mexico, the countries of Central America are fast developing their tourism infrastructures, so now is the time to see Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Costa Rica already enjoys a thriving tourist industry, and Panama – divided physically yet united in spirit by its famous canal – is an often overlooked gem.

We can’t even begin to name all that’s out there, so to find the North American guided tour that’s right for you, turn to Stride’s handy comparison tools – and get on or off the beaten track...it’s your choice.

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Countries: 

United States of America, Canada, Mexico

Attractions: 

Grand Canyon, U.S; Denali, Alaska; Arches National Park, U.S; Niagara Falls, Canada; Banff National Park, Canada; Chichen Itza, Mexico;Teotihuacan, Mexico; Yosemite, U.S;  and Many More 

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Nature Viewing, Hiking and Exploring Ruins & Archaeology

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