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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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Trip of a Lifetime!

Blackfish Waters Orca Kayak Tour

December 2016
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures
Recommend: Yes
Absolutely loved this trip with ROW! It was my first time sea kayaking and the guides were very helpful with making me feel comfortable throughout the trip. The areas we visited were very beautiful and we also experienced such unique wildlife encounters! I have a new love for that area and a passion for the Orca's & Humpback whales. Can't wait to go again next year!
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Super cool experience, great way to make friends and see awesome places

San Francisco to Los Angeles Express

December 2016
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures
Recommend: No
Excellent CEO, (Will Ferens) made great friends, went to some awesome places and had a wicked time

The flexibility to select your own tours at each town, while having the guidance of the experienced CEO was great!

Mexico–Cities, Cuisine & Ruins

December 2016
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures
Recommend: No
The trip was fantastic. We had a wonderful group and an experienced CEO who provided plenty of local knowledge and recommendations. I enjoyed the flexibility of selecting my own daily activities, and he balance between group and individual activities, dinners, etc. I feel like the tour was well described and lived up to the high expectations. I would travel with G Adventures again and will certainly recommend Mexico as a travel destination!
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Great trip, great company

Isla Espiritu Santo Kayak Sojourn

November 2016
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures
Recommend: Yes
Despite the very windy conditions and therefore less paddling time than I would have liked, I had a great time. Our guides did an awesome job, were very concerned with safety, very knowledgeable and great cooks. One of them even caught fresh fish for dinner!!

Magic in the Sea of Cortez

Islands of Loreto Bay Kayak Tour

November 2016
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures
Recommend: Yes
We spent 6 days kayaking between the mainland of Baja from Loreto to two different Islands in the Sea of Cortez. The guides were amazing- extremely knowledgeable, passionate about the area and great fun to be around (let alone awesome cooks)! We paddled around the Island of Danzante and Carmen and saw tons of manta rays, dolphins, birds and more. The snorkeling was spectacular on these two islands. The beaches felt untouched and we never saw another human besides those (12 people) on tour with us. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience- I would highly recommend touring in Baja with Sea Kayak Adventures!
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North America Trips & Tour Advice

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’s your choice.

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