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North America - Best Tours & Trips 2019

2,420 trips to North America tours from 274 tour companies. 2,716 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.
North America is more than just the three countries of the United States, Canada and Mexico. With 50 U.S. states, 13 Canadian provinces and territories, a variety of Mexican states, and English-, Spanish- and French-speaking peoples, you could spend a lifetime exploring it and still not see everything. But don’t miss out on your “must-sees” – let Stride help guide your way across this kaleidoscope of cultures and natural w ... Read More
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Best of America

Intrepid Travel
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22 days
$ 138 / day
$ 4,040
From : $ 4,242
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • North to south and coast to coast, this action-packed adventure plays out like a greatest-hits mixtape of classic Americana – all killer, no filler.
  • See it all, from the high-rises of New York, through to the musical mayhem of Nashville and westwards to the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Enjoy a full day to explore Washington DC. There's lots to see and do in the US capital, and most of it is free. Visit the White House, Capitol Hill and the National Mall, and feel small next to the statue of Abraham Lincoln
  • The cities of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans are notorious for their rich music and nightlife scenes. See live performances of blues, jazz, country and rock in celebrated musical venues
  • Towering granite cliffs, cascading waterfalls, redwood forests and epic night skies - Yosemite National Park feels like utopia. While other tour groups breeze through in a day, you'll spend two nights in the park, allowing for a full day of hiking and exploring
  • For many, Death Valley conjures up images of a flat and barren wasteland. Be surprised by the park's ethereal landscapes of sand dunes, water-sculpted canyons, extinct volcanic craters and, in the spring, fields of wildflowers
  • The iconic sandstone formations of Monument Valley have played backdrop to many a cowboy western. Learn about Navajo culture and history during a jeep tour of the park, before spending a unique night in a traditional hogan hut
Visits:
Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Memphis, Monument Valley, New Orleans, San Antonio, Texas, Washington, New York, San Francisco, Santa Fe, York, United States
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Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park

Collette
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7 days
$ 367 / day
$ 2,569
From : $ 3,160
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
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  • Ride aboard a historic Jammer, an open-air touring car, during your visit to Glacier National Park.
  • Visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, one of the world’s oldest buffalo jumps.
  • Drive the unforgettable Icefields Parkway.
  • Bear witness to the incredible views of Glacier National Park as you drive along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Visits:
Calgary
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East Coast USA and Canada End New York Summer 2020

Trafalgar
Preferred
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14 days
$ 264 / day
$ 3,695
From : $ 4,545
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Washington D.C., Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal, Boston
  • ORIENTATION of New York City, Toronto
  • VISIT Liberty Bell Center, Lancaster County, Corning Museum of Glass, Niagara Falls
  • VIEW the Empire State Building, White House, Lincoln Memorial, Independence Hall
Visits:
Boston, Lake Ontario, New York, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Quebec, Toronto, Washington, York, Canada, United States
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Photography in Utah’s National Parks: Zion, Bry ...

Road Scholar
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 225 / day
$ 2,249
From : $ 3,036
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Learn to use basic camera functions to create outstanding compositions and experiment with new techniques
  • Class discussions, photo shoots, photo reviews and talks with our instructors contribute to your improvement as a photographer
  • Take home treasured images of the world’s greatest scenic rock formations!
Visits:
Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Moab, Monument Valley, Zion National Park, United States
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Texas Hill Country

7 days
$ 406 / day
$ 2,845
From : $ 3,095
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore Texas Hill Country is one of the best places in the country for scenic
  • Visit the National Museum of the Pacific War
  • Visit the town of Comfort, whose impressive limestone buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Opportunities for cycling, hiking, and exploring the charming town of Fredericksburg
Visits:
San Antonio, Texas, United States
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Mexico Unplugged

Intrepid Travel
Premier
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15 days
$ 71 / day
$ 1,182
From : $ 1,495
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • You've never seen true colour until you've been to a Mexican market. Practice your bargaining skills, snap some photos and pick up traditional handicrafts at the markets in multiple destinations
  • Eat your way through arty Oaxaca. Mole, mezcal and chocolate for dinner? Delicioso!
  • Escape the Mexican heat in San Cristobal de las Casas. This old-world town is surrounded by ancient tribal villages that have retained their traditional customs and roots
  • Discover the colonial history of charming Merida. Loaf around in leafy plazas, get cultural at a museum or work your salsa shimmy with a friendly local
  • Chichen Itza is one the New Seven Wonders of the World. It's not hard to see why - strolling around the ancient Mayan ruins feels pretty wondrous
  • Splash around, sun-bake and play on Playa del Carmen's white sandy beaches
Visits:
Chichen Itza, Mexico City, Playa del Carmen, San Cristobal, Palenque, Mexico
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Salmon River Rafting

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
6 days
$ 248 / day
$ 1,485
From : $ 2,005
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Nez Perce National Historical Park
  • Experience gorgeous scenery, sunlight and exciting Salmon river rapids on this Salmon River rafting trip
  • Adventurous explorers will have a chance to swim through a rapid as we go through Cottonwood Creek
  • Visit Green Canyon which is home of the famous Demon's Drop and Wright Way rapids
Visits:
Glacier National Park, Idaho, Lewiston, United States
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Spectacular Canadian Rockies Summer 2020

Trafalgar
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9 days
$ 294 / day
$ 2,650
From : $ 3,260
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR of Vancouver, Victoria, Banff
  • VISIT scenic Butchart Gardens
  • VIEW Lake Louise, Stanley Park, Athabasca Glacier, Mount Robson, Jasper, Banff National Park
  • SCENIC DRIVE along the Icefields Parkway
Visits:
Calgary, Jasper, Vancouver, Canada
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Santa Barbara and the Central Coast

6 days
$ 433 / day
$ 2,599
From : $ 3,197
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • California’s Central Coast is home to some of the premier cycling terrain in the world
  • Enjoy the vista before gliding down to the Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Barbara coast
  • Experience 9 mile climb through Rattlesnake Canyon will reward you with spectacular vistas
  • Explore the area with a ride down the renowned Santa Rosa Road, bringing you through winding valleys
  • Explore city of San Luis Obispo, you will have ridden almost half way from Los Angeles
Visits:
Santa Barbara, United States
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Cape Cod Delights with Canadian Maritimes Cruise ...

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 361 / day
$ 5,770
From : $ 7,790
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : N/A
  • N/A
  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Visits:
    Boston, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Canada, United States
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    Tastes of Mexico

    Explore!
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    14 days
    $ 144 / day
    $ 2,020
    From : $ 2,727
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Street Tacos - Sample Mexico City's soft corn tortillas, filled with tasty local ingredients
    • Caldo de Piedra - Try this fish soup, prepared through one of the most ancient cooking methods in the world
    • Making tamales - Hosted by Antonia and her indigenous family in Zinacantan see the traditional methods of creating these corn-based delicacies
    • The Yucatan Peninsula - See how ceviche is prepared in Campeche, - the best place in Mexico to try this marinated fish dish
    • Pibil - Take the opportunity to savour this chicken or pork dish, which means 'cooked underground', at the house of a local Maya family
    Visits:
    Mexico City, Palenque, San Cristobal, Mexico
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    Humpback Base Camp Tour

    ROW Sea Kayak Adventures
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    4 days
    $ 250 / day
    $ 999
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Visit Port McNeill
    • Experience the Broughton Archipelago Marine Provincial Park
    • Enjoy first Nations culture as you slowly paddle through this pristine wilderness and go hiking through ancient island rainforests
    Visits:
    Canada
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    Hawaiian Adventure Three Islands featuring Oahu, ...

    Collette
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    10 days
    $ 380 / day
    $ 3,799
    From : $ 4,673
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Savor a Polynesian luau featuring tropical drinks and a sumptuous feast.
    • Spend time at the largest coffee estate in Hawaii and learn about their crop.
    • Enjoy a traditional Hawaiian floral lei welcome.
    • Enjoy a cruise on tranquil Wailua River in Kauai.
    • In the town of Haleiwa, learn why surfers from around the world gather here.
    • Behold the breathtaking Waimea Canyon, the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific."
    • Embark on a journey along Oahu's famous North Shore.
    • Remember Pearl Harbor as you visit the USS Arizona Memorial.
    Visits:
    United States
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    Mountain Country Trek

    5 days
    $ 270 / day
    $ 1,350
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
    Lodging Level : Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
    Highlights
    • Electric Pass & Electric Peak with amazing views
    • Quintessential Yellowstone meadows & river valleys
    • Enjoy hide near the Paradise Valley
    Visits:
    Montana, Yellowstone National Park, United States
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    Yosemite Half Dome Guided Backpacking

    4 days
    $ 224 / day
    $ 895
    From : $ 1,208
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • See the Yosemite’s wilderness allow a clear picture of the hand that glaciers had in shaping Yosemite
    • Enjoy the epic views while your guide shares tips, tricks and interpretation
    • Visit  the world-famous naturalist John Muir became fascinated with glaciers when exploring Yosemite
    • Enjoy the summit Half Dome and stand in awe of the incredible view
    Visits:
    Yosemite National Park, United States
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    Top North America Experiences and Attractions

    Top North America Experiences

    Standing on the rim of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, gaping at the magnitude of it all. Mounting a mule to ride to the canyon floor, and hiking through.

    Exploring the vibrant city of Toronto in Canada

    Experiencing the hustle and bustle of New York City, seeing a Broadway show, walking through historic neighborhoods, and visiting Ellis Island

    Viewing the Mayan pyramids in Chichen Itza and Tulum on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

    Marveling at the thundering Niagara Falls and feeling the intense spray as you take a ferry around the magnificent site.

    Taking an epic train journey through the landscapes of Alaska.

    Touring Northern California’s coastal redwoods (the tallest trees on earth) and central California’s sequoias (the most massive living things).

    Waiting faithfully for Old Faithful, the most famous geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, to erupt (it always does).

    Practicing French while sipping wine at a café in Old Quebec, Canada.

    Cruising the Mississippi River on an old fashioned riverboat down to New Orleans, then feasting on crawfish and oysters.

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    North America Trip Reviews

    2,716 North America Tour Reviews - Summary 95% Recommend

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    Excellent 2,020
    Great 547
    Average 93
    Disappointing 32
    Terrible 24
    Value
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    Guide
    4.7
    Activities
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    Lodging
    4.7
    Transportation
    4.7
    Meals
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    Cultural and Wildlife experiences.

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Educational. Exhilarating. Demanding. Cultural and Wildlife experiences. Friendships. Amusing.

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    Operator Dragoman

    Baha 2019 spring break

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Baha 2019 spring break. Greatest week of my life. Wish I could do it again. Thank you grad city.

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    Operator GradCity

    I HAVE USED THE SERVICES OF CARADONNA…

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    I HAVE USED THE SERVICES OF CARADONNA ADVENTURES FOR OVER 40 YEARS AND HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM OR BAD BOOKING THAT THEY HAVE SET UP FOR ME AND THE NAVAL AIR STATION JACKSONVILLE SKIN AND SCUBA DIVING CLUB. IN NAVY TERMS "BRAVO ZULU' THANK YOU DAWN!

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    Operator Caradonna Adventures

    Luggage Handling and follow up

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    First cruise, ever! We did a land & sea journey to Alaska through Holland America Line. This is not a review of the trip (which was great!) so much as how HAL handled our complaints of damaged luggage. My sister's luggage arrived at our Yukon hotel with the latch broken, her clothes spilling out. She filed a report. We discovered damage to a corner of my husband's luggage at the departing airport. Too late to do a report...but HAL's property claims were wonderful, in particular, Mr. Scott Gerstl, who even called me to clarify details. He was empathetic and kind. We were reimbursed for both pieces of luggage.

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    Operator Holland America Line

    Traveling with ACIS takes all the…

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Traveling with ACIS takes all the anxiety and pressure off of me and I can concentrate on enjoying the trip with my students and embracing the new adventure.

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    Operator ACIS

    Incredible trip!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    It was an incredible trip! This trip was by far the most fascinating trip I have taken so far. The Canadian Rockies exceeded my expectations.

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    Operator Vacations By Rail

    North America Tours and Travel Guide

    North America Attractions & Landmarks Guide

    North America is more than just the three countries of the United States, Canada and Mexico. With 50 U.S. states, 13 Canadian provinces and territories, a variety of Mexican states, and English-, Spanish- and French-speaking peoples, you could spend a lifetime exploring it and still not see everything. But don’t miss out on your “must-sees” – let Stride help guide your way across this kaleidoscope of cultures and natural wonders.

    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 guided 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 one of 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.

    Outdoor Travel in North America

    North America offers countless opportunities for outdoor travel. From rugged mountain ranges to serene coastline, adventurous travelers will never run out of things to do. 

    Travelers looking for outdoor experiences in North Americatravel may wish to visit one of the sixty-one U.S. National Parks.

    Here’s a list of the ten most-visited national parks in America:

    1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Located on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park appeals to travelers looking to hike the park’s trails, which add up to over 800 miles. 

    2. Grand Canyon National Park: The Grand Canyon is one of the wonders of the world and is a great choice for older travelers or road-tripping families as you can drive right up to the canyon and enjoy the views-- no hiking necessary! 

    3. Rocky Mountain National Park: Along with lakes and hiking trails, the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado offers downhill and cross-country ski runs. 

    4. Zion National Park: Zion National Park is famous for its awe-inspiring rock formations. Its proximity to the Grand Canyon means you can easily visit both on a road trip. 

    5. Yellowstone National Park: The oldest national park, Yellowstone is known for its geothermal pools and geysers such as the famous Old Faithful geyser. Visitors can also spot elk, bison, and bears from their cars as they drive through the park.  

    6. Yosemite National Park: Yosemite is a great destination for travelers of any physical ability. Avid hikers can enjoy the trails and even climb massive Half Dome, but the views are just as beautiful looking up from the valley floor. 

    7. Acadia National Park: Located in Maine, Acadia is more difficult to get to than most other national parks (the closest major airport is Boston Logan International, about 6 hours away). However, the visitor count remains high due to its natural beauty and unique foliage. 

    8. Grand Teton National Park: Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming borders Yellowstone, so a trip to one is not complete without at least a day spent in the other. While Yellowstone is more famous for its views, Grand Teton offers more opportunities for activities such as hiking and river rafting. Food and accommodation also tends to be less expensive here than in Yellowstone. 

    9. Olympic National Park: The Olympic Peninsula is famous for its rainy weather and lush green forests. The park is a great place to camp and explore the rugged Washington coastline. 

    10. Glacier National Park: Glacier National Park in Montana offers stunning turquoise lakes, pitch-black night skies for stargazing, and, of course, incredible glaciers. 

    With such a variety of destinations, travelers looking for outdoor experiences in North America may want to choose a destination based on an activity.

    Surfers might choose to visit California or Hawaii for the best waves, while skiers might opt for the world-class slopes in the Rocky Mountains or Northern Cascades. Whether you love to hike, bike, surf, kayak, ski, or fish, there are tours for that-- check out Stride’s “Activities” page to browse tours by activity.

    Top UNESCO Sites in North America

    North America offers many opportunities to learn more about the continent’s rich and diverse history. Travelers looking to visit historical sites in North America should take a look at a list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which are designated for their cultural and/or historical significance.

    Here are a few of the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites in North America:  

    1. Taos Pueblo, Taos, New Mexico: The town square of Taos is an active Native American community that welcomes visitors for tours. Within the Pueblo walls, there is no running water or electricity, and the 150 residents abide by Taos Native American traditions. 

    2. Everglades National Park: Home to many rare species of wildlife such as the Florida panther, manatee, and crocodile, Everglades National Park in Florida is open 24/7, 365 days of the year.

    3. Rideau Canal: This canal in Ottawa was originally intended for military transportation following the War of 1812 with the United States, but now offers beautiful views of the city aboard a boat or canoe. 

    4. Chichen Itza: A trip to Mexico is not complete without visiting one of the country’s many sites of Mayan ruins. Chichen Itza in the Yucatan Peninsula is perhaps the most popular.

    5. L’Anse aux Meadows: Located on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland, L’Anse aux Meadows began as an ancient Viking settlement dated back to 1000 AD.

    While UNESCO World Heritage sites are distinguished for their historical significance, every city you visit on your trip will likely be rich in culture and history. While any North America tour you go on will likely include some historical sites, many tour companies also offer tours with a focus on history. Browse North America history tours on Stride »

    North America’s Regions

    North America is made up of three countries: Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

    The continent can generally be divided into eight distinct geographic regions. It may help when planning your trip to North America to decide which of these regions you want to visit. 

    The Coastal Range includes the Western coast of North America, including Alaska, British Columbia, and California. Visitors to this region have many opportunities for outdoor activities from skiing to surfing, as well as major cities like Vancouver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The region also includes destinations in Baja California such as Cabo San Lucas.

    The Basin & Range region is directly east of the Coastal Range and includes much of Mexico as well as the rest of the western half of the United States. Popular destinations in this region are the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the Grand Canyon.

    The Rocky Mountain region boasts many popular outdoor destinations such as Banff National Park, Jackson Hole, and Yellowstone National Park. 

    The Great Plains is a vastly underrated region not generally considered by tourists traveling to North America. There are many unique and culturally significant destinations in this “flyover” region, including the Badlands in South Dakota, the Mississippi River, and countless world-class museums and monuments.

    The Interior Lowlands includes the Great Lakes and cities such as Chicago, Calgary, and Winnipeg. This area is great for hikers, boaters, and cyclers. 

    Finally, the Appalachian Mountains and Coastal Plain regions cover the eastern part of the United States and Canada. Top tourist destinations in this area include the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Florida Keys, and several major cities such as New York City, Boston, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C.

    Wildlife in North America

    North America is a prime destination for viewing wildlife. The United States and Canada are home to many species of large mammals such as bears, bison, and mountain lions. Mexico also boasts rare species like spider monkeys and the Mexican grey wolf.

    Travelers interested in wildlife may focus their destination search on national parks such as Yellowstone or Banff. These parks are a refuge for many species of wild animals as well as guides and trails provided for the purpose of viewing wildlife. 

    Another great option for viewing wildlife in North America is aboard a cruise. Passengers aboard Alaska cruises often have sightings of orcas, dolphins, and whales aboard the ship, as well as on-land excursions to see grizzly bears and other types of wildlife. Cruises to Mexico also give passengers opportunities to see sea life and go snorkeling.

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    Things to Know Before You Go

    What Countries are in North America?

    North America consists of Canada, Mexico, and the United States (including the Hawaiian Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

    What is the best time to visit North America?

    The best time to visit North America will vary based on destination. 

    Travelers booking a trip to Alaska or northern Canada may want to avoid the cold, dark winters as most guided tours only operate in the warmer months and transportation may be difficult to find. If you are hoping to see the Northern Lights, the “shoulder seasons” of late fall and early spring may be your best bet; the skies will be dark enough to see the beauty of the lights, but the climate won’t be as harsh. 

    The best time to visit Mexico is the dry season between December and April. Temperatures are warm enough during this time to enjoy the beach and the sun while avoiding the rainy season of late summer to early fall. Keep in mind that prices peak around the holiday season. 

    The southern and eastern regions of the United States can get extremely hot and humid in the summer and freezing in the winter-- avoid weather extremes by visiting in the fall or spring. The Pacific Northwest tends to be warmest and driest during the summer and fall, but don’t be surprised if you encounter rainy skies at any time of year. 

    Skiers and snowboarders will naturally want to head to the mountains during winter or early spring when there is enough snow on the peaks. Hikers can avoid snow-covered or muddy trails during winter by visiting in the late summer or fall. 

    Safety tips for traveling in North America

    North America is generally considered a safe place to travel, although there is crime in the big cities and in some areas of Mexico. Of course, it is important to use common sense and be aware of your surroundings when traveling to any new place. 

    Safety tips for traveling in North America:

    • Watch out for pickpockets. Keep your phone, wallet, and other valuables close and out of sight.
    • Don’t carry large sums of cash.
    • Use certified taxicab companies to avoid being ripped off.
    • Ask your tour guide or hotel staff about areas to avoid. 
    • When around wildlife, never get too close. Most national and state parks provide instructions online or at visitor centers on what to do if you encounter wildlife.
    • If you will be driving a car in an unfamiliar country, get familiar with the driving laws and customs of the country to avoid accidents and traffic stops.
    • When traveling alone, give a friend or family member a copy of your itinerary and don’t mention to any strangers that you are alone.

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