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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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Top North America Attractions

Grand Canyon

CN Tower

New York City

Mayan Ruins

Yellowstone National Park

Mexico City

Niagara Falls

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North America Attractions And Landmarks Guide

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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Grand CanyonDenali, Arches National Park, Niagara Falls, Banff National Park, Chichen Itza, Teotihuacan, Yosemite,  and Many More 

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Nature Viewing, Hiking and Exploring Ruins & Archaeology

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Great family trip! March 2018

5.0

5 - Day Havasupai Adventurer

We were with a family of 6. They were such a cool bunch. It really made our trip even
more spectacular that we all got along great and meshed so well! It was such a great
experience! I thought having guides take us down the canyon, stop and rest, take care
of any blisters, snack, tell us old tales of Supai, cook amazing food!!!, take us to the
amazing falls, I really think I want to request them again for a future trip! – Lisa Harrison,
May 2017
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Operator Arizona Outback Adventures

Response from Arizona Outback Adventures May 2018

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Fabulous countryside & well organised trip October 2017

5.0

Walking In Costa Rica

We had a great trip with 2by2 Holidays to Cost Rica and still enjoy looking at all the photos. It's such a beautiful country and the walks were exactly the right level of challenge for us. The guides were very knowledgeable and added a whole extra dimension of enjoyment for us. Everyone we met was so relaxed and friendly and the accommodation was pretty good. We especially enjoyed the hot springs at Arenal after a long day of exploring. You wouldn't go to Costa Rica for the food as its a bit bland but there was always a lot of it so we never went hungry! We are planning our next one trip with 2by2... possibly Peru. Highly recommend them as their service and knowledge is excellent. Read more

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Incredible trip! October 2017

5.0

Blackfish Waters Orca Kayak Tour

This is a trip I had been dreaming about doing for years, and it was somehow even more amazing than I ever could have imagined. If you have the time, I highly recommend the 6-day trip vs. the 4-day trip because once you are out there, you won't want to leave. We saw an incredible amount of wildlife, including seeing whales daily. We saw humpback whales, orcas, porpoises, dolphins, seals, sea lions, eagles, bears, and a sea otter. Even when we weren't out in the kayaks, we saw whales and other wildlife constantly from the campsites. The trip consists of about 4 hours of kayaking a day, broken up by a lunch break half way through. Don't be afraid if you don't have much experience kayaking, the guides are very helpful and most of the kayaking we did was a relaxed pace that non-kayakers could handle, and the water was calm with a few exceptions. If there was a strong current or choppy water, the guides were always there to help. After kayaking, we would spend the afternoons/evenings relaxing at camp with wine and delicious food while watching all the whales and other wildlife pass by.

The guides cooked DELICIOUS food and are very accommodating of any dietary restrictions. I am vegan and there was always plenty of food for me. The guides even made me a vegan lasagna one night! Our guides, Mel and Jon, were super knowledgeable of the area and all the wildlife and were a joy to spend time with.

The camp sites consist of very spacious, full-height tents that you can stand up in. There are also toilets on site.

I highly, highly recommend this trip! It is a once in a lifetime experience.

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Incredible 6 day trip! September 2017

5.0

Blackfish Waters Orca Kayak Tour

I had very high expectations going into this trip, and it was somehow way better than I ever could've imagined. If you love wildlife, kayaking, and/or spending time outdoors, this trip should be at the top of your list. Our trip was the last week of August and we saw whales and other wildlife almost constantly every single day: orcas, humpbacks, porpoises, dolphins, sea lions, seals, eagles, and even a sea otter! Our guides, Mel and Jon, were fantastic: very knowledgeable about the area and its wildlife, and just all around wonderful people. A couple people on our trip hadn't kayaked much before, so don't let inexperience dissuade you - the guides are helpful and patient. We had a 12 person group (including the 2 guides) and everyone was delightful. The campsites were very nice, as was the kayaks and equipment. The guides prepare all the food, which is delicious, and are also very accommodating for vegetarians. Could not have asked for a better trip. Read more

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Best Vacation Ever! August 2017

5.0

Family Magic Rafting Trip

The Family Magic Trip down the lower Salmon River in August was AMAZING! The guides were awesome! So knowledgeable, funny, and resourceful. The food was better than most restaurants and my kids loved it (as did I)! The River Jester (Lily) was such a sweet yet stern and fun lady that kept the kids entertained and they loved her. They setup camp for us each day at these amazing beaches! I have never been rafting, and they were there to make it seem easy and doable! I loved that they taught us about the local history and environments. A stop at Spalding was awesome start to the trip! I enjoyed the paddle boats, inflatable kayaks, and the oar boats. I even became part of the swim team but it was a good experience having the guides there to ensure our safety. I loved cliff jumping, the short hikes, swimming the rapids, and swimming in the river with the kids. The time with friends and family was great. It was so relaxing and good to meet so many different people I feel that I can call my friends now. Best part was sleeping under the stars with my family hearing the rushing river next to us. The guides made the trip so personal and they were caring! Thanks so much Mark, Max, Connie, Jonas, Curtis, Lily, and Bethany! Absolutely recommend going on a trip with ROW and I plan to with my children again, it was worth every penny! Thanks Jason for helping plan the trip for me! Read more

Operator ROW Adventures

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