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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Countries: 

United States of America, Canada, Mexico

Attractions: 

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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North America Tour Reviews - Summary
96% Recommend

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Coastal Ride was Exceptional! July 2018

5.0

Napa and the Sonoma Coast

The equipment was amazing. One of the best cycles I have ever rode. The rides were challenging but not over taxing. The Coastal ride was Exceptional!

Operator AmeriCan Cycling Adventures

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Great Coastline! July 2018

5.0

Napa and the Sonoma Coast

Saw great coastline! Fun ride with challenging terrain. Good stops along the coast added a fun local element exploring small towns and shops!

Operator AmeriCan Cycling Adventures

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Does Not Recommend

Vomit Trail March 2018

4.0

Volcano Trail

This is a whirlwind sightseeing tour, not a carefree backpacking vacation. We were on the bus for hours almost every day, with multiple days having bus-boat-bus transfers, so consider your travel stamina before you sign up. It is not an ideal trip if you are prone to motion-sickness because the roads in some areas are rough and mountainous. Half of our group was continuing on from the GAdventures Mexico/Belize tour and were exhausted and burned out on visiting ruins by the time the Volcano Trail tour started in Guatemala. If you are looking for a beach party tour, go on the Mexico/Belize tour; if you are looking for an outdoor/adrenaline tour, go on the Costa Rica tour. This Volcano Trail was more of a passport-stamping tour and there were too many cities that we only spent one night in before packing up and hitting the road again in the morning. I don't regret going, but I learned it is not the style of travel for me; I am now fluent in requesting nausea medication in Spanish at local pharmacies and drugstores. On a positive note, our guide was great and very helpful with local recommendations and border crossings. We saw a lot of places I would not have seen by myself, and everyone on the trip was fun to be around. Read more

Operator G Adventures

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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

Thanks for the review

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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

Operator 2 by 2 Holidays

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