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Top North America Experiences

Hiking through the Grand Canyon

Exploring the city of Toronto

Experiencing the hustle and bustle of New York City

Enjoying the culture of Mexico City

Walking through Mayan Ruins

Seeing the astonishing Niagara Falls


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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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United States of America, Canada, Mexico

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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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What a holiday!

Memphis to St. Louis

5.0 January 2017 American Queen Steamboat Company Recommend: Yes I was lucky enough to have 7 wonderful nights on the American Queen ... Along with 17 of my friends and family... From Memphis to New Orleans..Wow !! ... Cannot speak highly enough of the staff and anyone involved with this Majestic Queen of the River... Many thanks to Captain Brent for taking such great care of us rowdy lot !!..
It is my hope we get to take another trip on this fine Lady again .... We are from Australia ...... Such a great time...
So many positives to speak of....
What a holiday !...
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Old Cuba is fantastic and should be seen before it's spoiled by capitalism.

Cuba Today: People and Society: Cienfuegos to Havana

5.0 January 2017 Road Scholar Recommend: Yes This was my wife's and my first trip with Road Scholar. At the time (April, 2012), it was not possible for Americans to directly visit Cuba. You had to do it with a cultural/educational group, often associated with a university. Or, you could fly to Canada, Mexico, or Europe first and then get a flight to Cuba from there (while risking a ~$10,000 fine from the US Government). We opted for the legal route with Road Scholar.

It was a fantastic trip! We had a small-ish group of about 20 people and a wonderful guide, José Luis (who, like most Cubans, had never been off the island).
The trip began in Miami where we had an orientation and spent the night. Then we flew to Havana and stayed in the Hotel Nacional for four nights. It doesn't get more historic -- or fun -- than the Nacional:
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While in Havana, we enjoyed great history/culture lectures from experts, toured various parts of Havana (including Hemmingway's home in the hills nearby), and, on our own, had the opportunity to have dinner at a paladar -- a restaurant inside someone's home.

The Cuban people are friendly but the infrastructure of their country is in shambles. It's been a long time since Russia's deep pockets left the island (1991), and you see poverty everywhere. But not the begging-in-the-street kind. Cuba provides universal health care, education (including room and board all the way through grad/med school!), food staples, and a very modest income (~$30/month) to everyone. Most people add to that income by working on the side.

After Havana, we traveled to Cienfuegos. From there we saw the infamous Bay Of Pigs, but also the wonderful Benny Moré Art School where we learned of the fantastic support for the arts by the Cuban government. Children are identified in grade school as having artistic talent and then funneled into magnet schools like Benny Moré to study art for their entire scholastic career!

Don't go to Cuba for the food. It's edible (and won't make you sick) but rather boring. You mainly get the "three amigos": fish, pork, or chicken, along with rice and/or black beans. But the aged rum is superb and so are the cigars!

Probably my favorite thing on the island, though, was the music -- whether on the street or in a more formal setting:
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Cuba is fantastic. Go enjoy it!
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Terrific Introduction to Lake Michigan

Magical Lake Michigan: Chicago to Chicago

5.0 January 2017 Blount Small Ship Adventures Recommend: Yes Of my seven cruises in various parts of the world this past year, this was near the top of my list. From the moment we drew away from the dock at Chicago's Navy Pier, dazzled by the lights of the city, to our return to Chicago a week later, the cruise was filled with surprisingly fascinating places and relaxing times on the water as well. The itinerary featured three states: Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. Highlights included Beaver Island, an isolated, sparsely populated isle in northern Lake Michigan that has an intriguing history; Mackinac Island, the total opposite in that it's swarming with tourists, but understandably so for its ornate Victoria architecture and picturesque fort; and Milwaukee, a city on the rise that reminded me of a mini-Chicago. My wife and I met a number of interesting passengers aboard, there was plenty of deck sitting, the food was perfectly good and the captain and crew were very professional. The Grande Mariner ship has been around a while, but the cabins and public rooms were adequate to their task, which was to get us from scenic or historic spot to the next. Most people don't even know that Lake Michigan cruises exist, but they should. Read more

Trip of a Lifetime!

Blackfish Waters Orca Kayak Tour

5.0 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! Read more

Great trip, great company

Isla Espiritu Santo Kayak Sojourn

4.0 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!! Read more
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