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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’s your choice.

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North America Tour Reviews - Summary

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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

Magic in the Sea of Cortez

Islands of Loreto Bay Kayak Tour

5.0 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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Incredible adventure in the Saguenay Fjord wilderness and Quebec City

Kayaking & Camping in Quebec’s Saguenay Fjord

5.0 November 2016 ROW Sea Kayak Adventures Recommend: Yes This trip provided incredible access to remote parts of Quebec and the Saguenay Fjord, while still allowing you to soak in the beauty of Québec City and Tadoussac, two charming French inspired cities. We had the opportunity to paddle the entire Saguenay Fjord in search of Beluga Whales, which we saw plenty of! The cuisine in Quebec is fabulous and we enjoyed many great meals while on tour, even when camping! The ROW guides were wonderful, providing a welcome introduction to the culture, food, history and wildlife in the region. This is a trip not to miss! Read more
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