USA & CANADA
Whether you want to ski, snowboard, surf, kayak, hike, or swim, there is a place in Canada to do it. But on the flipside, Canada’s cities boast world-class shopping and cuisine.
Canada is the world’s second-largest country, stretching across six time zones from Newfoundland to the Pacific seaboard. The most populous areas centre around the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River lowlands, meaning there’s plenty of room left for its endless skies, untouched landscapes, mammoth mountains and sweeping plains – all teeming with wildlife and rich in cultural tradition.
Victoria, on Vancouver Island is a city of gardens, impressive buildings (Victorian, naturally) and closely in touch with its colonial heritage. A short hop across the Strait of Georgia brings you vibrant Vancouver, nestled on its magnificent harbour, blessed with great vistas, museums and galleries plus fine dining, and a coffee shop at every corner. Heading into the pristine wilderness of the mountains you’ll encounter glaciers, thick forests, majestic peaks and cobalt blue lakes, home to abundant wildlife like bears, beaver and moose. Then the sharp rises of the Rockies, give way to the endless flat plains, affording uninterrupted skies and stony riverbeds that glisten crystal clear in the sunshine.
Cosmopolitan Toronto is a city with a rich multicultural heritage known for its soaring futuristic architecture, and summer cultural festivals along the harbour front. In contrast, the fortified 400-year-old Quebec City is reminiscent of Paris: cobbled streets, pavement artists, brassieres busy with diners and window boxes billowing with flowers. Follow the river to the Gulf of St. Lawrence and you’ll discover the charms of Prince Edward Island and the unrivalled natural beauty of Nova Scotia’s Cabot Trail.
While lively cities are easy to spend days exploring, don’t miss out on the small towns dotting the U.S.A. You can find hidden gem bars and restaurants, a slower pace of life, and most importantly, friendly people who will be glad you stopped by.
When to go: In the west of the country, temperatures are good all year; May-October for the best Eastern climates.
You could spend years travelling through the United States and still not see it all. Richly diverse in terms of landscape, food, and culture, you can have it all in America. Hit the beach, climb a mountain, explore a national park, or shop and eat your way through a fascinating city like New York, Boston, L.A., or Chicago.
Every part of the United States, from east to west, and north to south, is incredibly diverse in terms of landscape, culture and history with an enormous amount to discover. As the world’s third largest country by size there is a staggering array of unique places to visit and always something new to experience.
Start with Washington D.C.’s iconic landmarks, memorials and famous museums; then make your way to Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States and the nation’s original capital. Get a huge dose of American history in Boston, or take a beach break in charming Cape Cod. New York is impossible to resist with its stunning skyline, art, museums, and shopping; while attraction-packed Chicago is equally enticing.
Nature is on full display in the west, in particular California’s ruggedly beautiful coastline; the stunning cliff-and-canyon landscape of Zion National Park; Yellowstone’s unique geothermal activity, spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife; and the unforgettable dramatic rock walls of the Grand Canyon that will truly take your breath away. Los Angeles and Hollywood beckon with endless sunny days, shopping and glamour; while scenic San Francisco is perfecting for wandering; and there’s never a dull moment in decadent Las Vegas.
The unmistakable character and cultural heritage of the Deep South makes for one of the most fascinating places to visit in the United States. Southern hospitality is justifiably famous, as is the variety of music, literary heritage and mouth-watering cuisine. Make a stop in Charleston, South Carolina’s oldest city; experience true southern comfort in Savanah; explore lively New Orleans for its music, food and rich history; and don’t forget about Memphis, birthplace of the blues and home of Graceland.