North America is the land of open highways, country music, maple syrup and the great American dream. For travellers, it offers a diversity in culture that extends from rustic cowboy bravado in the south of Texas, raw jazz and blues in Louisiana, all the way to the French-influenced regions of Canada and the snow-capped landscapes of Alaska.

The continent covers approximately 16 per cent of the world’s land area, stretching all the way from the Arctic to the equator, resulting in a diverse range of cultures, landscapes, food and attractions – not to mention the climate!

If you’re hankering to cover a lot of ground, hire a car or motorhome and take a drive along roads like Route 66, Thelma and Louise style. Or, if you’re looking for a city-slicker experience, where better to visit than one of the world’s greatest cities, New York. If it’s a holiday to awaken the senses you’re seeking, a trip to the Museum of Modern Art is a must, which is home to almost 200,000 works of contemporary modern art from Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo to Picasso and Andy Warhol.

Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon are must-sees for those looking to get off the grid and into the wilderness in the United States. While the Canadian Rockies are at the top of many travellers’ wish lists world-wide. Some of the wildlife you’re likely to encounter along the way on a North American journey are unique to the region and include beavers, moose and bald eagles.

Watching the bears fishing for salmon during the salmon run in Canada is an especially spectacular sight to see, as are the herds of wild bison during their migration in the United States. Don’t forget the islands of Hawaii, a tropical island getaway that lures travellers back time and time again. The friendly people, relaxed atmosphere, verdant mountain peaks and some of the best beaches and surf in the world are all part of the appeal. The six main islands offer very different experiences for travellers as well, from waterfalls and volcanoes to historic sites and luxury resorts.

To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.
Walt Whitman
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North America is the third-largest continent in the world comprising about 16.5 per cent of the world’s total land mass, so the weather varies depending on when you’re visiting. Be wary of visiting the south in the summer months as they can be scorching hot. Coastal destinations and national... view

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Travellers to North America should be aware that tipping is customary in all service roles. For example, it is customary to tip 10 per cent of the total of your bill at bars, restaurants and cafes, as it is customary to tip your tour guides. If you don’t tip, it is considered very poor form and... view

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