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Overview to North America: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

The Rocky Mountains

North America is far too full of things to see and do to even begin to mention them all in passing. Suffice to say, though, that from the breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon, through to the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls and the unrelenting buzz of New York City, North America has something to suit every traveler.

The USA itself is renowned for its bustling cities - like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco - which all have their own unique atmosphere. By night, the shimmering lights of downtown Manhattan ensure that it really is the city that never sleeps, while there's always something to do during the day, be it a walk in Central Park or a trip out to the Statue of Liberty.

San Francisco, by contrast, provides a more relaxed approach to city life but, with a busy downtown and cutting-edge nightlife scene, the west coast city certainly stands up well when compared to the country's main attraction.

But the US doesn't have a monopoly on exciting cities in North America. Its northern neighbor, Canada, is equally blessed with bustling cosmopolitan centers. Although they have a slightly more sedate, laidback vibe than their southern cousins, cities like Montreal, Toronto, Quebec and, over to the west, Vancouver, are all undeniably attractive destinations.

Step just beyond the city limits and the defining feature of the region begins to open up: the splendor of nature. Wells Gray in British Columbia; the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia; the Pacific Rim National Park; the glaciers of the Yukon and, of course, the surreal natural lightshow of the Aurora Borealis in the far north… Right across the country, Canada is simply breathtaking!

And naturally, the USA is just as studded with staggering scenery. With a number of national parks covering thousands of acres across its huge landmass, some of the most amazing views in the world are on show.

While there are few things that can compare to the sight of the sun setting over the Grand Canyon, the mile after mile of unspoilt woodland of the Black Hills National Forest and the cascading geysers of Yellowstone National Park might just run it close.

The Rockies offer magnificent walking and trekking opportunities and some fantastic skiing during the winter, too. Over on the other side of the border, meanwhile, there’s also some of the world’s top skiing and snowboarding in the resorts of Whistler and Banff.

And that’s the point: few places in the world are as endowed with natural wonder (and outdoors activities) as North America. From the icy north to the sultry south, the landscapes may vary enormously, but the prognosis remains resolutely the same: absolutely stunning.

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