North America

Travel Guide
Canada showing mountains

Enjoy your vacation in major world cities, quaint small towns or vast areas of beautiful landscapes protected as national parks. 

The neighboring North American countries of Canada and the United States feature fascinating metropolises, welcoming small towns, forested wilderness and large lakes. Relax on delightful beaches along the Atlantic or Pacific ocean or Gulf of Mexico, ski on eastern or western mountains or venture into the far north’s frozen tundra.

New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. are large U.S. cities providing a sampling of American arts and culture, with tall skyscrapers, impressive museums and art galleries, numerous entertainment centers, varied ethnic restaurants and professional football, basketball and baseball teams.

Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa and Québec offer similar Canadian attractions and incorporate a French influence in language and customs, along with large Chinatowns. See ice hockey at its finest in the big city arenas and frozen outdoor ponds of Canada. Learn about the First Nations people who inhabited the northern parts of the continent long before Europeans arrived.

Drive across the continent and stop in small towns. In both countries you’ll find residents proud of their local points of interest, from the Giant Moose in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to Canada’s Narcisse Snake Dens and New Mexico’s Pie Town, a whole town devoted to luscious desserts. The tourist stops are merely advertisements for the true attractions of the towns, the friendly residents. Wander down any North American small town main street and you’re likely to make a new friend.

Away from urban areas, the continent’s natural wonders include preserved forests and parklands with mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes, caves, ravines, lakes and seacoast. Visit impressive and iconic U.S. national parks including northwestern Yellowstone with geysers and wildlife, the deeply etched southwestern Grand Canyon, the mangroves and crocodiles of the southeastern Everglades and Acadia’s northeastern windswept Atlantic island.

Canada has Banff’s western mountains and glacial Lake Louise, Prairies in the center part of the country and frozen tundra in Ivavik. Spend months or years touring the more than 40 Canadian national parks and nearly 60 U.S. national parks.

The two countries share the vast Great Lakes, popular for boating. Ski the Appalachian and Laurentian mountains in the east or the Rockies in the west.

Plan your North American visit to celebrate with local residents for Canada Day and U.S. Independence Day in early July, or Thanksgiving harvest celebrations in October and November.

Popular cities in North America

New York
New York
Known for Entertainment, Theatres and Museums
New York, New York – a city so nice, they had to name it twice!

Reasons to visit

  • Broadway
  • Times Square
  • Columbus Circle
Chicago featuring a skyscraper, street scenes and a city
Chicago
Known for Theatres, Museums and Art
Chicago is a modern metropolis on Lake Michigan's shores with a pronounced fondness for art, baseball and blues. Stroll through the museums and parks during the day, and when the sun goes down, take in an evening of live blues in the bustling heart of Downtown Chicago. Or why not experience a lively sporting event and check out the hometown baseball teams, The Cubs and White Sox or the Chicago Bulls basketball team.

Reasons to visit

  • Union Station
  • Navy Pier
  • Soldier Field
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Known for Entertainment, Theatres and Sports
The beating heart of Southern California, the City of Angels is known the world over for its glamorous sunshine lifestyle and galaxy of stars.

Reasons to visit

  • Wiltern Theatre
  • Farmers Market
  • MacArthur Park
Washington
Washington
Known for Historical, Museums and Monuments
Visit the nation’s capital to admire presidential monuments, tour fascinating museums, watch professional sports and see modern history being created.

Reasons to visit

  • Union Station Shopping Center
  • National Postal Museum
  • Capital One Arena
Casa Loma featuring heritage architecture, a castle and heritage elements
Toronto
Known for Entertainment, Theatres and Museums
Probably the most popular city in Canada, Toronto is a diverse cultural destination that is highly regarded for its museums, concerts, family entertainment, sports stadiums and craft beers. Visit a gallery, taste aromatic craft beers, enjoy one of its many music festivals or explore Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands in this fun Canadian city.

Reasons to visit

  • Rogers Centre
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Harbourfront Centre
Boston Common which includes a city, a monument and a statue or sculpture
Boston
Known for Historical, Sports and Tours
With an important place in the history of modern America, Boston will always be associated with American Freedom thanks to the city’s key role in the American Revolution.

Reasons to visit

  • Copley Square
  • Boston Children's Museum
  • Fenway Park