North America is filled with amazing history, culture and sights to behold. From the Big Apple aka New York City to the Golden Gate Bridge in California, if you are visiting North America for the first time, you are definitely going to keep your calendar filled with things to see and do. Even if you live in North America, there is a good chance that you have yet to see all of the amazing sights that make this continent so grand.
Mexico is well known for its beach destinations but there is more to this country to behold. Just inside Chiapas in Sima de las Cotorras, there is a sinkhole that is more than 500 feet wide. This hole is filled with ancient cave paintings and has wild parrots living in it. You can stand at the edge and peer down or rappel down the hole if you want to see the sinkhole in all of its glory.
There is a glacier in Canada that is more than three miles long. In Athabasca is where you will find this massive ice structure and you can drive right to it. The glacier is in Canadian Rockies in the Columbia Icefield. Note that the glacier has been melting over the past few years so if this is a sight that you want to behold, you will need to get there quickly. Experts believe that it could be gone in the next few years, or at least a lot less massive than it is today.
You will also find Crowsnest Pass in Canada. This is a gorgeous stop in the Continental Divide and is definitely worth your time. The Pass is filled with rivers, lakes, hills and various trails to hike. If you are not inclined to take part in some outdoor adventures, you can visit the historic mines in Crowsnest Pass and watch the famed Northern Lights.
In the United States of America, you will find something for just about everyone. With 50 states to explore, there are beaches, mountains, shops and more than you could ever imagine to visit. You just have to decide what it is that you want to do. If beaches appeal to you, Hawaii has some of the finest. These islands were the last to be included in the United States and they offer a tropical paradise. From the volcanos in Maui to the beach resorts in Oahu, you are sure to find something pleasing in Hawaii. Other famed beaches can be found in California, Texas, and Florida, as well as some lesser popular ones in Georgia, South Carolina and Mississippi.
If you are visiting North America and you have time, you are certainly going to want to head to New York City. New York is filled with history and culture. From the Empire State Building which for years was the tallest building in the country to the famous Statue of Liberty just off of Ellis Island, you can find something thrilling to see in the Big Apple. Ellis Island was once the place where immigrants came to find passage into America and has a wonderful museum that details this history.
There are thousands of state parks throughout America, each of which has its own story, its own history and its own adventures. Whether you enjoy fishing, kayaking, swimming or any other outdoor adventure, you are sure to find the thrill of a lifetime in one of these state parks. All states in the United States have multiple state parks and entrance to each of them is free. There may be fees for activities, but hiking and exploring is always free of charge.
Whether you are visiting Mexico, Canada or the United States, you are going to find a plethora of cuisine to enjoy. While Mexico is filled with traditional Mexican restaurants, the United States and Canada offer a bit more variety in food. Visit New York City or Chicago for the world’s best pizza or head down south toward Texas or Georgia to try some authentic southern fried foods. You will also find traditional Chinese, Mexican, Indian, Italian and various other cultural foods throughout North America in just about every city on the continent.
You will not be at a loss for somewhere to stay in North America. From traditional Mexican abodes to Canadian inns and a variety of hotels, motels and bed and breakfast choices throughout the United States, there is a place for everyone to stay. Costs for accommodations will vary greatly depending on your luxury preferences as well as where you stay. You can expect hotel costs in New York City for instance to be much more expensive than those in Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital of the world. Most accommodations offer amenities like free wi-fi, free continental breakfast and various other perks. Hotels in Tennessee’s Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg for instance, often provide free admission to one of the many shows that are in the area. Hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada may come with free casino cash to be used in the hotel’s casino where you can enjoy a number of games from blackjack to slot machines.
There are a number of ways for you to get around to various sights and amenities when you visit North America. You can rent cars at any airport or take any number of taxis, buses, trains or even limos. Rental cars are often the cheapest way to go, as taxi fares can get very expensive depending on how far you are traveling. Trains are not available in all areas of the continent but there are always rental cars and taxis available, particularly in the larger cities.
Visiting North America means seeing culture from around the world. From museums to restaurants and even people on the street, you are sure to encounter a wide range of cultures from different areas as North America is a hub for immigrants and has been for centuries.