Popular North American and Caribbean destinations
The United States is a melting pot of cultures and landscapes. The country boasts world-class attractions like Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Pike’s Peak in Colorado. Some of the most visited cities are listed below but make no mistake; there are adventures around every corner in this land of opportunity.
Alaska is the largest physical state in the US and is relatively untouched wilderness. Its capital is Juneau with access only by air or boat. There is an abundance of activities for outdoor enthusiast and treasures waiting to be found for the history buff. Cruise ships are a great way to see Alaska with adventure waiting at every port. There are also many tour packages available that will maximize your time in this beautiful state. The adventure seekers may want to rent a recreational vehicle and see the sights on their own.
California is known as the Golden State; it has warm sunny days, beaches filled with surfers and sun-seekers, luxurious mansions and the celebrity stars on the Hollywood walk of fame. Los Angeles is a high-energy city with wealthy neighborhoods and attractions such as Universal Studio’s and Disneyland and is known for its film and entertainment industry. San Francisco is known for the Golden Gate Bridge, the island of Alcatraz and steep, winding streets. Just outside of San Francisco you’ll find rolling vineyards, picturesque towns, and giant redwood trees. San Diego is a popular tourist destination with its seaside boardwalks, welcoming beaches, and family-friendly attractions. The incredible scenery of a road trip down Pacific Coast Highway 1 will leave you breathless.
Chicago has a vibrant downtown with incredible shopping on the Miracle Mile, breathtaking views from the Willis Tower, a variety of museums and theaters and activities on the Navy Pier. Take a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan or ride a bike along the shoreline. Be advised, it’s very cold and windy in the minter with gusty winds blowing in off the lake.
Colorado is an outdoor paradise with towering mountains and arid desert highlands. Not only do people flock to Colorado in the summer for incredible hiking, camping, whitewater rafting, and charming village festivals but they come to the mountains in the winter for world-class skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports. A vacation to Colorado will leave you with memories for a lifetime.
Florida is known as a snowbird state but there is plenty to do for all ages. From historic Saint Augustine to eclectic Key West there is adventure for the entire family. The Gulf Coast panhandle is home to pristine white sand beaches and smaller towns lined with quaint shops. You’ll find luxury homes, cruise ship ports and Cape Canaveral on the east coast, quaint islands and calmer waters on the west coast and loads of entertainment for the kids with Disney World, Universal Studios and other adventures for the young at heart in between.
The Hawaiian Islands are filled with action-packed cities, pristine beaches, rainforest adventures, and active volcanoes’. Oahu is the gateway to the islands for many. Cruise ships launch from its ports; there is an abundance of museums and cultural centers and plenty of hiking and beach activities. Each island has its own personality and vibe. From the world-renowned telescopes on top of Mauna Kea on the big island to the lush rainforests and laid-back lifestyle on Kauai, all are worthy of explorations.
Las Vegas is brimming with flashing lights, theme-park-type rides, live entertainment and of course, gambling. It’s a great place for all ages to find something to do.
Michigan is an outdoor enthusiasts’ dream. There are lakes for fishing, rivers for canoeing, hiking, hunting and many more outdoor adventures to be found. From the beat of Motown in Detroit to the solitude of Mackinac Island and the vineyards of the Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan is a great destination for all types of travelers.
New York is filled with quaint villages and rolling landscapes to the north and New York City to the south. New York City is one of the most populated cities in the world. It is known as a fashion mecca, melting pot of cultures and was once the gateway for those coming to the States wanting to call the US home. The iconic Statue of Liberty stands in New York harbor. There are museums abound and theaters around every corner. It’s hard not to get caught up in the energy of New York City.
Washington, DC is the capital of the United States and is teeming with politics and museums that hold the nation’s treasures. It will take days to explore all the district has to offer. Just outside of the city, the suburbs are home to world-renowned medical research facilities, national cemeteries, shopping malls, and great cuisine. All the areas around Washington DC are connected by a well thought out public transportation system making it easy to get around.
Canada is the second largest country in the world with vibrant cities and vast frozen tundra’s. It’s a country of beautiful scenery and nature abound including the Canadian Rocky Mountains home to a variety of winter sports and a multitude of national parks to explore. Its cities are clean, well maintained and offers diverse cuisine sure to please any palate.
Mexico is the home of unique cultures and vibrant cities; it has endless miles of coastlines, which are home to beach resorts and fabulous food. The landscape of the country is diverse from mountain peaks to lively cities. The people are friendly and much of the countryside untouched by development. There are tropical rainforests to explore, and ancient Mayan temples to discover. With all that it has to offer, Mexico is a popular tourist destination.
The Caribbean is a group of approximately 700 islands located south of the United States situated in or near the Caribbean Sea. The islands have some of the most beautiful beaches, warm tropical weather, and laid-back lifestyles in the world. Some popular islands for tourists are the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St Maarten, Turks and Caicos, and the US Virgin Islands. Many cruise lines offer trips to multiple islands or you can rest and relax in the warm sands on the island of your choice.