North America is known for its eclectic cities and long, ever-changing coastlines. Yet it’s also home to some of the most outstanding wilderness in the world. Whether you’re looking for active adventure or to take it all in with a dose of luxury, these are must-visit natural wilderness locations in Canada and the USA.
The Grand Canyon takes the cake as the most famous desert landscape in this part of the United States, but just across the border from Arizona into California is Death Valley. The largest US national park outside of Alaska, Death Valley is one of the hottest places in the world in summer, along with deserts in the Middle East and Africa. The national park includes salt flats, rugged mountains, winding canyons, sand dunes and spring-fed oases. It’s also one of the best places to stargaze in the world.
Known as one of the most famous waterfalls in the world, Niagara Falls is actually the collective name for three waterfalls, the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. An astounding 2400 cubic metres of water gush over Niagara Falls every second, the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world. The falls can be enjoyed from lookouts, on a cruise, from the air in a helicopter, or thrill-seekers can journey behind the falls for a very damp experience.
The Darling holiday state of the USA, Hawaii is the ideal outdoor destination for adventure. There are spectacular coastlines to snorkel and surf, mountains to climb and trails to wander through lush landscapes. Explore the Big Island with its active volcanoes, the massive Waimea Canyon on Kauai, and the sacred mountains of Oahu.
Wind through the highest driveable pass in California in Yosemite National Park, a wilderness with impressive waterfalls, wide pastures and massive rock formations. This region is high in the Sierra Nevada mountains, famous for the iconic Bridalveil Falls, the giant Sequoia trees, the Tunnel View valley and granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome, all of which you can discover on a Tailor Made holiday. Join a park ranger for a guided walk, spend an evening beneath the starry sky, or explore the landscape along some of the 800 miles (1287km) of trails.
Imagine learning the tricks of the trade fishing with locals in Frances Lake, driving through the remote and arresting Kluane National Park, or seeing the famed Northern Lights in Skagway. The Yukon is one of the most remote regions in the world, and learning how the locals live here is a fascinating journey into another world.
Breathtakingly beautiful, where sharp mountain peaks swiftly fall into deep, wooded valleys, the Rocky Mountains are simply something else. Explore them in luxury, through otherwise unreachable areas, onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, or stop for a few days in tiny, but lively mountain towns, then take winding roads into valleys you can enjoy all to yourself.
All of these destinations are available as part of Escape Travel’s Tailor Made Holidays. For more information or to book, visit your local Escape Travel store, or call 1300 273 482.