If there is one way to describe the Americas, it is big; big landscapes, big metropolises, big cultures, big flavours, and big adventure. From the breathtaking wilds of Patagonia to the Arctic, the energy of Times Square to the compete silence of deserts and salt flats, the sheer size and intensity of life makes the Americas a destination with endless must-do experiences. Here are nine experiences our customers want to have in the Americas.
There’s nothing quite like standing in a valley, dwarfed by peaks that reach as far up as your eyes can see. Patagonia is one of those mythical places that is so vast, wild and untouched. Stretching across the border of Chile and Argentina, Patagonia is a frontier filled with jagged peaks, pristine rivers and enormous glaciers, popular with photographers, hikers and less-adventurous, though no less awe-inspiring, small group tours.
Famed for endless archipelagos and island atolls ringed by pristine beaches, flourishing rainforests and clear blue seas, the Caribbean is the ultimate tropical holiday destination. Choose a peaceful island country to flop and drop for a week, or sample everything from the Mayan ruins of Costa May in Mexico, to duty free shopping in St Thomas, or the vibrant resort towns of Belize, St Lucia and the Bahamas on a luxurious Caribbean cruise.
Enter an era of elegance sailing down the iconic Mississippi on a traditional paddle steamer. Explore America’s most vital waterway, passing palatial mansions, haunted cotton flats and lush farmland. The heart of the deep south, the Mississippi is steeped in traumatic history and iconic landscapes that give a real insight into one of America’s most unique and culturally rich regions.
The Rocky Mountains are one of Canada’s biggest drawcards; where wildlife and powerful natural landscapes are just a stones-throw from the bustle of downtown Vancouver. A winter wonderland that sees more snow than Australia could ever dream of, skiing the Rockies is a true bucket list experience. If learning to slide down the slopes isn’t your cup of tea, winter offers myriad opportunities to enjoy the magical outdoors, or you could simply kick back in front of the fireplace with marshmallows in hand as the snow falls into the valley outside.
Sin City is a place that shines brighter at night than during the day. Glitz and glamour abound and the fun rolls on until sunrise. It’s an experience to be had at least once. The fun-loving amongst us might love the idea of a stroll around the world from one end of the strip to the other, all-you-can-eat buffets and sky high amusement park rides atop skyscrapers. But one thing Vegas can offer that’s nowhere else in the world is the iconic Las Vegas wedding. Renew your vows amongst the old fashioned cars, wed by an Elvis impersonator for a fun experience you can remember forever.
Surfing may not have actually originated in Hawaii, but it’s certainly known as the surfing state. If you’re feeling adventurous, book in a lesson to learn the art of standing up on the manageable waves of Waikiki Beach. Those wishing to leave the tricks to the professionals should head to Oahu’s north shore, where famous surf breaks like Pipeline attract serious competitions and everyday surfers alike.
The icy winters of Canada and Alaska can be seriously chilly, but the vast wilderness is also a haven for nature lovers and wildlife watchers alike. Whether in the Alaskan mountains or northern Canada, keep your eyes peeled for rare, majestic polar bears as they roam through the snow.
From the New York Nets to the LA Lakers, the USA is famed for its energetic sporting games. Head to the Super Bowl in Santa Clara, California, the NBA finals held across the country, see a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in NYC, or watch the NFL at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. While you’re in the region, head north into Canada to watch an ice hockey game at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
There are so many beautiful national and state parks in North America it would be impossible to cover them all in one mention. Road tripping across the USA could take months or even years with the immense beauty and iconic views to be seen in the Death Valley desert, Yosemite’s Tunnel View, Joshua Tree, the Great Lakes and the Mississippi delta. Further north, Canada and Alaska offer even more immense alpine and forested landscapes that must be seen to be believed. Whether you travel on a tour, do a self-drive itinerary or take in one thing at a time, North America is nothing if not awe-inspiring.
There really is nothing like it. The rich colours, harsh rock faces and carved out valleys of the Grand Canyon really do need to be seen to be believed. The views from the South Rim and other lookouts are spectacular yes, but the sheer size and grandeur of the canyon can only truly be appreciated from flying above, from where it seems to stretch on forever. Visit as the sun rises or sets and see how the rocky escarpments create moving shadows before your eyes – a special show of nature like nowhere else on earth.
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