North America

This content includes Canada, the United States, Greenland, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. The last three areas are covered in the section entitled “Latin America and the Caribbean”.

Canada, the “Great White North”, is the world’s second largest country. From huge expanses of wilderness to bucolic farm landscapes, lake districts and rivers to major urban centers that offer a wide range of cultural and entertainment opportunities, Canada provides a very broad tourism offering.

The United States also offers a huge range of travel opportunities. There are several major travel areas in the US, starting with the New England states in the northeast, which offer excellent outdoor recreational opportunities in winter and summer. The Mid-Atlantic States cover the eastern coastline from New York State to Virginia and are home to some of the most densely populated areas in the country.

The American South covers Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Georgia and is known for its home-style cuisine and its jazz, blues, rock ‘n’ roll and country music. Florida is most renowned for its sandy beaches, its theme parks and the Caribbean-flavoured city of Miami. Texas forms an entity of its own with its historic Spanish and Mexican cultural influences. The Midwest is the heartland of the country and includes states such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Missouri. The Great Plains include North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma and are characterized by huge expanses of flat grasslands while the Southwest (Arizona, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico) has strong Spanish and Mexican traditions and amazing desert landscapes.

Also influenced by its Spanish and Mexican history, California is one of America’s most popular destinations. Farther north is the Pacific Northwest which is very popular with nature lovers. Separated from the US lower mainland, Alaska in the north continues to attract more travellers every year. Hawaii is located at a distance of 2,300 miles (about 3,700 km) from the coast of California, and its scenically beautiful volcanic archipelago covers 19 different islands.

Moving outside of the United States, Greenland is another North American destination, located in the far northeast of North America. Although still part of the Kingdom of Denmark, Greenland today is a self-governing entity and the world’s largest non-continental island.

Baltimore is one of the great historic metropolitan cities on the Eastern Seaboard. Once an industrial powerhouse, Baltimore went through a period of decline in the second half of the 20th century. It has been… Read more.

Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the  most dynamic cities in the  southeastern United States. In recent years it has become one of the fastest growing cities in the United States; with almost 2.5 million… Read more.

New York City is the epitome of the North American metropolis and has fascinated people around the world for many decades. The City That Never Sleeps is gigantic; it is the most populous city in… Read more.

With a metropolitan population of over 700,000 people, Hamilton is one of the largest cities in Ontario. Since 1910 and 1912 respectively, Hamilton has been home to Stelco and Dofasco, two of Canada’s most important… Read more.

In part 1 of this article series we explored popular snowbird destinations on the East coast of the United States. Let’s now have a look at opportunities for spending at least part of the winter… Read more.

When you are a Canadian of a certain age, or a resident of the US Northeast, Midwest or Pacific Northwest, you have probably experienced record-setting snowfalls and cold spells over the last few years. As… Read more.

Recently I had a chance to get to know Fort Erie, a city that many Canadians and Americans know mostly as a border crossing town. But Fort Erie is much more than that; it is… Read more.

Niagara Falls, Ontario,  is an immensely popular popular destination, with its majestic waterfalls, its casinos and entertainment areas. But off the main tourist path there are various hidden jewels that beckon to be discovered. The… Read more.

Most Ontario residents only know Fort Erie as the western terminus of the Peace Bridge which takes them across to Buffalo, New York, on the American side. Today, Fort Erie has a population of about… Read more.

Located about 22 km from Niagara Falls, it takes less than a half hour to drive to the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake on the scenic Niagara Parkway. As a matter of fact, Winston Churchill once called… Read more.

I admit it – I am a travel junkie. But by travel I am not referring to all-inclusive beach vacations, gambling trips or shopping expeditions. What I love most about travel is its incredible capacity… Read more.

The Niagara Region, Ontario’s wine country, is most well known for its two eminent and internationally well-known destinations: Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. In one of our recent articles we have already visited St. Catharines, which… Read more.

In our last article we provided with some background on the history of Pittsburgh and its transformation from polluted steel city to one of the most livable cities in the United States. Naturally, this also… Read more.

Over time, some cities undergo amazing transformations, and Pittsburgh, a city with a population of about 350,000 people, is one of these. Pennsylvania’s second largest city (after Philadelphia) boasts a long and twisted history that… Read more.

The Niagara Region has many pleasant travel destinations and the big stars in the region are, of course, Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. But there are many other destinations that merit a visit, and one of… Read more.

Given that my home base is in Toronto, I am always on the lookout for destinations that are within easy reach for a getaway. Obviously, New York State is an easy target. Just about one… Read more.

In our previous article we have already covered the southern portion of the Niagara Parkway from Fort Erie to Niagara Falls. A little more than halfway along the 56 km / 35 mile long Niagara… Read more.

Connecting Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Old Fort Erie in Fort Erie, the Niagara Parkway is unquestionably one of Canada’s most scenic drives. Along its 56 km or 35 miles, there are numerous natural and… Read more.

Naturally, Niagara Falls, Ontario, is known for its big tourist areas, the Horeshoe Falls and the adjacent Table Rock Centre, Queen Victoria Park right next to the Niagara River, the Clifton Hills entertainment district and… Read more.

In addition to the popular areas right next to the Horseshoe Falls and Clifton Hill, the Fallsview area has become an important tourist destination in Niagara Falls, Ontario. One of the main attractions here is the… Read more.

Since the early 1900s, Niagara Falls, Ontario, has been referred to as the “Wedding Capital of the World”; couples actually started honeymooning here in the early 1800s. Including brides and grooms of all ages, Niagara… Read more.

Our first article in this series already covered the historic cities of Halifax, Quebec City and Montreal. Moving westwards from the east coast, Canada has more fascinating destinations for history travel. Have a peek here… Read more.

Canada has some amazing history travel opportunities. Let us start on the east side of the country, with three of Canada’s oldest and most historic cities: Halifax, Quebec City and Montreal. The second article in… Read more.

In our previous article we introduced you to a few select history travel destinations in New York City, Chicago, Boston and Detroit. Here is the second installment of our history travel article series about great… Read more.

History travel is an amazing way to learn first-hand about significant events in the past. These destinations, New York City, Boston, Chicago and Detroit,  offer a mindboggling array of places to see for history lovers…. Read more.

In our previous article we already examined the Texas travel opportunities of the larger cities of Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. Here are some additional interesting destinations in the large state of Texas. El… Read more.

Texas is the second largest state in the United States, both in terms of size and population numbers. It is an expansive region that offers many urban and natural attractions. The weather in Texas is… Read more.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is one of Toronto’s foremost arts institutions and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Founded in 1900 by some private citizens, the Art Gallery of Ontario has evolved into one of the largest galleries in North America.

The Forks of the Credit is one of the most scenic provincial parks close to Toronto and a great Toronto travel escape idea that is not far from the city. Just about an hour north of Ontario’s metropolis, the Credit River has cut a deep valley into the landscape.

Especially at this time, as New Years approaches, so many of us are making resolutions about losing weight and becoming more active in the coming year. Why not try some free outdoor activities in Toronto in the winter?

On December 28, 2012 I embarked on a local Toronto travel adventure: Casa Loma – Toronto’s castle. For this year’s Christmas, the castle was decorated as “Mozart’s Magical Castle” and for the entire month of… Read more.

On December 12, 2012 I decided to visit this year’s Christmas Market in one of my favourite parts of Toronto. The Distillery District is a 13 acre entertainment district that evolved from the historic Gooderham & Worts Distillery to become the largest collection of Victorian-era industrial buildings in all of North America.

Any Montreal travel itinerary should include a visit to Old Montreal, the city’s historic heart. Montreal is one of Canada’s economic and cultural centres. It impresses the visitor with its avant-garde architecture, historic heritage and vibrant arts scene.

Toronto travel opportunities also include a surprising number of places that are predestined for nature lovers. The many parks and gardens are some of the greatest features in the city that are enjoyed by millions of visitors and residents who appreciate them for their natural beauty and peacefulness.

Arizona is one of the most desirable travel destinations in the United States. Nicknamed the “Grand Canyon State”, Arizona offers breathtaking vistas in many different regions. Arizona travel opportunities include lively urban destinations, extensive sports opportunities and unique natural formations.

San Francisco travel may involve a variety of day trips and excursions in Northern California. For those travelers that have already checked out the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the San Francisco cablecars and Fisherman’s Wharf, there are plenty of interesting destinations for an escape outside the City by the Bay.

As the first state capital of Georgia, Savannah attracts millions of visitors each year. The city’s architecture and historic buildings make it an interesting place to discover. Boasting one of the largest National Historic Landmark… Read more.

New Orleans, the largest city of Louisiana, is one of the most well-known travel destinations in the world. Nicknamed “the Big Easy”, New Orleans is renowned for its laid back atmosphere, its unique culture, its… Read more.

Several cities now have “Greeter” or “Ambassador”programs,where local volunteers provide out-of-town travelers with their time and knowledge of their city.I have used these greeter services twice,once in 2003 in Chicago,and just recently this May in… Read more.

You may have figured out by now that I am bit of an architecture buff.Well,the great thing is,since 2000 Toronto has its very own free-access architecture weekend where you can get access to more than… Read more.

For the first time ever,my husband and I are going to go skiing in the majestic Rocky Mountains: in March of 2006 we are going to go to stay a week in Banff,Alberta and we… Read more.

In anticipation of my upcoming trip to Ottawa next weekend I have started to do some research and contacted Ottawa Tourism.Ottawa,as Canada’s capital,is one of Canada’s most popular travel destinations and it has a great… Read more.

Ottawa has a myriad of sights to visit and the ByWard Market is one of the major entertainment areas in Ottawa.It combines a great selection of restaurants and night spots,with funky boutiques and retailers,galleries and… Read more.

Located in the central Pacific Ocean, the state of Hawaii is an archipelago consisting of eight main islands and of many other smaller islands, all formed by volcanic activity. Once governed by a queen, Hawaii… Read more.

The Laurentian Mountains, a renowned Canadian holiday destination, are located in Southern Quebec, north of the St. Lawrence River and east of the Ottawa River. The highest summit reaches 875 meters (2871 feet). The Laurentian… Read more.

Located in the State of Washington, Seattle is home to about 3.4 million inhabitants. As one of the most important business cities in the western United States, Seattle hosts many global Fortune 500 companies, such… Read more.

People say New York City is the economic center of the United States; Washington D.C. is the US’ political center, and Boston is the nation’s center of growth and innovation that nurtures America’s economic and… Read more.

This is part 2 of the article about travel and tourism opportunities in Quebec. The information about the various travel regions and tourism providers was gathered at an information luncheon that was organized by Tourism… Read more.

Given my home base in Toronto, Ontario, one of the natural travel destinations is our neighbouring province of Quebec. I have had several opportunities to explore “La Belle Province”, from skiing in the Eastern Townships,… Read more.

Located on a hill overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City is the capital city of the Quebec province. With its colonial history and interesting culture, this French-style city has become a popular tourist destination,… Read more.

Montreal is known the world over for its lively atmosphere, its street cafés and its amazing summer festivals which include the famous Just for Laughs comedy festival, the Montreal International Jazz Festival – the world’s… Read more.

Located on the North Pacific Ocean, Vancouver enjoys much warmer weather than most other cities in Canada, even during winter. Indeed, the mild weather in Vancouver attracts a lot of tourists and Canadian residents, drawing… Read more.

What comes to mind when you hear Miami? You are probably thinking of  sun and beaches. Well, you are right, the weather in Miami is usually sunny and the city offers a variety of fantastic… Read more.

A Map of San Francisco and Things To Do in San Francisco San Francisco is an eminently walkable and bikeable city.  So make sure you equip yourself with a good map of San Francisco and… Read more.

Canadian winters can be harsh and Montreal can definitely be quite cold in the winter. Summers are warm and average high temperatures hover in the mid 20s (Celsius) or about 80 degrees Fahrenheit, while winter… Read more.

Chicago, the Windy City, is one of America’s great travel destinations. Almost 46 million domestic and international travelers visited the city in 2008, and as the Midwest’s most important business and financial center, it is… Read more.

With more than 2.5 million inhabitants in the city, Toronto is Canada’s largest metropolis. Taking into account the surrounding municipalities, the Greater Toronto Area has more than 6 million people.

Planning a holiday in New York can be a challenging task because there are so many sights to see and things to do in NY. The largest city in the United States has so many museums, cultural institutions, attractions, neighbourhoods, eateries and entertainment places to offer, it’s sometimes hard to know where to start.

You may have figured out by now that I am bit of an architecture buff. Well, the great thing is, since 2000 Toronto has its very own free-access architecture weekend where you can get access… Read more.

Several cities now have “Greeter” or “Ambassador” programs, where local volunteers provide out-of-town travelers with their time and knowledge of their city. I have used these greeter services twice, once in 2003 in Chicago, and… Read more.

For the first time ever, my husband and I are going to go skiing in the majestic Rocky Mountains: in March of 2006 we are going to go to stay a week in Banff, Alberta… Read more.

Ottawa has a myriad of sights to visit and the ByWard Market is one of the major entertainment areas in Ottawa. It combines a great selection of restaurants and night spots, with funky boutiques and… Read more.

During our upcoming ski trip in the Alberta Rockies this March, we’ll be visiting Calgary for the first time. As a matter of fact, it will be our first time in the Canadian Rockies ever…. Read more.

In anticipation of my upcoming trip to Ottawa next weekend I have started to do some research and contacted Ottawa Tourism. Ottawa, as Canada’s capital, is one of Canada’s most popular travel destinations and it… Read more.

Calgary is currently experiencing a major boom and one of the most dynamic and fastest growing cities in Canada. It is truly the gateway to Canada’s West. During a our trip this spring to Banff… Read more.

In early December of 2007 I decided to embark on a three day winter getaway to Niagara Falls, Ontario. In order to explore the city in the best possible way I contacted the experts at… Read more.

For a long time I have wanted to travel to San Francisco again. Finally, in February of 2008, I had an opportunity to visit one of my favourite cities again. For only four short days… Read more.

San Francisco – a dream destination for so many people across the world… Well, in February of 2008 I finally had to opportunity to revisit San Francisco, one of my favourite cities in all of… Read more.

There is no doubt that Canada is a northern country and that our winters here in Toronto can sometimes be a little harsh. But that’s no reason to hold anyone back from getting out there and enjoying the… Read more.