Blessed with a bounty of natural beauty and home to some of the world’s most exciting cities, North America continues to lure modern-day adventurers to her shores.
This vast continent stretching from Arctic Canada to the warm waters of the Caribbean — and covering every climatic zone in-between — entices travelers with its wide open spaces and untamed wilderness, as well as vibrant metropolises and unique cultural melting pots. First-time visitors are often surprised by the immense distances (Canada is the
second-largest country in the world) and the sheer variety of landscapes that are found here. You will also find a striking mix of cultures and a welcoming people who possess a pioneering spirit. Whatever your tastes, the Land of Plenty offers a kaleidoscope of cultures, cuisines, landscapes, history, and adventures that are bound to fulfill your travel dreams
North America is the 3rd largest Continent in the world.
There are 23 countries in North America.
North America is bordered by three of the world’s largest oceans, namely the Atlantic, Arctic, and Pacific.
17 of 20 highest US peaks are in Alaska.
Of the gladdest moments in human life, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands
Richard Francis Burton
As you embark on your Alaska immersion, taking in the grandeur and arresting beauty of the Great Land, ponder for a moment the great conservationists who took strides to preserve this majestic landscape. You’ll be visiting the protected lands that make up Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, Kenai Fjords and Lake Clark national parks, all magnificent in their own unique ways and worthy of intensive exploration.
Denali, perhaps the biggest name in the state, is home to 37 species of mammals who roam the unfenced six million acres in solitude—keep an eye out for moose, caribou, and yes, grizzly bears! Of course, this is home to North America’s tallest mountain, Mount McKinley, at 20,320 feet tall. Don’t miss the award-winning visitor center, lauded for its environmentally friendly design.
In Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, you must tackle a glacier—strap on your crampons and hike on immense Hubbard Glacier with an expert, or the Malaspina, larger than the state of Rhode Island. The park is six times the size of Yellowstone and is replete with mountains, glaciers, rivers, and wildlife, from Dall’s sheep to mountain goats. Outdoor activities run the gamut from hiking and climbing to kayaking and rafting. Check out the remnants of the gold- and copper-mining towns that date back to the early 20th century.
Cuba sits just 90 miles south of the Florida coast. Our Caribbean island neighbor has played an outsized role in our nation’s history and culture. Yet Cuba still remains a mystery to the vast majority of Americans.
For over 50 years the island had been off-limits to U.S. citizens before President Barack Obama thawed diplomatic relations with Cuba. But with a new administration taking over in Washington, here’s a look at why the best time to travel to Cuba is right now:
Get There Before Cuba Changes
Over the past few years the Cuban government has relaxed its restrictions on tourism. The United States has likewise made it easier to get to Cuba–although pure tourism is still not an authorized reason for Americans to travel to Cuba. These changes have opened the island to both visitors and investors.
For Cubans in need of income and professional opportunities, the influx of travel revenue is a huge benefit. Cuba is in desperate need of foreign money to improve the infrastructure and quality of life on the island. But tourism– especially mass tourism– comes at a cost. Tourism can force cultures to change to meet the needs of visitors. This will change the Cuban people and the visitor experience. Right now, Cuba is utterly devoid of ritzy hotels, suffocating beach crowds, and Western food franchises.