With the arrival of summer, we have to admit it's one of our favourite times of year to discover our own beautiful backyard. With so many places to see, and things to experience in North America, we've put together our Top 10 North American sights to help you plan your next trip:
1. Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA
There are two separate slot canyon sections; the Upper Antelope Canyon (referred to as The Crack) and the Lower Antelope Canyon (referred to as The Corkscrew). Located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona, these canyons are a photographer’s dream as the light reflects off the canyon walls showing beautiful colour hues in the sandstone. We recommend: The Upper Antelope Canyon tour from $35/person USD.
2. Quebec City, Canada
The Old Town in Quebec City offers an old world charm and is presently the only North American fortified city north of Mexico as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We recommend: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac from $518/night.
3. Yellowstone National Park, USA
Turning a 140 next year, this park attracts nearly four million visitors a year, mostly during the warmer months. The main attraction is Old Faithful, a cone geyser that erupts almost every 91 minutes. We recommend: 15-day escorted camping Yosemite & Yellowstone tour from $1899/person.
4. Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia, Canada
The park, located in the southwestern coast of Vancouver Island and open from mid-March to mid-October, offers a rugged coastline and lush rainforest that is great for hiking, bird watching or during the spring, whale watching. It is also a popular area for storm watching. We recommend: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet from $284/night.
5. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Known world-wide, these voluminous waterfalls are a must-see. The falls straddle the border between Ontario and New York. Get up close with the Maid of the Mist, a boat cruise that takes you into the rapids below the falls and has been doing so since 1846. We recommend: Maid of the Mist for $22/person.
6. Four Corners Region, Southwest USA
Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah all share a border and you can straddle all four states at once. Within a 100 mile radius you can experience some of the country’s most amazing landscape; Monument Valley in Arizona and Colorado’s Mesa Verde. We recommend: Four Corners Monument admission $3/person USD.
7. Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia, Canada
This 300 km trail (you actually drive it) takes you through the highlands of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton along the side of mountains high above the Gulf of St. Lawrence. We recommend: Inverary Resort on Baddeck Bay from $89/night.
8. Savannah, Georgia, USA
This grand historic town, supposedly filled with ghosts, is enchanting and stays true to its 19th century roots. The downtown area has 22 park like squares and is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in theUnited States. We recommend: Westin Savannah Harbor from $344/night.
9. Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada
This remote island is located in the Arctic Ocean in Northern Canada and offers visitors unique experiences such as viewing polar bears, the Northern Lights, and kayaking between ice flows. We recommend: Discovery Lodge Hotel from $255/night.
10. Monument Valley, Utah, USA
Located on the Arizona-Utah state line and part of the Navajo Nation Reservation, it is characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes with the largest reaching 1,000 feet. We recommend: The View Hotel from $167/night USD.
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There is a lot more to see and explore in North America. Contact one of our Flight Centre Consultant's to help you plan your next trip at 1-877-967-5302 or find your closest store.