Created by two separate volcanoes – Ko'olau and Wai'anae – lying parallel with the central O’ahu Plain between them, O'ahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands and the most populated. The city of Honolulu is located on O'ahu and major attractions and landmarks on the island include Pearl Harbor, Waikiki, Hanauma Bay, Kailua Bay, North Shore and Diamond Head. Sun, sea and surf fans will be spoiled for choice as O'ahu has an abundance of pure white beaches, turquoise waters and seemingly never-ending sunshine. But there is more to this Hawaiian island than the beach and visitors should take some time out to visit some of the cultural and historical attractions on O'ahu.
Canada's Saskatchewan Province is an almost rectangular-shaped piece of land with the United States of North Dakota and Montana on its southern border, Manitoba province to the east, Alberta Province to the west, and Canada's Northwest Territories to the north. Visitors to Saskatchewan will find a number of interesting attractions to explore and cultural events to enjoy. Regina and Saskatoon are the two major cities of Saskatchewan, with Regina being home to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Academy and the RCMP Heritage Centre which offers interesting insight into the history and workings of the legendary Canadian "Mounties".
Dedicated to natural history and world culture, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto was established in April 1912, opening to the public on March 19th, 1914. Closely associated with the University of Toronto, the museum is the largest field-research institution in Canada, coordinating research and conservation projects around the globe. Visitors to the museum will find forty galleries housing over six million items related to natural history and world culture.
Considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is located in the state of Arizona in the USA. Measuring 277 miles in length, with some areas being up to 18 miles wide and more than a mile deep, the canyon has been carved by the waters of the Colorado River and its tributaries over millions of years. Native Americans have inhabited the area for thousands of years and the Hualapai Tribal Nation, along with the Havasupai Tribe, manage and protect the area in cooperation with the Grand Canyon National Park.
Located on the border between California and Nevada, in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Lake Tahoe is North America's largest alpine lake, and the 27th largest lake in the world, measured by volume. It is also the second deepest lake in the United States, with the deepest being Oregon's Crater Lake. Lake Tahoe offers a host of outdoor adventure opportunities, with winter sports being high on the agenda. There are dozens of ski areas in both California and Nevada that are located near Lake Tahoe, catering for thousands of snow sport enthusiasts each season. These include Squaw Valley, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Diamond Peak, Alpine Meadows, Boreal Mountain Resort, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Donner Ski Ranch, Homewood Mountain Resort and Mount Rose Ski Resort, to mention a few. In addition to offering snow skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing, some resorts also offer snow tubing, an activity that's a whole lot of fun for the whole family.
Stretching from lower Alberta to the upper regions of British Columbia in Canada, the Canadian Rockies offer some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Northern America. With snow-capped peaks, rushing rivers, plunging waterfalls, tranquil lakes, lush meadows and dense forests, this ruggedly beautiful terrain is the dream vacation destination for nature-loving adventurers and there are many activities to enjoy, such as snow skiing, hiking, climbing, fishing and whitewater rafting.
According to Mesoamerican history, the Maya civilization was established in an time period known as the Pre-Classic period (2000BC to 250AD) and continued through the Classic period (250 to 900 AD) and Post-Classic period, until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores in the early 16th century. These invaders set about subduing the many individual Maya cities in the 16th century and today there are only ruins as a reminder of these once magnificent settlements. However, the Maya culture and Mayan languages are still spoken by up to six million indigenous Maya in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize. Visitors to Mexico should take the opportunity to visit at least one of these Maya cities to gain some fascinating insight into the ancient history of the country. One such settlement is El Tajín, considered to be one of the most important cities of Mesoamerica's Classic era.
The newly upgraded Exploratorium in San Francisco is the very epitome of edutainment, offering a hands-on experience that will keep the entire family fascinated with the marvels of science. Three times larger than the previous premises, the new home of the Exploratorium is located on San Francisco's easily accessible Pier 15 on the Embarcadero. In the public space around the museum, visitors will find a giant sundial, a wind sculpture and wooden pylons set in the water to track the tides in the bay. Stepping into the museum, visitors are assured of hours of learning and entertainment with never a dull moment.