Explore North America - North America Destinations
As the world’s third-largest continent by area, and fourth largest by population, North America consists of Canada, the United States of America and Mexico. It has a long and colorful recorded history going back to the late 15th century, and while there is still some controversy as to the origin of the name, it is generally accepted that both North America and South America were named after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. Archaeological discoveries of ancient civilizations and dinosaurs reveal that North America was inhabited long before recorded history. You could spend a life-time traveling through North America and still never get to see all the natural beauty or get to meet all the fascinating people of this vast expanse of land, so you may want to focus on what interests you the most when you go exploring.
If you are a nature-lover, Canada has huge expanses of rugged, virtually untouched territory showcasing nature at its best. Lying to the north of the United States, Canada is a constitutional monarchy, having Queen Elizabeth as its head of state. The official languages of Canada are English and French, as a result of the British and French explorers who settled along the Atlantic Coast in the late 15th century. Some of Canada’s territories remain so remote that they can only be reached by air. The rugged snow-covered mountains offer a multitude of exciting snow-skiing opportunities and Canada is a popular winter sport destination. Possibly the most readily recognized Canadian attraction is the Niagara Falls, lying on the border between Canada and the United States.
Consisting of 50 states and a federal district, and stretching over six time zones, the United States of America is considered to be one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations in the world. Add to this the incredible diversity of terrain, and it is easy to see why the US is a popular holiday destination. The United States has innumerable attractions to visit, and the following are some of the most popular. Natural wonders include the Grand Canyon, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Redwoods National Park, Mount Rushmore, Mammoth Caves and the Yellowstone National Park. Historical and cultural treasures include the Statue of Liberty, American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, Guggenheim Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art. For pure entertainment you can’t beat Walt Disney World, while the Kennedy Space Center is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Remnants of pre-Columbian settlements in Mexico are a reminder of ancient civilizations that have come and gone, many of which were very advanced, including the Olmec, Aztec, Teotihuacan, Maya, Zapotec, Mixtec and Toltec. With more than 200,000 different animal species, Mexico is one of the world’s eighteen megadiverse countries and nature lovers will no doubt appreciate the country’s 34 biosphere reserves, 64 national parks, and 26 areas of protected flora and fauna. The people are friendly, the lifestyle is relaxed and the weather is hot and sunny – and these are just a few of the many reasons to visit Mexico.