North America

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North America

North America is a whole package deal. As the third-largest continent in the world, it has a lot to offer everyone; it suits every taste, mood, preference, and occasion. Rich in culture, natural beauty, historical sights, beach scenes, party scenes, and culinary scenes, North America could easily tick off all the items on your bucket list. 

North America is the third-largest continent.
North America is the third-largest continent.

Because of its gigantic size, North America offers an uncanny variety of experiences to its visitors. Thanks to its towering forests, rich jungles, vast fields, high-plain deserts, bustling metropolises, breathtaking beaches, and extremely varied climates, you can do everything from scuba diving off the coast of Florida to hitting the slopes in Canada

Times' Square, New York
Times Square, New York

The Incredible Culture of North America 

North America is home to some of the culturally iconic cities and landmarks, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and, of course, the one and only Broadway Theater in New York City. North America is one gigantic pot where modern art, culture, and history all melt together seamlessly.

North America is also home to some of the world’s most culturally prestigious events, such as the Toronto Film Festival, the Emmy Awards, the Tony Awards, and the Academy Awards, aka the Oscars.

The Gorgeous Landscapes Across the Continent

As we clarified, North America doesn’t fall short when it comes to variety, and landscapes are no different. This phenomenal continent has everything from red-rock deserts to lush, rich tropical rainforests and to-die-for-beaches. North America is one of the few places in the world that covers every climatic zone.

Some of the gorgeous places in North America that cannot be missed are Mexico’s Copper Canyon and Mt McKinley in Alaska, which exceed geographical extremes. Whether you are looking to sunbathe on a secluded beach or enjoy the slopes of the Great White North, North America is sure to deliver.

When is the Best Time to Visit?

The best time to visit North America varies depending on what you would like to see and do. Because of the continent’s diverse climates and landscapes, the time you go should change according to the place or region you are visiting and the experiences you are looking to enjoy. 

If you want to visit the national parks and enjoy a rejuvenating outdoor experience, then plan your trip between March and May. This way, you can avoid the overcrowding of the summer and still enjoy somewhat moderate weather. 

There is no "perfect" time to visit North America.
There is no “perfect” time to visit North America.

However, if you plan to hit one of the continent’s tropical destinations and beaches, then your best bet is to go during the summer months from August to October, especially if you are heading to a west coast area in the US, Mexico, or the Caribbean. 

On the other hand, if you’re visiting Canada, consider going between September and November. The weather there during those months is typically cooler but not on the extreme cold front. You’ll also get to experience all the Canadian cosy fall vibes. However, if you would like to hike or visit an outdoor Canadian landmark, the best time to go is Between June and August.

How to Get Around North America

North America’s expansive beauty beckons travellers to explore its diverse destinations, and choosing the right mode of transportation can significantly enhance your journey. Here are some of the best ways to traverse this vast continent:

1. Road Tripping:

  • Freedom on Wheels: Consider embarking on an epic road trip across North America. The extensive network of well-maintained highways and scenic byways provides a sense of freedom, allowing you to witness the changing landscapes at your own pace. Road trips are an American pastime and a key part of the North American culture.

2. Efficient Air Travel:

  • Connecting the Dots: Air travel is a convenient and time-saving option for covering long distances or hopping between major cities. North America boasts well-connected airports, making reaching your desired destinations easy. Watch for budget airlines and travel deals to optimize your itinerary. ParkFellows can help customers find cheap parking at major airports across the country.

3. Scenic Train Journeys:

  • Relaxing Rail Adventures: Experience the beauty of North America from the comfort of a train. Several scenic rail routes, such as the Rocky Mountaineer or Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, offer breathtaking views of mountains, forests, and coastlines. It’s a leisurely and environmentally friendly way to appreciate the vast landscapes.
Cruises around North America are very popular with tourists.
Cruises around North America are very popular with tourists.

4. Cruising Waterways:

  • Coastal Cruises: If you’re drawn to coastal regions, consider exploring North America via a cruise. Cruises provide a unique perspective, offering stunning views of the shoreline, wildlife, and vibrant port cities. From Alaskan fjords to Caribbean paradises, there’s a cruise for every preference.

5. Interconnected Public Transport:

  • City-Hopping: Within urban areas, utilise well-developed public transportation systems. Buses, trams, and metro services make it easy to navigate cities and experience local culture. Many cities also offer bike-sharing programs for an eco-friendly and immersive exploration.

An Overview of the Countries and Regions of North America 

As we have previously clarified, North America is quite a gigantic continent that consists of a large number of regions and countries, 23 countries, to be specific. However, the North American region mainly consists of three large nations and one large island territory: Canada, the United States of America, Mexico, and Greenland. 

Seven smaller nations fall under Central America, and around two dozen island nations and territories of different sizes fall under the Caribbean, in addition to one isolated French territory off the Canadian Atlantic coast. 

Although Central America and the Caribbean are technically parts of the North American Region, they are commonly listed separately from their larger and more dominant neighbours: Canada, the USA, Mexico, and Greenland.

There are many beautiful beaches throughout North America
There are many beautiful beaches throughout North America

Here is a quick review of all the regions that comprise the great North American continent:

  • United States of America: Easily one of the largest and most ethnically diverse and multicultural countries and nations on the planet. Home to some of the world’s most famous cities, museums, natural wonders, unmatched beauty, and incredible art.
    • The United States of America is the best representation of North American diversity because it has its own variety of climates and landscapes. In the same country, you can go skiing in Alaska, experience the exciting nightlife of Las Vegas, Nevada, and relax on a warm beach in Florida.
  • Canada: The largest country in America, Canada has everything a traveller may seek in a destination. Aside from featuring some of the most breathtaking natural wonders, landscapes, and untouched wilderness, Canada is also home to some of the world’s most modern and hip cities. Extended over 5,000 km from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic coast, Canada has something for basically everyone. 
  • Mexico: Whether you seek gorgeous beaches and warm weather or want to discover and unravel the mysteries of history, Mexico is a perfect place for your next adventure. Mexico is another North American gem that caters to every taste and preference and is home to some of the world’s most beautiful tropical beaches and the incredible artefacts of the ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations.
  • Greenland: This self-governing country/island offers visitors unique experiences with incredible landscapes and midnight sun. 
  • Central America: This 7-nation region that connects North America and South America perfectly combines elements of both continents, from modern bustling cities and long coastlines to ancient jungle ruins and incredible rainforests.
  • The Caribbean: The Caribbean stands alone when it comes to the tropical atmosphere. With gorgeous white sandy beaches, pristine crystal clear waters, and laid-back island culture, the Caribbean is perfect for a getaway vacation. 
A video exploring Toronto, Canada

As previously mentioned, although it technically consists of 23 countries and regions, North America mainly comprises its four major countries: the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland. 

So, let’s take a closer look at the incredible nations that make up one of the world’s largest and most distinguished continents:

Canada

Canada, AKA the Great White North, is the closest North American destination to hikers’ and winter sports lovers’ hearts. Whether you would like to join the thousands of visitors that head to the Canadian Banff National Park, hit the slopes in the snowy town of Whistler, or enjoy a crisp morning walk around some of Canada’s most popular cities like Montreal, Vancouver, or Toronto, your time in Canada will definitely be well-spent.

So, let’s take a look through some of the best places to see and visit during your stay in the Great White North:

The Canadian flag features the iconic maple leaf.
The Canadian flag features the iconic maple leaf.

Niagara Falls, the Canadian-US border

Arguably the most famous waterfall in the world, Niagara Falls attracts about 20 million visitors every year. Straddling the US-Canadian border between the Ontario Province in Canada and New York State in the US, this naturally breathtaking waterfall has been among the world’s most visited tourist attractions since the 1850s.

Despite the fact that Niagara Falls is not technically just Canadian, the Canadian side of the falls contains the largest waterfall of the three falls that make up Niagara Falls: Horseshoe Falls. 

Niagara Falls consists of three waterfalls: Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of the border, and the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are located on the U.S. side of the border. The falls can be seen from several vantage points on both sides of the border.

The Niagara Falls National Park contains some of the best vantage points from which to view Niagara Falls from the U.S. side of the border. On the Canadian side, however, Queen Victoria Park has trails and platforms that offer incredible views of the American Falls and Horseshoe Falls. 

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

Although it is not the steepest or largest waterfall in the world, Niagara Falls’ undeniable charm and unmatched beauty have earned its place on most people’s bucket lists of must-see destinations and attractions.

Banff National Park, Alberta   

Probably one of the most popular attractions in Canada, Banff National Park in Alberta has something for nearly everyone. If you decide to stay there, you can choose from the 13 campgrounds around the park. You are also granted a commercial lodging option right where you are. 

Once you arrive at the area where Banff National Park is, you should probably take advantage of the situation and take a bus trip exploring the tri-town area of Banff, Jasper, and Lake Louise. You can relax at one of the visitor centres in either Banff or Lake Louise.

There are plenty of water and land activities that you can easily enjoy while being at Banff National Park, such as hiking, ice skating, and swimming.

Banff National Park is a beautiful destination.
Banff National Park is a beautiful destination.

Historic Quebec City, Quebec

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, historic Quebec in Quebec, Canada, dates back to the 17th century when this neighbourhood was the complete main city. Within the streets and allies of historic Quebec, you can see a variety of centuries-old attractions and buildings that are of historic nature.

Therefore, it was no surprise that historic Quebec became one of the top and must-see attractions in Canada and even the entire Northern American continent.

Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

Formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, Haida Gwaii is the perfect getaway spot with its wild and quite breathtaking nature. When visiting this gorgeous archipelago, you can join a kayaking tour and enjoy paddling on untampered waters through Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. 

You can also hike along the Golden Spruce Trail and take some seriously breathtaking shots to commemorate your hike and trip to the Canadian natural gem.

The CN Tower, Toronto

As Canada’s tallest free-standing infrastructure, the CN Tower is considered to be the Canadian Space Needle and one of the most significant landmarks in the world. Located in the province of Ontario, in the heart of Toronto, the CN Tower is visited by millions of locals and tourists from all over the world. It holds the Guinness Book of World Records title of being the most visited landmark in Canada. 

CN Tower, Canada
CN Tower in Toronto, Canada

The idea of building the CN Tower dates back to the late 1960s when the Canadian National Railway decided to build a television and radio platform to serve the Toronto area. This need motivated the minds behind the construction of the CN Tower to choose the tower as a symbol of the strength of the Canadian economy.

However, at that time, Toronto was developing and turning into the cosmopolitan metropolis it is today, and skyscrapers were coming up fast all across the city. Therefore, the construction of another skyscraper prevented the CN Tower from having enough airspace to transmit television and radio signals throughout Toronto.

To overcome this dilemma, the height of the tower kept increasing until it was completed at 500 meters high. Today, the CN Tower is open to the public daily. The elevator ride to the top of the tower offers a fantastic view of some of the city’s most breathtaking sights.

Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia 

Stretching from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick, this 170-mile-long swath of coastline is one of Canada’s greatest natural treasures. One of the main attractions of the Bay of Fundy is that the bay experiences the highest tides in the world. In a single day, the bay’s tides move more water than exists in all freshwater sources worldwide. 

You can enjoy the wonder that is the Bay of Fundy in more ways than one. You can hike along the coastline in one of the bay’s provincial and national parks. You can also visit one of the natural history museums along the way. As expected, the gorgeous nature of the Bay of Fundy has always attracted a huge volume of tourists and visitors.

Therefore, there are several cosy guesthouses and bed and breakfasts along the coastline, many of which are converted Victorian houses. Don’t forget to also indulge in a delicious seafood feast of fresh lobster, salmon, mussels, scallops, and more of what the Bay of Fundy has to offer. You can even taste the area’s local seaweed snack called ‘Dulse’. 

Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada
Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada

Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta 

The second you step foot in this incredible Canadian Landmark, you will travel back over 70 million years in time. Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta is famous for its harsh landscapes, which have been carved by centuries of semi-tropical temperatures, wind, and rain.

Located in Alberta, Canada (about two hours from Calgary), Dinosaur Provincial Park offers visitors a chance to escape today’s fast-paced world and see firsthand what life was like millions of years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth. 

If you are a dinosaur lover, you will most likely have the time of your life in Dinosaur Provincial Park. It has the largest known collection of dinosaur fossils, as well as other animal species that lived alongside dinosaurs.

Thirty-nine different dinosaur species have been identified among the fossils in Dinosaur Provincial Park, and over 500 samples have been excavated for research purposes. This spectacular and unique collection of fossils earned Dinosaur Provincial Park its World Heritage Site status in 1980.

Revelstoke, British Columbia 

There are only a few places in the world quite as charming and beautiful as Revelstoke. Whether you go hiking, paragliding, skiing, or even just wandering around the gorgeous Revelstoke Mountain, you will most probably forget that you are in Canada and feel like you stepped right into Narnia

If you’re up for intense exercise, consider cycling the Keystone Standard Basin Trail. Although incredibly challenging, this 11-km trail offers some of the most breathtaking views you’ll ever see.

Revelstoke, British Columbia 
Revelstoke, British Columbia 

The United States of America 

Stretching over 9,831,510 km² with a population of over 332 million people, the United States is the largest country in North America by population and the second-largest by area. Some say you haven’t truly lived until you have been to the United States at least once.

Whether this is an overstatement or not, a visit to the US will definitely enrich your life in more ways than one. Whether you want to see mountains, rivers, incredible beaches, or distinguished museums, the United States of America is the place to be.

So, without further ado, here are some of the best things to do and see in the US:

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Although it is man-made, the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the world’s most iconic wonders. The second-longest bridge in the United States of America and the Seventh longest bridge in the world, the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge was completed in 1937.

Ever since then, this one-of-a-kind suspension bridge connecting the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County has been a source of pure pride to all San Francisco residents and US citizens. 

Another fascinating aspect of The Golden Gate Bridge is its backstory. Before the bridge was constructed, ferries were used to move from one point to the other, which later caused the ferries to clog the bay. It was then that James Wilkins, an engineer, developed the idea of building a bridge to span the Golden Gate Strait.

The idea was later developed by Joseph Strauss, a structural engineer.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

This was during the Great Depression in the United States, so funds were easily available for construction work. However, Strauss was more than just an engineer; he was a visionary poet who truly believed his vision of the Golden Gate Bridge would one day come true against all odds.

Sure enough, in 1930, voters funded the project and raised a total of 35 million dollars. Construction began, and over four years later, the project was completed. 

Finally, on April 13th, 1937, the bridge was completed, followed by a weeklong celebration to mark this incredible milestone. Then, on May 28, 1937, exactly at 12 pm, the Golden Gate Bridge was officially open to the public. 

The Golden Gate Bridge can be approached from two points: the northern point from Marin County and the southern point from San Francisco. It is a truly breathtaking monument, extending over 1.7 miles long and 90 feet wide.

The Grand Canyon, Arizona 

One of the most popular national parks in the United States, if not the world, is the Grand Canyon, which is a steep-sided canyon that was carved by the Colorado River in Arizona, United States. This truly American National Treasure is 227 miles long and up to 18 miles wide, with a depth of over a mile. 

The theories as to how the Grand Canyon was created vary. However, one thing that is agreed upon is that it took a significant amount of time to form and become what it is today. This also means that the Grand Canyon is constantly changing.

The Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon, Arizona

Even if you have already visited the Grand Canyon, visiting again after a while will probably feel like a completely brand-new experience. 

When you visit the Grand Canyon, you will witness views so spectacular they can’t be found anywhere else. The walls of the canyon are uniquely coloured, and the one and only Colorado River winds its way along the bottom of the giant canyon floor.

This, paired with the incredible wildlife that lives and thrives within the park of the Grand Canyon, makes for a truly complete experience.

Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Needless to say, Disney World is the place where the magic never dies. The minute you set foot in Disney World, you will instantly be transported to a whole different world where your wildest dreams and imaginations are no longer just fantasies. 

The Walt Disney World Resort, which contains four large theme parks, is the perfect place for you to unleash your inner child again. There is the Disney Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios, and Disney Animal Kingdom Park, so the things to do, experiences to enjoy, and incredible sights to see are practically endless.

Disney World, Orlando
Disney World, Orlando

The Walt Disney World Resort Complex also has two water parks – Blizard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Aside from the entertainment options that exist nowhere in the world, the resort also features a variety of accommodations and dining options that cater to all tastes and budgets.

Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, especially, offers the resort’s visitors a chance to experience the adventure of a lifetime. You can go on wild rides that make you feel like you travelled to outer space and others that will make your water adventures come true, like Splash Mountain.

Other unskippable rides include Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Monster Inc., Cinderella’s Golden Carousel, It’s a Small World Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and a lot more. While there, don’t forget to take your picture in front of the one and only Cinderella Castle.

Big Sur Region, California

Located in central California, the Big Sur region is the perfect haven for those who are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city and enjoy a transcendent experience by the side of the ocean. 

The Big Sur region is one of the most popular tourist regions in the United States. One of the main reasons for its popularity is the breathtaking scenery visitors get to enjoy while visiting the Big Sur region. Among the many sights in the Big Sur region, Cone Peak is probably the most visited as it is considered to be the highest coastal mountain in all of the states. 

Big Sur Region, California
Big Sur Region, California

Fortunately, the residents of the Big Sur region are highly conscious of the environment’s safety. Therefore, the natural beauty of the terrains that make up the Big Sur region has remained untouched and unspoiled.

The Statue of Liberty, New York City 

When it comes to American landmarks, this one does not need much or any introduction. It is a national treasure, an international symbol of freedom, and the first thing immigrants see when they make their way into New York Harbor, letting them know that their American dream is coming true; it is the one and only Statue of Liberty.

Ironically enough, the Statue of Liberty was not actually created by the hands of an American, nor was it built in the United States. In fact, France gifted the Statue of Liberty to the United States as a token of the strong friendship between the two countries.

This American national treasure was dedicated to the United States in October of 1886. However, it wasn’t declared a National Monument until 1924.

The Statue of Liberty, New York City
The Statue of Liberty, New York City

Yellowstone National Park

Are you looking to escape humanity and truly feel at one with nature? Then Yellowstone National Park is definitely the perfect spot for your next getaway. Made up of almost 3,500 square miles of unspoiled land and free wildlife, the park is spread across three naturally gorgeous states of the United States of America: Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

As the world’s first national park, Yellowstone is one of the landmarks that is most treasured by all US citizens, and rightfully so.

Walking along any of Yellowstone National Park’s many marked trails, you will witness some of the rawest and most breathtaking scenery around you, from hot springs to a unique collection of wildlife rarely seen anywhere else, including buffalos, elks, grizzly bears, and even wolves.

However, it is extremely important to make some noise as you hike Yellowstone National Park so as not to surprise the animals ahead and avoid any potential animal attacks, especially from grizzly bears. They are extremely protective of their young cubs and might attack if they were caught off guard by your sudden appearance.

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most popular destinations in the USA.
Yellowstone National Park is one of the most popular destinations in the USA.

Mexico 

When it comes to naturally gorgeous getaway spots, it can not get better than Mexico. Featuring everything from vast deserts, tropical weather, uncanny beaches, and historical monuments and landmarks, Mexico is the perfect place to throw away your troubles and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Here are the best things to do and see while you are there: 

Mexico City, Federal District

You can’t go to Mexico without visiting Mexico City, the country’s capital and the epitome of its culture. We recommend that tourists visit the incredible Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in the world.

Additionally, checking out the amazing art in Palacio de Bellas Artes, exploring some historic ruins and structures in Plaza de las Tres Cultures, and simply relaxing on the warm sand by the water at one of the famous Mexico City beaches are all great ways to enjoy a trip to Mexico.

No matter what you add to your itinerary, you are guaranteed to have the time of your life during your visit to the Mexican capital.

Mexico City is a beautiful destination.
Mexico City is a beautiful destination.

Tenochtitlán, Federal District 

Located in the Federal District in Mexico, Tenochtitlán was built on an island in Lake Texcoco. Although the capital of Mexico was built on top of the ruins of Tenochtitlán, many ancient structures from the original city can still be seen today. 

Founded in 1325, Tenochtitlán is one of the most ancient cities in Mexico. At its height, it was home to almost 250,000 people and covered around 13 square kilometres. Tenochtitlán was divided into four zones, each with 20 districts and several public buildings, such as temples and schools in the city centre.

Tulum, Riviera Maya

Tulum, Mexico, offers some of the most unusual and rare experiences you can ever have. Where else can one find ancient, broken, and historic ruins side by side with gorgeous rainforests? That’s not all. While in Tulum, you can have the time of your life during your cenote tour, where you can swim in an underground cave filled with swimming waters.

There is literally nothing quite like it.

The Ancient Mayan City of Tulum, Mexico
The Ancient Mayan City of Tulum, Mexico

Greenland

Greenland is an extraordinary tourist destination. The country’s landscape is like no other, dominated by its vast ice sheet, rugged mountains, and stunning fjords. Greenland’s unspoiled natural beauty offers spectacular vistas that are both awe-inspiring and serene.

The country is also bursting with history and culture. Greenland’s cultural heritage is deeply rooted in the Inuit way of life, and tourists have the opportunity to become immersed in their ways of life. From traditional practices such as fishing, hunting, and dog sledding to the local music, dance, and cuisine, there’s tons to explore in Greenland.

Ilulissat Icefjord

The Ilulissat Icefjord is one of the most amazing natural wonders in the world. It gained recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its extraordinary natural beauty and its importance in the study of icecap glaciology.

The Ilulissat Icefjord is home to one of the most active glaciers in the world, Sermeq Kujalleq, which contributes significantly to our understanding of climate change. But it is not just a destination for scholars; seeing the massive icebergs floating in the fjord is a one-of-a-kind experience for all tourists. Additionally, the area is known for its wildlife sightings, including whales, seals, and seabirds.

Go Dog Sledding

If you’re looking for an authentic cultural experience in Greenland, dog sledding is a must-do activity. Dog sledding in Greenland dates back over a thousand years, when it arose as an essential part of life for those living in the Arctic.

Dog sledding is a historic part of Greenland's culture.
Dog sledding is a historic part of Greenland’s culture.

The Greenlandic sled dog is known for its strength and endurance. The breed has been a vital companion for hunting and transportation across the country’s harsh, icy terrain. This mode of transportation played a crucial role in the survival and cultural identity of the Greenlandic people.

Dog sledding adventures for tourists often begin with meeting the sled dogs and the musher (the sled driver). The musher goes over the instructions, including how the sled operates and the commands used to control the dogs. You’ll also gear up in appropriate cold-weather attire.

Once the journey starts, the dogs settle into a steady pace as they pull you through the snow. The scenery you encounter while dog sledding in Greenland is breathtaking. Vast expanses of snow and ice, rugged mountains, and occasionally, the sight of icebergs or frozen fjords create a magical winter landscape.

Nuuk, the Capital of Greenland

Nuuk combines modern urban life with the deep-rooted cultural traditions of Greenland. As the largest city in the country, Nuuk is known for its art, music, and cuisine. In addition to these modern attractions, Nuuk offers traditional activities such as fishing and hunting.

Nuuk is home to several museums and cultural sites that tourists shouldn’t miss out on. One of the most popular destinations is the National Museum of Greenland. The museum features exhibits on Greenlandic history, including the famous Qilakitsoq mummies.

Many tourists enjoy admiring the icebergs off of Greenland's coast
Many tourists enjoy admiring the icebergs off of Greenland’s coast.

The Nuuk Art Museum and the Greenland National Gallery of Art are two more fantastic places to visit during your holiday in Greenland. Both of these locations showcase Greenlandic art, offering a window into the country’s artistic traditions.

Nuuk is also a perfect destination for anyone seeking outdoor adventures. Activities like hiking, kayaking, and fishing are popular in the summer, while snowshoeing and skiing can be experienced in the winter. If you’re looking for an outdoor experience that doesn’t require physical activity, boat trips to nearby fjords offer chances to see icebergs, whales, and seals up close.

See the Northern Lights

Seeing the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, is something on millions of travellers’ bucket lists. Greenland, with its clear skies and remote locations, is one of the best places in the world to witness this spectacular natural phenomenon.

The Northern Lights can be viewed from multiple places throughout Greenland. Here’s a list of some of the best places to see them from:

  • Kangerlussuaq: Located just above the Arctic Circle, Kangerlussuaq is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights. The area boasts over 300 clear nights yearly, significantly increasing the chances of witnessing the Aurora. Additionally, the city is near Greenland’s main international airport, making it convenient for tourists!
  • Nuuk: Although there is some light pollution in Greenland’s capital city, the Northern Lights can still be seen clearly on the outskirts of Nuuk. This city is perfect for anyone who wants to see the Aurora Borealis and indulge in other cultural and outdoor activities.
  • Ilulissat: Known for the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this town is a prime location for admiring the Aurora in the night skies. The mesmerising lights reflect off the fjord, and the colours dance along the floating icebergs.
There are many beautiful towns to explore in Greenland.
There are many beautiful towns to explore in Greenland.

Try Whale Watching

Greenland is one of the most popular destinations for whale watching in the world. The country offers tourists an opportunity to witness these majestic creatures in their natural Arctic habitat. Whale-watching tours are conducted by local guides who share their knowledge of the animals. Additionally, they often sell local stories and provide cultural insights about how whales have shaped the nation.

Whale watching in Greenland combines adventure, education, and the beauty of nature. The tours provide an unforgettable experience and provide amazing photo opportunities. Anyone who goes whale watching in Greenland is bound to make memories that last a lifetime.

Here’s some of the most popular destinations for whale watching in Greenland:

  • Nuuk Fjord: As the longest fjord system on the western coast, Nuuk Fjord is an excellent spot for whale watching. The area’s waters attract various species, including minke and fin whales, and its proximity to Greenland’s capital city makes it accessible for tourists.
  • Qeqertarsuaq: Located on Disko Island, Qeqertarsuaq is a fantastic whale watching location, especially in the spring. During these months, the waters around the island are known to attract bowhead whales.
  • Ilulissat Icefjord: Known primarily for its stunning icebergs, Ilulissat Icefjord is a great place for whale watching. The local waters are rich in marine life that whales like to eat, drawing in pods for mealtimes.
  • Disko Bay: Disko Bay is known for its stunning icebergs and frequent whale sightings. The area is one of the most popular whale watching destinations in Greenland and is particularly famous for humpback whales.
Whale watching is a popular tourist activity in Greenland.
Whale watching is a popular tourist activity in Greenland.

North America is Full of Culture and Adventure

North America is an unparalleled destination bursting with diversity, natural beauty, rich history, and cultural vibrancy. From the majestic landscapes of its national parks to the bustling cities teeming with life, North America offers something for every tourist.

Whether you’re looking for adventure in the great Canadian wilderness, immersion in the vibrant cultural experiences of Mexico, breathtaking whale watching in Greenland, or exploration in one of the USA’s biggest cities, this continent caters to nearly all interests and preferences.

Have you visited North America? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below!

If you enjoyed reading about the plethora of things to do in North America, check out our other articles on the continent’s best destinations:

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Needless to say, Disney World is the place where magic never dies. The minute you will set foot in Disney World, you will instantly be transported to a whole different world where your wildest dreams and imaginations are no longer just a fantasy. 

The Walt Disney World Resort which contains four large theme parks is the perfect place for you to unleash your inner child again. There is the Disney Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios, and Disney Animal Kingdom Park, so the things to do, experiences to enjoy, and incredible sights to see are practically endless.

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