Heli-skiing in the Rockies, sea kayaking with orcas off the coast of British Columbia, the extraordinary scenery of the Grand Canyon, beautiful national parks like Yosemite, and big, brash cities such as Las Vegas and New York - these are just a selection of what our North American destinations have to offer.

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  • Because no-one does National Parks bigger and better (and for longer) than the US of A

Our guide to holidays in North America

Original Travel visits and revisits our favourite parts of North America on a regular basis, and any in-depth exploration of this vast continent makes the fact that so few Americans have passports that little bit more comprehensible. Frankly, with all this on your doorstep, why would you bother?


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Top picks for North America

The National Parks

The National Parks

The American West

When a country is the size of a continent you’d expect it to have a national park or two, but a visitor to the States could spend every day of the year in a different park and still need another month or two to complete the set. In fact, the US National Park Service protects a total of 84 million acres across every state in the Union. Now that’s impressive.

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Volcano Tour Hawaii

Volcano Tour Hawaii

Hawaii

As if white, sandy beaches, tranquil waters and fresh floral air weren’t enough, the state of Hawaii tops it all with its breathtaking natural beauty, including numerous impressive and still active volcanoes.

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Dolores Cabin at Dunton Hot Springs

Dunton Hot Springs

The American West

Set in a striking alpine valley deep in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies, lies the beautifully restored 'ghost town' of Dunton Hot Springs. Comprised of a number of hand-crafted log cabins built around the central Saloon and Dance Hall, this exclusive resort is a luxurious and cosy retreat.

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Dive Molokini Crater

Dive Molokini Crater

Hawaii

Molokini Crater is a small volcanic cone, situated only a few miles off Maui’s shore. It is home to more than 250 tropical fish species, a coral reef and amazingly clear waters. With that said this is the number one diving spot for an unforgettably unique experience.

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USA

USA

North America

A continent-sized country, the USA pretty much has it all, and Original Travel has cherry-picked the very best bits. We offer tailor-made trips to include experiences as different as the brash hedonism of Las Vegas and the wide open spaces of Montana, and the beaches of the Florida Keys or the majestic scenery of the Rocky Mountains.

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Terrace Bar at Ganservoort Park Avenue

Gansevoort Park Avenue

New York

Fusing the elegance of midtown Park Avenue, with the grit and funk of their flagship hotel in the Meatpacking district, the Gansevoort Hotel Group have certainly delivered with the Gansevoort Park Avenue. With the nearest subway (28th St.) being just a block away, this is the perfect base from which to explore NYC.

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Kauai Helicopter Tour

Kauai Helicopter Tour

Hawaii

Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands showing off with its immense natural wonders. A helicopter tour is probably the best way to capture the island’s entire natural scenery, lush mountains, beautiful gardens and exotic beaches, but most of all, to fully experience the ‘Garden Isle’s’ hidden wilderness, as over 70% of the Island is inaccessible by land.

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Whale Watching in Canada

Whale Watching in Canada

Canada

Canada is one of the best places in the world for an aw-inspiring whale watching adventure. The enormous coastline offers many spots to observe magnificent whales and gain an unforgettable lifetime experience.

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Learn to Surf

Learn to Surf

Hawaii

Popularly dubbed ’sports of kings’ Hawaii is the birthplace of big wave surfing and home to some of the best surfing spots in the world, scattered throughout the archipelago.

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Akademik Ioffe surrounding by ice

Akademik Ioffe - Arctic

Canada

An active polar research vessel, Akademik Ioffe has been refurbished and is now one of the finest expedition boats in the Arctic, combining stability and comfort.

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Paws Up tent exterior

Paws Up Montana

The American West

‘I’m in love with Montana’ proclaimed American author John Steinbeck and honestly, we couldn’t agree more. In our view, there's no better place to enjoy the ideal Montana lifestyle than at The Resort at Paws Up—the crossroads of unspoiled wilderness and incomparable luxury. The ranch sits on a lush and sprawling 37,000-acre cattle ranch, providing both adventure and comfort in the American West.

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Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer

The Canadian Rockies

Rocky Mountaineer is, quite simply, one of the best rail journeys in the world, as the train glides through the majestic scenery of the Rockies and West Canada, taking in the sights of glacial lakes, snow-capped mountains, river canyons and forests.

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Train Journey through the Canadian Rockies

Train Journey through the Canadian Rockies

Canada

Soak up Canada's soul-stirring landscape from the comforts of a luxury carriage as you embark on a memorable train journey through the Canadian Rockies - probably the best way to capture the natural beauty of Canada.

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Zion Lodge, luxury hotel in the Great American Wilderness

Zion Lodge

The American West

Loyal to its name ‘Zion’ meaning a place of peace and refuge, Zion Lodge lies secluded from the crowds, nestled inside the Zion National Park, surrounded by red-rock cliffs on all sides. The Park is Utah’s first and it wows with the outstanding beauty of its landscape and diverse flora and fauna.

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Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

Hawaii

Nicknamed by Mark Twain a hundred years ago as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, the Waimea Canyon on Kauai Island is the Pacific’s largest Canyon and a must-see geological wonder for everyone strolling around this region.

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Via Ferrata in Banff

Via Ferrata in Banff

The Canadian Rockies

Mount Norquay in Banff is a great ski area in winter, but come summer it’s now also home to a Via Ferrata route. A Via Ferrata (literally iron road in Italian) is a system of cables, ladders and suspension bridges in a mountainous region that those with a head for heights can tackle without any previous mountaineering experience, and the Mount Norquay system is designed for beginners to more serious climbers depending on your ability.

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Lounge Terrace at Amangiri, luxury hotel in the Great American Wilderness

Amangiri

The American West

Surrounded by one of the USA’s most dramatic landscapes with canyons and towering plateaus as far as the eye can see, Amangiri is fairly unassuming from the outside and lets the land do the talking.

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Canada

Canada

North America

The world’s second largest country, Canada’s star attraction is its sheer vastness – this place is the very definition of the ‘great outdoors’.

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