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

Bryce Canyon Lodge, luxury hotel in the Great American Wilderness

Bryce Canyon Lodge

The American West

Bryce Canyon Lodge is a rustic hotel, surrounded by steep cliffs, coloured canyons, attractive rock formations and tremendous deserts of the Bryce Canyon National Park. The National Park is easily accessible and will draw everyone in with its beautiful natural setting.

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Ranch at Rock Creek, luxury hotel in the Great American Wilderness

Ranch at Rock Creek

The American West

With the exception of nearby Philipsburg (population 930), The Ranch at Rock Creek offers the perfect wild west experience, and it really is wild, with 6,600 acres of mountains, meadows, lakes and streams between you and any real evidence of civilisation.

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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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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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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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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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Brush Creek Ranch, luxury hotel in the Great American Wilderness

Brush Creek Ranch

The American West

Saddle up and prepare for an authentic Western experience. Brush Creek Ranch is a boutique hotel surrounded by 15,000 acres of South Central Wyoming's North Platte River Valley, in the heart of the American West.

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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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Zapata Ranch

Zapata Ranch

The American West

Zapata Ranch is a beautiful 103,000-acre working cattle and bison ranch located on the eastern wall of the San Luis Valley in Colorado and bordered on one side by the new Great Sand Dunes National Park. Guests at the ranch can relax, explore the beautiful surroundings or learn about the ecosystem, the bison and the ranch way of life, helping out with activities such as cattle branding and fence repairs.

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Ranch Holidays in the USA

Ranch Holidays in the USA

The American West

Few things are more quintessentially American than the cowboy, and staying at a ranch in the American West is the perfect way to indulge any Wild West wish fulfilment fantasies.

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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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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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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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White Stallion Ranch

White Stallion Ranch

The American West

White Stallion Ranch is one of the best dude ranches in southern Arizona, within easy reach of Tucson and surrounded by 3000 acres of beautiful countryside at the foot of the Tucson Mountains.

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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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New York Helicopter Tour

New York Helicopter Tour

New York

Escape the tourist crowds and see New York City like never before! A comfortable helicopter tour, high above the grounds of New York City provides an unforgettable adventure with spectacular aerial views of the entire city.

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Lake Kora

Lake Kora

New York

The pine forests of the New York State Adirondacks provide a stunning backdrop for the luxury log cabins of Lake Kora. Built over a century ago, these lodges are rustic, charming and rich in history - and the perfect escape from the city.

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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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