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.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Because no-one does National Parks bigger and better (and for longer) than the US of A
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Where to go in North America

USA

USA

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.

USA
Canada

Canada

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

Canada

What to do in North America

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

No picture will make you believe the sight of immensity of the Grand Canyon- one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour
Whale Watching in Canada

Whale Watching in 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.

Whale Watching in Canada
Learn to Surf

Learn to Surf

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.

Learn to Surf
Dive Molokini Crater

Dive Molokini Crater

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.

Dive Molokini Crater
Kauai Helicopter Tour

Kauai Helicopter Tour

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.

Kauai Helicopter Tour
Volcano Tour Hawaii

Volcano Tour 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.

Volcano Tour Hawaii
Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

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.

Waimea Canyon
New York Helicopter Tour

New York Helicopter Tour

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.

New York Helicopter Tour
Big Sur Whale Watching

Big Sur Whale Watching

Whale watching is an amazing activity to do while journeying the Californian Central Coast. The Big Sur is definitely one of those special places in the world to experience the breathtaking beauty of these large aquatic mammals year- round.

Big Sur Whale Watching
Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

Located on the hilltop of Enchanted Rock, the magnificent Hearst Castle is California’s most famous monument to wealth and ambition, offering breathtaking views across California’s Central Coast and the Pacific Ocean.

Hearst Castle
Urban Wine Trail in Santa Barbara

Urban Wine Trail in Santa Barbara

Located a few hours north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara has much more to offer than a beautiful town centre and white beaches. Exhibiting sun coated hills and valleys of vineyards; Santa Barbara is home to 103 wineries. Explore the counties Urban Wine Trail and sip your way through a number of magnificent wineries of Downtown Santa Barbara.

Urban Wine Trail in Santa Barbara
Surf Santa Cruz

Surf Santa Cruz

Whether you are a pro or complete novice, Santa Cruz boasts secret surf spots, big waves and calmer waters for all ages and levels of surfers, could suggest why Santa Cruz is also known as the ‘surf city’.

Surf Santa Cruz
Ziplining in Whistler

Ziplining in Whistler

Have you ever dreamt of feeling like a bird for a day? In Whistler you can, as it’s home to some of Canada’s longest, highest and most exciting Ziplines.

Ziplining in Whistler
Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

Dive into an ocean of vibrant colours and breathtaking landscape at beautiful Butchart Gardens, Victoria’s most famous attraction. This 55- acre garden of flowers, landscaped theme gardens, streams and ponds makes for an unforgettable stroll throughout every season.

Butchart Gardens
Gourmet Canada

Gourmet Canada

The food in Canada is as diverse as the country itself. In Canada they cannot claim one culinary culture, because every region has its own traditional dishes using the best of the products of their land for a personal touch.

Gourmet Canada
Sea to Sky Climb

Sea to Sky Climb

Discover Canada’s dramatic Sea to Sky Climb scenery, expanding from Vancouver to Whistler. A unique way to experience this British Columbia landscape is by joining the Sea to Sky Climb train. Admire breathtaking views between Vancouver and Whistler, and what better way to explore this beautifully extensive region in just one day than travelling in comfort and style.

Sea to Sky Climb
Snorkelling with Beluga whales

Snorkelling with Beluga whales

July and August heralds the arrival of more than 3000 Beluga whales into Hudson Bay, heading for the mouth of the Hudson River where they summer in the estuary.

Snorkelling with Beluga whales

Where to stay in North America

The pool at night at Hotel Wailea, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Hotel Wailea

Hotel Wailea is one of the few quality boutique hotels in Hawaii, with a relaxed, laid back vibe verging on hippy-ish, but authentic all the same.

Hotel Wailea
The beach at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is, in our humble opinion, the best of the bunch among the Four Seasons properties in Hawaii. It seems others agree, as it’s also apparently the most successful Four Seasons in the world.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Four Seasons Lana'i Manele Bay, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay

Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay is perched on top of a red-lava cliff overlooking the lovely Hulopo'e white-sand beach. The resort borders a marine preserve and is coloured with waterfalls, gardens, streams and ponds.

Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay
The pool bar at Four Seasons Resort Maui Wailea

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

This Four Seasons Resort is located in the white-sand crescent of Maui’s southwest coast.

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
The balcony at Koa Kea, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Koa Kea

Koa Kea on the lush tropical island of Kauai is a smaller set up than the ubiquitous Four Seasons resorts we recommend on other islands.

Koa Kea
St. Regis Princeville, luxury hotel in Hawaii

St Regis Princeville

The St Regis is part of the larger Princeville Resort, which also includes a Westin Hotel, a smattering of condos, two golf courses and a ranch where guests can go riding or zip-wiring.

St Regis Princeville
The pool at The Modern Honolulu, luxury hotel in Hawaii

The Modern Honolulu

The Modern is a contemporary urban hotel at the top end of Waikiki Beach on Honolulu. Unlike on some of the other islands where height restrictions are in place, the Modern – all 18 floors of it – is a genuine skyscraper with predictably good views as a result.

The Modern Honolulu
Andaz Maui

Andaz Maui

Andaz Maui is a new addition to Maui’s trendy beachfront portfolio of luxury hotels. The resort is situated directly on Wailea’s shore displaying a blend of class and eco friendly amenities.

Andaz Maui
The pool at SLS South Beach, luxury hotel in Miami

SLS South Beach

Located in one of the tallest Art Deco buildings on Collins Avenue, SLS is uber cool and one of the go-to hotels of the moment, for the in crowd anyway.

SLS South Beach
The beach at Soho Beach House, luxury hotel in Miami

Soho Beach House

Once again, Soho House brings a slice of Britain across the pond – a la Soho Houses New York and LA – and as before, pulls it off magnificently.

Soho Beach House
The beach at The Setai, luxury hotel in Miami

The Setai

Although a little calmer than its party animal neighbours (some say boring, others say phew), the Setai’s location in the heart of Miami’s South Beach is spot on.

The Setai
Spa pool at The Standard, luxury hotel in Miami

The Standard

Located on one of the islands along the Venetian Causeway off Miami Beach, the Standard Spa is perfect for organic falalfel eating, kaftan wearing types, and actually anyone else with an eye for the aesthetic and a sense of style.

The Standard
Poolside at The Tides, luxury hotel in Miami

The Tides

Located on Ocean Drive (the good end), Tides is just across the road from the beach and within walking distance of all the places a first time visitor should go.

The Tides
Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, luxury hotel in Miami

Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach

COMO’s first foray into America, Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach is a new luxury hotel in, as the convoluted name suggests, Miami.

Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach
Bellagio, luxury hotel in Las Vegas

Bellagio

The Bellagio overlooks a 12-acre lake replica of Italy's Lake Como, complete with a choreographed ballet of water, music and lights. Avoid the crowds watching the lake's famous fountain show while enjoying a cocktail in the Bellagio's Hyde Bar.

Bellagio
The pool at Four Seasons Las Vegas, luxury hotel in Las Vegas

Four Seasons Las Vegas

The Four Seasons Hotel is a sanctuary from the bright lights of the dazzling Las Vegas Strip, with ‘just’ 424 guest rooms and suites, making this one of the more intimate hotels in town.

Four Seasons Las Vegas
The Wynn Las Vegas, luxury hotel in Las Vegas

The Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Resort

A mere three billion dollars in the making, Steve Wynn’s eponymous temple to luxury rivals the Bellagio – another of his creations – for sheer opulence. If that wasn't enough, he also built an adjacent sister resort, aptly named Encore.

The Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Resort
The Mercer, luxury hotel in New York

The Mercer

One of the best new boutique hotels in New York, and sister hotel to Hollywood’s famed Chateau Marmont, the Mercer prides itself on its service and attention to detail.

The Mercer
Interior at Gramercy Park Hotel, luxury hotel in New York

Gramercy Park Hotel

The legendary Gramercy Park Hotel has been given the full Ian Schrager treatment since the 2006 relaunch with about as eclectic interiors as a hotel can get away with and stay the right side of good taste.

Gramercy Park Hotel
Soho House New York, luxury hotel in New York

Soho House New York

Part of the ultra cool (and British we may add) Soho House set, Soho House New York has taken a slice of our cool Britannia across the pond, and boy has it done us proud.

Soho House New York
The lounge at Greenwich Hotel, luxury hotel in New York

Greenwich Hotel

Any hotel owned by Robert de Niro is likely to be pretty cool, but you can be pretty sure there won’t be too many unhappy customers demanding face to face complaint time with the owner either.

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

Amangiri

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.

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

Ranch at Rock Creek

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.

Ranch at Rock Creek
Flowers at the spa at Tenaya Lodge, luxury hotel in the Great American Wilderness

Tenaya Lodge

A great alternative to the Ahwahnee Hotel, Tenaya Lodge is just outside Yosemite National Park’s south gate surrounded by almost 50 acres of beautiful forest. This lovely stone and timber lodge has the feel of an alpine lodge with a Native American twist.

Tenaya Lodge
The Awanhee, luxury hotel in the Great American Wilderness

The Ahwanhee

The Ahwahnee Hotel sits in splendid isolation in the middle of the Yosemite Valley and for setting alone would rank as the best hotel in the National Park.

The Ahwanhee
El Tovar hotel, luxury hotel in the Great American Wilderness

El Tovar

El Tovar Hotel first opened its doors in 1905, and has since been a popular luxury hotel located on the rim of the Grand Canyon, at the end of the Santa Fe Railway. It’s so elegant that if its walls could speak they would tell stories of previous famous clientele Bill Clinton and Albert Einstien – to name a few.

El Tovar
Brush Creek Ranch

Brush Creek Ranch

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.

Brush Creek Ranch
Mustang Monument

Mustang Monument

Drum roll please… Mustang Monument is a new concept eco-resort surrounded by vast yet stunning open spaces of Nevada, set to open in June this year. Mark our words, these luxury tee-pees will be the ultimate glamping experience.

Mustang Monument
Zion Lodge

Zion Lodge

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.

Zion Lodge
Bryce Canyon Lodge

Bryce Canyon Lodge

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.

Bryce Canyon Lodge

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A little more info

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?

Olga is our North America expert and as a seasoned traveller has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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