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?


Top picks for North America

Canal view of Rosewood

Rosewood Washington D.C.

Washington DC

Set in central Georgetown, along the historic C&O Canal, Rosewood Washington D.C. is perfectly positioned for exploring the highlights of the American capital.

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Terrace at Rosewood Hotel Georgia, luxury hotel in British Columbia, Canada

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Vancouver

The Rosewood Hotel Georgia is now a face-lifted version of the popular original build in 1927. Located in Vancouver’s hip downtown district, Rosewood is an ideal hotspot for guests to see and be seen.

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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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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 week 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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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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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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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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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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Four Seasons Whistler, luxury hotel in British Columbia, Canada

Four Seasons Whistler

Whistler

The Four Seasons Resort Whistler rests in the prime location at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, a 400 yard walk to the Blackcomb ski lifts and a short shuttle to the village and Whistler Mountain.

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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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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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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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Orca Whales, 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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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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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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Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Vancouver Island

A luxurious eco-resort set in the untamed wilderness of the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve - one of the best intact examples of temperate rainforest on Earth - this former mining outpost has been converted into a luxury tented retreat.

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Rocky Mountaineer

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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Beach at Wickaninnish Inn, luxury hotel in British Columbia, Canada

The Wickaninnish Inn

Vancouver Island

The Wickaninnish Inn is a) virtually impossible to spell correctly, and b) on Vancouver Island's magnificently rugged west coast, minutes from the picturesque town of Tofino.

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