North America Travel Guide

Map of North America

Overview

Capital City: No Capital
Language Spoken: The most common languages that are spoken are English and Spanish.
Climate: The climate varies a ton and largely depends on where you're visting. Generally speaking the northern part of North America is quite cold and the southern part of the continent, including Central America, is quite warm year round.
Safety Rating: 7/10 - This largely depends on where you'll be traveling but like most places, as long as you do your homework ahead of time and you use common sense, especially in larger cities, you'll be okay.
Transportation: Airplanes, buses, taxis, Ubers, trains, helicopters, rental cars, shuttles, and rental bicycles.
Currency: Varies by country
Expensiveness: Varies by country
Cost of Exit/Entry: Varies by country
Visa Required: Varies by country
Vaccinations Required: Varies by country

An overview of New York City at night New York City: This city is one of the major financial, commercial and cultural centers of the entire world. There are tons of things to do from shopping, to eating, to nightlife, to sightseeing, and more. You'll never be bored in the city that never sleeps.

The Hollywood sign on the hill Los Angeles: This city is at the center of California's television and movie industry. If you ever wanted to bump into a movie/TV star, you'd probably have the best chances of doing so in LA. Los Angeles is also filled with a ton of things to do, like exploring Hollywood, museums, Venice Beach, movie studio tours, and professional sports games.

A cathedral in the middle of Mexico City Mexico City: If you're looking to experience some true Mexican culture, this might be a city that you'd want to add to your list. You'll get a true feel for Mexico by walking the bustling streets of its capital. There is extremely delicious food in the area, great museums, plenty of places to shop, and tons of things to see. Unlike most capital cities towards the southern part of North America, Mexico City actually has a fairly high reputation for safety.

A bridge over in Vancouver at night Vancouver: This is a lively city on the west coast of Canada. It is filled with gorgeous gardens, beautiful parks, and other outdoor adventures. Even with its excess of outdoor activities, Vancouver still feels like a big city with plenty to do. It is a very diverse city with a lot of different cultures blended into one. There is plenty of good food to go around and a thriving arts scene.

The skyline of Toronto at night Toronto: This is one of Canada's main big cities and it is nestled right along the beautiful Lake Ontario. It is well known for its rich diversity (estimated nearly half of all residents were born outside of Canada) and over 100 different languages are spoken. There is plenty to love about this city such as the great food, good bars, and entertainment (museums, hockey games, markets, art, etc.).

An overview of the city of Granada Granada: This Nicaraguan city is located along the shores of Lake Nicaragua. It is well known for its colonial architecture and colorful buildings. This beautiful city has a strong sense of culture, is right around some of Nicaragua's biggest attractions, and has a laid-back tropical atmosphere.

A picture of the streets of Antigua Antigua: Antigua is a small city surrounded by volcanoes in southern Guatemala. Similar to Granada, it is best known for its colonial architecture, colorful buildings, great culture, and laid back atmosphere. It is a great stop for anyone traveling through Central America.

Things To Do

Ancient Mayan ruins Explore Mayan Ruins: Central America is where the ancient Maya people called home. Throughout the region you can explore tons of ancient ruins in almost every country of Central America and Mexico.

A street in New York City with a couple of taxis Walk the Streets of New York City: There is no denying that New York has a certain sense of energy that is infectious for many people. There are an incredible amount of people that are in this city everyday and there is a non-stop flow of things to do. So walk around, take in the sights, grab a single slice of New York style pizza (one bite everyone knows the rules), and embrace the city life.

A person surfing a wave Go Surfing Along the Coast of Central America: The coast of Central America is where many surfers flock to, so that they can catch some world class waves. One of the cool parts about Central America is that there are a lot of inexpensive places that will teach you how to surf if you are a beginner like myself.

The Grand Canyon in the United States Check Out the Beautiful National Parks In the Region: There are a tremendous amount of gorgeous national parks throughout the entire continent. All very unique from one another, so for those of you who love beautiful and natural landscapes be sure to look up the national parks in the region that you'll be traveling to.

Food/Drinks To Try

Clam Chowder: This is a thick, warm, and hearty seafood soup that is made with minced clams, onions, bacon, and potatoes.

Poutine: This tasty treat consists of french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy.

Fried Chicken: This is popular in the southern part of the United States. Chicken is battered and then friend to make for a delicious meal. A popular treat in the southern part of the United States, made with fried chicken, is chicken and waffles which is a waffle topped with friend chicken and syrup.

Pizza: Whether you're going for a New York slice or a deep dish slice in Chicago, the United States has some of the best pizza around.

Hamburger: This is a patty of ground beef that is cooked and placed between two buns. It typically includes a variety of toppings including pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, and onions. This has become a popular snack in most places around the world but it was said to be originated in the United States in the early 1900s.

Buffalo Wings: Chicken wings that are unbreaded, fried, and then covered in a hot buffalo sauce and melted butter.

Maple Everything: Maple is a large staple in Canada and it is used in a variety of dishes.

Tacos al Pastor: These tacos are made with a pork based meat that roots back to the Central Mexico region.

Apple Pie: A delicious pie made with apples and cinnamon. It is best served warm with a side of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Tips

  • Tipping is expected in most countries in North America, so be sure to do your homework on common tipping practices for the place you're planning on visiting.
  • Buses are typically the cheapest way to get around.
  • Take advantage of the free things to do like local events and natural landscapes.

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