It’s not just the big cities of America that keep people coming back. Of course no trip would be complete without visiting the hustle and bustle of New York, or the iconic streets of San Francisco, but there is so much more to see and do. From the majesty of the Grand Canyon, to the vastness of Alaska and the breathtaking vistas of Canada, there is so much natural beauty to take in. Don’t forget Mexico too, with its rich culture and fascinating history.
Weather & Climate
Being such a huge landmass, North America offers almost every type of climate and weather condition at some point in the year. Enjoy the beach lifestyle on the west coast in July through September, or try and catch a white Christmas in New York. As you travel north things get a bit chilly, finally ending with subarctic temperatures in North Alaska and Canada. If you prefer things hotter and drier, you can always travel south to the deserts of Mexico!
History & Culture
Human history in North America goes back around 40,000 years, with climate change around 10,000 years ago causing an increase in population. The people of America remained indigenous until Christopher Columbus arrived with other Europeans in the 15th century. America went through several stages of conflict and revolutions, along with mass migration during the gold rush, to become the world-leading nation we see today. Today people all over the world appropriate North American culture, its music, fashion, film and food.
- North America is the third-largest continent by area, following Asia and Africa, and the fourth by population after Asia, Africa, and Europe.
- North America covers an area of about 24,709,000 square kilometers, which is about 4.8% of the planet's surface, or 16.5% of its total land area.
- The world's shortest river is The Roe River in Montana, USA. It is only 61 meters long and flows between Giant Springs and the Missouri River.
This one is literally a tip about tipping. In a lot of North American areas tipping is something that is often expected from waiting staff. Wages are lower and therefore tips are relied on heavily and these can range from 10-20% of your bill. Never feel pressured to leave a tip if has not been deserved, but be prepared for some disapproving looks if you regularly keep your coins in your pocket at the end of a meal.