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Exploring and touring North America

Clive Wedderburn September 11, 2015

Exploring the USA and Canada is a vast proposal for any traveller intent on discovering the rich cultural, historical and geographical diversity of this amazing continent. Although you may already have an idea of where you want to go – the question still remains: how are you going to get there? 

Of course you could always fly, but alternatives to the aeroplane will mean you get to see much more of the country - at your own pace – stopping wherever there’s a view worth pointing your camera at.
With an enviable list of transportation options to suit every traveller, here are five top trips to inspire your next great North American adventure.
Without doubt, train travel is a great way to discover North America and what better terrain than the Canadian Rockies. Begin your journey in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Vancouver, where you’ll join the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer train.  Enjoy jaw-dropping panoramic views, gourmet cuisine and captivating storytelling, all from the comfort of your GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service dome coach.  As the train travels east you’ll witness the spectacular beauty of the Canadian wilderness at slower than usual speeds.  This holiday includes many highlights, such as the Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise to Jasper and Banff National Park, along with an exciting 12 minute helicopter tour over the Rockies. For a real treat combine your adventure with the great Wild West bonanza, the Calgary Stampede held every July.
Route 66 
In some people’s book, two wheels will always be better than four. The feeling of wind through your hair and sun on your shades can be experienced astride a great American classic motorcycle courtesy of Eaglerider Guided Motorcycle Tours. If you’re going to attempt the great American road trip then why not try the classic Route 66 on a Harley Davidson Fat Boy or an Electra Glide Classic with fellow biking enthusiasts and a professional guide to point out attractions along the way. Traverse eight states from the Great Lakes of the north, detouring through dazzling Las Vegas before rolling into California where the road runs out at the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica.
3) Explore The Canadian Rockies in a RV (with Cruise Canada) 
Is there any better purpose-built vehicle to discover the northern wildernesses than then recreational vehicle known simply as the RV? We don’t think so. The RV is a campervan on steroids perfectly suited to wide North American highways.
As you glide serenely through the Canadian Rockies to Jasper and Banff National Park encountering the dramatic landscapes, glaciers, and alpine lakes, forests stretching as far as the eye can see, you’ll fall in love with your new home on wheels. With all the mod-cons you could wish for including as air-con, shower, fridge and freezer, RV travel allows you to experience the great outdoors with all the comforts of home.
From the antebellum stately houses of Savannah to the French Quarter of New Orleans, sampling barbeques and country and blues in Nashville and Memphis Tennessee, not to mention the mighty Mississippi River.
Such iconic names send ripples through the still waters of American history. Your experienced guide will introduce you to Gone with the Wind and the Tara Museum in Atlanta, or take you on a tour of Beale Street in Memphis. If you want to experience the beautiful south in all its glory, a 12 day escorted coach tour will leave you singing the praises of the fabled Deep South.
If you’re looking for the perfect USA multi centre holiday, one of the very best can be found along Pacific Highway 1. This stretch of Californian coastline is dotted with hidden gems from Santa Monica to San Francisco. On this 12 day self-drive itinerary, not only can you discover glamorous cities such as Los Angeles - stopping in Beverley Hills to star-spot, and Las Vegas to check out the famous Strip - you’ll also get the opportunity to drive through beautiful beach towns such as Santa Barbara and Carmel. With wide open freeways and a V8 Ford Mustang for company, however, you may not want to stop – just keep the motor running.
Need more inspiration? Try our USA Road Trip Recommender to help you choose your perfect USA adventure.