Some North American visitors come for skiing, surfing, rafting, or hiking adventures, while others choose to relax at a spa or at the beach. Some soak in the bright lights and shopping of the biggest cities, while others choose to truly escape it all at one of North America’s unspoiled national parks.

Each North American town, regardless of size, has its own annual festival or exhibition as unique as the continent itself. But no matter which region of this vast continent tourists choose to visit, they will always find something to do.

Trekking: follow the footsteps walked by North America’s original settlers by exploring the continent’s vast landscape on foot. Whether visitors prefer a leisurely stroll through grassy parks or a challenging hike through wilderness long untouched by human footsteps, North America has something for all trekkers, regardless of age or experience.

Diving and snorkeling: North America’s most popular diving and snorkeling sites are located in the west coast and southern tropical areas which offer the warmest waters and largest variety of marine life. More experienced divers may welcome the challenge of exploring more northern waters, although dry suits are strongly recommended.

Surfing: most people first think of California when they think of surfing, but North America also offers unforgettable and challenging waves where surfers might least expect them. Even Canada is rapidly increasing in popularity as a surfing destination.

White water rafting and kayaking: gorgeous scenery and excellent white water can be found in almost every corner of North America. It’s easy for visitors to choose the paddling adventure which suits them best, whether they’re brand-new to rafting or expert paddlers looking for a new challenge. Almost all North American white water rafting and kayaking destinations offer guided tours.

Skiing: only the European Alps rival North America as a skiing destination. Most of the continent’s ski resorts also offer other winter activities such as tobogganing, snowboarding, and lessons for skiers of all levels. And after a long day on the slopes, skiers can drink hot chocolate and relax in front of a warm fireplace.

Mountain climbing / rock climbing: the Rockies, Alaska, California’s Sierra Nevada, and the Cascades of the Pacific Northwest are North America’s most popular rock climbing and mountaineering destinations, but challenging peaks can be found in some more unlikely places.

National parks and reserves: North America’s immense variety of national parks represents this continent’s diverse landscape. Some offer beautiful beaches, some have spectacular mountain scenery, and some are vast northern wilderness sites. A few are truly international parks straddling the Canada/US border.

World Heritage sites: this young continent has an abundance of World Heritage sites, including remains of historic pre-European settlement, international icons like the Statue of Liberty, and vast wilderness parks still untouched by human settlement.

Spiritual places and trips: the first North American spiritual places were considered holy ground for centuries before European settlement, while the magnificent cathedrals built by English, French, and Spanish settlers rival those found in the old country. A few unique places blend Christian religion with traditional native beliefs.

Islands and beaches: North America’s most famous beach destinations are Florida and California, but sparkling water and fun in the sun can be found almost anywhere on the continent.

Festivals and events: from Quebec City’s Winter Carnival to San Francisco’s St Stupid Day Parade, North America’s annual festivals are as unique as their host cities.