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Highlight: Yellow Stone National Park, USA- Yellowstone National Park is mainly located in the state of Wyoming, but does also extend into Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone is a popular destination due to the large variety of wildlife and plants found there, as well as its many geothermal features, lakes, waterfalls, and thousands of miles of trails to enjoy.
Highlight: Mexico City, Mexico- Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and the largest city in North America. The greater metropolitan area is also one of the largest in the world. Mexico City is divided into 16 boroughs and then a further 250 neighborhoods, which helps when visiting. There are many attractions there that show the cities Aztec and colonial heritage, as well as its modern day character. Including Alameda Central, a park that was originally an Aztec marketplace, Plaza de las Tres Culturas, this plaza shows architecture from the three cultures that have influenced this city (Aztec, Spanish and modern day Mexican), and the Angel de la Independencia, a symbol of victory situated on a roundabout in the downtown area.
Highlight: The Black Hills, USA- The Black Hills, located in South Dakota, are beautiful mountains and pine-clad forests full of Old West Heritage. For history check out Adams Museum and House to take a look at the gold rush to Deadwood, or Fort Meade Calvalry Museum for a look back to the days of the Indian Wars. There are also great recreational trails to enjoy and camping here is superb. The Black Hills are also home to the ledgendary Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorials.
Highlight: Banff and Jasper National Park, Canada- Banff & Jasper National Parks in Canada are scenically spectacular. Towering mountains, turquoise lakes, flowing rivers, pine forests, and glaciers make this picture perfect. For fewer crowds, lower costs, and reasonable temperatures visit in September or October, this time of year also has the added draw that the trees are all changing to their autumn colours which adds to the sheer visual beauty. If you are lucky you may spot the Canadian Rockies big five- bear, wolf, moose, deer and elk.
Highlight: Parque Nacional Corcovado, Costa Rica- Parque Nacional Corcovado is a national park on the southwestern coast of Costa Rica, on the Osa Penisula. It is home to large lowland tropical rainforests, highland cloud forests, mango swamps, remote beaches & coastal areas and an abundance of wildlife. This area is widely considered to be one of the most impressive forests in the world. Animals and birds to spot include the Harpy Eagle, Baird's Tapir, Macaws, and Squirrel Monkeys. Corcovado is also home to Jaguars, Ocelot and Pumas, as well as Crocodile, Caiman, Poison dart frogs and snakes. The best time for camping here is from January to April when it is drier, but expect to get wet most year round.
Highlight: Havana, Cuba- Havana is the Capital of Cuba, and is located in the Caribbean Ocean. Cuba reopened to tourism in the 1990's and has become a popular destination again. Due in part to the tropical climate and year round warm weather enjoyed there but also because it really is a one off. The city has an electric atmosphere, admire the classic Cars, Colonial Palaces and Art Deco buildings, dance and drink rum. Appreciate that this is not a city cynically made up for tourists and get there before this changes.
Highlight: Panama City, Panama- Panama is the most southerly country in Central America and is on the isthmus between North and South America, the Panama Canal crosses this and connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Panama City is located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal. This city is a dynamic multicultural metropolis and is the Financial hub of Central America. It has been and still is experiencing building fever as more and more skyscrapers fill the skyline. One of the most popular attractions is of course the Canal, but a visit to the Old City is also worth it to explore the colonial buildings, plazas and churches.
Highlight: The Northern Cayes, Belize- Belize is located in Central America between Mexico and Guatemala. The Northern Cayes are a group of over a hundred islands and two atolls that bring to life the often day-dreamed tropical island fantasy. Whether you want a deserted beach, pampering, or partying these isles will cater for your needs. But the main attraction for most travellers is the 80 miles of barrier reef that lie just off the coast of the Cayes. Swim, snorkel or scuba dive with Stringrays, Nurse sharks, and tropical fish of all colours, through coral gardens and caves.
Highlight: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile- San Pedro de Atacama is a small village in northern Chile that overlooks the Licancabur volcano and is located at the center of some of Chile's most stunning scenery. Nearby you will find Chile's largest salt flats and fields of Geysers. Other activities here include sandbording, mountain climbing and stargazing.
Highlight: Buenos Aires, Argentina- Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and one of the largest cities in Latin America. The city is made up of 48 districts. Buenos Aires has a lot to offer travellers from football games to tango lessons, from beautiful parks to thumping nightlife, and from wine tasting to skydiving
Highlight: Road Trip Los Angeles, San Francisco & Las Vegas- This is a great west coast road trip that will take you to three famous cities over two states. Los Angeles and San Fransisco are in California and Las Vegas is in Nevada (you may even creep into Arizona if you go to Hoover Dam). The must see sights along the way include Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, Yosemite, Hoover Dam, The Grand Canyon and all the sights of Vegas.