With a surface area of 24,221,490km² (9,351,969 square miles), between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean and to the north of South America. North America’s highest point is Alaska’s Mount McKinley, which rises to 6,194m (20,320 ft) above sea level. There are also seven smaller nations at its southern extreme (collectively known as Central America), around two dozen island nations and territories of various sizes in the Caribbean, and one isolated French territory off the Canadian Atlantic coast.
North America consists of three large nations and one large island territory: Canada, United States of America, Mexico and Greenland.
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History & Culture
Early History Home to years of history, which stretched far and wide. Due to the characteristic weather, the earliest explorers completely bypassed the area. The first settlement in the area was founded 1770 as a mission community. In addition to the mission, a military fort was built. Upon gaining independence, the area grew quickly. The old system gradually came to …
Take a look at each of our stunning locations and imagine yourself there: Lakes and Mountains Stay in our four star lakeside accommodation, whether you choose one of our log chalets or a contemporary apartment, you will look over stunning views of the valley. Perhaps go for a gentle stroll around the local village, a refreshing swim in the beautifully …
Quick Tips Banks – Open Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm. Some banks are closed for lunch. Emergencies – For police, dial a local phone number; for ambulance call a hospital. Internet Access – Wifi is standard in most hotels and free in many coffee shops. Mail – Buy stamps at the Post Office. Convenient post offices are located all cities. Most are open …
Parks Lake Shores: a barbequeue by the lake is a great way to enjoy the wonderful views, summer weather and meet local people. Cruise on the car-free shore promenade, it will recharge your batteries! Nature Reserve: a few minutes drive away, you’ll find a beautiful nature reserve where you have a chance to see unique species of fauna and flora. Bring your litter back with …
Once you have arrived there will be plenty to keep you busy, but depending on the time of year, here are a few ways you can keep the party going. See the activities, entertainment and trips and you’ll never want to come home! It’s a worry free event holiday. All you need to do is tell us where you want …
If you’re applying for a tourist, student or work visa for US, UK or Australia, your social media feed might affect your chances. Now the social media trail you leave behind can determine your visa chances to countries like the US, UK and Australia. According to visa agencies, an individual’s social media updates helps them spot any issues regarding the …Continue reading
Traveling from the top of Alaska to the tip of Tierra del Fuego, this is the tire-testing, jawdropping, gas-guzzling journey that will impress all your friends, and here at Lonely Planet we’re running a competition on Pinterest to get those of you out and about along the PAH to send in photos, stories and tips from your trips. We’ll pin …Continue reading
The travel-loving citizens of Japan are in luck, as the country now has the world’s most powerful passport. Japanese travellers can access a record total of 189 destinations without needing a visa, overtaking former number-one countries Singapore and Germany, according to the latest Henley Passport Index. Singapore and Germany now share the second spot, as their citizens can go to …Continue reading