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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Spread across a large area, this destination is nothing if not diverse. Choosing a single place to focus your time, that is a true challenge. There are attractions everywhere so be ready to come back another day, and after some time here, that’s exactly what you’ll want to do. Exploring the Area The biggest cities are along the coast. History …
Planning a Trip
Visas Check with the appropriate consulate or embassy in your country to find out if you will need a visa to visit the country of your destination, especially for an extended period of time. Some countries have extremely detailed and complicated entry/departure laws, and treat visits of a week or two very differently from longer stays. Money If you’re traveling …
A perfect city for exploring on foot with a shop around every corner. Much of the inner city can be walked without trouble, however, in parts walking include crowds, uneven streets, heavy traffic, and skinny sidewalks. If that’s a problem, there are plenty of taxi’s to ride in and scooters to rent. How to Travel Subway – The metro is the …
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 …
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