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  • Places to Visit in Canada | Places to Go in Canada | Rough Guides
    one of the world s most awe inspiring countries a mixture of raw beauty and more complex unexpected places to visit including desert temperate rainforest and lush orchards Add the Rockies glittering lakes and majestic peaks spectacular fjord slashed coastlines and the rippling prairie expanse with all the sky for a ceiling and you ve got more than enough room to truly lose yourself and the crowds As a bonus Canada s cities enchanting Québec trendy Vancouver cosmopolitan Toronto and stylish Montréal among them are rich with historical and cultural treasures Perhaps the hardest aspect of Canada to appreciate is its vast size the second largest country in the world after Russia it covers an area the United Kingdom could fit into 41 times over Much of this expanse is sparsely inhabited and the majority of the 35 million Canadians live in its southern half relatively close to the border with the US Like its neighbour to the south Canada is a spectrum of cultures a hotchpotch of immigrant groups who supplanted the continent s many aboriginal peoples For the visitor the mix that results from this mostly exemplary tolerance is an exhilarating experience offering such widely differing cultural artistic and culinary experiences as Vancouver s huge Chinatown the Inuit heartlands of the far north the austere religious enclaves of Manitoba or the Celtic tinged warmth of the Maritimes Yet in stark contrast to their southern neighbours some Canadians are often troubled by the lack of a clear self image tending to emphasize the ways in which their country is different from the US as a means of self description The question What is a Canadian continues to linger with the on again off again and always acrimonious debate over Québec s secession but ultimately there can be no simple

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  • Mexico Travel | Places to visit in Mexico | Rough Guides
    as diverse from the shimmering blue coastline of Baja California and the iconic cactus strewn deserts of the north to the Mayan villages and gorgeous palm smothered beaches of the south You can climb volcanoes watch whales swim underground and tour tequila farms And sprinkled throughout you ll find richly adorned colonial churches giant ancient pyramids and a sophisticated cuisine that has little in common with the world of nachos and burritos The 114 million people of Mexico reflect this variety too Communities of full blooded indígenas represent around ten percent of the population with the Nahua Maya Zapotec Mixtec Otomí and Totonac the largest groups There are also a few Mexicans of pure Spanish or European descent invariably forming the ranks of the mega rich even if billionaire Carlos Slim is actually of Lebanese ancestry The great majority of the population over eighty percent though is mestizo combining in themselves European and indigenous traditions with to a greater or lesser extent a veneer of urban sophistication Add in a multitude of distinct regional identities from the cowboy culture of the northern deserts to the Mesoamerican traditions of the south and you have a thrilling constantly surprising place to travel Despite the inevitable influence of the US looming to the north and close links with the rest of the Spanish speaking world an avid audience for Mexican pop and soap operas the country remains resolutely individual The music that fills the plazas in the evenings the buildings that circle around them even the smells emanating from a row of taco carts they all leave you without any doubt about where you are Many first time visitors are surprised to find that Mexico is far from being a developing nation the country has a robust economy the world s fourteenth largest a remarkably thorough and efficient internal transport system and a vibrant contemporary arts and music scene Indeed in the last twenty years or so Mexico has finally become a middle class society perhaps the country s greatest achievement since Independence Often compared to the BRIC economies Mexico is expected to have a higher GDP per capita than all but three European countries by 2050 It s certainly not all suburbs and SUVs quite yet though adventure can still be found through happening upon a village fiesta complete with a muddy bullfight and rowdy dancing or hopping on a rural bus packed with farmers all carrying machetes half their height and curious about how you ve wound up going their way It s also true that Mexico is not always an easy place to travel around The power may go off the water may not be drinkable Occasionally it can seem that there s incessant inescapable noise and dirt And although the mañana mentality is largely an outsiders myth rural Mexico is still a land where timetables are not always to be entirely trusted where anything that can break down will break down when it s most needed and where any

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  • USA Travel | Places to visit in USA | Rough Guides
    their own right America is above all a land of stunningly diverse and achingly beautiful landscapes In one nation you have the mighty Rockies and spectacular Cascades the vast mythic desert landscapes of the Southwest the endless rolling plains of Texas and Kansas the tropical beaches and Everglades of Florida the giant redwoods of California and the sleepy pristine villages of New England You can soak up the mesmerizing vistas in Crater Lake Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks stand in awe at the Grand Canyon hike the Black Hills cruise the Great Lakes paddle in the Mississippi surf the gnarly breaks of Oahu and get lost in the vast wilderness of Alaska Or you could easily plan a trip that focuses on the out of the way hamlets remote prairies eerie ghost towns and forgotten byways that are every bit as American as its showpiece icons and monuments The sheer size of the country prevents any sort of overarching statement about the typical American experience just as the diversity of its people undercuts any notion of the typical American Icons as diverse as Mohammed Ali Louis Armstrong Sitting Bull Hillary Clinton Michael Jordan Madonna Martin Luther King Abraham Lincoln Elvis Presley Mark Twain John Wayne and Walt Disney continue to inspire and entertain the world and everyone has heard of the blues country and western jazz rock n roll and hip hop all American musical innovations There are Irish Americans Italian Americans African Americans Chinese Americans and Latinos Texan cowboys and Bronx hustlers Seattle hipsters and Alabama pastors New England fishermen Las Vegas showgirls and Hawaiian surfers Though it often sounds clichéd to foreigners the only thing that holds this bizarre federation together is the oft maligned American Dream While the USA is one of the world s oldest still

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  • Map of North America | North America Countries | Rough Guides | Rough Guides
    it really feels like anything is possible Our map of North America will help you plan the perfect trip Star of a million movies and the birthplace of countless bright ideas the USA feels more like a continent than a country home to just about every imaginable landscape including vast prairies arid deserts and show stealing beaches Dozens of the world s best known cities are found here providing endless opportunities for culinary and cultural exploration Although the USA s influence is felt far beyond its shores Canada has retained its unique identity Forest still covers much of the country including large swathes of the seriously photogenic Banff National Park home to glaciers and grizzly bears Mexico is a whole world away its cactus studded plains swampy mangrove forests chaotic cities tropical beaches and Mayan ruins could keep you busy for months on end Your North American adventure starts here Find out more about North America Interactive North America Map North American Countries Click the links below to view a map of your chosen country 1 Canada 2 Mexico 3 USA Related Ebooks The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide The Rough Guide to Canada View

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  • North America Travel | Places to visit in North America | Rough Guides
    North America Destination Guides Canada Mexico USA Latest North America Features View By Destination Canada Greenland Mexico Nicaragua USA USA New The best theme parks in America The most haunted places in America Where to stay in LA an area by area guide The ultimate foodie s guide to Mexico 15 things to do on the Las Vegas Strip 6 reasons why Montana is the star of America s west On the trail of the real Twin Peaks in the USA The best city breaks in the USA Lunenburg Canada s most colourful town See all North America features Travel Guides The Great Plains Rough Guides Snapshot USA includes Missouri Oklahoma Kansas Nebraska Iowa South Dakota and North Dakota The Rough Guide to San Francisco and the Bay Area The Rough Guide to New York City Toronto Rough Guides Snapshot Canada The Rough Guide to Mexico Yucatan Rough Guides Snapshot Mexico The Rough Guide to the USA Rough Guide Snapshot USA Los Angeles The Rough Guide to Florida See all North America travel guides Gallery See all pictures of North America 20 off ebooks Subscribe to the Rough Guides newsletter and get 20 off any ebook Join over 50 000

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  • The Best Theme Parks In America | Rough Guides
    World Florida What list of amusement parks could go without mentioning Disney World Indeed the complex really is a world unto itself with four gigantic theme parks two top notch waterparks nonstop entertainment and 28 different Disney resorts suited to a variety of tastes and budgets From the cheery nostalgia of Magic Kingdom to the looping coasters of Hollywood Studios Disney World s immensity doesn t just warrant a day trip but a whole holiday Magic Kingdom by Jeff Krause on Flickr license Dollywood Tennessee Few places put such a charming spin on celebrity cultism as Dollywood Dolly Parton s very own amusement park Built in her Great Smoky Mountains homeland the park draws its inspiration from the history and culture of East Tennessee An impressive breadth of rides award winning shows and festivals a full size steam train and the world s fastest wooden roller coaster keep more than three million guests a season steadily rolling in Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure Florida Universal Studios used to have an unspoken reputation as secondary to Disney though by all means still a brilliant park However since the opening of Islands of Adventure particularly the recently expanded and incredibly detailed Wizarding World of Harry Potter they just might be the best in the country A replica of the Hogwarts Express now connects the two parks Both are bursting full of attractions ranging from cutting edge coasters on Marvel Superhero Island to whimsical ride alongs in the land of Dr Seuss Diagon Alley by Jeff Krause on Flickr license Knoebels Pennsylvania Founded in 1926 Knoebels is a classic American amusement park running the types of nostalgic attractions and mighty wooden coasters you d happily relive every summer But above all Knoebels should be praised for its prices General admittance is free and rides range from 1 25 to a maximum of 3 per person The park s rather famous freshly baked apple dumplings with ice cream also deserve special mention as well as its dogs allowed policy Pacific Park Santa Monica California Though the thought that Pacific Park s whirring rides are supported by a wooden pier alone might feel a little death defying the oceanfront ambience here will have you feeling California carefree There are only thirteen rides but remember you re in Santa Monica Stroll through the gorgeous Venice Canals Walkway to Venice Beach where Californian bodybuilders pump iron under the sun skateboards and surfers showcase their skills and all manner of bric a brac sellers psychics and ragtag performers set up along the boardwalk Welcome to people watching paradise Pacific Park by Jim Sheaffer on Flickr license Holiday World Splashin Safari Indiana The automatic two parks for the price of one ticket is a huge draw here Holiday World consistently wins awards for being the cleanest park in America and it boasts some top notch rides too Neighbouring Splashin Safari is home to the two longest water coasters on Earth and it provides a refreshing relief after a

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  • The Most Haunted Places In America | Rough Guides
    of his family in 1974 One year later the the Lutz family moved in suffered a bout of physical injuries caused by unseen forces glowing red eyes rotating crucifixes and general madness before moving out It s upon these experiences which best selling book The Amityville Horror and its eponymous Hollywood blockbuster are based Though the story has been subject to scathing scepticism some may be worried to know that the Lutz s passed a polygraph interrogation about the hauntings Cape May New Jersey Sun on your skin a warm ocean breeze and white sand between your toes by day Cape May seems far from frightening But the pleasures of America s oldest seaside resort established in 1620 are said to be enjoyed by both the living and the dead At night the cheerfully coloured Victorian mansions take on a spooky silhouette Resident paranormal investigators lead ghost tours down dark streets lit by flickering gas lamps telling grisly tales of the old wooden buildings now infamous for unearthly happenings Conveniently many of the most haunted estates have been converted into lovely inns and quaint B Bs Sweet dreams Cape May Pixabay CC0 Gettysburg Battlefield Pennsylvania With the lives of nearly 8 000 civil war soldiers lost during the decisive Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania many visitors claim they can still hear the cannon fire and bloodcurdling screams of soldiers The deceased don t seem limited to the battlefield either with apparitions of ghostly horsemen roaming as far as Gettysburg College Indeed believers have sworn witness to entire battles raging throughout the area soldiers stuck performing their final acts of patriotism like broken records on an eternal loop The RMS Queen Mary Long Beach California The Queen Mary served as an ocean liner warship and swanky cruise ship before being converted into a proper luxury hotel permanently docked at Long Beach in 1967 But the souls of passengers who died aboard the ship s tumultuous past have reportedly remained and these ghosts keep today s guests rolling in Haunted highlights include the sounds of phantom children playing in an empty nursery and the particularly rowdy spirit of a purser murdered in Cabin B340 sadly the cabin is no longer rented out due to the safety hazards of flying furniture The Queen Mary by Chris Michaels on Flickr license Waverly Hills Sanatorium Kentucky More than 8 000 people perished behind the immense gothic façade of Waverly Hills a hospital opened in 1910 to treat Kentucky s tuberculosis epidemic However in 1962 the sanatorium was converted into a home for individuals with mental illness This is when Waverly Hills earned its frightening reputation The facility turned rife with stories of suicide medical mistreatment and grotesque experiments upon patients In 1982 the state of Kentucky finally forced the centres closure due to patient neglect This is easily one of the most haunted places in America prime ghost hunting territory But be warned those who died here did not do so happily Overnight stays are

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  • Where To Stay In LA: An Area By Area Guide | Rough Guides
    Downtown LA Pixabay CC0 Hollywood Ever since movies and their stars became international symbols of the good life Hollywood has been a magnet to millions of tourists and an equal number of hopefuls drawn by the prospect of riches and glory In reality this was a densely populated low income residential neighbourhood and movie stars actually spent little time here leaving as soon as they could afford to for the privacy of the hills or coast Things have brightened up in the past few years with the construction of new tourist plazas and shopping malls The contrasting qualities of freshly polished nostalgia corporate hype and deep set seediness today make Hollywood one of LA s most diverse areas and one of its best spots for bar hopping and clubbing For a quirky stay Hollywood Bed Breakfast This B B is set in a 1912 home that looks a little like something out of Dr Seuss It s close to all the action with four cosy rooms and a small pool For modern simplicity Magic Castle Hotel Justly popular hotel boasting rooms and suites in a neat modern style with heated pool and free soda candy and cookies 24 hours a day Hollywood Pixabay CC0 West LA What is loosely called the Westside of Los Angeles begins immediately beyond Hollywood in West LA which contains some of the city s most expensive neighbourhoods Bordered by the Santa Monica Mountains to the north the Santa Monica Freeway to the south Hollywood to the east and the beach cities the west this swath of the city best embodies the stylish images that Los Angeles projects to the outside world Highlights include the restaurants and boutiques of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills and the outstanding Getty Center positioned high above the LA basin For Midwestern kitsch Farmer s Daughter Conveniently located across from naturally the Farmers Market this is a handsome boutique property with elements of country styled Midwestern kitsch For unbridled luxury Bel Air The poshest hotel in LA bar none built in 1946 and now owned by the Sultan of Brunei in a lushly overgrown canyon and themed like an Arabian oasis Rodeo Drive Pixabay CC0 Santa Monica Venice and Malibu For many Angelenos Santa Monica represents the impossible dream a low key tolerant beachside town with a relaxed air and easy access to the rest of the city Set along a white sand beach and home to some of LA s finest stores restaurants and galleries this small community is friendly and liberal a compact accessible bastion of oceanside charm Immediately south lies quirky Venice where you ll find an eccentric mix of skaters street acts buskers and more Gentrification has had an impact but there s still an edgy feel in some areas Malibu to the north has long been immortalised in surfing movies and is perfect for soaking up beach culture with its ramshackle surf shops and fast food stands along the Pacific Coast Highway PCH For a bed

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