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5 Things You’ve Just Gotta Do: USA & Canada Edition

Get your North America on!

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From the home of rock ‘n’ roll to the home of hockey; we bring the best parts of the USA & Canada

1) Take a stroll down Sunset Boulevard

Ready to stroll down the heart of Hollywood? Stretching from Downtown LA to the Pacific Coast Highway, Sunset Boulevard is the icon of Hollywood celebrity culture. Taking you along Sunset Strip to the famous West Hollywood nightlife and down Guitar Row as you stroll past recording studios of the rich and famous, there’s no telling you’ll bump into as you wander.

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Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles

2) Stay up all night in The City That Never Sleeps

Give me those bright lights and long nights. New York’s nightlife is legendary throughout the world and it’s no wonder – you can find a bar or club to suit anyone in The City That Never Sleeps. If you're looking for the ultimate dive, check out Arrow Bar on Avenue A between 5th & 6th streets - it's hipster central and the happy hour of 2-for-1 drinks until 9pm will get you ready for a night of dancing. Summer travellers need to (and I mean neeeeeeed to) hit up the Standard Hotel's Biergarten for some outdoor brews in a massive outdoor beer garden right in the middle of the Meatpacking District. And if you're looking for a night of getting dolled up and downing a few cocktails, head to the Ink48 rooftop terrace, giving you a view of the Hudson River on one side and a clear view of the New York skyline on the other. Ahhhh. Bliss.

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3) It’s time to put on your blue suede shoes

It’s time to get back to your Rock ‘n’ Roll roots and make the pilgrimage to the Memphis Tennessee. Home to Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Sun Studio, Beale Street and mouth-watering barbecue there’s no better place to have a go at recording your own record, listen to live music or kick back with a beer and party.

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4) Arm yourself with chopsticks

Thanks to its large Asian population, Vancouver is home to some of the best and cheapest sushi in North America. Freshly shucked oysters, award-winning sushi and simply prepared seafood can be found in the Blue Water Café & Raw Bar. For a more traditional Japanese experience, try out the freshly prepared rolls and sashimi at Okada Sushi, or pick out a lobster from the live tub. Depending how cheap you want to go, there are sushi deals advertised all over the downtown area.

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5) Avoid injury with shinny

Just about everyone can ice-skate in Canada, but don't let that put you off having a few embarrassing tumbles at Toronto's 50 or so outdoor rinks – the two most popular are at the Harbourfront Centre and Nathan Phillips Square. Ice hockey – particularly that played by the beloved Leafs (Toronto Maple Leafs) – is the city's obsession and tickets for bruising games are almost always sold out. Mug up on your knowledge of the national game to impress the locals at the Hockey Hall of Fame, and if you want to give the sport a go, try joining in on a game of 'shinny' (the informal 'be nice' version of the game) at any public rink. All you need is a stick and some skates.

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