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30 best things to do in North America before you’re 35

From flying over the Grand Canyon to skiing the slopes of Whistler – these are the ultimate experiences in the USA and Canada...

1. Go on a Miami Vice Speedboat Tour

The wind in your hair and your sunnies firmly on as you whizz past high rise buildings. It doesn’t get any better than this…

2. Look out for bears at Yellowstone National Park

Ok, it’s not totally guaranteed that you’ll see one but if you do, it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget. Plus the national park is beyond beautiful and is home to awe-inspiring giant redwood trees.

3. Indulge in some Texan BBQ in Amarillo

Oozing with flavour and smoked over a hickory firewood – what better way to channel the Texan ‘bigger is better’ mantra than with a traditional BBQ experience?

4. See the sights in DC

You can’t get to the heart of the nation without visiting the historic capital city and the centre of global politics… Epic!

5. Go canoeing in Whistler

Canoeing on calm waters surrounded by Whistler’s stunning landscapes is one of the most blissful experiences, trust us.

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6. Take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon

It’s already mind-blowing when you’re admiring this natural wonder with your feet on the ground, but a helicopter ride will give you a new vantage point of the deep-red canyons that you won’t forget in a hurry.

7. Cruise the San Fran Bay on a catamaran

Ah San Fransisco, the Californian gem where creative minds and stylish shops come to mingle. Take in the colourful architecture by hopping in a catamaran and cruising round the bay.

8. Ride the rollercoasters at Disneyland

Once you’ve processed that you’re actually in your childhood fantasy location (AKA the place where dreams come true), it’s time to channel your inner daredevil on the rides. Woo!

9. Take a hot air balloon ride in Arizona

Desert vistas and breathtaking panoramas as you ascend into the skies with your travel squad? Heck yeah…

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10. Tuck into deep dish pizza in Chicago

Just like you wouldn’t go to Rome and not sample gelato, you’d be a fool to leave this creative concrete jungle without munching on the city’s famous deep dish pizza.

11. Go snorkelling in Maui

With an abundance of eclectic sea life and crystal clear waters, the idyllic shores of Maui, Hawaii, are just waiting to be explored. Snorkels at the ready.

12. Take a boat ride to the base of Niagara Falls

The cascading waters of the mind-boggling Niagara Falls are definitely not to be missed, and a boat right will let you get face to face with the action. That is, if you don’t mind getting wet..

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13. Go celeb-spotting in Beverly Hills

Everyone deserves to feel a little prestige every now and again, and there’s no better place to rub shoulders with stars than in Beverly Hills. Grab a latte, sit back and relax; you never know who might pass you by…

14. Experience Native American culture in Santa Fe

Sunny Santa Fe is the city where Mexican, Native American and Spanish cultures come together in a vibrant melting pot, and you’ll get fully immersed with a full-day visit.

15. Do a Gossip Girl tour of New York

Walk in the footsteps of Blair Waldorf herself as you discover The Big Apple, Gossip Girl style. Xoxo.

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16. Go on an urban bike adventure in Boston

Take to two wheels to explore the Irish influences of this Eastern gem.

17. Peruse the markets in Charleston

There are trinkets aplenty in the charming indoor markets of Charleston – a colourful Southern city frozen in time. Better bring a few bags.

18. Go on a Las Vegas party bus tour

Oh Vegas, you do know how to party! Get the full Vegas experience by donning your glad rags and hopping on a party bus for a tour down the iconic strip.

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19. Go horseback riding in Durango

Horseback riding in the adventure capital of the American Wild West is always a good idea. Channel your inner Cowboy as you trot along, surrounded by mountain panoramas.

20. Go Potter mad at Universal Studios

The second that first drop of Butter Beer hits your tongue and you cast your eyes on Hogwarts, you’ll be in Potter heaven. The rides are epic, too.

21. Pay tribute to the King of Rock in Graceland

The world’s most iconic rock and roll residence is definitely a sight to behold. Memphis is also the home of blues and rock and roll and there’s plenty to explore. Take a tour of Elvis’ iconic home and soak it all up. Ah-thank you very much.

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22. Paraglide at Daytona Beach

While the chill-seekers kick back and catch a few rays on the sands of Daytona Beach, those who feel more adventurous can take to the skies on an epic paragliding excursion.

23. Go white water rafting at Mount Robson

Who needs rollercoasters when you’ve got white water rafting? Canadian Rockies, here we come!

24. Learn to cook Gumbo in New Orleans

Southern cuisine is as mouthwateringly-delicious as it is perplexing, but you’ll learn the ropes of New Orleans specialities with a Cajun cooking class. Prepare to wow all your friends back home.

25. Head to Venice Beach

Free-spirited Venice Boardwalk is perhaps the coolest part of LA with independent shops, street performers and colourful street murals. Check out the skate park and Muscle Beach outdoor gym if you fancy a workout.

26. Sample Poutine in Quebec City

You’ll briefly forget what continent you’re in as you tuck into this French-Canadian delicacy, surrounded by quaint cafes and pretty side streets.

27. Get starry eyed at the Kennedy Space Centre

The number one spot to satisfy all your NASA curiosities, and the perfect cultural interlude to all your exploring.

28. Have a dinner cruise in Vancouver

The perfect way to wind down after a full on day of jam-packed Canadian wonder, a dinner cruise will see you tuck into a hearty meal as you bob past the sights. Bliss.

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29. Visit the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia

Discover the birthplace of the United States as you whirl round the sites of Philly, including the historical Liberty Bell. Don’t forget to stop off for a cheesesteak of course.

30. Take a Lake Louise selfie at Jasper

The image of the turquoise blue water against the lush forest and mountain backdrop is the very picture that inspired you to book a flight to Canada in the first place. Now, it’s your turn to give all your Insta followers serious wanderlust feels.

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