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35 experiences you have to do in the USA & Canada before you’re 35

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Because a trip to the USA is pretty much the ultimate bucket list must...

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…

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.

Indulge in 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?

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See the sights in DC

You can’t get to the heart of the nation by visiting the historical capital city, and the centre of global politics…

Go canoeing in Whistler

Could you possibly imagine anything more blissful than canoeing on calm waters surrounded by Whistler’s stunning landscapes? We couldn’t…

Get a helicopter over the Grand Canyon

It’s already mind-blowing on another level when you’re admiring this natural wonder with your feet on the ground – but a helicopter ride will give you a new vantage point that will etch itself in your mind’s eye forever.

Cruise the San Fran Bay on a Catamaran

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

Ride the rollercoasters at Disneyland

Once you’ve processed all the emotions that you’re actually in your childhood fantasy location, aka the place where dreams come true, time to swap out your inner child for your inner daredevil on the rides. Woo!

Go on 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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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 chowing down on the city’s famous deep dish pizza…

Go snorkelling in Maui

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

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 take you face to face with the action. That is, if you don’t mind getting wet..

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…

Experience Native American culture in Santa Fe

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

Do a Gossip Girl tour in New York

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

Go on an urban bike adventure in Boston

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

Peruse 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…

Go on a Las Vegas party bus tour

Oh Vegas, do you 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’.

Go horseback riding in Durango

Horseback riding in the adventure capital of the American Wild West seems only natural, right? You’ll definitely be channelling your inner Cowboy as you trot along, surrounded by mountain panoramas.

Go Potter mad at Universal Studios

The second that first drop of butterbeer hits your tongue and you cast your eyes on Hogwarts, you’ll be in Potter heaven.

Pay tribute to the King of Rock in Graceland

The world’s most iconic rock ‘n roll residence is definitely a sight to behold, ah-thank you very much.

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 daring can take to the skies on an epic paragliding excursion.

Go white water rafting at Mount Robson

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

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!

Hike through Yosemite

Get up close and personal with Cali’s unique wildlife as you breathe in the clean air of this amazing national park.

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 charming side streets.

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.

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.

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, and stopping off for a cheesesteak of course…

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 make all your insta followers green with jealousy…

Go sailing in Waikiki

Bobbing along the Hawaiian sea with the wind in your hair, squealing with delight at the sea turtles when they say hi. Now that’s how you live your best tropical life.

Take it all in at Mount Rushmore

Visit the famous Mountain carving, depicting four US presidents. Cameras at the ready…

Cruise down Route 66

There’s only one way to channel pure Americana road trip vibes, and that’s by blasting out your fave Rock n Roll tunes as you cruise down the iconic Route 66.

Catch a baseball game in Toronto

The energy of a baseball game is one like no other, especially when you’re catching the game in the 6IX. Better start practising how loud you can cheer…

Hit the slopes in Whistler

Thought the Alps had the best powder? Boy were you wrong. This Canadian snow-globe paradise will form the backdrop to a ski trip you’ll never forget.

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