North America, is a continent wholly within the Northern Hemisphere and almost wholly within the Western Hemisphere. It can also be considered a northern subcontinent of the Americas. It is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, and to the southeast by South America and the Caribbean Sea. As it is a large continent, harbouring many cities, these are some of the best options available for a beatific vacation!
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New York – referred to as New York City or the City of New York to distinguish it from the State of New York, of which it is a part – is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York metropolitan area, and the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States. New York has architecturally noteworthy buildings in a wide range of styles from the saltbox style in the earlier centuries to the modern one at World Trade Center, the skyscraper currently under construction at Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan and currently the most expensive new office tower in the world.
New York harbours the Statue of Liberty National Monument, with the former Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and Lower Manhattan in the background.
Tourism is a vital industry for New York City, which has witnessed a growing combined volume of international and domestic inflow, receiving huge touristic traffic, with an increasing economic impact upon the city.
The Gateway National Recreation Area, contains the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Brooklyn and Queens, which has plenty of salt marsh, islands and water. Also in Queens the park includes a significant portion of the western Rockaway Peninsula, most notably the Jacob Riis Park and Fort Tilden. In Staten Island, the park includes Fort Wadsworth, with historic pre-Civil War era Battery Weed and Fort Tompkins, and Great Kills Park, with beaches, trails, and a marina.
There are seven state parks within the confines of New York City, including the Central Park, Prospect Park, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Forest Park, Square Park, Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve, a natural area which includes extensive riding trails, and the Riverbank State Park, over the Hudson River. The largest municipal park in the city is Pelham Bay Park. Central Park in Manhattan, is the most visited city park in the United States and contains a myriad of attractions as there are several lakes and ponds, two ice-skating rinks, the Central Park Zoo, the Central Park Conservatory Garden, the Jackie Onassis Reservoir. Spend your time strolling through these ecstatic outdoors as you are exposed to the most modern and contemporary wonderland!
Indoor attractions include Belvedere Castle with its nature center, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, and the historic Carousel. Prospect Park in Brooklyn has a meadow, a lake and extensive woodlands. Within the park is the historic Battle Pass, prominent in the Battle of Long Island. Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, the city's third largest park, was the setting for World Fairs. Over a fifth of the Bronx's area is given over to open space and parks, including Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx Zoo, and the New York Botanical Gardens. Some other attractions in the boroughs outside Manhattan include Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Unisphere in Queens and Coney Island. In Staten Island, the Conference House Park contains the historic Conference House. New York's many renowned bridges include the George Washington Bridge, the world's busiest motor vehicle bridge, connecting Manhattan to Bergen County, New Jersey, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the Americas and the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of the city itself.
Some major tourist destinations also include Times Square, Broadway theater productions, the Empire State Building; the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the United Nations Headquarters, museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, green spaces such as Central Park and Washington Square Park, Rockefeller Center, the Manhattan Chinatown, luxury shopping along Fifth and Madison Avenues, and events such as the Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, the St. Patrick's Day parade, and seasonal activities such as ice skating in Central Park in the wintertime, the Tribeca Film Festival, and free performances in Central Park at Summerstage. Plans were unveiled by Mayor Michael Bloomberg for the New York Wheel, a 625-foot ferris wheel to be built at the northern shore of Staten Island, overlooking the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, and the Lower Manhattan skyline. Stunned by these never-before-seen sites would definitely bring that dazzle to the eyes and make every second on this vacation worth every penny spent on the North America Holiday Package!
Your next destination would be Los Ángeles, officially the City of Los Angeles, often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in the U.S. State of California and the second-most populous in the United States, after New York City, and is located in Southern California. Nicknamed the City of Angels, you would feel the magic of this global city, with its strengths in business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, education, medicine and research.
Get set and go for some amazing sight-seeing! The Los Angeles California Temple, the second largest temple operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is on Santa Monica Boulevard in the Westwood district of Los Angeles and was the first Mormon temple built in California, acclaimed as the largest in the world when completed. There are 841 museums and art galleries in Los Angeles County. Some of the notable museums are the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the Western United States, the Getty Center, the world's wealthiest art institution,
The Battleship Iowa, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. A significant number of art galleries are located on Gallery Row, and crowds out there attend the monthly Downtown Art Walk, feasting their quest for art discussions, debates and creations! There are so many cultish circles, and countless ideas for a quick fix on how your life is going to be as blissful as the weather that reigns!
Another new intriguing city! Mexico, officially the United Mexican State, is flanked on the north by the United States, on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean, on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea, and on the east by the Gulf of Mexico.
The Chapultepec Castle is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico.
Mexico has been traditionally amongst the most visited countries in the world and in the Americas. The most notable attractions are the Meso-American ruins, cultural festivals, colonial cities, nature reserves and the beach resorts. The nation's temperate climate and unique culture, a fusion of the European and the Meso-American join together to make this city an eclactic destination.
The coastlines of Mexico harbor many stretches of beaches that are frequented by sun bathers and other visitors for a fascinating experience! On the Yucatán peninsula, one of the most popular beach destinations sits the resort town of Cancún. Just offshore is the beach island of Isla Mujeres, and to the east is the Isla Holbox. To the south of Cancun is the coastal strip called Riviera Mayan which includes the beach town of Playa del Carmen and the ecological parks of Xcaret and Xel-Há. A day trip to the south of Cancún is the historic port of Tulum, which in addition to its beaches is notable for its cliff-side Mayan ruins. Imagine yourself traversing through these historical avenues with the backdrop of those high-end and tantalizing beaches! What an unusual fusion!
On the Pacific coast lies the notable tourist destination of Acapulco. Once the destination for the rich and famous, the beaches have become crowded and the shores are now home to many multi-storey hotels and vendors. It is home to renowned cliff divers that are those trained divers who leap from the side of a vertical cliff into the surf below. Sounds daring and adventurous only for the skilled! Would you like to take that plunge on this North America Holiday Package!
At the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula is the resort town of Cabo San Lucas, a town noted for its beaches and marlin fishing. Further north along the Sea of Cortés is the Bahía de La Concepción, another beach town known for its sports fishing. Closer to the United States border is the weekend draw of San Felipe, Baja California.
A visit to Miami would be very fructifying and tempring on this extensive vacation! It is a city located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and the county seat of Miami-Dade County. Miami was classified as an Alpha- World City and ranks high in the United States in terms of finance, commerce, culture, entertainment, fashion, education, and other sectors. Tourism is also an important industry in this land! The Art Deco District in South Beach, is reputed as one of the most glamorous in the world for its nightclubs, beaches, historical buildings, and shopping, keeping the visitors continuously involved in these exciting and versatile avenues! Annual events such as the Sony Ericsson Open, Art Basel,Winter Music Conference, South Beach Wine and Food Festival, Mercedez Fashion Week attract visitors to the metropolis every year!
The city is home to numerous museums as well, many of which are in Downtown. These include the Frost Art Museum, History Miami, Miami Art Museum, Miami Children's Museum, Miami Science Museum, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and the Miami-Dade Cultural Center, home of the Miami Main Library. Miami is also the home of the world's largest art exhibition, dubbed the "Olympics of Art” and the event is held annually in December, drawing in tourists from around the world.
The city is also home to a vibrant techno and dance scene and hosts the Winter Music Conference, the largest dance event in the world, Ultra Music Festival and many electronica music-themed celebrations and festivals. Along with the neighboring Miami Beach, there are nightclubs for visitors to have an outstanding dining experience and the burn the night lamp into the wee hours of the morning to foot-tapping music and celebration! Miami is also known to be part of the clubland, along with places such as Mykonos, Ibiza and Ayia Napa.
The city has one of the largest ports in the United States, the Port Miami, and is the biggest cruise ship port in the world. The port is often called the "Cruise Capital of the World" and the "Cargo Gateway of the Americas".
There are numerous entertainment venues, theaters, museums, parks and performing arts centers. The newest addition to the art scene is the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the home of the Florida Grand Opera. Within Miami are the Ziff Ballet Opera House, the center's largest venue, the Knight Concert Hall, the Carnival Studio Theater and the Peacock Rehearsal Studio. The center attracts many large-scale operas, ballets, concerts, and musicals from around the world and is Florida's grandest performing arts center, so try to catch one of these bewildering performances on your North America Holiday Package!
The best way to approach shopping is by the area, looking at a stretch of several blocks on one street as a mini bazaar, with a collection of various shops which are selling varied products. There are Indian articles in the Little India region, such as saris, 24-carat gold jewellery, jars of pickles, music CDs and DVDs for the residents and tourists to indulge in their pleasures! Then there are huge shops and stores
Selling internationally branded high-end apparels, bags, shoes, accessories, belts, bags, shoes, boots and cosmetic and skincare products for both men and women. There are markets and stores on Sunday which offer fantastic discounts on vintage furnishing, retro clothing, bric-a-brac, perfumes, deodorants skincare products and chocolates. You might find an odd gem or two tucked away in some bin as crowds gather to find that lucky piece hidden within. The owner scours the globe for emerging designers and features their clothes in front of the shop. There is a variety of eclectic artwork, antiques and collectibles that are also spread out in some stores, for the shopaholic to purchase. A vintage store in New York called `Everything Runs’ offers diverse products pertaining to different needs of the consumer at an unbelievable bargain! For penny-pinching fashionistas, most cities in North America have giant, cut-price department stores which are dangerously addictive, and the shoppers can raid the racks for designer stuff at a massive discount as you could find accessories, shoes, cosmetics, homeware, crockery, cutlery and toys, for yourself and your family or to be taken as souvenirs.
New York City's food culture includes a variety of international cuisines as Central European and Italian immigrants originally made the city famous for bagels, cheesecake, and New York-style pizza. Mexico city is also home to nearly one thousand of the finest and most diverse haute cuisine restaurants in the world and according to Michelin, Mexican cuisine is known for its intense and varied flavors, colorful decoration, and variety of spices. The conquistadores eventually combined their imported diet of rice, beef, pork, chicken, wine, garlic and onions with the native pre-Columbian food including maize, tomato, vanilla, avocado, guava, papaya, pineapple, chilli pepper, beans, squash, sweet potato, peanut and turkey. The most internationally recognized dishes include chocolate, tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, burritos, tamales and mole amongst others.
The cuisine of Miami is a reflection of its diverse population, with a heavy influence especially from Caribbean cuisine and from Latin American cuisine and it has spawned a unique South Florida style of cooking known as Floribbean cuisine which can be found in restaurant chains such as Pollo Tropical.
Cuban immigrants brought the Cuban sandwich, medianoche, Cuban espresso, and croquetas, all of which have grown in popularity to all Miamians, and have become symbols of the city's varied cuisine.. Restaurants such as Versailles restaurant in Little Havana is a landmark eatery of Miami. Located on the Atlantic Ocean, and with a long history as a seaport, Miami is also known for its seafood restaurants located along the Miami River, and in and around Biscayne Bay. Miami is also the home of restaurant chains such as Burger King, Tony Roma's and Benihana.
Most of the above cities in North America would cater to International and Indian tourism, providing them with varieties from their individual origin as well with panache and finesse!
New York City itself experiences a humid subtropical climate and January is the coldest month here, towards the suburbs in the north and west, there is a humid continental climate with some sunshine. Winters could be fairly cold and damp at intervals. Los Angeles has a Subtropical-Mediterranean climate on the coast and receives just enough annual precipitation with plenty of sunshine throughout the year. Here too, January is the coldest month. Mexico has hot and humid summers, and moderate temperatures in winters. Miami has a tropical monsoon climate with hot and humid summers and short, warm winters, with a marked drier season in the winter.
Be it sunshine, thunder, rain, snow or storm, you would always retain those everlasting memorable moments of your North America Holiday Package, making you want to return back again to the same destination or yet, perhaps add or explore another avenue on your next visit!