Without wanting to state the obvious, America and Canada are really BIG! It can be easy to think of the US as one large region of movie and sitcom locations but actually exploring the country is completely different to watching it on a screen.
If you’re anything like us, you probably think you know the US and its people because of what you’ve seen on television. Afterall, in Australia at least, some part of America or at least one of its people is on our TV screens every hour of every day.
We had a real ‘meh’ relationship with the US until we visited, that is. And while we haven’t spent much time at all in the country it’s definitely one place that thoroughly exceeded our expectations.
From New Yorkers offering to help us with directions, to Tiffany staff giving us tourist advice it was a real surprise pot.
Conversely, we were not surprised by Canada. We expected beauty and warmth, from the people at least, and we got it. I had a real ‘wow’ moment when I saw Lake Louise for the first time and Canada just kept delivering them.
I’ll leave the final word to our guest blogger Ben who described the parks in the US as “pants-wettingly beautiful”. We think that’s true of Canada and the US.
Take an armchair tour of North America
- Having a whale of a time in Victoria
- Five awesome things to do in Vancouver
- Caught in a warcry in Vancouver
- Lake Louise really is that stunning
- Calgary: from Jamaican bobsleds to cattleyards
- Image gallery
- Kitsch boats – cruising through the Inside passage in Alaska
- A whistle stop tour of the US
- National parks in the US – pants-wettingly beautiful (YBW cross post)
- Image gallery