USA & Canada: Travel Tips

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Tips for traveling in North America

We asked our expert Travel Directors to share some of their best tips, hints and favorite things to help you get the most out of your vacation through the USA, Canada and Mexico. Here's what they had to say!


What's the best way to feel like a local when traveling?

"Put the camera in your pocket and engage in conversation with the locals."David Sienkiewicz

"In San Francisco, visit the Ferry Building Farmers Market on a Saturday."Jason Cohen

"Wear a baseball cap of a local team."Karen Frey

"In New Orleans, take the St Charles street car to the end of the line – many locals use this streetcar."
David Keigan


What to eat in the USA & Canada?

"Anything spicy!" - Donard O’Neil

"Beaver tails in Ottawa, Crèmes in Vermont, Navajo Fry bread on the Reservations in Arizona and Clam Chowder in a bread bowl from San Francisco!"Ella Ann Johnson

"Embrace the local food. Try the Mexican in LA and the sourdough and seafood in San Francisco."Phil Rodd


Where are the best places for that perfect photo?

"The old, narrow streets of Old Quebec City."Christine Gunter

"The tunnel view at Yosemite."Jason Cohen

"A picture of yourself eating something you’ve never tried before!"Jordan Allen

"The perfect sunset over the Saguenay River from Riviere du Loup, Canada."Jason Pawchuk

"The Ottawa Parliament buildings from across the river."Peter Raynsford

"I love the close up portraits of smiling eyes."Bruce Hall

"The grizzly bears in Hyder, Alaska."Anne Christiansen

"Monument Valley – there is something so magical about the place."Larry Womack

"The best photo in Yellowstone: hike up to Mud Volcano and overlook the Hayden Valley with a few hundred Bison below your feet."Ella Ann Johnson

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