Further on, it’s easy to forget about USA’s ’last frontier’, Alaska, which takes up residence at the edge of the western world, yet many cruise ships of today make this revered voyage a reality. Here, everyday life grinds to a blissful halt, with the locals comprising mainly of whales, bears, and eagles; a far cry from illuminated show-stopper Times Square in New York, which Frank Sinatra melodically captured the sentiment of long ago, and USA’s glitzy wild-child Las Vegas. Cool California and art-deco-inspired Miami also know how to let their hair down. Their alluring shores are tickled by both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans; idyllic for surfing or just catching some well-earned rays.
Most say the Deep South is where America’s beating heart truly dwells, exemplified by the likes of New Orleans, whose sumptuous soul-food, jazzy rhythm and eclectic panache hit a home run every time.
Whether it’s feeling the crunch of resplendent fall foliage underfoot in Canada or the spray from Niagara’s thunderous Falls; walking among the stars in Tinseltown or being truly at one with nature exploring the multitude of national parks – North America truly is the real McCoy.