USA & Canada


The Western United States, commonly referred to as the American West or simply the West, traditionally refers to the region comprising the westernmost states of the United States. Because the U.S. expanded westward after its founding, the meaning of the West has evolved over time. Prior to about 1800, the crest of the Appalachian Mountains was seen as the western frontier.Since then, the frontier generally moved westward and eventually lands west of the Mississippi River came to be referred to as the West. Though no consensus exists, even among experts, for the definition of the West as a region, this article adopts the U.S. Census Bureau’s definition of the 13 westernmost states which include the Rocky Mountains and the Great Basin to the West Coast, and the outlying states of Hawaii and Alaska.The West contains several major biomes. It is known for arid to semi-arid plateaus and plains, particularly in the American Southwest – forested mountains, including the major ranges of the American Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains – the massive coastal shoreline of the American Pacific Coast – and the temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest.The Western U.S. is the largest region of the country, covering more than half the land area of the United States. It is also the most geographically diverse, incorporating geographic regions such as the Pacific Coast, the temperate rainforests of the Northwest, the highest mountain ranges (including the Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada, and Cascade Range), the Great Plains, and all of the desert areas located in the United States (the Mojave, Sonoran, Great Basin, and Chihuahua deserts). Given this expansive and diverse geography it is no wonder the region is difficult to specifically define.
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The Eastern United States or the American East, is today defined by some as the states east of the Mississippi River, and is traditionally divided by the Ohio River and Appalachian Mountains into the South, the Old Northwest and the Northeast.The first two tiers of states west of the Mississippi have traditionally been considered part of the West, but can be amalgamated with states of the Old Northwest into what the Census Bureau defines as the Midwestern United States. It has been considered part of the Eastern United States in regional models that exclude a Central region.New England is a region of the United States located in the north-eastern corner of the country, bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Canada and the state of New York, consisting of the modern states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.In one of the earliest English settlements in the New World, English Pilgrims from Europe first settled in New England in 1620, in the colony of Plymouth. In the late 18th century, the New England colonies would be among the first North American British colonies to demonstrate ambitions of independence from the British Crown, although they would later threaten secession over the War of 1812 between the United States and Britain.New England produced the first examples of American literature and philosophy and was home to the beginnings of free public education. In the 19th century, it played a prominent role in the movement to abolish slavery in the United States. It was the first region of the United States to be transformed by the Industrial Revolution.
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The Southern United States—commonly referred to as the American South, Dixie, or simply the South—is a region of the United States of America.The South does not exactly match the geographic south, but is predominantly located in the south-eastern corner; Arizona and New Mexico, which are geographically in the southern part of the country, are rarely considered part of the Southern United States, while West Virginia commonly is. Some scholars have proposed definitions of the South that do not coincide neatly with state boundaries.
Usually, the South is defined as including the south-eastern and south-central United States. The region is known for its culture and history, having developed its own customs, musical styles, and cuisines, which have distinguished it in some ways from the rest of the United States. The Southern ethnic heritage is diverse and includes strong European (mostly English, Irish, Scotch-Irish and Scottish), African, and some Native American components.Some other aspects of the historical and cultural development of the South have been influenced by an early support for the doctrine of states’ rights, the institution of slave labor on plantations in the Lower South to an extent seen nowhere else in the United States. In more modern times, however, the South has become the most integrated region of the country.The unmistakable character and cultural heritage of the Deep South makes for one of the most fascinating places to visit in the United States. Southern hospitality is justifiably famous, as is the variety of music, literary heritage and mouth-watering cuisine. Make a stop in Charleston, South Carolina’s oldest city; experience true southern comfort in Savanah; explore lively New Orleans for its music, food and rich history; and don’t forget about Memphis, birthplace of the blues and home of Graceland.
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U.S. Route 66, also known as the Will Rogers Highway and colloquially known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System.
Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year.[4] The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles.
Route 66 served as a major path for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and it supported the economies of the communities through which the road passed. People doing business along the route became prosperous due to the growing popularity of the highway, and those same people later fought to keep the highway alive in the face of the growing threat of being bypassed by the new Interstate Highway System.The United States has 59 protected areas known as national parks. National parks must be established by an act of the United States Congress.The first national park, Yellowstone, was signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872, followed by Mackinac National Park in 1875 (decommissioned in 1895), and then Sequoia and Yosemite in 1890.The Organic Act of 1916 created the National Park Service “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.Many current National Parks had been previously protected as National Monuments by the President under the Antiquities Act before being upgraded by Congress. Seven national parks (six in Alaska) are paired with a National Preserve. While administered together, they are considered as separate units and their areas are not included in the figures below. The newest national park is Pinnacles National Park, upgraded in 2013.
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Western Canada consists of the country’s four westernmost provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba . It covers 2.9 million square kilometers – almost 29% of Canada’s land area.
Western British Columbia adjoins the Pacific Ocean, but both Alberta and Saskatchewan are landlocked. Manitoba has a coastline on Hudson Bay in the north east of the province, where the port of Churchill is located.
In Alberta and British Columbia, the Canadian Cordillera is bounded by the Rocky Mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.The Canadian Rockies are part of a major continental divide that extends north and south through western North America and western South America. The continental divide also defines much of the border between Alberta and British Columbia.Alaska is a U.S. state situated in the north-west extremity of the North American continent. Bordering the state to the east is the Canadian territory of Yukon and the Canadian province of British Columbia, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, with Russia) further west across the Bering Strait.Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area, the 4th least populous and the least densely populated of the 50 United States. Approximately half of Alaska’s 735,132 residents live within the Anchorage metropolitan area. Alaska’s economy is dominated by the oil, natural gas, and fishing industries, resources which it has in abundance. Tourism is also a significant part of the economy.Although it had been occupied for thousands of years by indigenous peoples, from the 18th century onward, European powers considered the territory of Alaska ripe for exploitation and trade. The United States purchased Alaska from the Russian Empire on March 30, 1867, for 7.2 million U.S. dollars. The area went through several administrative changes before becoming organized as a territory on May 11, 1912. It was admitted as the 49th state of the U.S. on January 3, 1959.
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Canada is the world’s second-largest country, stretching across six time zones from Newfoundland to the Pacific seaboard.
The most populous areas centre around the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River lowlands, meaning there’s plenty of room left for its endless skies, untouched landscapes, mammoth mountains and sweeping plains – all teeming with wildlife and rich in cultural tradition.
Eastern Canada (also the Eastern provinces) is generally considered to be the region of Canada east of Manitoba, consisting of the following provinces:
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island
Ontario and Quebec define Central Canada, while the other provinces constitute Atlantic Canada. Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island are also known as the Maritime Provinces.
Cosmopolitan Toronto is a city with a rich multicultural heritage known for its soaring futuristic architecture, and summer cultural festivals along the harbour front.
In contrast, the fortified 400-year-old Quebec City is reminiscent of Paris: cobbled streets, pavement artists, brassieres busy with diners and window boxes billowing with flowers. Follow the river to the Gulf of St. Lawrence and you’ll discover the charms of Prince Edward Island and the unrivalled natural beauty of Nova Scotia’s Cabot Trail.
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Heavenly islands full of heritage
Immerse yourself in the unique heritage of these heavenly islands. Enjoy the traditional festivities of a Hawaiian party, swim with tropical sea life, visit the shrine of a sunken World War II battleship and turn a cacao bean into your very own chocolate bar.
Kona: Hawaii’s ‘Big Island’, Kona is the perfect place to start your Pacific island adventure. On the western shoreline lies Kealakekua Bay, the site of Captain James Cook’s first foray onto the island in 1778. Further up the coast is the historic town of Kailua-Kona, where you’ll find the Kona Hawaii Temple, an elegantly simple structure made from concrete and marble which dazzles white. Just a little further up the same stretch of the coast is Kaloko-Honokōhau Park, located in the midst of hot, craggy lava. Here you’ll discover large wetlands that host a wide variety of fish and fowl, including the Hawaiian duck.
Maui: It’s not for nothing that Maui is dubbed the Magic Isle. It’s the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands and is made up of sandy white beaches, expanses of aquamarine sea and lots of natural greenery. Get up close to a wide variety of exotic animals from reptiles to mammals and sea creatures at the Marine Life center. Our marine naturalist Local Specialist will reveal the secrets of these fascinating creatures. Experience the culture and spectacle of island life at our Luau Highlight Dinner, where you’ll be spellbound by Polynesian drums and traditional dancers.
Oahu: On the northernmost point of the Hawaiian archipelago you will find Oahu, the third largest of the islands and the most developed. The state capital, Honolulu, hugs the glorious coastline and you are never far from the mountain ranges and volcanic peaks that encroach upon the city. There is much to see here including the royal palace of ʻIolani – the only one on American territory. And Kawaiahaʻo Church, constructed with coral from a nearby reef. From Pearl Harbor, take a boat to a memorial that is etched in the psyche of the American people. Here you’ll find the shrine to the 1,177 servicemen who lost their lives aboard the USS Arizona, the wreckage of which still lies beneath the waves. Our Local Specialist will join you aboard the USS Missouri for an exclusive tour of a battleship that was commissioned for war in 1944.,or.&bvm=bv.92189499,d.d2s&biw=1680&bih=933&dpr=1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&ei=NmBDVdjhFI3PaL61geAF&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAg

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