North America’s landscape is so incredible vast and diverse that it’s almost impossible to summarize in just a few words – there’s just so much to see and do!
Hop on a horse, strap on a pair of skis or climb aboard a chopper to experience an unreal adventure in the USA or Canada. These are the once-in-a-lifetime experiences to inspire and reinvigorate.
For the ultimate adventure, join a rafting expedition down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. More than a dozen operators offer commercial trips, ranging in length from two to 16-days. Float along the waterway marvelling at the sheer size of the ancient geological wonder, which is up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep, before hitting one of the 120 rapids for an adrenaline rush like no other. Sleep under the stars at night and stop to hike beside turquoise coloured tributaries to swim under magical waterfalls during the day.
Hawaii boasts some of the most dramatic scenery on the planet, and the best way to see it is by splashing out on a scenic helicopter flight over the islands. On Kaua‘i, soar over the waterfall from Jurassic Park, the gobsmacking Waimea Canyon (known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific) and the towering, rippled cliffs of the Nāpali Coast. On Island of Hawaii – also known as ‘The Big Island’ – get a bird’s eye view of active volcanoes, as well as towering waterfalls, lush valleys, canyons and coastal cliffs.
The colour of the glacier-fed lakes in Banff National Park is something you have to see to believe. Experience it up close and personal by hiring a canoe and going for a paddle, with the rugged snow-capped mountains that surround you reflected in the calm waters. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has a boathouse offering canoe rentals and tours of the famous lake, that sits at the foot of the Victoria Glacier during summer, including sunrise and evening tours. In the Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake Lodge also offers canoe hire from its dock from mid-June to mid-September.
Unleash your inner cowboy with a stay at a working ranch in Texas, where you can jump on the back of your trusty steed and take part in a cattle round-up. The Lone Star State provides the ultimate Wild West adventure, just like in the movies, with the chance to ride through meadows and canyons, over streams and past wildflowers and cactus plants. Don’t worry about your riding experience – all levels are catered for. At night, enjoy a barbecue dinner and sit around the campfire toasting smores and telling stories. Make sure you check out a rodeo to see the pro’s in action while you’re there.
An encounter with a whale breaching or spy hopping in the wild is sure to get the heart thumping, and Alaska provides ample opportunity for it to happen. The waters around the frontier state provide rich feeding grounds for the mammals, who migrate north each summer. Orcas (also known as killer whales), humpbacks, gray and beluga whales are among the species you are most likely to see during the season, which runs from around May to September. Watch from the shore, book a day cruise or for a real adventure you can even go sea kayaking with an expert guide to keep you safe.
As if the spectacular geysers, hot springs and waterfalls Yellowstone is famous for aren’t enough of a drawcard, North America’s oldest national park also offers bountiful wildlife spotting opportunities. Bears, bison, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyote and wolves are among the animals you can see during a safari in this wilderness paradise, which straddles Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. And don’t let the time of year hold you back – Yellowstone is just as special in winter as it is in summer, with less crowds and some wildlife easier to spot in the white snow.
With 28 resorts across the state, Colorado is a great place to carve up the slopes. From the celebrity mecca of Aspen to the massive resort of Vail, which has nearly 200 trails across seven miles, skiers and snowboarders have some excellent options to choose from. As well as having some awesome terrain, Breckenridge has a fairytale-like town, while Beaver Creek offers a luxury experience. Or head to Telluride for jaw-dropping scenery, an old western town and European-style on-mountain restaurants.
Revealed America takes you away from the crowds and in to your own slice of North America. Whether you’re in to canyoning, glacier hikes, or national parks, Revealed America has something for you.
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When I first started to travel, I felt a little guilty every time I stopped for a meal because I imagined it was cutting into my exploration time. But looking back, the memory of a meal – the smell and taste of a dish, sometimes with a story of an entire nation – is the best souvenir you can bring back home.
The cuisine of New Orleans is perhaps the most uniquely recognized regional cuisine in the US. Gumbo, crawfish étoufée, jambalaya, boudin, beignets, po-boys, the list goes on. While Creole and Cajun cuisine is very distinct, today many restaurants in New Orleans serve a delicious combination of the two. If there’s one stop you make in the US, let it be at this melting pot of French, African, and American cultures. Because who could resist the French Quarter’s best bread stuffed with fried oysters and slathered with tangy tartar sauce?
The Reuben is a wonderfully Midwestern affair. Made up of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing melted on rye, it has become a deli staple all over America. Many believe that it originated in Omaha, Nebraska when Reuben Kulakosky asked for a corned beef and sauerkraut sandwich during an after-hours poker match at the Blackstone Hotel. The hotelier drained the sauerkraut and mixed it with Thousand Island dressing – Reuben liked it so much it was added to the lunch menu. You can still get a taste of the original at Crescent Moon, which uses the old recipe from an old typewritten transcript.
Mexicans have been wrapping a tortilla around meat for centuries, but tacos didn’t arrive in Southern California until the Mexican Revolution in the 1920s. With the popularity of food trucks and fusion cooking, it’s no surprise that California has the hottest taco crawl outside of Mexico.
Taco tips: 1) You want to look for regional stuff – if you can’t understand the menu, it’s a good sign, 2) Strong salsa game – you want more than two sauce options, 3) Look for a big mound of masa with someone making tortillas – if you see a packet of tortillas in the taqueria, run. Safe bets are Los Originales Tacos Arabes de Puebla, Kogi, and the tacos de camaron at Mariscos Jalisco.
The cheesesteak – a combination of chopped steak, cheese and grilled onions on a bun – is Philadelphia’s signature dish and has transitioned from regional specialty to one of America’s favorite sandwiches. Legend has it that in the 1930s a cabbie saw hot dog stand operators Pat and Harry Olivieri eating a cheesesteak and ordered one himself. It proved so popular that they eventually opened up Pat’s King of Steaks. Other cheesesteak vendors soon appeared all over the city and to this day everyone has a different opinion on who does it best.
Italians introduced this national staple, but its style differs depending on what region you’re in. Chicago will serve up gut-busting deep-dish pizza whereas you’ll find ‘apizza’ in New Haven – a thin-crust, coal-fired Neapolitan pizza made famous in the ’20s by Italian immigrant Frank Pepe. If you’re in the area, try Pepe’s famous white clam pie and compare it with rival Sally’s Apizza. For some, though, nothing compares to a ‘New York Slice’ – make your way to Lucali in Brooklyn or the oldest family-run pizzeria in America: Totonno’s, Coney Island.
Each US region has put their stamp on this savory dish. Nashville’s famous for its hot chicken and dry rub served on top of white bread with sliced pickles, while in North Carolina the chicken is bathed in flour then fried before being dunked in a barbecue sauce. In Texas, your ‘chicken fried chicken’ is a boneless, skinless breast marinated in buttermilk, usually accompanied with mashed potatoes, corn, biscuits and cream gravy. And we can’t forget Kentucky’s own Harland Sanders who was one of the first cooks to use a pressure fryer for that extra-crispy skin.
When someone mentions crawfish, the first thing we think of is New Orleans. But Houston, Texas is also memorable for these delicious crustaceans. The big oil boom brought a surge of workers from Louisiana, and with them came a passion for seafood boils. Fast-forward to the mid-2000s where Houston’s Vietnamese immigrants began to blend the ingredients from the nearby Gulf with traditional Vietnamese flavor to create Viet-Cajun crawfish. Houstonians have never looked back and it’s fast becoming one of Houston’s most sought-after fusions.
This quintessential summer dish was supposedly birthed in the small coastal town of Milford, Connecticut in the late 1920s and soon multiplied all over New England. The original version is warm lobster meat drizzled with melted butter and wedged into a toasted bun. Maine, with the most abundant cold-water lobsters on the planet, is now regarded as the nation’s lobster roll capital, and this street food is served high and low at lobster pounds, seafood shacks, fast-food chains and supermarkets. If you can time your trip to coincide with the world famous Maine Lobster Festival, you’ll be in for a treat.
Pies are, without a doubt, one of America’s most beloved and iconic desserts. Only four states have an official state pie: apple in Vermont, pecan in Texas, pumpkin in Illinois, and Key lime in Florida. Florida’s Key lime pie has been popularized by restaurants such as Joe’s Stone Crab who use butter and graham cracker for the crust, sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, and freshly squeezed Key lime juice for the filling. You can witness Florida Keys’ annual Key lime pie-eating contest over a July 4th weekend.
The southern states have an affinity for barbecue like little else, and each region has its specialty. Carolinas usually use the whole hog with a spice-and-vinegar rub cooked over wood and chopped while in West Tennessee the specialty is dry ribs – smoked with kosher salt so that you get the full flavor of the pork. These states don’t consider beef barbecue like the Texans do who like whole cuts of beef including smoked brisket and ribs. And while these states might not agree on what constitutes a real barbecue, they’re adamant on one thing – it’s a lot more than grilled burgers and hot dogs.
North America’s national parks and national monuments offer a treasure trove of wonders just waiting to be discovered on your next hiking adventure. Here are some of the best trails across the USA and Canada to add to your trekking bucket list:
Getting up early to hike to watch the sunrise over the dormant Haleakalā volcano is a truly special experience. The tallest point of the volcano, whose name means ‘house of the sun’, sits at more than 10,000ft above sea level and is visible from most parts of the island of Maui. The summit area has around 30 miles of hiking trails, ranging from 10 minutes to multi-day trips. The park is also home to more endangered species than any other in the National Park Service, including blooming ahinahina (silversword) and nēnē (Hawaiian goose). Stop by a visitor center before your hike to discuss your plans - the weather can be severe, changeable and unpredictable here.
See the fossils of everything from fish scales to dinosaur bones while hiking the 1.2-mile Fossil Discovery Trail in the Utah section of Dinosaur National Monument. The Fremont people, who lived in this area around a thousand years ago, also left evidence of their presence in the Cub Creek area, where you can also see petroglyphs (patterns chipped or carved into the rock) and pictographs (patterns painted on the rock). A highlight from more recent times is the Josie Bassett Morris Ranch, where a woman lived independently for 50 years from 1914. Unlike many national park areas, off trail hiking is permitted in Dinosaur National Monument.
Hike along the rim or descend into the canyon to soak up the scenery of one of the world’s most impressive geological wonders. There are numerous trails to choose from. One of the most popular hikes is the The Bright Angel Trail, a steep, well maintained trail that begins just west of Bright Angel Lodge and offers round trips of up to 12 miles. The views are simply incredible. Remember it will probably take you twice as long to walk back up as it does down, so allow plenty of time and don’t attempt to hike from the rim to the river and back in one day, especially from May to September when it is very hot.
Thundering waterfalls, towering granite mountains, canyons, beautiful lakes and wildflowers combine to make Yosemite National Park one of North America’s most rewarding hiking destinations. The Yosemite Valley offers some of the park’s most impressive sights. Rising nearly 5,000ft above the valley floor, Half Dome is its most famous landmark. The two-mile round trip walk from shuttle stop 17 to Mirror Lake is the ideal place to see the staggering rock formation from up close. Other highlights include Cathedral Rocks and Spires and The Three Brothers, which is made up of Eagle Peak (the uppermost ‘brother’), and Middle and Lower Brothers.
With the largest collection of hoodoos (irregular columns of rock) on the planet, Bryce Canyon National Park offers a wonderful landscape for walking. The Rim Walk is a one-mile round trip offering great views from along the edge of the cliff above the main amphitheater, while the moderately-rated 1.3-mile Navajo Loop descends more than 500ft from Sunset Point and takes you between sheer cliffs and past Douglas fir trees, with great views of the towering rock pinnacle known as Thor’s Hammer and Silent City, where the rocks resemble towers, buildings and temples.
The alpine scenery offered in this national park in the heart of the Canadian Rockies is nothing short of breathtaking, with snow-capped mountains, glaciers, rivers, lakes and meadows filled with wildflowers. There’s more than 1,000 miles of trails throughout the park, with many easily accessible from the town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise. Stroll along the shore of Lake Louise or Moraine Lake, alongside the Bow River or trek to Consolation Lakes for outstanding vistas.
Hike along coastal trails, through forests, past lakes and besides mountains at this national park which boasts the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coast. Primarily on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, it has 158 miles of hiking trails and seven peaks above 1,000ft, including the highest point on the US east coast, Cadillac Mountain. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as moose, bear, whales and seabirds as a bonus.
Tempting dishes from our featured destinations give you a taste of local culture. From succulent roasts to exotic spicy fare and some divine desserts, you’re sure to find plenty of delicious recipes to try at home.
Buckwheat Pappardelle Pasta
Using a flour sifter or fine mesh strainer, sift All-purpose and Buckwheat flours together on a large work surface, making a well in the center of the flours. Place egg yolks and a pinch of salt into a bowl and with a fork break up egg yolks and pour into flour well. Gradually mix ingredients together until just combined; then knead the dough by hand.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface and dust dough with flour. Starting in the middle, push dough away from you with a rolling pin, easing up on the pressure as you approach the edge. Continue rolling dough into a sheet, turning occasionally, until you can see your fingers through the dough. Let dry for 10 minutes.
Dust the top of the sheet of dough with flour and loosely roll into a cylinder. Using a sharp knife, cut into 3/4-inch-wide slices. Unwrap noodles; dust with semolina and gently toss to separate. Place on a sheet pan and cover with a towel until ready to cook (or freeze in freezer bags for up to 2 months).
Cook to al dente (3-5 minutes depending on thickness) in boiling salted water. Drain pasta and set aside.
Making Carbonara Sauce
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