Spotlight on North America

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! 

Once-in-a-Lifetime North American Adventures

Raft Dives into House Rock Rapid
House Rock Rapid at mile 17 on the Colorado River.

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.

Rafting the Grand Canyon

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.

Scenic helicopter flight in Hawaii

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.

Canoeing in the Canadian Rockies

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.

Horseback riding in Texas

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.

Whale watching in Alaska

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.

Wildlife safari in Yellowstone National Park

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.

Skiing or snowboarding in Colorado

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.

On Location in North America & Hawaii with Revealed America

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.


Ready for your North American trip? Give us a call today and let us help you plan the perfect adventure.

Top 10 US Regional Dishes You Have To Try

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.

Why You Need To Go Hiking In North America

Island Park Dinosaur National Monument
Utah

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:

Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii

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.

Dinosaur National Monument, Utah and Colorado

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.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

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.

Yosemite National Park, California

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.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

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.

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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.

Acadia National Park, Maine

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.

International culinary delights

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 with Carbonara Sauce



Ingredients

Buckwheat Pappardelle Pasta

  • 2 lb. All-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 lb. Buckwheat flour, plus more for dusting
  • 4½ oz. egg yolks, at room temperature
  • Salt
  • Semolina, as needed for dusting

Carbonara Sauce

  • 2 tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lb Pancetta or bacon, cubed
  • ¼  cup Onions, chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Heavy cream
  • ½ cup Milk
  • 1 lg Egg, slightly beaten
  • ½ cup Parmigiano Reggiano, freshly grated, plus more for serving
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Preparation

Making Dough
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.

Rolling Dough
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.

Cutting Pappardelle
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).

Cooking Pasta
Cook to al dente (3-5 minutes depending on thickness) in boiling salted water. Drain pasta and set aside.


Making Carbonara Sauce

  1. Place a large skillet on stove over medium-high heat. Once heated add olive oil to coat bottom of pan. Add pancetta or bacon and sauté until browned.
  2. Reduce heat to low and add onions. Sauté until onion is soft and translucent, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté an additional minute.
  3. In a medium bowl, using a wire whisk combine cream, milk and egg until well blended.
  4. Add pasta to skillet and toss to combine.
  5. Add cream and egg mixture. Simmer gently for 1-2 minutes, but do not boil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Sprinkle with Parmigiano Reggiano and basil.
  7. Serve immediately

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Why Princess? Because you want to tell better stories.

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To immerse yourself in destinations near and far. To try new foods and encounter new cultures. To refresh your spirit and reconnect with those you love. Choosing a cruise line can seem tough, but Princess makes it easy. Because you want more than the usual cruise experience… you want to come back new®.

The Ship

Our Newest Addition to the Fleet

Sky PrincessSM, the newest addition to our fleet, elevates the distinctive, contemporary design and luxurious attractions of our renowned Royal-class ships to even loftier heights. You can look forward to our most exciting entertainment venues yet, our newest dining choices and award-winning chef partnerships, as well as more staterooms than ever to relax in. And that’s just the start!

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Accommodations

Sweeping Vistas And Our Largest Balcony At Sea

Exclusive doesn’t begin to describe the experience. Crowning the heights of the ship, each Sky Suite hosts up to five guests, dazzling you with a 270-degree panorama throughout your voyage. Complementing the exquisitely appointed interior living spaces, a luxuriously furnished 700-square-foot balcony – our largest at sea – invites you to relax privately or host your own celebrations or catered events.

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Dining

Dining Options

Indulge your appetite whenever you wish on board Princess®. Every hour, our chefs are busy baking, grilling and sautéing great-tasting fare from scratch. Princess offers unparalleled inclusive dining options throughout the ship with a wide range of culinary delights to suit any palate, from endless buffet choice to gourmet pizza, frosty treats, decadent desserts and much more.1

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Activities

Activities & Entertainment

On every Princess ship, you’ll find so many ways to play, day or night. Explore The Shops of Princess, celebrate cultures at our Festivals of the World or learn a new talent — our onboard activities will keep you engaged every moment of your cruise vacation.1

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Family

Kids, Teens & Family

From family-friendly stateroom options to enriching youth and family programs, quality time is time well spent. Onboard activities spark curiosity and fuel creativity while excursions ashore engage and inspire!

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Services

Joyful Rejuvenation

Revitalize and refresh body, mind and soul with Princess®. From rejuvenating spa treatments and the tranquility of a top-deck retreat reserved just for adults to our state-of-the-art fitness centers, you’ll find all the elements to come back new.

Discover even more with Discovery™

Our exclusive partnership with Discovery™ lets you come back captivated with Stargazing on our top deck; activities featuring Discovery™ hit shows such as Shark Week and Finding Bigfoot; plus our new Encounters with Discovery at SEA speaker series. Get more out of your travels with shore excursions recommended by two of the most trusted names in world travel—Discovery™ and Animal Planet™.

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