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7 Outstanding North America Tours

Our new brochures are whirling through the printing presses right now, which is all pretty exciting for our team of Product Managers, who scour the land in search of the best tours around the world.

I caught up with Anna Borthwick, whose job it is to unearth the tour products for the Americas. Can you imagine having Anna’s job? Hunting the North and South America for the most exciting adventures to deliver to you, our STA Travel customers.

I have a sinister side, so I set Anna a challenge. Out of all of the brand new small group tours that we sell in North America, could she extract her favourite seven.

She winced.

I glared.

She winced some more.

“But they’re all my favourites!” she decried. I glared some more, while a wry grin seeped across my face. “OK,” she sighed. “I’ll do it, but only if you post it on the STA Travel Blog so that people can read about my selection.”

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High Five… North America

North America is not what you would call a shy continent, is it? I was sitting, staring at the continent’s iconic silhouette, considering which five experiences I could plant on the mighty nations. Then it hit me. Go BIG!

So, this week, High Five North America is going to deal with some of the continent’s biggest, bestest, chunkiest experiences.

Seasons

"Autumn's forgotten leaves" litter the USA's parks | Photo by *~Dawn~*

If you’ve visited Canada or the States, you’ll know how hard it is to cherry pick the best experiences, so help us out by adding your opinion to the comment thread below. Your ideas and advice will be seen by 1000s of travellers from around the world — make it count!

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Fancy earning the Yankee dollar?

With a 60-litre backpack clamped to your ribs, a day-pack hugging your stomach, and a mini-wheeler bouncing along behind you, you land in the City that Never Sleeps. This is the city where Tom met Meg and they got mail and stuff, the Big Apple, you guessed it… New York City.

Before you know it, you find yourself in a foreign country with no job, no home and no one to make you a cup of tea and tell you it will all be OK.

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Shakedown, San Francisco

This week’s Shakedown shines a spotlight on the capital of Californian creativity, San Francisco. Expect a healthy blend of historic and hysteric, as we walk the streets of the city that were forged by the Gold Rush in the mid-19th century.

San Francisco is perhaps most famous for its hills, having been built upon no less than forty-three of them, and for having some of the most clearly defined neighbourhoods in urban history. The Italians occupy North Beach; The Haight (Haight and Ashbury) is the hippy hangout; The Castro is the gay district; Japantown and Chinatown hold their own; while the Mission District is where you’ll find the Latino flavour.

San Francisco: The Miniature City, by MINIMUS

Look out for street fairs and festivals throughout the year, which are a great way to get among the communities which dovetail San Francisco, and make it such a vibrant city.

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10 Budget Bites in California

Travelling through California is one of the world’s greatest road trips. Aside from San Francisco and Los Angeles, and the intricate details which make these cities so unique, the state also welcomes almost 35 million visitors annually to its 25 national parks, including Yosemite, Death Valley, and the Mojave Desert.

So how do you fuel a road trip through California? With food, glorious food, of course. Gnom gnom gnom.

And what do you think of when you think of American food? Well, let’s just say it probably isn’t salad. So this week I’ve sniffed out some of California’s most-revered food, and served it up to you, right here on the STA Travel Blog in full-fat, gut-busting glory.

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