From white-water rafting to wildlife watching, there is so much to do in and around North America. There are vast patches of North America that are still left to be discovered, so gear up and prepare for an adrenaline rush; here are some of the top adventures in the area.

Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park.

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Hiking in Yosemite National Park

Waterfalls trickle down limestone cliffs, while wild reindeers gallop along rolling green meadows: Yosemite National Park is such a beautiful patchwork of wilderness and is perfect to explore on foot. It’s one of my favorite spots in North America, and it’s easy to see why. Hiking trails are marked out nicely, leading you through gorgeous landscapes and quiet corners where you can be deeply immersed in nature. While Yosemite is visited by many, there is still plenty of wilderness left to be explored.

Scuba-diving in Hawaii

As one of the best places to scuba-dive in the world, Hawaii is home to vast coral reef gardens, underwater volcanic craters and shipwrecks. Hawaii’s underwater world is extremely well-protected and relatively undisturbed by tourism. Some of the most famous dives in Hawaii include Molokini Crater off the Maui coast, Honaunau Bay on Oahu, and Hulopoe Bay off Lanai. Swim with giant hawksbill turtles, sting rays and even nurse sharks – Hawaii rarely disappoints.

Walking on a Glacier in Alaska.

Walking on a Glacier in Alaska.

Walking on a Glacier in Alaska

Conquering a giant mountain of ice and snow can be quite a challenge, with deep crevasses and slippery ice posing a danger for adventure seekers. Alaska is home to a number of glaciers and most of them are easily accessible. On a voyage through Southeast Alaska, I went on a hike up Baird Glacier, and it was my first but definitely not the last experience on ice. We navigated gravel-covered ice, jumping over crevasses and sipping glacial water that ran through the channels – all without the use of crampons! The world’s glaciers are quickly melting, so I’d recommend seeing them soon, before they disappear.

Swimming with Whale Sharks in Mexico

At Holbox Island off the Yucatan Peninsula, whale sharks often congregate to feed on the plankton in the Gulf of Mexico. Growing up to 20 meters long, these whale sharks are the biggest fish in the world. Swimming with whale sharks was one of my favorite experiences in Central America: it was surreal, intimate and extremely moving. As I glided by the behemoth creature, I stood wide-eyed, in awe of just how rare and intimate the encounter was.

See Polar Bears in Churchill, Manitoba

Churchill, Manitoba on Hudson Bay is considered the polar bear capital of the world and it’s just a short flight away from Winnipeg. Watching polar bears in the wild is a very rare experience, especially within such close proximity. Obviously, the polar bear is not the sort of animal you want to pat on the back, so these polar bear encounters are carried out in a Tundra Buggy where you feel safe yet amazingly close to these awe-inspiring animals. A photographer's dream, a once-in-a-lifetime experience—superlatives can't express the feeling of seeing polar bears in their arctic home.

Kayaking in the Everglades.

Kayaking in the Everglades.

Kayaking in the Everglades

Florida’s Everglades National Park is packed with meandering rivers and lush mangroves, in a luscious, sub-tropical environment. We spent our days paddling in the mangroves, though narrow water channels, spotting ospreys, manatees and alligators in their natural element. Turner River is one of the best spots for kayaking, and it takes six hours to complete the whole river. The Everglades is one of the last remaining wildernesses in Florida, and home to plenty of wildlife and eco-systems.

Whitewater Rafting in Grand Canyon

Carved by the Colorado River millions of years ago, Grand Canyon is the perfect spot to try some whitewater rafting. Ride through whirlpools of turbulent waters and gawk at the majesty of the canyon from an interesting vantage point. Stretching almost 280 miles in length, the river winds its way like a snake through the rugged, rose red canyon, so expect to leave civilization behind you and experience the backwaters of America like you’ve never seen before.

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